All degree-seeking students, faculty, and staff may have a New School ID card with their preferred name if they wish. A preferred name is a name you use to identify yourself other than your legal name. This initiative is designed to ensure that our transgender and gender-non-conforming students, faculty, and staff have an ID card that accurately reflects who they are and how they identify.
New and Continuing Students
You can enter a preferred name at any time. You will see a preferred name link in MyNewSchool when you click on the Services tab. This link will open up to a Banner self-service page, where you'll see a field in which you can enter your preferred first name. You can edit this field at any time. This page also provides the opportunity to select a personal pronoun if you wish. If there is anything you would like to see added to that list of options, let us know.
Please note that a preferred name will not be displayed on any legal documentation, including transcripts, bills or receipts of payment, tax documentation, financial aid paperwork, diplomas, verification letters, or I-20 documents.
If you are an alum who wishes to change their preferred name, please contact Alumni Relations at [email protected].
Picking up Your New ID Card
Please allow 48 hours after your request has been approved to pick up your new ID card from Campus Card Services. After the approval of your preferred name, please contact Campus Card Services at [email protected]. Note that you must turn in your current card and pay a $25 fee in order to receive your replacement card. Only replacement cards incur this fee. Students can email Student Health Services at [email protected] if financial assistance is needed.
Your preferred first name will be displayed on the following places: your Net ID, Self-Service, MyNewSchool, Canvas, Starfish, HireNew, course rosters, and your newcard.
The university is legally obligated to use a student's legal name in the following areas:
- Financial aid
- Health insurance plans
- Hiring forms such as I-9 and federal and state tax forms
- Enrollment and/or degree verification
- Student bills
Faculty, Staff, and Student Workers
Faculty and staff can enter a preferred name at any time in Workday (click on Personal Information; then click on the Preferred Name link). Please allow 48 hours after your request has been approved to pick up your new ID card from Campus Card Services once the office reopens. At this time, the office is closed until further notice. Note that you must turn in your current card and pay a $25 fee in order to receive your replacement card. Only replacement cards incur this fee. Contact Irwin Kroot in Human Resources at [email protected] if financial assistance is needed.
Please note: University ID cards with a preferred name cannot be used as legal identification.