Preferred First Name Change 

A preferred first name is a name by which you are normally addressed that is different from your legal first name. 

Examples of a preferred first name: 

A transgender student has the legal first name “Josie” but prefers to be called “Jack”. This student’s preferred first name is “Jack”. 

An international student with the full legal name “Zheng Sun” prefers to be called “Phil”. This student’s preferred first name is “Phil”. 

A student, with the full legal name “Mary Coralie Fraser”, prefers to go by her legal middle name “Coralie” and not her legal first name, “Mary”. This student’s preferred name is “Coralie”. 

A student, with the legal name “Thomas Klem”, prefers to go by “Tom”. This student’s preferred name is “Tom”. 

Please note: 

The preferred first name will appear on: 

  • Mount Allison ID cards 
  • Connect and Moodle Class lists 
  • Program Evaluation  
  • Email display name 

The student’s legal name appears on: 

  • Official university transcripts 
  • Reports to government 
  • Letters of attestation 
  • Diplomas and certificates 

It is important to note that making a request to use a preferred first name at Mount Allison does not change a student’s legal name in the Mount Allison student record or records with government authorities.

Preferred First Name FAQ

What is a preferred first name?
A preferred first name is a name that you commonly use that is different than your legal first name.

How do I make a preferred first name change?
Go to the ‘Preferred First Name Change Request’ form in the User Account Menu on Connect.

Why would I make a preferred first name change?
You would submit the Preferred First Name Request form if you wish for your preferred first name to appear on class lists, your student ID, Program Evaluation, and your e-mail display name.

Do I have to enter a preferred first name?
ONLY submit the Preferred First Name Change Request form if you commonly use a first name that is different than your legal first name and you wish for that to be reflected on your MtA ID card, Moodle and Class lists, Program Evaluation, and email display name.

How do I indicate my preferred first name to the University?
Go to the ‘Preferred First Name Change Request’ form on Connect under the User Account Menu.

How often can I change my preferred first name?
Normally a change of preferred first name can only be requested once during a single academic session (an academic session is comprised of the Spring/Summer, Fall and Winter terms.  The 15/SFW academic session is comprised of the 15/SS, 15/FA and 16/WI terms)

Can I change my preferred first name at any time during the year?
Yes, but preferably at the start of an academic term (i.e. at the start of the Spring/Summer term, Fall term, or Winter term in a single academic session.)

Can I delete or modify my preferred first name?
Yes you can request to have your preferred first name deleted or modified by resubmitting the ‘Preferred First Name Change Request’ form on Connect.  However, please note that normally the preferred first name can only be changed once during an academic session.

Are there any limitations to the preferred first name that I wish to use?
The use of an inappropriate first preferred name will result in the denial of the request. The preferred first name change process may not be used in an attempt to avoid a legal obligation via misrepresentation.

Where will my preferred first name be used?
Your preferred first name will be used on your Student ID card, in Moodle and Connect class lists of the courses in which you are enrolled, on your Program Evaluation, and your email display name.

What if I wish to have my preferred first name change used on other documents other than those listed above?
Please contact the Associate Registrar at assocregistrar@mta.ca to discuss the possibility of individual accommodation for use of preferred first name on other documents.

Can I change my MtA student ID card to reflect my preferred first name?
You will receive email confirmation from the Registrar’s Office when your preferred first name has been updated in the student information system, after which you can request a new MtA ID card by visiting the bookstore.

Is there any cost involved in changing my MtA ID card?
There is a $25 fee to replace your MtA ID card.

Can I have my MtA e-mail address changed to reflect my preferred first name change?
You will not be able to change the assigned email account but part of the procedure for a preferred first name change includes how your name is displayed in your MtA e-mail account. For example if Mary Coralie Fraser’s e-mail account is mcfraser@mta.ca, it will remain as such but instead of her name displaying as Mary Fraser, it will now display as Coralie Fraser.