The SUNY Oswego preferred first name process allows students and employees to officially notify the college of their preferred first names, and have this change reflected in on-campus communication systems, as long as the preferred first name is not used for purposes of misidentification, fraud or misrepresentation and the preferred first name aligns with community standards.

There are limits to where preferred first names will be reflected in college communications. Requests for use of preferred first name shall be limited to one request per academic year. This policy has been in effect since fall 2017.

Students: The Dean of Students office reviews preferred first name requests from students. Students with questions about the policy and/or process for requesting use of a preferred first name should contact the Dean of Students. Appeals for denied requests should be presented to the Title IX Coordinator.

Employees: The Human Resources office reviews preferred first name requests from employees. Appeals for denied requests should be presented to the Title IX Coordinator.

Adjusting our various information systems to include the use of the preferred first name is a multi-year effort, due to the complexity and interrelated nature of systems and record sources. We appreciate your patience as we expand our ability to use of the preferred first name in records, and work toward providing a solution for this important need.  

PDF icon Preferred Name Form for students(please print, complete and deliver to Dean of Students office in 501 Culkin Hall.)

PDF iconPreferred First Name Request Form for employees (please print, complete and deliver to Human Resources 201 Culkin Hall.)