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Students and employees may use preferred first names in MIX,, other systems

Faculty, staff and students may now use their preferred first names in a number of University systems that previously required the use of only legal names. Those systems are: MIX email; the WVU Portal; StarRez for housing; Argos for data reporting; and SSC Campus for advising.

DegreeWorks will be able to accept preferred names by December 2016, and Information Technology Services intends to add eCampus to this list of systems in the fall of 2017.

The University allows students to select a preferred name to be used on class roster, the online University directory and other systems that do not contain official records. Transcripts, diplomas, financial aid documents and other official records of the University require the use of the legal name.

Students may contact the Office of the University Registrar, the WellWVU Carruth Center, the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies or the LGBTQ+ Center for assistance in making these changes. International students should contact the Office of International Students and Scholars.

Employees who want to change their preferred first names should submit a request through or email

This process is not required for students or employees who officially change their legal names.

Please direct any questions to the ITS Service Desk at (304) 293-4444.