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July 5, 2017 | Category: Announcement

TO: Faculty and Staff, All campuses

Dear Members of the Tufts Community,

We are writing to let you know that Tufts University has adopted a Preferred Name Policy. Members of our community (students, faculty, staff, and alumni) may now select a preferred name on certain university systems—including the White Pages and email, as well as on class and grade rosters—in place of their legal name. You may wish to take advantage of this new option in a variety of circumstances, including:

  1. to select a name that better reflects your gender identity;
  2. to select a name that better reflects your marital status (married name, maiden name, hyphenated name, etc.); and/or
  3. to select a nickname, professional name or other variant that better reflects your personal identity.

To learn how to update your preferred name in systems such as White Pages, SIS, or TuftsAlert go to https:\\\namechange.

At this time, Tufts’ Preferred Name Policy does not include preferred pronouns, though Tufts students will soon be able to select preferred pronouns through SIS. Follow-up communications will be forthcoming when this feature is made available later this summer.

The university’s ability to extend preferred names and pronouns to other student records (i.e., health records), and to staff and faculty records more generally is limited by federal reporting requirements and other technical challenges. However, Tufts Technology Services is leading efforts to improve and extend these options in collaboration with the Office of the Provost and the Office of University Counsel.

For more information about the university’s Preferred Name Policy or preferred pronouns, please feel free to contact Jennifer Magrone in the Office of Equal Opportunity at 617-627-4297 or Hope Denese Freeman in the LGBT Center at 617-627-3817.

Jill Zellmer                                                                  
Executive Director and Title IX Coordinator              
Office of Equal Opportunity                                        

Hope Denese Freeman
LGBT Center

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