Distinguished Service Awards and Honorary Degrees Committee

The Distinguished Service Award was created by the University of Oregon Assembly on 2 May 1956.

The following information is taken from US06/07-8

The University of Oregon shall offer the following criteria for the awarding of Honorary Degrees. No honorary degree shall be granted by the University of Oregon to any person(s) who is/are currently employed by the Oregon State System of Higher Education, or to any person(s) currently holding elective office within the United States.
  • PROCEDURE FOR THE SELECTION AND GRANTING OF AN HONORARY DEGREE
  • The following information is taken from Motion US00/01-6 which revises the charges to the standing University Committees.


    DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS & HONORARY DEGREES COMMITTEE

    CHARGE & RESPONSIBILITIES:

    The Distinguished Service Awards & Honorary Degrees Committee shall be responsible for the screening, investigation and recommendation of candidates to receive the Distinguished Service awards (no more than 3 per year) and Honorary Degrees (no more than 2 per year). The committee‰s recommendations shall be presented to the University Senate for discussion and final approval.The criteria for selection are contained within the pertinent University Assembly minutes and are on file in the President's Office. The Distinguished Service Award cannot be given to current University of Oregon faculty.

    MEMBERSHIP:

    Membership of the Distinguished Service Awards & Honorary Degrees Committee is fixed and consists of5 teaching faculty, plus the following ex officio members: UO President or designee (chair), Advisory Council chair, University Senate president, Graduate Council chair, Alumni director, A.S.U.O. president, and Student Senate chair.

    REPORTING:

    The Distinguished Service Awards & Honorary Degrees Committee shall report to the University Senate. At a minimum this report shall be in the form of an annual written report submitted by the Committee Chair to the Secretary of the University Senate no later than the final University Senate meeting in May. The committee shall also make additional written or oral reports to the Senate as necessary.

    See also US01/02-4 which is a process for filling vacancies on elected committees:

    7.1 Since 1991-92, all non-elected committees established by faculty legislation are appointed by the Committee on Committees, a committee appointed by the University Senate. The Secretary of the Faculty shall coordinate the elections of faculty to elective committees. The secretary shall arrange for the filling of vacancies on elected committees and councils by notifying the next eligible candidate, determined in descending order of the number of votes received in the most recent election for the relevant committee or council. If no eligible candidate is available to fill the vacancy, the Senate Executive Committee, with advice and recommendations from the Committee on Committees, shall appoint an eligible faculty member to fill the vacancy until the next regular election cycle. Filling a vacancy shall not preclude the appointee from standing for election to the same committee or council during the next election cycle if eligible. 

    Exerpts from the Senate Charter dealing with the Distinguished Services Award and Executive Session

    Executive Session
  • 1.3 The University Senate reserves the right to declare an "Executive Session." At this time all non-Senators are required to leave the chambers. However, the "Executive Session" does allow the media to remain, but media representatives must promise not to compromise the details of the "Executive Session." (See Distinguished Service Award/Honorary Doctorate below.) Distinguished Service Award Election
  • 7.4 The University Senate declares itself in "Executive Session" when considering nominees for the Distinguished Service Award. The President of the Senate is authorized to request persons present at the time of the election of those to receive the Distinguished Service Award to refrain from making such names public until the University officially announces the names of the honorees. Honorary Doctorates

  • 7.5 The University Senate has established criteria for granting the honorary doctorate. Copies of these criteria are available from the Secretary. The Senate shall declare itself in "Executive Session" when considering nominees for this degree


    Exerpts from US06/07-15 dealing with degrees for students interned in 1942:

    Notwithstanding any other legislation,
     
  • (1) The University Senate of the University of Oregon directs the Distinguished Service Award Committee to implement HB 2823 (2007), which grants the University of Oregon authority to award an honorary degree to a person who was a student at the University of Oregon in 1942 and who was ordered to an internment camp, as follows:
      1. a. The Committee shall seek and screen requests for degrees, ask for more information about the person(s) in question, and investigate, to its satisfaction, that the person(s) meet the criteria of HB 2823.
      2.      b. It is the responsibility of the Committee to judge each request and to determine whether it is appropriate to forward the person's name to the University Senate for consideration.
      3.      c. The Committee shall do all of its work in the strictest of confidence.
      4.      d. The University Senate, in Executive Session, shall discuss the case(s) presented by the Committee. Members of the Committee shall make the presentations in support of each person separately.
      5.      e. The University Senators shall discuss, ask questions of the presenters from the Committee if necessary, and shall vote separately on each person. A vote of two-thirds is necessary for the case to be approved.
      6.      f. The President of the University Senate shall formally inform the President of the University of Oregon only of those persons receiving Senate approval. Cases failing to get the two-thirds vote shall not be forwarded to the University President. All documentation on successful cases shall be turned over to the University President by the President of the University Senate.
      7.      g. The Distinguished Service Award Committee will review cases periodically and expeditiously.
      8.      h. If the President of the University endorses the decision(s) of the University Senate, the President shall take whatever additional actions that are necessary to implement the award(s) appropriately.
      9.      i. The chair of the Distinguished Service Award Committee shall notify the President of the University concerning requests denied either by the DSA or by the Senate, and the President shall take what action the President feels appropriate.
    1.    (2) The Distinguished Service Award Committee may, in consultation with the Academic Requirements Committee, with the Independent Study Program, and with other appropriate University Committees, recommend instead the award of an academic rather than an honorary degree to a person who was a student at the University of Oregon in 1942 and who was ordered to an internment camp. In such a case, the processes outlined in 1a)-1i) shall be followed.
    2.  (3) Effective date: This legislation shall take effect if HB2823 is enacted into law during 2007.

    Membership

    Information on the student members and the ex-officio members is incomplete.
      Annual reports
    1. May 2008

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