COVID-19 Updates: Fall Semester

Name and Pronoun Information

Middlebury recognizes that some members of our community use names other than their legal names to identify themselves.

One way Middlebury seeks to promote comfort and safety among those who wish to do this is through a name procedure in BannerWeb, where students, faculty, and staff may now indicate their lived first name regardless of whether or not they have legally changed their name.  

Lived names are names people choose for themselves that feel more representative to their identity. Legal names are also known as dead names, because people should no longer be addressed as such.

Individuals are free to determine their lived names provided that it is not for the purpose of misrepresentation (using inappropriate names or using the process to avoid a legal obligation). Lived first names that differ from an individual’s legal name will be used solely for Middlebury’s internal systems. In addition, individuals will be able to indicate a gender pronoun (him, her, them, etc.) and name prefix (Mr., Ms., Miss, etc.).

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to Janae Due, assistant director of the Anderson Freeman Resource Center (jdue@middlebury.edu) or Ashley Arrocha, assistant dean of Student Services at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (aarrocha@miis.edu).