TU students, faculty and staff can select a chosen or preferred name for use in TU communications, including OneCard, email, Commencement and more. Your legal name may be required in some instances.
TU will make every effort to accommodate chosen/preferred names when appropriate in new applications, systems and processes. Please contact OIIENameChange AT_TOWSON if you have any issues or questions.
TU is required to use a legal name for the following:
TU will use a chosen/preferred name when feasible and make good faith efforts to update reports, documents and systems appropriately. Nonetheless, TU cannot guarantee your chosen/preferred name will be used in every instance or in a fashion entirely consistent with your expectation.
Selecting a chosen/preferred name does not constitute a change to your legal name. Students should submit requests to change their legal name through the Registrar’s Office using the Change of Name or Gender Form (PDF) and the Online File Drop.
Faculty and staff should follow HR’s process for current employees through myTU's manage my profile. Questions about legal name changes should be directed to those offices.
For information on the legal name change process in Maryland, visit Maryland Courts Name Change. Each state has its own procedures for legal name changes, so if you reside outside of the state of Maryland, please contact the state in which you reside.
Students participating in Commencement that would like their chosen/preferred name used for Commencement activities, the Commencement program and their diploma must apply for graduation and have their chosen/preferred name change approved by the following dates:
Anyone that does not apply for graduation and/or have a completed name change approved by these deadlines will still have the opportunity to update their chosen/preferred name for their diploma. The chosen/preferred name must be updated in the system by the last day of their graduating term to guarantee it can be printed on their diploma. Please note this exception to the deadline only refers to the diploma.
Students updating their name after the deadlines above will automatically have their legal name appear in the Commencement program and used throughout Commencement activities as it is listed on their PeopleSoft account. Students will have the option to enter a preferred name in the Commencement Registration process, but this preference will only be used for the ceremonies.
Most names will be approved. Names that contain special and non-English characters (at this time) other than A-Z, hyphen (-), space ( ) and apostrophe ('), are explicit or offensive in nature, identifiers submitted to avoid a legal obligation, or to misrepresent oneself will not be approved. If you believe your Chosen and Preferred Name has been denied unfairly, please contact OIIENameChange AT_TOWSON or 410-704-0203.
If you believe you are being discriminated against based on your identity, please contact us at BiasResponse AT_TOWSON or 410-704-0203.
Once a Chosen and Preferred Name form is submitted, another submission cannot be requested until the prior submission is approved or denied. You may update your Chosen and Preferred Name, as necessary and within reason.
Individuals wishing to change their sex and/or gender marker may do so after providing legal documentation (i.e., license, passport or birth certificate) of a sex and/or gender marker change. Students should submit requests through the Registrar’s Office using their Change of Name or Gender Form (PDF) and their Online File Drop and should contact the Registrar’s Office at 410-704-2701.
Employees should contact Human Resources at 410-704-2162.
No. To receive an updated diploma with your Chosen and Preferred Name you must contact the Registrar’s Office.
Your Chosen and Preferred Name will only be updated in Housing and Residence Halls after you contact Housing and Residence Life (HRL) at Housing AT_TOWSON, otherwise your Legal Name will appear. HRL can also help you change your name after move in, as necessary.