Chosen Name policy 

Parkland College recognizes that a chosen name is an important component of a person’s identity, and members of the campus community may use a name other than their legal first name to identify themselves.

This policy (Policy 3.48) provides Parkland College students and staff the opportunity to use their chosen first name in records and communications that do not require the use of their legal name. Chosen Name Policy

If Parkland College deems the request inappropriate, the college reserves the right to reject the request. Name changes may not be used to avoid legal obligations or for illegal purposes. 


Students must complete the request to use a chosen name through the Office of Admissions and Records. Employees must complete the request to use a chosen name through Human Resources.

Information about chosen name can also be found on Connect.

Examples of where chosen name can be used versus legal name:

Chosen first name will be used for:

Legal full name will be used for:

  • Parkland ID card
  • Class Rosters and Grading Rosters
  • Cobra Learning Management System
  • Parkland College Public Directories
  • Electronic and Paper Communications (where legal name is not required)
  • Dean’s List
  • Visible in the Student Information System

Student Documents:

  • Documents related to International Admissions
  • Financial Aid and Veteran Services documents
  • Cashier’s Office, including billing for state agencies
  • Federal or State Requests for Information (including tax forms)
  • National Student Clearinghouse
  • Academic Transcript
  • Academic Certifications (of enrollment, good standing, degree completion)
  • Athletics rosters
  • Counseling Services
  • Health Information
  • Official Graduation List (program booklet)
  • Public Safety Interactions

Employment Documents:

  • Payroll
  • Employment Documents and Tax Forms
  • Checks and Direct Deposit Files