Preferred Name/Chosen Name

Preferred Name/Chosen Name

At the January 18, 2019 Senate, changes to the policies on “Graduation Diplomas and Certificates” and “Academic Records and Student Transcripts” were approved to introduce a new Preferred/Chosen First Name policy for current students.  

Effective February 15, 2019, current students can identify by a preferred/chosen first name in the following areas:

  • Western ONECard ($31 replacement fee will apply if you already have a Western ONECard)
  • Western email display name (@uwo.ca)
  • Student Center account
  • Class Lists and Grading
  • OWL

If your primary/legal name is not the name you identify with, you now have an option to use your preferred/chosen name on the above services.  To take advantage of this new opportunity, fill out the Preferred/Chosen name form that can be found under Updating Your Address or Name.  Return the form to Student Central via paper, or send it via email to contact@uwo.ca. Change requests will be actioned within 5 business days and reflected in the systems indicated above (Please note:  due to volume following the launch, changes may initially take longer to be applied).

If you wish to obtain a replacement Western ONECard, once you can see the change on your Student Center, log in to Login One Experience to verify your name and to request, and pay $31 for a replacement card. The card will be available to pick up in Student Central the next business day after 12pm.