Preferred Name Process

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 to request a preferred name.

The student’s preferred 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. Students who use a preferred name should always be prepared to reference their legal name as well as provide their university identification when necessary.

Select a preferred name by logging into Flashline.  Then, under the Student tab, select Resources>Requested and Authorizations>Preferred Name Request.

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.