Diversity and Community


Preferred Name and Pronoun

Middlebury College recognizes that some members of the campus community use names other than their legal names to identify themselves. One of the ways the college seeks to promote comfort and safety among those whose preferred name differs from their legal name is through a preferred name procedure. 

Beginning in the fall of 2014 students, faculty, and staff at Middlebury can indicate their preferred first name and pronoun to the college community regardless of whether or not they have legally changed their name. Preferred first name is used solely for Middlebury’s internal systems; external systems (such as home-town newspapers, official transcripts, enrollment verifications, federal documentation, etc.) will continue to use your legal name. Individuals are free to determine the preferred name they want to be known by in the college’s information systems provided that the use of this preferred name is not for the purpose of misrepresentation, including but not limited to avoiding a legal obligation. 

Middlebury acknowledges that a preferred name and pronoun can and should be used wherever possible.