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Preferred name requests

The Preferred Name procedure enables students to use an alternate preferred given name (not surnames) for certain purposes while studying at Concordia when they have personal reasons for not wanting to use their legal given names.

The preferred name may be used on all unofficial university documents and tools, such as:

  • Student ID card
  • Class lists
  • Moodle
  • Exam rosters
  • Printed student records

The student’s legal name must appear on official university documents, such as:

  • University transcript
  • Reports to government
  • Letters of attestation
  • Diplomas and certificates

Applying for preferred name use at Concordia does not change a student’s legal name or records with government authorities.

Students may request this service in strict confidence by making an emailed request to students@concordia.ca. The student will be asked to provide a copy of a valid ID and sign the “Request to use Preferred Name” form that will be sent to them in an email.

The preferred name will then be used on all unofficial documents in the future.

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