The Pride Center is committed to supporting our transgender, nonconforming, and gender non-binary community.
Update Your Name and Information
It's important for you to keep UND up-to-date with your current address and contact information. Your name listed in Campus Connection is the way your name will appear on your diploma, and your listed home address will be used for almost all mailed correspondence.
If you are not doing a legal name change, you can still update your name in Campus Connection along with your NDUS.identifier/Username.
Update Name in Campus Connection
- Log in to Campus Connection
- Click Profile in the main menu
- Under Personal Details, click on Your Name then, Type listed as Preferred Name
- Update First Name and save
- Additional Changes
- Legal name changes must be done with the Name Change form through the Office of the Registrar.
- Addresses (Home, Permanent, or Parent) can be updated under on Campus Connection Profile under Addresses
- Emergency Contacts can be updated on Campus Connection Profile under Emergency Contacts
*Updating your Preferred Name in Campus Connection will update how your name appears on class rosters and Starfish. You will need to complete this step first before updating your campus IDM (first.last name). You do not have to go through a legal name change to update your campus IDM.
Update NDUS Identifier
After updating your name in Campus Connection (and you have verified correct information) you will need to contact University Information Technology to update your email/NDUS.identifier. You can call 701.777.222 and let the staff know that you need to change your NDUS.identifier/Username.
On Campus Employment
Not all campus systems pull your name from Campus Connection. An example of this is within on-campus employment. Some departments use multiple systems and your legal name may be used. Be sure to work with your on-campus supervisor to verify that your name is used correctly in their systems, many have the ability to manually update your name. UND Dining Services is one area for example where you can contact department staff to update your name in their access control system.
If you are experiencing any issues with name being correctly used in our on-campus employment, please contact Pride Center staff for assistance.
Update Gender, Pronouns, & Sexual Orientation Information
You can update your gender, pronouns and sexual orientation information in Campus Connection. These are opt-in options and are not required by the University.
- Log in to Campus Connection
- Click Profile in the main menu
- Under Personal Details, click on the Biographic tab
- Select your gender identity, pronouns, and sexual orientation from a drop-down menu.
Gender identity is not shared with class instructors or other campus partners, including health services. Authorized campus employees with access to your bio-demographic information will also have access to view your gender identity.
When you confirmed your enrollment to the campus, some of your personal information, like your name, ID number and demographic information, was made available to campus employees who work with you, including staff, faculty and some student employees. If you decide to share your personal pronouns, your pronouns will be included along with other information provided to campus employees.Examples of where your personal pronouns will be available include the class roster provided to instructors and staff including your photo and the student record in campus systems that advisors and other student services staff use to work with you
Sexual orientation is not shared with class instructors or other campus partners, including health services. Authorized campus employees with access to your bio-demographic information will also have access to your sexual orientation.
Update pronouns in Starfish
You can also update your pronouns in Starfish under profile settings.
- Log in to Starfish
- click Edit Profile
- Scroll down to Contact information
- Updated pronouns under section for Pronouns in Your Student Profile
Gender Inclusive Housing
UND is committed to working with you in you in finding an on-campus housing option that meets your needs and where you can feel comfortable. Students are able to indicate if they would be willing to accept a room assignment for a gender inclusive room/suite as part of the application process. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on gender inclusive housing options.
Gender Inclusive Restrooms on Campus
Gender inclusive restrooms are located across campus. Many are designated as single user.
Gender Expression Closet
The Gender Expression Closet was created to provide access to free identify affirming clothing for UND students. The closet helps support trans, non-binary, and gender-diverse students feel comfortable and validated so they can be their authentic selves while pushing forward in their education.
- UND Student Health Services specializes in medical and psychiatric care for students, including transgender individuals
in a comfortable and non-judgmental environment. Inclusive health initiatives include:
- Ongoing training for staff on transgender health concerns
- Paperwork/Intake form modification to include pronouns, and chosen name.
- Referral for gender confirmation treatments/procedures
- Northern Praire Community Clinic in Columbia Hall offers voice therapy for transgender students.
- University Counseling Center provides mental health and substance use services that support students in their academic and personal goals. Services include modified paperwork/intake forms that are gender inclusive. Staff also participate in ongoing LGBTQIA training.
Notice of Nondiscrimination
The University of North Dakota (UND) is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment. UND does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, creed, marital status, veteran's status, political belief or affiliation or any other status protected by law. Pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, UND does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, employment and admission. UND will promptly and equitably investigate reports of discrimination or harassment and take disciplinary action as appropriate.
Retaliation in any form against a person who reports discrimination or participates in the investigation of discrimination is strictly prohibited and will be grounds for separate disciplinary action.
The University’s policies and procedures for complaints of discrimination or harassment are found at:
Notifying your Instructor of Your Name and Pronouns
Do I have to come out to my instructor as trans or gender non-conforming?
No. You are never required to come out to instructors or anyone. However, you may want to inform your instructors if you want them to use your name and pronouns in class.
How do I come out to my instructor as trans or gender non-conforming?
You can come out to your instructor in any way that makes you most comfortable. Some people meet in-person or virtually, others send an email or call their instructors. Many students find that emailing an instructor before class is beneficial. Below is a template e-mail that can be used to notify your instructor of your name and pronouns prior to class starting.
Example email to instructor
Dear [Instructor name],
My name is [Name], and I will be attending your course [Course Name] on [Days] at [Time] this [Term]. I am transgender and have not yet legally changed my name. On your roster is my legal name, [Legal Name]. I would greatly appreciate it if you would use [Name] and use [Pronouns] when addressing me. If you are looking for some additional resources please contact The Pride Center or visit UND.edu/pridecenter. Thank you for your understanding, and I look forward to starting your course!