WITCC recognizes that faculty, staff, and students may wish to identify themselves by a name other than their Legal Name. We are happy to make this change. For this reason, the College will enable the WIT community to use a Chosen Name where possible in the course of their interactions. These may include, but are not limited to, community members who use their middle name instead of their first name, who are international, whose marital status has changed, who use nicknames, and/or individuals who use a name that affirms their gender identity. Our goal is to build an affirming campus environment where community members can be called and identified by the name they choose.
Individuals may also indicate their Personal Pronouns.
Where possible, the person will be addressed by Chosen Name and Personal Pronouns. Chosen Name will appear in communications with WITCC. This may include, but are not limited to, the following:
It is the policy of Western Iowa Tech Community College that students, faculty and staff may use names other than their Legal Name to identify themselves, regardless of whether they have legally changed their name, except where their legal names are required by law, such as federal and state documentation.
Other forms of communication or processes which may still require the use of Legal Name includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Limitations: The use of a Chosen Name cannot be for misrepresentation or for illegal purposes. At WITCC, we welcome and embrace the creativity and individualism of our community. However, we do reserve the right to reject inappropriate requests such as offensive or derogatory language. As well, name changes may not be used to avoid legal obligations or for illegal purposes.
WITCC students and staff may also choose their personal pronouns which will be included on course rosters and in the Colleague Management Information System.