Guidelines for Chosen Name, Pronouns, and Gender
Recognizing that many students use chosen name (preferred name) or pronoun other than their legal ones to identify themselves, Modesto Junior College offers the option of the use of a chosen name and pronoun. MJC extends this accommodation in order to help foster a more welcoming, supportive, and respectful campus climate for all students.
Note: The chosen first name is not a legal name change. Students who are legally changing their name should follow the instructions listed at SSN and Name Changes.
- Inappropriate use of a chosen name, including, but not limited to, misrepresentation or attempting to avoid a legal obligation, may be cause for denying a student’s use of the name. The chosen name will appear in many internal locations.
- For additional information, review Student Rights and Responsibilities which include acceptable standards of student conduct and behavior.
How to Update Chosen Name, Pronouns, or Gender.
Your chosen name will reflect in areas such as, your PiratesNet/Self-Service student portal, class rosters as well as your student email. By updating your chosen name to your account, your email address will be changed to reflect your chosen name.
For questions regarding the guide, contact Alynna Martinez.
Chosen name will appear:
*IT is currently working on updating several of the above mentioned platforms, some updates and processes are still pending. Please be patient as MJC is working as quickly as possible to update all student facing systems as a priority.
Legal name will appear:
Student Privacy Concerns
Consistent with the Family Educational Rights to Privacy Act (FERPA), MJC allows for the release of directory information. Chosen name is not included as part of directory information. Members of the MJC community will have access to view chosen name.
Students may also request to withhold disclosure of directory information altogether. Directory information may be disclosed by the college unless students provide written requests to the Enrollment Services Office preventing the disclosure of their directory information.
Know Your MJC Resources & Rights
MJC Resolutions of Support for Chosen Name & Pronouns
- ASMJC Senate Resolution - Chosen Name at MJC
- MJC Academic Senate Resolution FA 20-B: Preferred Name Recognition