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P400: Chosen or Preferred Name Policy

Issued by:
Human Resource Services and Office of the Registrar
October 2016

Policy Statement

Stony Brook University recognizes that members of our community may wish to use a chosen or preferred name that is different from their legal name. For some students and employees, being addressed by a chosen or preferred name is an important part of their identity and expression. In an effort to respect and support individuals who wish to be referred to by a name other than their legal name, the University acknowledges that a chosen or preferred name will be used where possible.


It is the policy of the University to provide all members of our community with the opportunity to use a chosen or preferred name that is different from their legal name, where possible. In some instances, the University is obliged to use a person's legal name and cannot use a chosen or preferred name. Such instances include but are not limited to: employment and payroll records, health insurance records, billing records, financial aid documents, reimbursements, travel and purchasing authorizations, etc.

The University reserves the right to remove a preferred name if it is used inappropriately, including but not limited to: for the purpose of misrepresentation, to be disruptive, or to attempt to avoid a legal obligation.


For information related to this policy, please contact:

Human Resource Services

Room 390, Administration Building

Stony Brook, NY 11794-0751

Phone: (631) 63 2-6161

Human Resource Services (Hospital)

3 Technology Drive, Suite 100

East Setauket, NY 11733

Phone: (631) 44 4-4700

Long Island State Veterans Home

100 Patriots Road

Stony Brook NY 11790 

Phone: (631) 44 4-8617

Office of the Registrar

276 Administration Building

Stony Brook, NY 11794-1101

Phone: (631) 63 2-6175

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