Top of page
Skip to main content
Someday is Today: Learn about Pima’s remote learning options and access virtual services.
Use of Chosen or Preferred Names

Use of Chosen or Preferred Names

Pima Community College students and employees may choose to identify themselves within the College community using a preferred first name that differs from their official/legal name. A student or employee's preferred name will appear instead of the person's official/legal first name in select College-related systems and documents, provided that the name is not being used for the purpose of misrepresentation.

  • To update your preferred first name, login to MyPima > Home tab and choose "Update Personal Information" in the upper right corner

Background

The College recognizes that many members of its community use names other than their legal or official names first provided to the College (official/legal name) to identify themselves. For some students and employees, a chosen or preferred name may be an important component of their identity. Therefore, the College has established guidelines that allow students and employees to indicate their chosen or preferred first names to the College community even if they have not changed their official/legal names.

Preferred Name Guidelines

Pima Community College students and employees may choose to identify themselves within the College community using a preferred first name that differs from their official/legal name. A student or employee’s preferred name will appear instead of the person’s official/legal name in select College-related systems and documents, provided that the preferred first name is not being used for the purpose of misrepresentation. The official/legal name will continue to be used in all College-related systems and documents that require a verified legal name.

Preferred names will be used in the following systems and records:

  • MyPima
  • Faculty Class and Grade Rosters (for students and employees taking courses)
  • D2L Rosters
  • Faculty Attendance Rosters through MyPima

Official/Legal names will continue to be used for official College records, including but not limited to the following:

  • Official Student Email Display Name
  • Official Employee Email Display Name
  • Legal Documents and Reports Produced by the University Student Account Statement (Bills)
  • Financial Aid and Scholarship Documents
  • Diplomas
  • Transcripts
  • Enrollment Verifications
  • Student Employment Documents
  • Employment Verifications
  • Employment Documents
  • Paychecks, W2s, and other Payroll documents
  • Benefits Enrollment
Back to main content Back to top