ASSEMBLY, No. 5918

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

219th LEGISLATURE

INTRODUCED JUJN E 21, 2021

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman† WILLIAM F. MOEN, JR.

District 5 (Camden and Gloucester)

Assemblywoman† MILA M. JASEY

District 27 (Essex and Morris)

Assemblywoman† VALERIE VAINIERI HUTTLE

District 37 (Bergen)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

†††† Permits use of preferred names on student diplomas.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

†††† As introduced.

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An Act concerning the use of preferred names on student diplomas and supplementing chapter 6 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes.

 

†††† Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

†††† 1.††† All public and nonpublic schools, institutions of higher education, and proprietary institutions licensed to offer academic degrees shall provide a graduating student with an option to request that a diploma be conferred by the school or institution listing the studentís preferred name.† A school or institution shall not require a graduating student to provide legal documentation sufficient to demonstrate a legal name or gender change to permit the student to use a preferred name.†

†††† A school or institution shall have the right to deny a preferred name request if the preferred name is intended to:

†††† a.†††† misrepresent the personís identity or misappropriate the identity of another person;

†††† b.††† avoid a legal obligation;

†††† c.†††† harm the reputation or interests of the school or institution; or

†††† d.††† be derogatory, obscene, or otherwise inappropriate.

 

†††† 2.††† a.† A public or nonpublic school, institution of higher education, or proprietary institution licensed to offer degrees shall update a former studentís records provided that the former student provides sufficient documentation that the former studentís legal name or gender has been changed.† Documents sufficient to demonstrate a legal name or gender change include, but need not be limit to, the following:

†††† (1)†† state-issued driverís license;

†††† (2)†† birth certificate;

†††† (3)†† passport;

†††† (4)†† social security card; or

†††† (5)†† court order indicating a name change, gender change, or both.

†††† b.††† Upon receipt of proper documentation sufficient to demonstrate a legal name or gender change, a school or institution shall reissue any documents conferred upon the former student with the former studentís updated legal name or gender.† Documents that shall be reissued by the school or institution upon request include, but need not be limited to, a transcript or diploma conferred by the school or institution.

 

†††† 3.††† This act shall take effect on the first full day of the third month next following the date of enactment.

STATEMENT

 

†††† This bill permits graduating students to use preferred names on diplomas conferred by both public and nonpublic schools, institutions of higher education, and proprietary institutions licensed to offer academic degrees.† Graduating students would not be required to provide legal documentation sufficient to demonstrate a legal name or gender change in order to use a preferred name.† Schools or institutions would have the right to deny a preferred name request if the preferred name is intended to misrepresent the personís identity or misappropriate the identity of another person, avoid a legal obligation, harm the reputation or interests of the school or institution, or be derogatory, obscene, or otherwise inappropriate.

†††† Schools and institutions would also be required to update a former studentís records provided that the former student provides sufficient documentation demonstrating a legal name or gender change.† Acceptable documents would include a state-issued driverís license, birth certificate, passport, social security card, or court order indicating a legal name or gender change, or both.† Upon receipt of proper documentation sufficient to demonstrate a legal name or gender change, a school or institution would also be required to reissue any documents conferred upon the former student with the former studentís updated legal name or gender upon request.† Documents that could be reissued include, but not necessarily limited to, a transcript or diploma conferred by the school or institution.