Motion US06/07-15 -- Methods and procedures for awarding degrees to
persons who were ordered evacuated to internment camps in 1942
Sponsored by: Peter Gilkey
For Senate Action: May 9, 2007
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:
(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
(3) Effective date: This legislation shall take effect if HB2823 is enacted
into law during 2007.
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.
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.
c. The Committee shall do all of its work in the strictest of confidence.
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.
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.
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.
g. The Distinguished Service Award Committee will review cases periodically
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.
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
Financial Impact Statement
There is no significant financial impact of this motion. Furthermore,
the existing committee structure of the University is utilized.
The motion passed unanimously at the 9
May 2007 Senate Meeting. As of 10 May 2007, HB 2823 has passed by the
State Legislature and is pending action by the Governor.
Links to related web sites:
Information on House
Information on OUS
IMD 2.021 relating to existing procedures for granting honorary degrees.
Information on US06/07-8
concerning existing UOprocedures for granting honorary degrees.
by Senator Papailiou in support of the motion at the 9
May 2007 Senate Meeting.