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When students return to Hanover this month, they will have the option to choose the name, pronouns, and gender identity by which they wish to be known on campus via DartHub, the landing page for Banner, Dartmouth's student information system.
"As a community, Dartmouth recognizes that it is important for students to be known by the names they choose," says Provost Joseph Helble. "The College now has the infrastructure to make it easy for students to make their chosen names known."
Since 2007, trans and nonbinary students have been able to request IDs and directory listings that reflected their preferred name, but now all students will be able to log on to DartHub and make desired changes on their own, says Registrar Meredith Braz, who has spearheaded the Chosen Name and Identity initiative.
"I have learned over the years what it means for some students to be able to choose their name. It can have a big impact. So it means a lot to me that we can do this," says Braz, who notes that last year's Banner upgrade gave the College the technological capacity to build the new self-service system and expand the reach of where the information is displayed. "Students have been asking for this for a while, sometimes even before they matriculate. It's the right thing to do."