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Chapter 220: Degrees, Diplomas and Honors

220.030 Honorary Degrees

Bd. Min. 4-7-67, p. 33,191; Bd. Min. 10-12-73, p. 36,842; Amended Bd. Min. 2-12-82; Bd. Min. 6-19-87, 3-18-93; Amended Bd. Min. 12-13-96; 5-26-05; Amended Bd. Min. 12-7-12; Amended Bd. Min. 2-9-17.

  1. General Guidelines
    1. The University of Missouri shall grant no more than one honorary degree to an individual bearing the designation of a given campus. A different campus may consider an individual eligible for another honorary degree following a lapse of five years from the date the previous honorary degree was conferred. Names of previous honorary degree recipients, along with any other consideration, are on file in the Office of the Secretary of the Board.
      1. The authority to award honorary degrees rests with the Board of Curators.
    2. Initial nomination of any person for an honorary degree may be made by any member of the University of Missouri community.
      1. Initial evaluations of nominees will be by the Faculty Senate or Faculty Council of the campus, or by a committee appointed by the Chancellor from nominees provided by the Faculty Senate or Faculty Council. The Committee, if appointed, will forward its recommendations to the Faculty Senate or Faculty Council. The Faculty Senate or Faculty Council, or the Committee where one is appointed, shall consult with faculty in the relevant academic unit(s) as part of the evaluation process.
      2. The Faculty Senate or Faculty Council will forward names and pertinent information regarding candidates receiving its positive recommendation to the Chancellor.
      3. The Chancellor will forward names of candidates receiving her or his positive recommendation to the President.
      4. The President will forward names of candidates receiving her or his positive recommendation to the Board of Curators.
      5. With the Board’s approval, the President will notify the awardee.
      6. The Chancellor of each campus will be responsible for scheduling the occasion for the awardee to receive the degree.  Should an individual be unable to accept the degree in the year the degree is offered, the degree may be conferred at a later time.
      7. Prior to public announcement by the President and Chancellor, all matters relating to honorary degrees are treated as confidential.
    3. The format of the honorary degree itself is to be the same as that for degrees awarded students on the campus.
      1. Degrees should be granted only in the name of the University of Missouri with the campus designation appearing in the body of the certificate as a means of specifying the campus where the degree is conferred.
    4. Any honorary degree shall not be awarded in absentia or to a deceased person unless specifically recommended by the faculty and approved by the President and the Board of Curators.
    5. The following guidelines are suggested in selecting honorary degree recipients:
      1. Persons who have rendered distinctive service to the University.
      2. Persons who have rendered distinctive service to the State.
      3. Graduates or former students who have achieved distinction.
      4. A person of high distinction, from this country or abroad, who is not necessarily associated with the University or the State.
      5. As a general policy, honorary degrees shall not be awarded to active members of the University faculty or staff, or retired faculty members for career distinction achieved at the University of Missouri nor to political officials unless retired from political life.
    6. The Board of Curators, on the recommendation of the Faculty Senate or Faculty Council of the relevant campus, may revoke the Honorary Degree of a living person after consideration of documented evidence that the individual has engaged in activities that are incompatible with the honor.
  2. Notification -- All recipients of Honorary Degrees at any campus of the University shall be notified of such honor by the President of the University.

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