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Preferred Name Policy
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At Otis College, students may update their preferred first name in the Personal Information section of Self Service.

View Preferred Name Policy and Information.

Otis College reserves the right to remove the preferred first name if used inappropriately. This includes but is not limited to, names using foul or inappropriate language, names submitted to avoid a legal obligation, and names used to create misrepresentation.


A preferred first name will appear on the following records and documents:
    • Class Rosters - A student’s name will be displayed as Legal Last Name, Preferred First Name
    • Otis College Identification/OneCard
    • Student Self Service
    • The Nest
    • Degree Works
    • Otis College assigned email address


A preferred first name will NOT appear on the following records and documents:

While Otis College is committed to expanding its use of preferred first names, here are examples in which a legal first name will currently be used due to technology limitations and/or legal requirements:

  • Academic Records including transcripts (both official and unofficial)
  • Financial Aid and Scholarship Documents
  • Any legal document produced by the University




Contact the One Stop

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 310-665-6999 | M – F 8:30AM – 5PM PST

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