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Process for Changing Biological or Legal Gender to Gender Based on Identity or Expression

  1. To Whom This Policy Applies

    This policy applies to all transgender or gender non-conforming students who seek to have their title, first name, and gender changed to reflect their gender identity and/or gender expression in the University's student records system.

  2. Policy Definitions

    Transgender/Gender Non-Conforming- Anyone whose gender identity and/or gender expression does not match society's expectations of how an individual who was assigned a particular sex at birth should behave in relation to their gender.

    Gender Identity - An individual's sense of being either male or female, man or woman, or something other in-between.

    Gender Expression - The external characteristics and behaviors that are socially defined as masculine or feminine, such as dress, mannerisms, speech patterns, and social interactions.

    Biological or Legal Sex - The sex legally assigned to an individual at birth, usually reflected in a birth certificate.

    Title - This includes a prefix such as "Mr.", "Mrs.," "Miss" and "Ms."

    Legal Name - The name legally given to an individual, which may be memorialized on a birth certificate, a court order, or certificate of naturalization.

    Preferred First Name and Pronoun - The name and pronoun used by a transgender student that corresponds to the student's gender identity/expression.

    New York University Office of the University Registrar - The Office of the University Registrar supports teaching and learning at New York University by maintaining the integrity of academic policies and the student information system.

    Qualified Health Care Provider - A health care provider who has an expertise in transgender, sex reassignment, and/or gender identity/gender expression issues.

    Qualified Mental Health Professional - A mental health care provider who has an expertise in transgender, sex reassignment, and/or gender identity/gender expression issues.

  3. Policy Statement

    To assist in providing a comfortable and non-discriminatory University experience for students whose gender identity and/or gender expression does not conform to their assigned legal sex at birth, the University accepts requests from such students to change University records to reflect their gender identity and/or gender expression.

  4. Process for Changing Biological or Legal Gender to Gender Based on Identity or Expression

    Students who enroll at New York University under their biological or legal sex may change their gender in the student records system to reflect their gender identity and/or gender expression, which may differ from the sex assigned to them at birth. Such students should complete an "Affidavit of Gender Change", which is available online at the Office of the Registrar's Office website, and provide one of the following documents to substantiate the change:

    1. Pre- or post-operative documentation from a qualified health care provider
    2. A letter of support from a qualified mental health professional
    3. A birth certificate or court order legalizing the preferred gender or
    4. A valid social security card, driver license, or passport reflecting the gender identity or expression.

    Click here to download the Change of Name form.

  5. Effect of Change in Student Records

    A student's preferred title, first name, pronoun, and gender will be reflected in all of the student's University documents, including but not limited to the student's NYU identification card, directory listing, class rosters, health center records, official transcript, and diploma. Students who prefer to have their legal first names and/or biological or legal sex on their official transcripts and diplomas must complete another "Affidavit of Name Change or Additions" and/or "Affidavit of Gender Change" prior to graduation to switch back to the student's legal first name and/or biological or legal sex.

    Please be advised that changing your name and/or gender in the University's student records is not the same as legally changing your name and/or gender through the courts (or in the case of gender, through a birth certificate in some States) and you may be challenged when you are asked to provide proof of your legal name and/or identity for employment or government purposes, such as obtaining a passport.

  6. FERPA

    A student's preferred title and first name will be disclosed as "directory information" unless the student refuses to permit such disclosure. For further information on disclosure of directory information, please refer to New York University's Guidelines for Compliance with the Family Educational rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

  7. Policy Contact

    Please contact Academic Records online or at (212) 998-4280, with any questions regarding this policy and process.

    Disclaimer: This policy does not form a contract of any kind and may be modified, changed, altered, or rescinded by NYU at its discretion.