Boston University students can now change degree pronouns and names, school directory

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Boston University students can now edit their preferred names and pronouns in the school’s database.

“[The new directory listing] provided the flexibility and recognition needed for people who had changed their name or wanted to be referred to in a different way than their record indicated,” BU spokesperson Colin Riley told student newspaper The Daily. FreePress.

The school community was alerted to the change last month in an email sent by Vice President and Assistant Vice President of Student Enrollment and Administration Christine McGuire on July 19, according to the Student Newspaper. The change was made in an effort to become more inclusive for the LGBTQ community and went into effect July 18.

The changes apply to the school directory, academic records, student health service medical records and other databases used daily by students, according to the school newspaper.

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Signage is displayed at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., Monday, April 20, 2020. (Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
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The announcement was celebrated by some as a move that will lessen the hassle of students who don’t want their old pronouns or names used.

“One of the biggest benefits ultimately is that these changes can help keep students safe who may not be able to legally change their name,” said Alex, a student at the school who identifies as transmasculine, in the school newspaper. “It’s a wonderful option to have because it lets people know how to refer to you, and it doesn’t lead them to make assumptions.”

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But the change also came with some criticism and concern that if a student updates their name and pronouns in the school yearbook, it threatens to reveal it to their family if they don’t know. his identity.

“I’ve talked to a lot of people who are afraid to update their name or pronouns, because they just don’t want them to come home,” sophomore Vlad Rada said. in the student newspaper. “But it’s not necessarily something that can be changed easily.” Rada argued that the change is still “positive” because the updates will automatically alert professors to use a student’s preferred pronouns.

The vice president of BU’s Trans Listening Circle added that the updated policy allows for the assertion of students’ identities, but could also reveal students to their parents.

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“Manufacturing [name changing] accessible and… having a lower barrier of entry can be incredibly affirming and euphoric for people,” she said.[However,] there’s a chance that if this system is misunderstood, it could potentially send people back to their parents.”

Boston University did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment on the update.

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Boston University joins a long list of colleges and universities across the country that allow students to change their preferred names and pronouns on school records. University of California campuses have updated students’ favorite names and pronouns in 2020. And in New York, Governor Kathy Hochul announced earlier this year that the 64 State University campuses of New York must also allow students to make changes to academic records. .

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