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How to change your name in Canvas

We offer the ability for users to change their name in Canvas. Simply follow these directions:

  1. Log in to FSU's Canvas.
  2. Go to your Canvas Account Settings (If this link does not work for you, select Account on the global navigation menu that displays on the left of your screen, and then select Settings).
  3. Press the Edit Settings button on the right of the page.
  4. Adjust your "full name" field so that it contains your desired name. 
    Keep in mind: Though you can change your "display name" so that it is different from your "full name" in Canvas, we do not recommend doing this because the display name does not adjust the name that displays everywhere. It is simpler and more helpful for both instructors and students to edit their "full name" field only to ensure that the the name displays uniformly across the entire Canvas system.
  5. Press the garnet Update Settings button 

Please note: Changing your name in Canvas only impacts your information in Canvas. Canvas name changes will not carry over to any other FSU system, such as myFSU, FSU webmail, registrar records, and more. Name changes in Canvas do not have any impact on student grade records.

If you have legally changed your name as a result of getting married, divorced, transitioning, or any other reason, then we recommend that you complete the process of officially changing your name at FSU. This way, your new name will display consistently everywhere across all FSU systems.

Please follow the directions below to legally change your name.

Students

To change your official legal name at FSU, submit a photocopy of your driver's license, birth certificate, or marriage/divorce certificate to the University Registrar's office via fax (850-644-1597) or email a scan of your documentation to transcripts@admin.fsu.edu. Or, you can hand deliver one of these documents into the University Registrar's office at University Center A, Suite 3900 (Stadium A). Once you see the change reflected on your FSU MyProfile page, your name should have been successfully changed across FSU systems. If it has not been adjusted in Canvas, you will need to manually adjust your name in Canvas. Please contact ODL Technical Support for assistance if you experience any difficulty with changing your name in Canvas.

Staff

Please bring your updated, signed Social Security Card to your department's HR representative along with your filled-out Name Change Request form to change your name on University systems. If you are not officially changing your name, but would rather go by your middle name (e.g., Howard Allen Jones is your official name, but you prefer to have your name displayed as Allen Jones in Canvas), then you may complete the Preferred Name Change Request form instead. Once you see the change reflected on your FSU MyProfile page, your name should have been successfully changed across FSU systems. If it has not been adjusted in Canvas, then you will need to manually adjust your name in Canvas. Please contact ODL Technical Support for assistance if you experience any difficulty with changing your name in Canvas.

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