OCC recognizes that students, faculty members, and employees may use a first name other than their legal first name to identify themselves. As long as the use of this chosen name is not for the purpose of misrepresentation, OCC acknowledges that a chosen first name can be used where possible in the course of OCC business and education. OCC reserves the right to deny or remove, with or without notice, any chosen name for misuse, including but not limited to fraud, misrepresentation, attempting to avoid legal obligation, or the use of highly offensive or derogatory names. The last name (surname) will remain unchanged.
When designated by a student, faculty member or employee, the chosen name will be used in all OCC communications except where use of a legal name is required by OCC business. If an employee does not specify a chosen name, the legal name will continue to be used for all purposes.
Please be advised that requesting a chosen first name is not the same as legally changing your name through the court system. Selecting a chosen name does not change your legal name on OCC’s records. If you have a legal name change, please provide supporting legal documentation and complete the Student Update Information Request form.
Lastly, requestors also have the option to request a change to their email address. If updated, the email address will reflect the chosen first name. For email update processing, please allow approximately one additional business day after your chosen name has been entered.