How to Change Your Chosen Name

Creating and embracing an inclusive environment is important to the mission of Kent State University.  We recognize that some students use a name other than their legal name to identify themselves. As such, Kent State University has established a process for students and faculty/staff to request a chosen name.

The individual’s chosen name will be used where ever possible in the course of University business. There are, however, places where the legal name will continue to be used for University business or legal needs. Those who use a chosen name should always be prepared to reference their legal name as well as provide their university identification when necessary.

For students, this simple process is as follows: log into Flashline and in the left side tab, go to:  Student > Resources > Requests and Authorizations > Chosen Name Request. Begin the process by logging into Flashline. You can also watch the embedded video below that walks you through the process.

For faculty and staff, the process is a little different. Please watch the embeded video below that will walk you through the process step by step. 


If you have any questions please contact the One Stop for Student Success at 330-672-6000 or at

To read more about this process and where it will impact, please click here.