Motion US06/07-8 – Revision of Distinguished Service Award Committee’s procedures for the selection and granting of an honorary degree
Sponsored by: Distinguished Service Award Committee
For senate action: January 10, 2007
Moved to replace the awarding of honorary degrees legislation from Senate meeting May 22, 1991 with the following:
The University of Oregon shall offer the following criteria for the awarding of Honorary Degrees.
a. To an individual or individuals who has/have shown outstanding scholarship or artistic achievement in their lifetime;
b. To an individual or individuals who has/have performed extra-ordinary public service or distinguished service in their lifetime.
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
1. The Distinguished Service Award Committee shall include the following:
The President of the University of Oregon or his/her designee
Chairperson of the Faculty Advisory Council
President of the University Senate
Chairperson of the Graduate Council
Chairperson of the Undergraduate Council
Representative of the Vice President for Advancement
Director of the University of Oregon Alumni Association
Five (5) members of the teaching faculty
President of the Student Senate
President of the Associated Students of the University of Oregon
2. This Committee shall in early October commence the eliciting of applications from the University community as well as from the broader community of the State of Oregon the names of individuals who have met the criteria given in a. & b. above.
a. The Committee shall screen applications, ask for more information about the nominees, and investigate, to their satisfaction that the nominee(s) meet the criteria given above.
b. It is the responsibility of the Committee to judge each nominee and to determine whether it is appropriate to send the name to the University Senate
c. The Committee shall do all of its work on honorary degrees in the strictest of confidence.
d. The University Senate, in Executive Session, shall discuss the candidates presented by the Committee. Members of the Committee shall make the presentations in support of the nominee(s) separately.
e. The University Senators shall discuss, ask questions of the presenters from the Committee if necessary, and shall vote separately on each nominee. A vote of two-thirds is necessary for the nomination to be approved. Approval of a nomination will place a name into a pool of approved nominees.
f. The President of the University Senate shall formally inform the President of the University of Oregon of positive votes of the Senate only. Nominees failing to get the two-thirds vote shall not be forwarded to the University President. All documentation on successful nominees shall be turned over to the University President by the President of the University Senate.
g. The Distinguished Service Award Committee will review, on at least an annual basis, the pool of approved nominees to ensure that it remains appropriate.
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