Request for Social Security Number Change
If you are not and have not been an EKU employee, you must use the SSN Update form.
You must submit a copy of your signed Social Security Card for your request to be considered.
Requesting Duplicate Diplomas
To request a duplicate diploma: Please complete the Duplicate Diploma Request Form Online.
Upon receipt of the order form, please allow three – six weeks for processing & printing.
Request for Change of Name
If you are not and have not been an EKU employee and you are a current student, you must use the Personal Information Change Request form. Additional details such as date of birth, or gender may also be updated/changed using this form.
Below is the list of acceptable documentation for each change.
- Address Changes, Emergency Contact Changes, Name Changes, or Date of Birth: Driver’s license; or Passport; or government issued photo ID with Driver’s license number/passport number/ID number marked out and not visible
- Gender: Driver’s license; or passport; or government issued photo ID with Driver’s license number/passport number/ID number marked out and not visible and court order legalizing gender identity; or pre/post-operative documentation from a qualified health care provider; or letter from a mental health professional who is providing care, and which is written on letterhead with original signature.
Preferred Name, Gender, and Pronoun
Eastern Kentucky University recognizes and strives to support the need or preference for members of the University community to refer to themselves by a name other than their legal name. As long as the use of this name is not intended for the purposes of avoiding legal obligations or misrepresentation, the University acknowledges that a preferred first and/or middle name may be used where possible in the course of University business.
Eastern Kentucky University will use a student’s preferred name wherever a legal name is not required on campus including on internal documents, communications, systems, and web portals such as:
- University ID Card (Beginning January 2023)
- Class rosters and grade rosters
- Dean’s List, Dean’s Award, President’s Award
- Degree Works
- Big E Central Portal
- MyEKU Self-Service
- Diplomas and University Certificates* (apostilles often have to be legal name)
- Public Directory, unless a FERPA information block has been requested
*By request only
A preferred name will not be used on outgoing mail or documents that require a legal name such as:
- International Student and Scholar Services Documentation
- Financial records
- W-2 forms
- Enrollment data
- Financial aid documents
- National Student Clearinghouse
- Athletics Rosters
- Police or Public Safety Records
The University will not accept a preferred name that is vulgar, offensive, obscene, or fanciful, creates confusion of the individual with another individual, or otherwise constitutes misuse or abuse as defined in this procedure. The use of a preferred name cannot be used for the purpose of misrepresentation and must otherwise comply with university policies, including the Student Code of Conduct. The Registrar or designee will determine if a student’s preferred name is appropriate under these criteria.
Preferred Gender, Pronouns
Eastern Kentucky University recognizes and strives to support the expression and self-identification of gender identity and pronoun usage. As long as the gender assertion meets the requirements, voluntary self-identification options at this time include the following:
- he, him, his
- she, her, hers
- they, them, theirs
- ze, zie, hirs
If selected by an individual, preferred prefixes and pronouns will be added to the person’s entry in the University’s public directory to facilitate communication based upon the person’s preferences. While the use of preferred pronouns and prefixes are recommended and encouraged wherever possible, the University cannot guarantee that preferred pronouns and prefixes will appear in all cases and in all communications. It should be understood that even when a Preferred Gender has been entered in various University information systems, Legal Sex will be used wherever required by University business or legal need.
Specific examples that may require use of Legal Sex include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Financial, medical, and law enforcement documents
- Transcripts and diplomas
- W-4 forms, I-9 forms and payroll documents
- Visa/immigration documents
- Information provided to airlines for issuing tickets
- Employment related documents and personnel files
- Background check documents
- Insurance documents
- Federal reporting
In order to request a change to your preferred name, gender, pronouns, etc. with the university, please submit a Personal Information Change Form.
Declaring a Program of Study (Changing Your Major)
Q: What if I want to change my program of study?
A: Current and newly admitted students are required to contact an advisor representing the new program of study they wish to pursue. Newly admitted students are strongly encouraged to do this before attending student orientation. Students that have not been formally admitted to Eastern Kentucky University may contact the Office of Admissions to have their application updated to reflect their newly chosen program.
Q: How do I add or change a major, minor, concentration, or certificate?
A: You will first need to complete the Major Change Form. Some students may have special conditions regarding major changes; be sure to follow the instructions detailed on the form carefully! You are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor in the department of your desired new major to discuss your proposed changes before submitting the form.
Q: What if I am not sure which program of study I want to pursue?
A: Students are encouraged to speak with an advisor for any program they are considering. Advisors are able to provide detailed insight into program requirements, how changing will impact your progress, and help ensure you find the best program for you! Students can also find additional information regarding each program that is offered at EKU through the Academic Programs and Curriculum Guides page.
Area of Interest
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|Justice, Safety, & Military Science
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|Letters, Arts, & Social Sciences
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Transfer General Education Request
A transfer course from outside of Kentucky, or from a Kentucky private school, may be used to meet EKU General Education requirements.
This form is to be used by students transferring from non-Kentucky universities and/or private universities within Kentucky.
All other transfer students are covered by the Kentucky Statewide Transfer Agreement.
Students are required to provide proper documentation as proof that the transfer course (s) satisfied general education requirements at their prior institution.