Cleveland State adopts new preferred name policy

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CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland State University is joining a growing list of schools that allow students and employees to use their preferred name on class lists and for other non-legal purposes.

Students and employees at Cleveland State can now choose a nickname, a middle name, gender-specific pronoun or a new name altogether. reports university trustees adopted the preferred name policy last week, following other colleges across the country.

Officials say a legal name is still required for admissions applications, reports to state and federal agencies and various college administrative documents.

Ohio University adopted a preferred name policy in 2015 following requests from the student and graduate student senates.

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