Lansing Community College

Chosen Name Change Form

About the Chosen Name and Chosen Pronoun Initiative

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Chosen Name and Chosen Pronoun committee and the Academic Senate have worked with many other individuals at Lansing Community College to create language, training, and documentation for employees and students to identify by their Chosen Name.

Under Lansing Community College's (LCC) Chosen Name and Chosen Pronoun initiative any student or employee of LCC may choose to identify by their Chosen or Preferred Name in addition to their Legal Name.

Students of LCC may request this option via their LCC profile. The student's Chosen Name may be used in many contexts, including LCC, class rosters, and on ID Cards (by request). For some other records, LCC is legally required to use a student's Legal Name. Whenever reasonably possible, a student's "Chosen Name" is used.

Employees of LCC may request this option via Human Resources

Limitations of Chosen Name

A Chosen Name is the name students have chosen to use within the LCC campus community. When not on campus, students who have elected a Chosen Name on their ID card are cautioned that their campus ID should not be viewed as official identification. Students who are U.S. citizens are encouraged to have official identification (such as a driver's license or social security card) if they need to officially identify themselves.

  • Students who are foreign nationals are required to carry and use their passport and current I-94 for identification as well as evidence of valid immigration sponsorship such as valid Form I-20 or DS-2019, I-797, admission and visa stamps.
  • U.S. Permanent Residents are required to carry their U.S. Permanent Resident card.

LCC Transcripts

Students Legal Name will remain on their official transcript. After graduation, withdrawal, or separation, whichever name is on the transcript remains permanently as the transcript name with certain exceptions.

  • Students who are not U.S. citizens are cautioned that transcript names which differ from official passport names could result in government requests for additional evidence or possibly denial of certain benefits such as applications for work authorization.
  • For foreign nationals, this could result in government requests for additional evidence or possibly denial of certain benefits such as applications for work authorization, petitions for change of status e.g. H-1B as all documents should match for purposes of government applications, benefits, admission to the U.S. etc.

Chosen Name vs. Legal Name

The Preferred/Chosen Name replaces the Legal Name in multiple administrative areas, each of which has systems that source their data from Banner. This includes the following areas with dates when these will be available to students and employees:

  • ID Card* (individual must request preferred/chosen name on i.d. at time of creation by going to the LCC Police Department prior to Star Card printing)
  • Class Rosters
  • Desire to Learn (D2L)
  • Photo Rosters
  • LCC email (For individuals display name, outlook name, and directory search but email will still show username component. E.g. Laura Williams changes name to Tyler Tads email will still show unless name is legally changed)
  • Public Directory, unless a Request to Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information has been requested.
  • Grade Submission Reports
  • Degree audit reports (Currently first name changed only)
  • Web Snapshot
  • Graduation Application
  • Use of Legal Name is required for certain offices that perform administrative processes which legally necessitate the use of a Legal Name. These include:
    • Office of Visa and Immigration Services (OVIS)
    • Campus Billing and some StarCard Services
    • Financial Aid
    • Office of Institutional Research
    • Registrars' Offices
    • Athletics
    • Safety and Security
    • Human Resources/ Student Employment Office
    • Payroll
    • Accounts Payable

Administrators in the above offices have access to lookup both Chosen and Legal names.


Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) a student's name, including one's Chosen Name, may be disclosed to the public as "directory information" unless the student opts not to permit such disclosure by completing a Request to Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information.

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