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 (
  • 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 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.