To foster an environment that is inclusive and that encourages self-expression, Lafayette College has established a policy whereby any College community member may use a preferred first name.

Lafayette College recognizes that individuals may use first names other than legal first names to identify themselves. Lafayette College will strive to use an individual’s preferred first name where possible, but the legal first name will continue to be used in business and other processes that require the use of a legal name.

Examples of systems and documentation that require the use of legal first name include, but are not limited to, financial aid documents, medical records, tax forms, non-resident visas, official transcripts and diplomas, Lafayette email addresses, paychecks, picking up mail/packages from Post Office, and the Lafayette NetID.

The Lafayette College ID card is not a legal form of identification. For College processes that require legal identification, individuals should be prepared to produce government-issued ID.

Lafayette trusts the members of the College community to choose preferred names after careful consideration, with good intentions, and with the community’s best interests in mind. The College reserves the right to reject requests and to remove preferred names with or without notice.

The preferred first name must be used in accordance with all applicable College rules and procedures as well as local, state, and federal laws.

For questions regarding the Preferred First Name Policy

  • Students contact the Office of the Dean of Students.
  • Faculty contact the Office of the Provost.
  • Staff and Retirees contact the Office of Human Resources.
  • Alumni contact the Office of Alumni Relations.

Requesting a Preferred First Name Change

Students, faculty and staff members should complete the Preferred First Name Change request form to initiate the process.

After a Preferred First Name Change Request has been submitted, a member of the Provost’s Office, the Office of Human Resources, or the Office of the Registrar will inform you that your request has been received and processed. Once processed, you can obtain a replacement ID reflecting your preferred name. Visit the ID office in Marquis Hall; hours can be found on the ID Office webpage. Fees for preferred first name replacement ID cards will be waived.

The Lafayette College ID is not a legal form of identification. For College processes that require legal identification, individuals should be prepared to produce government-issued ID.