Chosen/Preferred Name Policy
Students, faculty or staff who wishes to be identified on campus, by preferred or chosen name must complete the Chosen Name Form and bring it to Records & Registration along with ID. For more information, please visit the Records and Registration website.
The individual's chosen name will appear in my.newpaltz.edu in the "You are logged in as" message. In addition, for students, faculty will see their chosen name when using the following faculty services: Blackboard, class rosters, mid-term evaluations, final grade submissions, advisee listings, and on the student transcript search page.
Students can now choose to have their Chosen Name displayed on their campus ID cards. Chosen/preferred names will be listed on the front of the card, with the legal name printed on the back. Students who wish to select a chosen name can first begin by visiting the Office of Records and Registration. For those students who already have a chosen name in our system, they can simply visit Campus Card Services for a replacement ID Card.
PLEASE NOTE: Chosen names cannot be listed on the transcripts or diplomas because these are legal documents. Chosen names are only for on-campus use.
Lastly, for students, if you wish to have your chosen name utilized for Tapingo, you must change your name on the app. Open the app on your smartphone. Tap the menu in the upper left corner (two dashed lines). In the menu, select settings. Under your email address, your first and last name should display. Simply tap on your name to type, edit, and change the information to your chosen name.