Important message from the Records & Registration Office

Due to the health emergency, all staff in the Records and Registration Office will be working remotely during normal business hours until further notice. Please contact us using our email at records@uwlax.edu. If you do call our number, please leave a message and your call will be returned either by email or phone as soon as possible.

In addition, we can no longer take transcript requests in person. Please order electronically. Current students may use the Official Transcript link in their WINGS Student Center. Former students may use the "Order a Transcript Now" link on our Transcript page. The link to the Transcript page is below this message. 

There will be a delay in processing the transcript requests for students who attended UWL prior to 1991. These transcripts may take 1-2 weeks to be mailed. Transcript requests sent in the mail will also take 1-2 weeks for processing.


Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the temporary undergraduate S/U Grading Policy for Spring 2020

Policy

UWL recognizes that many of its students, faculty and staff may use names other than their legal names to identify themselves. It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse that any faculty, staff, or student may choose to identify themselves within the university community with a preferred first and/or middle name that differs from their legal name. In addition, any faculty or staff member may choose to identify themselves within the university community with a preferred surname (last name). Students must legally change their surnames in order for a different surname to appear in UWL-related systems.

As long as the use of preferred names is not for the purpose of misrepresentation, they will appear instead of the person’s legal names in UWL related systems and documents except where the use of the legal name is required by university business or legal need. For students, the legal surname is required for university business.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I set a preferred name? expanding section

Students: Preferred name can be set by going to the Records and Registration Office webpage and selecting the Preferred Name under the Quick Links tabs. Or complete the Preferred Name Form linked above.

Employees: Faculty and staff can change their preferred or legal names by completing the name change request form available through the HR website.

Do I have to enter a preferred name? expanding section

No, you do not have to enter a preferred name. This is a service for people who wish to be known by something other than their legal name. If you regularly use your legal name, then please do not enter a preferred name. If you enter a preferred name that matches your legal name, the preferred name will not be displayed.

Can I use my preferred name for everything at the university? expanding section

Preferred name will only be used in cases where legal name is not absolutely necessary. Examples of where your legal name are necessary include, but are not limited to, financial aid documents, payroll, official transcripts, and federal immigration documents. In some cases if you indicate a preferred name, it may be necessary to clarify that your preferred name is different than your legal name. Examples of this include, but are not limited to, official interactions with campus police, law enforcement, and verification of medical records. 

If I am a student, when will my preferred name show up on my class roster? expanding section

Changes will appear within five business days of the day the form was submitted.

Will my preferred name appear in the UWL directory? expanding section

Yes, your preferred name, once it is processed, will appear in the UWL directory.

How many times may I change my preferred name? expanding section

Changing your legal name in university systems to a preferred name can have ripple effects throughout your day-to-day experiences. Changing your preferred name more than once can lead to confusion regarding your identity, challenges in customer service, and/or the interruption of your ability to access some university systems.

May I change my preferred name to whatever I want? expanding section

Preferred names are limited to alphabetical characters (A-Z and a-z) and a space or hyphen (-). Your preferred name will appear exactly as you enter it on the form. It is a violation of the UW-La Crosse Preferred Name Policy to indicate a preferred name for the purposes of misrepresentation or fraud. For students, fraud and misrepresentation may also violate UWS Student Nonacademic Misconduct Chapter 17.09.09, 17.09.10, and/or 17.09.11. Once entered, a user's preferred name may take up to five business days to reach affected systems. New preferred names are reviewed daily by the Records and Registration Office.

What happens if someone enters an inappropriate preferred name? expanding section

Any preferred names that may be deemed to be an attempt at misrepresentation, fraud, or interpreted as offensive will be denied by the Records and Registration staff or by Human Resources. For students, if this happens more than once, the student’s name may be forwarded to the Office of Student Life. 

How can I change my NetID if I use a preferred name? expanding section

Students: Once the online survey reaches the Records and Registration Office, the name will be changed in system and passed on to the IT Department. If your preferred name change is related to your gender identity/expression or there are special extenuating circumstances, your request will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Employees: Faculty and staff should complete the appropriate question on HR's name change request form.

Will my preferred name appear on my Eagle ID card? expanding section

Yes, your preferred name will be on the front of the card and your legal name will be on the back of the card.  

How do I delete my preferred name? expanding section

Students: If you have entered a preferred name and later decide that you would prefer to use your legal name everywhere on campus, simply contact the Records and Registration Office.

Employees: Please contact the HR office.

I have more questions about my preferred name and/or the Preferred Name Policy, who can I contact? expanding section

Students: If you have questions about setting up your preferred name, please contact the Records and Registration Office or the Pride Center Office.

Employees: If you have questions about setting up your preferred name, please contact HR.

How do I correct or change my legal name at the university? expanding section
How does the preferred name policy affect F-1 and J-1 students? expanding section

Preferred name is for use within the university community. International students may feel free to select a preferred name for on campus use. However, this does not apply in situations where one's legal name is required to be used. For the purpose of F-1 or J-1 student visa status, the legal name must be used on I-20s and DS-2019s. An individual's legal name is what appears in the passport.

How will university mail be affected? expanding section

University mail will use your name from the directory. The UWL directory will use your preferred name. That means that any mail sent to your home address will use your preferred name.