Using an individual’s pronouns correctly is a way to continue to practice inclusion and foster belonging at William Paterson University. By respecting others’ pronouns, you recognize their sense of self and affirm the humanity of all members of our community, specifically transgender, gender non-conforming, non-binary, gender questioning, and other gender diverse members of our community.
Pronouns are how a person wants to be referred to in the third person. Examples of pronouns include, but are not limited to:
Misgendering is incorrectly referring to a person’s gender by assuming their gender identity; often this is done by using the wrong pronouns for a person. Misgendering someone can be done intentionally or unintentionally, and it can have long-lasting harmful impact.
Students and Employees who wish to use an affirmed/preferred first name may now do so by updating their information in the “My Profile” page in WPconnect. After updating in WPconnect it may take a full business day to propagate to the systems that support the affirmed/preferred first name.
Students must first login to WP Connect.
Prospective students may provide an affirmed/preferred first name on the admissions application.
Places Where Affirmed/Preferred First Name is Displayed
To learn more about where legal First Name is used and displayed check out our ITWiki page.
William Paterson University recognizes that some of its students use a name other than their legal name to identify themselves. To encourage a more open and inclusive campus environment, the University now provides the option for students to be recognized by their Affirmed/Preferred names on their student ID cards.
Once the Affirmed/Preferred name has been updated on WP Connect (24-48 hours following submission), students may visit the Hospitality Services ID Center to have the new card generated.
You can change your first/last name and display your pronouns to your Zoom profile so that, when logged in, this will be your displayed name in a Zoom meeting.
Login to your WPUNJ Zoom account: zoom.us
After you save changes, your name and pronouns will be updated in the Display Name field and show up as your display name for future Zoom Meetings, as long as you are logged into your WPUNJ Zoom account. Alternatively, you can update your name and pronouns during each Zoom Meeting by renaming yourself in the participant list.
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