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UMKC Policies

University of Missouri System Equal Opportunity Program


Is gender identity and expression a protected category by the University?

Yes. UMKC and the University of Missouri System as a whole, includes gender identity and expression in its policies against discrimination. Please report any form of discrimination and/or harassment to the Assistant Dean of Students, Jeff Traiger, or UMKC’s Office of Affirmative Action.


What is UMKC’s Non-discrimination policy and how does it apply to student organization membership?

Students enrolling in the University assume an obligation to behave in a manner compatible with the University’s function as an educational institution.  The Student Code of Conduct can be found here.


Does UMKC allow me to use a preferred name?

Yes.  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