Chosen Name and Gender Identity Policy

UNB is committed to providing a welcoming, supportive and inclusive environment in which to study and work. Under the Chosen Name and Gender Identity Policy students, faculty and staff have the ability to provide or change their name and gender without having to change their name legally or provide a reason for their request.

Additionally, the accompanying documentation previously requested to support a change of name or gender, will no longer be required in most circumstances. The policy supports students, faculty and staff, particularly trans and non-binary folks operating within the University, to use a chosen first name and/or middle name that is different from their legal name.


In 2020 consultation sessions were conducted regarding UNB’s Chosen Name & Gender Identity Policy. We received excellent feedback from the UNB community and we worked to incorporate your suggestions. As of February 2021, the Chosen Name & Gender Identity Policy successfully made its way through the internal UNB approval process.

Since the policy approval, two multi-unit implementation and data management teams have actively worked towards the readiness of UNB systems and we are pleased to announce that our chosen name and gender identity form is now live, backed by the UNB Chosen Name and Gender Identity Policy.

A printable change of name and/or gender in-person request form is also available for requests that cannot be submitted online through Colleage Self Service. pdf | doc file (download only)

For information on the form, please view the Chosen Name FAQ

Please note that different UNB systems take different amounts of time to update – for example, sometimes a requested change will be updated overnight, other systems may be more responsive and a change is seen in a few hours. Feel free to consult the chosen name data flow chart for more information or reach out to if you have questions.

Please continue to check back for updates on the policy and its continued implementation. 

Tips and recommendations to help faculty, staff and students foster safer, more inclusive environments such as pronoun usage and upcoming educational workshops can be accessed through UNBs equity, diversity and inclusion website.