Preferred Name

Utilizing an individual's chosen name is important in demonstrating respect for that person and in affirming their identity. 

As such, Southern offers the preferred name option for students which will be displayed on course lists, degree evaluations, unofficial transcripts, Blackboard, and SCSU student email.

To submit a preferred name change via Banner Student:

  • Login to MySCSU
  • Click on Banner Student
  • Click on Student Services
  • Click on Student Records
  • Click on Preferred First Name


Outlined below is additional information for faculty regarding chosen names:

  • On the first day of class, rather than reading from your course roster, ask students to introduce themselves and provide the name they would like you to call them. Be sure to write down this information and use the name that the student provides.
  • Some students may not be aware that the preferred name option exists, so it may be helpful to notify students in your syllabus on how to request that their chosen name through Banner Student