New guidelines available for the use of preferred names for faculty and staff

As part of UBC’s commitment to create a welcoming, inclusive and nondiscriminatory environment, Human Resources and the Equity & Inclusion Office have created guidelines regarding the use of preferred names for faculty and staff.

Whether for professional, personal or privacy reasons, a number of faculty and staff use names other than their legal names to identify themselves at the university. For trans and non-binary faculty and staff who are protected on the grounds of gender identity and gender expression in BC Human Rights legislation, the use of preferred names can be especially important to ensure safety and privacy. Addressing a person’s preferred name and gender has been recognized by human rights tribunals as best practice for non-discrimination.

These new guidelines provide you with background on the importance of preferred names, their use at the university, and the few legal limitations of using preferred names. We encourage you to review the guidelines: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/administrators/managing-staff/hr-guidelines-preferred-names/.

Thank you for your support in helping to create a respectful and nondiscriminatory environment for our colleagues.