Volume 2 Academic Affairs
Chapter 3: Awarding of Honorary Degrees Policy
Responsible Office: Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost
Originally issued: (6/95 or earlier, BOR)
Revised: 5/29/07, 7/17/09 (admin); 10/28/09 (admin)
Georgia Health Sciences University, as a research university within the University System, may confer up to two honorary degrees per year. Recipients, who must be present to receive the degree, will be honored with a Doctor of Science degree, which will be conferred during the May commencement ceremony. Criteria for an honorary degree are an extraordinary contribution to Georgia Health Sciences University or extraordinary contribution in the area(s) of health care, health education, or medical science. This policy outlines the steps for selection of individuals for an honorary degree at Georgia Health Sciences University. Nominations for an honorary degree will be submitted to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost by faculty or Student Government Association. A Review Committee will select several candidates to forward to the President, who will submit one or two names to the Chancellor. The Chancellor will present these candidates to the Board of Regents for the final selection process.
Reason For Policy
The practice of honorary degrees has a long and rich history in academia. This policy establishes procedures for the awarding of honorary degrees at Georgia Health Sciences University and is consistent with Board of Regents policy, Section 308.04, Policy Manual of the Board of Regents.
Entities Affected By This Policy
All members of the academic community of Georgia Health Sciences University are affected by this policy.
Who Should Read This Policy
Students, faculty, and administration of Georgia Health Sciences University with an interest in the awarding of honorary degrees should read this policy.
|Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost||706-721-4014||http://www.georgiahealth.edu/aaffairs/|
Policy Manual of the Board of Regents, Section 3.8.4: http://www.usg.edu/policymanual/section3/policy/3.8_degrees/#p3.8.4_honorary_degrees
These definitions apply to these terms as they are used in this policy.
|Honorary degree||Doctor of Science|
The practice of honorary degrees has a long and rich history in academia. It is intended to honor a person who has attained and sustained notable achievement in academia, the professions, or public service. Georgia Health Sciences University can select one or two outstanding individuals to be honored with a Doctor of Science degree at its annual May commencement ceremony, according to the process outlined below.
In October of each year, the Provost will solicit written nominations for honorary degrees from the faculty and Student Government Association of Georgia Health Sciences University. The nomination letter, with biographical sketch attached, must contain compelling reasons for the institution to honor a particular individual. Any supporting documentation that may be helpful to the review committee may be appended. Criteria for an honorary degree include an extraordinary contribution to Georgia Health Sciences University, to health care, health education, or to medical science. Individuals not eligible for honorary degrees by Board of Regents policy are: current elected or appointed state (including Regents) or national officials; announced candidates for elective office; current faculty, administrative officers, or employees of Georgia Health Sciences University, the University System, or another institution in the System; and any individual previously awarded an honorary degree from a University System institution.
No later than November 15 of each year, a Review Committee selected by the President from his Cabinet will evaluate the nominations and submit no more than three nominees to the President. Upon receipt, the President will consult with the other research and regional university and senior college presidents to insure that there is no duplication of candidates, will review the nominations, and may select one or two candidate(s) for submission to the Chancellor for Board of Regents consideration. No announcement of a pending candidacy shall be made prior to its formal submission to the Board. Candidates for honorary degrees should be submitted to the Chancellor’s office by December 1.
The Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost will notify the nominator(s) of the Board’s decision(s). If approved, the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost will also notify the candidate and the Vice President for Student Services and Development so commencement arrangements can be facilitated.
The responsibilities each party has in connection with Academic Affairs Policy 2.03, Awarding of Honorary Degrees Policy, are:
|President||Selects review committee from President’s Cabinet.Discusses nominations from Review Committee with other university and senior college presidents to prevent duplication.Submits nominations to Chancellor for Board of Regents approval.|
|Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost||Solicits written nominations for honorary degree from faculty and students.Notifies nominator of Board’s decision.Notifies candidate, if approved.Notifies Vice President for Student Services and Development to initiate commencement arrangements.|
|Review Committee||Reviews nominations and submits up to 3 candidates to the President.|
|Students or Faculty||Nominates candidates for honorary degree by submitting nomination letter and biographical sketch of candidate.|
|Vice President for Student Services and Development||Facilitates commencement arrangements once honoree is designated.|