For Anyone Who Doesn’t Go By Their Legal/ Given Name:

For Anyone Who Doesn’t Go By Their Legal/ Given Name::

Via RabbitGlitter, ”I just wrote out my template for this term’s classes informing my professors that the name they see on their roster is not the name I go by. I’m sharing it here in case you need some help wording yours. Just add your own information where the blanks are. Love to you for this upcoming term <3”


This coming term beginning on January 6, I’m signed up to be a part of your class. I wanted to send you this email as a heads up that while my legal name on your roster should read as “___________”, I prefer to be called ‘_______’.

Being a trans* student can be awkward that first week when reading out names and I’m hoping to avoid confusion by informing you of my preferred name ahead of time.

I prefer ________ pronouns (_______ work wonderfully) and will also accept the use of my name (_____) in place of pronouns if you find that easier.

I’m excited to start this term in your class and I can’t wait to start this year!

Thank you in advance,


This is great template! As a teacher I spend a lot of time the first week trying to learn names asap, and I always love to know early when students don’t wish to be called by the name that is on the roster.

VCU students: If it is an option* for you and you feel comfortable doing so, you can also change your name in VCU’s system. Have a look at our guide to update your personal information and the procedures for changing your name on your email account

*Banner changes might request a legal name change and/or a new Social Security card. Here is information about transgender identity and social security. And here is information about a legal name change in Virginia.

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