SUBJECT: REVISION OF POSTHUMOUS DEGREE POLICY
The Policy on Posthumous Degrees is proposed to allow the University some flexibility in the award of these degrees and to recognize the different requirements of Associate, Baccalaureate and Graduate programs. The proposed policy was approved by the General Faculty on February 7, 2002.
PROPOSED POSTHUMOUS DEGREE POLICY
Upon recommendation of a deceased student's major department or school, and upon approval of the Dean of the College or School, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the President and the Board of Regents, a degree may be awarded posthumously provided that the student:
1. Was in good academic standing at the time of death, and,
2. Unless exceptional circumstances exist,
a. had achieved senior status, if the student was enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program; or
b. was within one semester of completion, if the student was enrolled in an associate degree program; or
c. was in the final year, if the student was enrolled in a graduate degree program.
Notes (for clarification, not part of the policy):
* Senior status is achieved upon completion of 88 hours.
* Determination of status of "within one semester of completion" or "in the final year" would be made by the Dean of the College or School.
* Effective date of the new policy would be the date of approval by the Board of Regents.
Current Policy on Posthumous Degrees
Upon recommendation of an undergraduate or law student's major department or school and upon approval of the Dean of the College or School, the President and the Board of Regents, he/she may be granted a degree posthumously if he/she lacks no more than fifteen credit hours of completing his/her academic program. A graduate student may receive a degree posthumously if he/she lacks no more than six credit hours of completing his/her academic program.
President Farley recommends Board of Regents approval of the revised policy for the awarding of Posthumous Degrees.
(date) Jerry B. Farley, President