The Inclusive Student Records Initiative has launched on the University of Iowa’s Office of the Registrar website, and, for the first time, students will be able to provide their desired name and pronoun, as they’d like it to be displayed on their applications and in the student record systems, as well as in the instructor resources MAUI and ICON. Under this joint initiative — presented by the UI Chief Diversity Office, Information Technology Services, Admissions and the Registrar — students can designate their own identifiers, such as sex and gender.
“In recognizing gender as an aspect of identity separate from sex, the University will be better able to connect students with resources,” said the University Chief Diversity Office in a press release today.
On the University’s trans resources page on identity terminology, it is stated, “As individuals we hold multiple identities, as such, the University of Iowa seeks to make our admissions, MyUI and other online systems more inclusive to people with diverse gender identities.”
This accommodation will hopefully not only support students of all genders, sexes and identities, but will benefit the increasing number of international students as well, by lifting the burden on students to provide their preferred names repeatedly in each individual situation, “particularly,” notes the release, “international students who choose to adopt an alternative name.”