Transgender Resources

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Transgender Resources

Trans* and Non-binary Discussion Group

This is a peer led, weekly discussion group that allows transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming students to meet and discuss a wide range of topics associated with being transgender. This group is a drop-in group that is open to all students under the Transgender Spectrum including but not limited to: Transgender, Non-binary, Genderqueer, Genderfluid, and Agender. For more information on the group, please email or call 214-768-4972. Please note that this group is a peer discussion group and not a clinical support group. There are no mental health counselors or other accredited professionals present in this group.

Student Name Change

A student who has a change in name must provide the University Registrar’s Office with his or her Social Security card or the form issued by the Social Security Administration. A valid passport may also be used to complete a name change. Enrollment or records services for the student under a name different from the last enrollment cannot be accomplished without one of the above documents. All transcripts and diplomas are issued only under a person’s legal name as recorded by the University Registrar’s Office.

Preferred Name

Students who wish to use a name other than their legal name can add a preferred name to their file in addition to their primary/legal name, 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 the 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.

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, students may need to notify some offices regarding their use of a preferred name.

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. Students are advised that if they choose to use a preferred name, they should use it consistently and resist changing it frequently.

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

*The above information can be found in the 2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Gender Inclusive/Single Stall Restroom Facilities

There are several gender inclusive single stall restrooms on campus for those who may need them. You can find a campus map listing all the Inclusive restrooms on campus here: Inclusive Restrooms. Also, due to new construction and renovations of existing buildings, there many be restrooms that are not included in this list. Please email us at with any updates to this list.