Trans students studying at Cégep de Sherbrooke will now have their chosen names appear on all class lists, reports La Presse. The change aims to change a system that until now has forced students to explain their preferred name to each of their individual instructors. “At the beginning of each session, students had to go to all teachers. It was like seven coming outs,” says the CEGEP’s Student Services Director Martin Lambert. “Now the teacher has the common name.” La Presse reports that Cégep de Sherbrooke has also adopted gender neutral toilets in order to further provide a safe and comfortable environment.
What is my Preferred Name?
If you applied to Ryerson through OUAC (the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre), you were given the option to enter your Preferred Name. If you entered a Preferred Name on your application, this is the name you will see on the landing page of your Student Center. Your Preferred Name is not visible to your instructors, will not appear on any official University documents (including class rosters, transcripts, and graduation documents), and cannot be changed after it is received from OUAC.
I found the above very interesting. I am standing up shouting applauding Cegep de Sherbrooke. I hope you do as well.
Ryerson, I hope that you change your policy as follow Cegep de Sherbrooke’s example.
James comment – it’s really cool how you can register as your preferred name. It’s great that the preferred name will appear on class lists. This will make things not so awkward. I hope other Universities and Colleges follow Cegep. I am clapping for Cegep. Ryerson hurry up and follow.