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Posthumous Degree Policy: Comparison of UH with Other Institutions of Higher Education

Criteria
Univ of Hawaii

The deceased student was enrolled at the time of death, demonstrated good academic standing and had senior status (for the baccalaureate degree); or was near completion of dissertation, thesis, or Plan B work (for graduate degrees).

The deceased student's cause of death was not due to any unlawful activity.

Univ of Oregon Student enrolled at time of death and would have met all general ed. requirements for a degree.
Univ of Virginia Student had earned at least 90 credits and was registered at the University within twelve months at the time of death. Eligibility for posthumous degrees extends to students enrolled in B.A. and B.S. programs.
Central Washington Univ

An undergraduate student: Must have achieved senior status. Must have declared a major and completed at least one half of the requirements for the major that will be recorded on the diploma. Is in good standing.

An graduate student: Must have declared a specific degree program and have completed at least two-thirds of the course in the major that will be recorded on the diploma. Is in good standing.

Continuously enrolled students who die before meeting the criteria listed above for a posthumous degree may be nominated for honorary degrees. Such nomination would be appropriate particularly for students who have made substantial progress toward a degree or have achieved particular distinction during their tenure at the university.

Ohio Univ The student was in good academic standing at the time of death, in a degree program, and, for a baccalaureate degree, had entered his or her senior year at the time of death.
Texas A&M At the time of death, a candidate for a bachelor's degree is enrolled in courses that would complete the degree requirements.
Univ of South Florida

For a posthumous degree: student was in good standing at the University at the time of his or her death and who had completed all substantive requirements for the degree. For baccalaureate, master's, doctoral and medical degrees in memoriam: a student was in good standing at the University at the time of his or her death.

To award a non-thesis degree, the student would need to have completed all courses required for the degree. Courses required for the degree, in which the student is enrolled at the time of his or her death, must have been completed to the satisfaction of the faculty so that passing grades might be posted. All other requirements (e.g., grade point average, CLAST and other tests) must have been satisfied as well. To award a thesis degree, all courses must be completed as described above and the thesis must be sufficiently complete to the satisfaction of the faculty so that certification of completion may be posted to the student's record.

Southern Illinois Univ An undergraduate degree may be awarded posthumously when the candidate has substantially completed the requirements for the degree.

 


 

Procedure and Authority
Univ of Hawaii

A request for the award is made by the deceased student's family. The faculty of the deceased student's department and college dean supports the request. Campus offices of the Dean of Student Services will work with the appropriate academic units to respond to requests for the award.

Final approval rests with the respective Chancellor or Provost.

Upon approval, the student's name will be listed in the appropriate commencement ceremony program and diploma awarded.

Univ of Oregon

Undergraduate Baccalaureate Degree Candidate: The Vice President of Student Affairs shall inquire of the University Registrar. 1. At the time of death, was the student officially enrolled? 2. Would the student have met all general education requirements for a degree, had s/he had the opportunity to complete the course work for which s/he was registered at the time of death?

If the answer to the two questions above is yes, the Registrar shall ask the student's major department(s) to evaluate the student's academic record and upon satisfactory completion of current course enrollment(s) would have satisfied all major course requirements as required by the major department(s). If the major department does so certify, the Registrar shall enter final grades of "P" in classes in which the student was enrolled. If all the above conditions are met, the Registrar shall notify the Vice President for Student Affairs, who shall consult with the President.

At the President's direction, the Vice President for Student Affairs shall contact the deceased student's immediate family to determine whether the family is receptive to the University's granting a posthumous degree. If affirmative, the President may then direct the Registrar to order the appropriate diploma, record the award of the degree, and arrange for the appropriate listing in the commencement program.

Univ of Virginia Upon recommendation of the department in which the student was majoring, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences may make a posthumous award of the degree the student was pursuing.
Central Washington Univ

The major department approves the awarding of the degree.

A graduation application fee is waived for the posthumous degree.

Ohio Univ

Formal request must come from the family member to the student's academic dean (the dean of the college or campus that awards the degree). The dean sends a memo to the Office of the Registrar asking that the degree be awarded posthumously as of the appropriate graduate date. This memo must indicate that the request came from or was approved by the family. The Office of the Registrar will waive the application fee.

The Office of the Registrar will mail the diploma to the family member or, if desired, give it to the dean or other appropriate University official for presentation in a private gathering as a special gesture to the family. Upon the request of the academic dean, the Office of the Registrar will make a special effort to get the diploma early.

Texas A&M

The appropriate degree may be awarded posthumously on the recommendation of the student's academic department, on the approval of the student's college, the Faculty Senate and the President of the University. Exceptional cases will be referred to the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate for review and recommendation to the President.

Any request for a posthumous degree award for a candidate for a graduate degree must be initiated by the chair of the student's advisory committee and contain a positive recommendation from the student's academic department. The Student's advisory committee must certify that it believes that all requirements for the degree would have been completed by the anticipated graduation date under normal circumstances. The award request must be approved by the student's college, the Faculty Senate, and the President.

For graduate degrees requiring a research product (dissertation, record of study, thesis, or research paper) the research proposal, at the time of the student's death, must have been signed by each committee member and a significant portion of the dissertation, record of study, thesis or research paper must have been reviewed by the committee and research paper) the research proposal, at the time of the student's death, must have been signed by each committee member and a significant portion of the dissertation, record of study, thesis or research paper must have been reviewed by the committee and found to be acceptable. Ph.D. students must have been admitted to candidacy.

For graduate degrees not requiring a research product, the student must have been enrolled in courses at the time of death that would have completed the degree requirements. Exceptional cases will be referred to the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate for review and recommendation to the President.

Office of responsibility: Dean of Faculties

Univ of South Florida The Chairperson of a Department, on his or her own initiative or upon the request of the family of the student, may recommend a posthumous degree, or a degree in memoriam, by forwarding the recommendation to the respective dean of the college. If approved by the Dean, the recommendation with supporting documentation will be forwarded to the Provost for approval. If the Provost approves the recommendation, the Office of the Registrar will be notified and the degree will be awarded at the next commencement ceremony or will be presented to the student's family in an appropriate setting. Diplomas for posthumous degrees will be identical to other degrees awarded in the same colleges and majors. Diplomas for Degrees in Memoriam will be prepared to read "Bachelor of Arts in Memoriam, Bachelor of Science in Memoriam," Master of Arts in Memoriam," etc., depending upon the degree the student was pursuing at the time of his or her death. Undergraduate students who have not chosen a major at the time of death will be awarded the "Bachelor of Arts in Memoriam."
Southern Illinois Univ

The determination rests with the dean or director of the degree-granting unit concerned, in consultation with the appropriate department or program. The dean or director shall forward a recommendation to the Provost who shall make a recommendation concerning the award to the Chancellor.

A graduate degree may be awarded posthumously when the candidate has substantially completed the requirements for the degree. This determination rests with the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research in consultation with the candidate's advisor(s) and the faculty of the degree program in which the candidate had been enrolled. The Dean of Graduate Studies and Research shall forward a recommendation to the Provost who shall make a recommendation concerning the award to the Chancellor.

The award of a posthumous degree does not require Board of Trustees action.


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