Dal working on preferred-name policy

February 19, 2014

A new policy at Dalhousie University will allow students to use their preferred names rather than legal names on school-related documents and identification cards. The policy, which must still be run by legal consultants to ensure validity, would be of particular benefit to transgendered and gender non-conforming students, who often have to out themselves repeatedly in classroom situations. “I think university is a time when many students mature and become confident in themselves,” says Dal Registrar Asa Kachan. “And whatever we can do as a community to support students who are going through this type of transition, it’s really important.” Dal already gives students an option to choose “other” in the gender portion of the admission application. McGill and Concordia universities also offer students the option to use preferred names on class lists and identification cards. The Chronicle Herald