Changing Name at Miami

Many members of the Miami community use a name that differs from their legal name (listed as “primary name” in university data systems). These may include individuals who prefer to use:

  • a middle name instead of a first name;
  • an anglicized name;
  • a name to which the individual is in the process of legally changing; or
  • a name that better represents the individual’s gender identity.

To encourage a more welcoming climate, Miami is in the process of implementing procedures that allow students, faculty, and staff to indicate their preferred name to the university community regardless of whether they have legally changed their name and as long as the use of a preferred name is not for the purpose of misrepresentation.

The preferred first name will be used consistently across internal University communication and reporting systems, except where the legal name is necessitated by legal or business requirement.

Learn more about the Preferred Name Policy at Miami University.

For information on how to change your first name and personal information on the Miami Directory and on Class Photo Rosters, visit One Stop's Your Info page.

For information on how to change your display name in google, visit the Knowledge Base article Change My Display Name in Google

For information on how to change the name that appears when you log into your computer, visit the Knowledge Base article Change the Name that Appears When I Log into My Computer.