Students can change their preferred name and pronouns in both Canvas and BlazerNet. Please click the buttons below for more information.

Students can change their preferred first name in Canvas by changing it in BlazerNet. Once the change is processed (24 hours), your name in Canvas should then match your name in BlazerNet. Follow the directions below to request that your preferred first name be changed in BlazerNet.

  1. Log into BlazerNet using BlazerID and password.
  2. To the right of your One Card picture, your legal name is displayed. Click the green hypertext link below your legal name that says, “Preferred Name.”
  3. You will be redirected to a page that will allow you to update your preferred first name. Once you type in your preferred name, click “Update.” Your name should be updated with 24 business hours. Your preferred first name will appear on course rosters and final grades.
    • PLEASE NOTE: Your legal name will continue to appear for university business and legal affairs (e.g., academic records, transcripts, diplomas, financial aid and scholarship documents).
    • TO UPDATE YOUR LEGAL NAME you must provide One Stop Student Services with legal documentation (marriage certificate or court order, along with photo ID).
    • Any further questions about updating your preferred or legal name should be directed to One Stop Student Services.
If you have followed the steps above and your name in Canvas does not match your name in BlazerNet after the 24 business hours processing time, please contact UAB eLearning.

Students can add/change their desired pronouns to be displayed throughout Canvas. Selected pronouns will display with your username in the following areas in Canvas.

  • Assignment Peer Review Page
  • Comment Fields
  • Course Sections List
  • Discussions
  • Inbox
  • People Pages (if enabled in course)
  • User Navigation Menu
  • User Profile
  • User Settings


Add/Change Canvas Pronouns 

  1. Log into Canvas using your BlazerID and password.
  2. In the account Settings (A) menu, Click the pencil icon Edit Settings (B) to open the editor.Canvas Profile Edit
  3. Select the desired Pronouns (C) from the drop-down menu. Then click Update Settings (D).Canvas Profile Pronouns
Note: Pronouns in BlazerNet and Canvas are independent of one another. Adding/changing pronouns in Canvas does not affect what is displayed in BlazerNet and Vice Versa. See instructions on adding/changing pronouns in BlazerNet