Student Name on University Documents
Legal Name on Boston University Records
At this time, Boston University’s student information system, transcript, diploma, and degree verifications reflect an individual’s legal name. This means that all official documents related to student records at Boston University reflect the legal name of an individual. An individual’s legal name is defined as the name that identifies an individual for legal and official purposes. Legal name identifies an individual on official government records such as U.S. social security cards, state licenses, passports, and marriage or divorce decrees.
A Boston University student who has completed a legal name change in Massachusetts or another state may update the name on their Boston University student record via the Personal Data Update form. Documentation of the legal name change must be submitted to the University. Upon receipt of this form and documentation, the legal name will be updated on official student records.
For information on the court process to change a name legally in Massachusetts please visit the website of the Massachusetts Court System. Students who may be non-US citizens should consult with the International Students and Scholars Office.
Display Name at Boston University
There are also opportunities where a Boston University student may use a display name. Your display name is the name that defines how you identify yourself and how you wish for others to identify you. Display name is a distinct field from legal name, and therefore the information you enter may be different from your legal name. Changing your display name will not change your legal name within BU’s source of records.
Students may update their BU Directory listing to reflect their Display Name, Pronouns (displayed in directory listing), and gender identity (not displayed in directory listing). The BU Directory (also known as the Online Directory) is available at www.bu.edu/directory. The BU Directory combines typical directory information about people from the University Registrar and Human Resources. You can search by first name, last name, or BU Email Address/login name.
BU Email Name
Students may update their Boston University email display name, or the first name that is linked to an email address and the name recipients see when an email is sent from that account. Display name may be changed in a student’s email name for students who use Boston University’s google mail accounts. More information and directions are found here. Non-student members of the Boston University community may find directions on changing their email display name here.
Students may edit their first name on Boston University’s Learning Management System, Blackboard. This allows students to have their chosen name display when utilizing services on learn.bu.edu. Students should be certain to notify faculty if a name will display on Blackboard that does not match the student’s legal name as a student’s name on Blackboard does not constitute a legal name change on Boston University Records. Directions on how to change display name (first name only) on Blackboard are available below and here.
To change your first name on learn.bu.edu.
-Select the “Personal Information” option in the drop down under your name:
-On the next screen, click on “Edit Personal Information” tab
-On this page edit your first name, then click “save.”
-Log out, then log back in again and your updated first name will now appear.
Bio-demographic Information Resources: Information on the personal data BU would like to collect, how it is used by the university, and how you can update your official record.
Techweb – Changing your Display Name: Information for members of the BU Community on display name.
Identity Access Management: Overview of BU’s Identity Access Management activities.
BU Data Protection Standards: Links to policies and standards used at BU to ensure data safety and privacy.