Name Changes

West Chester University recognizes members of its community use and identify with first names that are different from their legal names. A chosen or preferred name is crucial in regard to trans and queer identity and will impact their ability to successfully navigate the campus environment. Therefore, the University has established a policy that allows preferred first names to appear in select University systems and records, even if individuals have not changed their legal names.

While anyone is welcome to use a preferred name, this policy was developed to respond to the needs of transgender and non-binary communities, international communities, and anyone who prefers the use of a name other than their legal name.

Request for Nondisclosure of Directory Information

Complete this form through the Registrar's office in order to restrict directory information, including the listing of your legal or preferred name.

A preferred first name will be used in place of their legal name for select University systems, such as:

  • University identification card
  • Official email display name
  • Phone directory
  • Class and grade roster
  • Diplomas
  • Commencement
  • Select student activities records
  • Student Information System (MyWCU account)
  • Learning management systems (e.g. D2L)
  • University communications and mailings
  • Press releases
  • Social media

A legal first name will be used for official University records, such as:

  • Legal documents and reports produced by the University
  • Student account statements
  • Financial aid and scholarship documents
  • Transcripts
  • Enrollment and degree verifications
  • Employment and personnel records
  • Paychecks, tax documents, and other payroll documents
  • Benefits enrollment

If you would like an advocate to assist you in making these requests, please contact:

  • Soozie Davidson, at the Center for Trans and Queer Advocacy (610-436-3147)