COVID-19 Campus Update

As public health concerns surrounding COVID-19 continue to grow, Community College of Philadelphia has made the careful decision to move coursework to online or other remote alternatives, and to keep Main Campus and its Regional Centers closed through at least May 6, 2020. At this time, the commencement ceremony for spring 2020 is postponed. The College will continue to update you via email, web updates and text alerts as this situation evolves during the closure. During this time, please follow all CDC guidelines for preventing the spread of this virus and remaining healthy, including hygiene recommendations, social distancing practices and remaining home when you are sick.

Our academic and student support services are still here to support you! Visit the College’s Virtual Student Resource Center to access the assistance that you need.

College Policies and Procedures

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Chosen Name Policy

Memorandum #360 Chosen Name Policy 

Date Approved:  April 12, 2017
Date of Issue: April 4, 2016


The purpose of the Chosen Name Policy is to allow a chosen name to be displayed in various College systems. The Chosen Name Policy will allow members of the College community to go by a chosen first name that differs from their legal name.


Under the direction of the President, the Diversity Compliance Officer shall ensure compliance with this policy.


The Community College of Philadelphia recognizes that many transgender and international individuals prefer to go by first names that are different from their legal names.  As long as the use of this chosen name does not impact the College’s compliance with state and federal laws, the College will display an individual's chosen name in College systems.

Therefore, it is the policy of the College that any individual may indicate a chosen first name in addition to their legal name, which will be displayed in College systems, except where the use of the legal name is required.

The College reserves the right to remove a chosen name if it is used inappropriately, including but not limited to, avoiding a legal obligation or misrepresentation.  An individual's chosen name will be linked with their legal name, which will continue to be shown on various records where use of the legal name is required by law or College policy.


Individuals will have access to a form that allows them to indicate a chosen name.  The chosen name form will include an introduction to the appropriate use of a chosen name. Individuals will be allowed to indicate a chosen name one time without prior approval, and to remove a chosen name one time without prior approval.