GENDER INCLUSIVE HOUSING OPTIONS THROUGH ON CAMPUS HOUSING
Our Residence Life and Student Housing (RLSH) Department has committed to providing gender-inclusive housing to students and fostering a diverse membership and dynamic community on the Hilltop. For your convenience, they have outlined their standard practices so that you can find the best housing fit for you at SMU. Information about your options through on-campus housing can be found here.
ASSISTANCE IN FINDING AN LGBTQ+ AFFIRMING ROOMMATE
We offer an option for finding a roommate through the SMU’s Women & LGBT Center's Slack channel, #roommates. You will be able to connect with others who may be searching for an LGBTQ+ supportive roommates. Once you identify a potential roommate, each of you must email email@example.com your roommate’s name and SMU ID number to be matched in the SMU Housing Portal.
- If you wish to use a name other than your legal name, you can add a preferred name to your file, or update a preferred name already on file, using the self-service functions in the my.SMU Student Homepage.
- The University will make efforts to use your preferred name in communications and in the course of university business. However, there are situations that due to business practices, legal requirements or system limitations the use of a primary/legal name will be used.
- A preferred name is a first, middle and/or last name that may be chosen to be used instead of legal first, middle and last name.
- There is no documentation required to create or change a preferred name.
- The University advises that if you choose to use a preferred name, you should use it consistently and resist changing it frequently.
- SMU has many offices that keep records with student names and many data systems used for specific applications.
- In addition to updating their preferred name in my.SMU, you may need to notify some offices regarding your use of a preferred name.
Here is a partial list of standard name usage:
|Display name – my.SMU Student Homepage||Preferred name, if provided|
|Instructor Class Roster||Preferred name, if provided|
|Instructor Grade Roster||Preferred name, if provided|
|Canvas||Preferred name, if provided|
|Global Directory of email addresses||Preferred name, if provided|
|SMU online directory||Preferred name, if provided|
|SMU ID Card||Primary (legal) name – under review|
|Financial Aid related forms and documents||Primary (legal) name|
|Official Academic Transcript||Primary (legal) name|
|Diploma||Primary (legal) name or derivative|
|Degree Verifications||Primary (legal) name|
|Housing / Residence Life||Preferred first name, Primary last name|
|SEVIS Reporting (international students)||Primary (legal) name|