Maiden name or Former legal name field?

Beverly.M.200 Posts: 5 🌱
edited October 2023 in Higher Ed / Postsecondary

Good day,

I am wondering how administrators manage students that change their legal name, e.g. in the case of marriage. Is there an option for a Maiden name field or Former legal name for accounts?

Often when students get married, they inform the administration of a legal change but then say they don't mind keeping their Brightspace and email using their maiden name. We need to update the legal name but feel some connection may get lost by not having a space to put either maiden or former legal name.

We use the Preferred field for cases where students prefer to be addressed with a first or last name that differs from their legal name. So this field is not appropriate for former legal names.

We cannot force newly married students to update their accounts to their legal name if we don't require all students to do the same.

Thoughts? Options? Current practices?

Many thanks!