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UMKC Preferred Name Policy

UMKC acknowledges that many students use names other than their legal name to identify themselves. Students can update their preferred name in Pathway

Adding a preferred name does not change a student’s official name as a part of their educational record. Your official name is your legal name. Your official name is used for financial aid, transcripts, international student I-20’s and other documents required by the university.

Preferred names will be displayed in the Pathway student center, Pathway class roster, and Pathway grade roster. Additionally, a preferred name may be displayed in other university maintained software applications such as Blackboard or Moodle.

Students who choose to take advantage of this preferred name policy are subject to the University Collected Rules and Regulations as well as the University of Missouri Kansas City Acceptable Use Policy for technology.

    • Policies on official name changes can be found here.
    • Information about changing a legal name in Missouri can be found here.
    • Information about changing your preferred name in Pathway can be found here

OUTLaws Free Consultation

OUTLaws, UMKC Law School’s organization for LGBTQ law students and their allies, will provide free consultations for UMKC students interested in a legal name change or birth certificate amendment.  Law students will be supervised by a licensed attorney.

For more information contact lgbtqia@umkc.edu