student legal services

Student Legal Services, located at 248 East Calder Way Suite 303 on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020.

University Park Undergraduate Association voted unanimously to provide financial support for name change vouchers for Penn State students on Wednesday night.

With this piece of legislation, UPUA said it aims to affirm its "support for the transgender community" and reinforce efforts to "create a safe and inclusive environment" for all transgender students at Penn State.

The bill reported that people seeking to change their legal name for reasons other than divorce are required to pay between $150 and $250.

The bill also explained how financial barriers can "prevent students from accessing a name change" through Penn State's Student Legal Service.

The bill said "this could mean a transgender student is prevented from changing their name to better actualize their identity."

Given these circumstances, the UPUA seeks to "fund" vouchers for students who wish to legally change their name through Penn State’s Office of Student Legal Services.

"The UPUA hereby charges the Department of Public Relations to disseminate this information through all proper channels and collaborate with the Office of Student Legal Services in future awareness campaigns regarding the vouchers," the bill said.

A total amount of $3,000 is allocated to support funding for name change vouchers.


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