Southern Oregon University acknowledges that many students use names other than their legal name to identify themselves. The university seeks to promote the comfort and safety of students who wish to be identified by a name other than their legal name through instituting the preferred/chosen name policy. Students can update their preferred/chosen name in InsideSOU. 

Preferred/chosen names will be displayed in Email/ Google Apps, Moodle, SOU Directory. Additionally, a preferred/chosen name may be displayed in other SOU departments maintained software applications. 

If you have further questions or concerns, please feel free to connect with Alex Sylvester, Coordinator of SOU Queer Resource Center at  and/or  Dr. Matt Stillman, University Registrar at 

To add or update a preferred/chosen name follow these steps: 

  1. Log into InsideSOU
  2. In the right hand ONLINE SERVICES menu navigate Academic Profile > Personal Information
  3. Select Update Preferred First Name
  4. You will be directed to a page to make updates (sample page seen below) 
The example is shown in the image:Preferred Chosen Name Change