Posthumous Degree Policy

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Category Name: Academic Affairs & Research
Responsible Unit: Office of the Vice Provost; Registrar
Responsible VP: VP/Provost for Academic Affairs
Adoption Date: June 10, 2020
Last Revision Date:
Last Review Date:
Shared governance: none

Policy Statement

This policy addresses criteria to award posthumous degrees.

Purpose/Scope

To determine criteria when SUNY Brockport is asked to bestow academic recognition posthumously to a deceased student who did not complete degree requirements and who did not meet the prescribed criteria for an honorary degree.

Applicability

For bachelor’s degree students: To be eligible for this recognition, a deceased student, who was pursuing a bachelor’s degree, shall have completed a minimum of 75% of required credits with a ≥ 2.0 GPA.

For master’s or doctorate degree students: To be eligible for this recognition, a deceased student, who was pursuing a master’s or doctorate degree, shall have completed a minimum of 75% of required credits with a ≥ 3.0 GPA.

Definitions

There are no definitions for this policy at this time.

Policy Procedures

To initiate the process, the deceased student’s family, spouse, significant other, or a SUNY Brockport faculty or staff member, with agreement from the student’s family, may request this recognition through the student’s Academic Department Chairperson. In such a circumstance, the Academic Department Chairperson will review the request, make a recommendation, and forward it on for approval to the appropriate Dean, as well as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and President. If approved, and provided the deceased student had met the requirements, SUNY Brockport will confer a degree.

Links to Related Procedures and Information

There are no links for this policy at this time.

Contact Information

Vice Provost

History (in descending order)

Item Date Explanation
Next Review Date 6/10/23 Three year review
Adoption Date 6/10/20 Policy Adopted
Draft Review Date 5/4/20 Draft Policy under 30-day Campus Review

Approval

This policy is approved by:

President's Cabinet

March 13, 2020

Last Updated 7/1/20

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