A chosen name is the name a person chooses to be identified by apart from their legal name. Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) allows students and employees to use a chosen name.
Identifiers such as name, gender and personal pronouns are core factors in many individuals’ sense of self. In alignment with the College’s goals and values as an inclusive institution, the newest update to the employee and student information forms will include fields to indicate a chosen name, personal pronoun and/or gender identity. Instructors, counselors and administrators may see these details on class rosters, counseling schedules and other administrative pages.
People may use different personal pronouns in various contexts. This includes using no pronouns or only using their name. Below is a chart of some common pronouns and their pronunciations.
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Gender identity describes an individual’s sense of their gender — not their biological sex. A person’s gender identity may or may not be the same as the gender they marked on their application to the College.
For more information about personal pronouns, gender identity and why they matter, visit the Safe Zone website.
You may update your chosen name, add your personal pronouns and/or update your gender identification in my Tri-C space.
Your chosen name will appear in the following areas in place of your primary/legal name:
• Counseling schedules
• Class rosters
• Grade rosters
All official Tri-C student record documents, such as enrollment verification, degree verification and transcripts, must use your legal name. Chosen names cannot be used on these documents. To use a different name on any of these forms, you must first petition for a legal name change through your county probate court.
In addition, students in certain majors or programs that require off-campus placement sites (e.g. internships, externships and clinicals) will need to follow the chosen name policies and procedures of that placement site.