Expanded identity options for students within SFU applications

March 24, 2023

Update: March 24, 2023

As we continue to follow the Provincial government’s mandate to provide more diverse gender identity options for its constituents, the next update to our SFU applications is to reflect the use of appropriate names within our systems, as this is an important way of establishing norms of respect with the community.

Beginning March 30, a student's chosen name (previously called preferred) will be more prominent than a person's official or legal first name in many University-related systems and downstream applications.

Please note:

If you know of a student who may find this update relevant to them, please direct them to for more information. 


November 2022

SFU has expanded the gender identity options available to students within our application system goSFU ( These expanded gender identity options are consistent with the province’s undergraduate application system EducationPlannerBC as defined in British Columbia's Gender Identity and Sex Information Data Standard.

As of December 1, current students can select man, woman, non-binary or prefer not to disclose as their primary gender description. This section will appear on student transcripts. A second section is also now available to students in which they can select cisgender or transgender. This second section is only visible to the student and otherwise only used for reporting, policy development and program improvement processes.

It’s important to note that the information recorded within the goSFU student profile is only used to update student records and its collection is consistent with the SFU Privacy Disclosure.

As part of SFU’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, modernizing our systems and processes to provide more gender identity options for students is a crucial step.

To find out how to update your profile, please visit the Student Centre (goSFU) Guide. This update will be available to SFU employees at a later date.