Gender Recognition and Lived Name Policy

Gender Recognition and Lived Name Policy

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Gender Recognition & Lived Name Policy

The Gender Recognition and Lived Name (GRLN) policy ensures that all students, employees, alumni, and affiliates are identified by their accurate gender identity and lived name on university-issued identification documents and in UC’s information systems by providing guidance on the collection and reporting of gender identity, lived name and sexual orientation. The Gender Recognition and Lived Name policy requires UC to provide:

  1. At least three equally recognized gender options in university information systems — woman, man and nonbinary.
  2. Any individual entering into an academic or professional relationship with the UC may be permitted to indicate a lived name to be used in the UC system in all settings and situations that do not require a person’s legal name.
  3. An efficient process for current students, faculty and staff, and for UC alumni and affiliates, to retroactively amend their gender designations and lived name on university-issued documents, including eligible academic documents, and in information systems.


If you have questions, comments, suggestions, or need support from our team, please contact:

GRLN Executive Sponsors

  • Dania Matos (she/her/ella), Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion 
  • David Turner (he/him), Executive Director, Campus Applications & Data

GRLN Leadership

  • Em Huang (they/them), Director of LGBTQ+ Advancement & Equity, Gender Equity Resource Center
  • Billy Curtis (he/him), Executive Director, Gender Equity Resource Center

Gender Recognition Lived Name Policy - GRLN (Background, Summary, Implementation)

A Fall 2022 presentation by the GRLN implementation team, sharing background and more current updates.


On November 6, 2020, President Drake released a new presidential policy on Gender Recognition and Lived Name. The implementation of this policy officially began the day it was issued.

Full implementation of the policy and procedures must be completed no later than December 31, 2023.