Emerson's Name Change process allows you to use your preferred name (updated name) instead of your legal first name. This process facilitates the name change on applicable campus systems in a consistent manner.
There are some areas where restrictions could apply to using your legal name. We continue our work to ensure as many systems as possible can accommodate your name change.
Read these pages for information on navigating the name-change process at Emerson College:
Support for name changes in Emerson's systems
For any system listed below that supports the name change hierarchy (as indicated by the green checkmark) either your preferred name or your legal name will display, in that order of preference. This table also indicates which systems are able to include pronoun data.
= Not supported due to legal limitations
= Not supported due to technical limitations
= Not supported due to functional requirements
|Banner Student SSB (formerly eCommon)|
|Emerson Alert (Rave/Emergency notification system)|
Students must email firstname.lastname@example.org and Faculty must email email@example.com with the new username
|Equipment distribution center (EDC) inventory|
|EDC WebCheckout Patron Portal|
|Spacebook (EMS Events Manager)|
|Housing Portal (StarRez)|
|Handshake (Career Services)|
|word.emerson.edu (class blogs)|
|Student Health Portal (Medicat)|
|Degree Audit (Degreeworks)|
|Course evaluations (EvaluationKit)|
|Trip Registration/Student Planned Travel (SSB)|
|SEVIS (International student database)|
|National Student Clearinghouse|
|Housing Deposit website|
|Castle Travel Registration & Admin Lookup page|
|Symplicity Study Abroad (Horizons)|
|Lost/Replacement ID Cards|
|Banner mass email student roster, addresses, and emergency contact|
|Student Conduct records (Maxient)|
|Banner Faculty Course/Picture Roster|
|Cognos: Student 360|
* Changing pronouns via Workday or Banner SSB automatically updates Canvas. Otherwise, pronoun edits made within Canvas only appear in Canvas. Student pronouns are synced to Canvas every half hour. Faculty pronouns are synced once a day. Staff pronouns should be set manually in Canvas.
† The Finance Department manually maintains names embedded in Workday for the Faculty Development Funds.