DEI Resources

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Chosen/Preferred First Name

Students who would like to use a name other than their legal first name within the campus community are able to enter a chosen first name, update an existing chosen first name, or delete an existing chosen first name through the Records Office.

Students may designate a chosen first name, which certain college systems will then use. These systems include class rosters, the display name in Colleague, and the display name in a number of learning management systems (e.g., EAGLE, Canvas, and Self Service), and most college directories.

The college will also retain your full legal name, which is used when required by the College, such as in tax documents, contracts, academic transcripts, diplomas, and certain health records. For further details, students can refer to Records & Registration.

To set or change your chosen first name, please complete the Change of Name/Chosen Name Request Form and return it to Records & Registration.

Acceptable uses of chosen first names include:

  • A middle name instead of first name
  • An abbreviated name (Rob instead of Robert, Manny instead of Emmanuel)
  • An Americanized name (Wendy instead of Haiyan)
  • A name to which you are in the process of legally changing
  • A name that better represents your gender identity

You may not use your chosen first name to misrepresent who you are, nor may you use any profane or offensive language in your preferred first name. Your chosen first name is subject to approval by College administration, and those who intentionally misuse the chosen first name option may be subject to disciplinary action.

A chosen first name may take several days to appear in all systems that display preferred first names.

A chosen first name may take several days to appear in all systems that display preferred first names.

  • Faculty/Instructors will see a student’s chosen first name, if one exists, and legal last name if they are granted permission. Otherwise, the legal first and last name will appear.  Use your chosen first name on scantrons, tests, and other items that are handed in since the instructor will see that chosen name on the roster.
  • Advisors and college administrative staff will see a student’s chosen and legal first name.
  • Online directories will display the preferred first name, if one exists, and legal last name, otherwise the legal first and last name.
  • The RVC student ID can display either the Chosen Name or Legal name.
  • Students who wish to enter or update a preferred first name should submit this attached form to the RVC Records Office, located on the second floor of the Student Center.
  • Chosen Names can be printed on Diplomas and Certificates upon request.
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Personal Pronouns

Sometimes a person’s gender identity (the way the person identifies internally in terms of their gender) doesn’t align with their gender expression (the way they look). In addition, not everyone identifies strictly as male or female. So when a person shares their gender pronouns, they are simply taking the guesswork away for you! It’s their way of saying “when you refer to me using pronouns (opposed to by my name), these are the pronouns I’d like for you to use.”

You can now select personal pronouns to add to your EAGLE user account. Personal pronouns will display after your name in various areas in EAGLE, including: Comment Fields, Discussions, Inbox, People Page, User Navigation Menu, User Profile Page, and User Settings Page.

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All-Gender Bathrooms

Per the Illinois Equitable Restrooms Act, every single-occupancy restrooms shall be outfitted with an exterior sign marking them as restrooms and identifying them as all-gender. For more information on this legislation can be found on the Illinois General Assembly website.

  • Classroom Building I: CLI 0109
  • Educational Resource Center: ERC 1430 and ERC 1432
  • Health Sciences Center: HSC 1302
  • Karl J. Jacobs Center for Science and Math: JCSM 0115 and JCSM 0117