Individuals who are interested in discussing options surrounding both university and legal records should contact the LGBT* Center staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or by stopping into the LGBT* Center to schedule an appointment.
Legal Name Change
UNI honors all legal name changes for students and employees. The student legal name change form can be found here and should be submitted to the Office of the Registrar in Gilchrist 115 once filled out and signed. Employees should go to Human Resources at Gilchrist 027 with a photo ID and legal document containing the new name. Once a legal name change is processed, students and employees should go to the Department of Residence in Redeker Center 010 to get an updated ID.
We encourage individuals who are interested a legal name change to utilize the Iowa Guide to Changing Legal Identity Documents. UNI has several Notary Publics in the Office of Business Operations, Public Safety, and other offices located in Gilchrist Hall available to notarize Name Change Petitions and Amended Birth Certificate forms. LGBT* Center staff will support individuals through these process.
Preferred Name Change
We offer the opportunity for students and employees to provide a preferred name in addition to their legal name for use in the UNI Directory, either by contacting the Office of the Registrar or through self-service on MyUNIverse. To update your preferred name on MyUNIverse, please take these steps:
Please note that name changes can take time to process across all of our information systems. Please note that if someone else has previously saved your contact, the name change may not take place when e-mailing them. However, the display name does update for future e-mail contacts. Please contact the LGBT* Center staff for questions or concerns, especially if your name change is not appearing after a week.
G-mail Display Name
Anyone with a UNI e-mail can also update their e-mail display name through self-service by using this guide. Please note that if someone else has previously saved your contact, the name change may not take place when e-mailing them. However, the display name does update for future e-mail contacts.
Legal Sex Change
We encourage individuals who are interested change in their sex designation to utilize the Iowa Guide to Changing Legal Identity Documents. LGBT* Center staff will support individuals through these process. At UNI, legal sex change markers are faicliatted through the Office of the Registrar. Due to federal requirements, legal sex must be recorded as male or female.
As part of our work to understand and support the gender diversity in our student population, our applications and student records now include gender in addition to legal sex. While self-identifying your gender is not required on campus and the default response is "Prefer Not To Answer," we encourage students who feel comfortable to record their gender either in the application process or in MyUNIverse. Information about the terminology we use on campus can be found here.