Resolved: That the Academic Senate of Humboldt State University recommends to the President that the attached Policy for Awarding Certificates of Achievement and Posthumous Degrees be adopted.
On those occasions where a student’s death occurs while attending Humboldt State University, it is valuable to the family and to the university to recognize the student’s contributions and efforts at HSU. The proposed policy reflects the central tenets of similar policies at other campuses and provides a clear process for awarding Certificates of Achievement and Posthumous Degrees.
Senate: Passed Without Dissent (2nd Reading Waived) – 09/20/11
President Richmond: Approved – 10/14/11
ATTACHMENT TO RESOLUTION #01-11/12-APC
Policy for Awarding Certificates of Achievement and Posthumous Degrees
The following policy outlines procedures and criteria for awarding Certificates of Achievement and Posthumous Degrees.
· In order for students to qualify for a posthumous degree they must have been seniors when they last attended courses at HSU and successfully completed more than half of their major’s courses.
· Students must be in good standing and have been enrolled at HSU within the past three semesters.
· Students who do not qualify for a posthumous degree, may be awarded a Certificate of Achievement if the student was in good standing and had been enrolled at HSU within the past three semesters prior to his/her death.
· The process for awarding a posthumous degree or Certificate of Achievement is initiated with a letter from the major program to the provost identifying the student and requesting action.
o Letters from other constituents (e.g., family) requesting a posthumous degree will be directed to the academic program faculty for consideration.
· The Provost or his/her designee will review requests from the major programs and make a determination that the application satisfies the criteria and then authorize the Posthumous Degree if warranted under the terms of this policy.
· In the case of a student who does not have a major, or other circumstances that makes it difficult for the program faculty to initiate the process, the provost may determine that the situation warrants a Certificate of Achievement and issue one independently.
· The provost or designee will communicate with the family to determine the optimal manner in which to confer the Posthumous Degree or Certificate of Achievement (in person, at commencement, by mail, etc.).