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3.4.2.5. Honorary Emeritus Status for Meritorious Service

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Effective Date: 6-19-2007

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  UNIVERSITY POLICY STATEMENT

In extraordinary circumstances, honorary emeritus status may be granted to non-bargained-for employees who have served the University less than fifteen (15) years and bargaining unit employees whose collective bargaining agreements have a provision for emeritus status but who have not met the fifteen (15) year service requirement.

 

UNIVERSITY PRACTICE

Nominations of candidates for honorary emeritus status can be made by any member of the University community. Nominations of academic faculty and staff must be recommended by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs who will forward eligible nominations to the Board of Regents for approval. Nominations of all non-academic staff members must be recommended by the Vice President in whose division the nominee was employed who will forward eligible nominations to the Board of Regents for approval.

Successful candidates for honorary emeritus status must have:

1.     A significant number of years of service at the University, less than the fifteen years required for regular emeritus status.

2.     A consistent record of meritorious performance, as demonstrated by one or more of the following:

  • A substantive record of scholarly achievement commensurate with national or international standards within the specific discipline.
  • A record of outstanding teaching and/or educational contributions.
  • Clear evidence of service to the University beyond normal expectations.
  • Clear evidence of exception institutional leadership, advancement of the University or extraordinary service to students.

Individuals who are granted honorary emeritus status will receive benefits comparable to those received by emeritus faculty and emeritus staff.

 

RESPONSIBILITY FOR IMPLEMENTATION

The President of the University or his/her designee has the overall responsibility for implementation of this policy. The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs is primarily responsible for the day to day implementation of this policy for all academic faculty and staff. The Associate Vice President for Human Resources is primarily responsible for the day to day implementation of this policy for all non-academic staff.

 

SCOPE OF POLICY COVERAGE

This policy covers all non-bargained-for employees and bargaining unit employees whose collective bargaining agreements have a provision for emeritus status.

 

BENEFITS AVAILABLE TO INDIVIDUALS APPROVED FOR HONORARY EMERITUS STATUS

The University will encourage persons with Honorary Emeritus status to remain a part of the academic community through a variety of benefits such as:

  • An Honorary Emeritus photo ID card
  • A parking permit
  • Two complimentary tickets to each sporting event
  • Two complimentary tickets to each EMU production (plays, concerts, etc.) Campus Life, Guest Artists and Speakers series are excluded.
  • Copies of institutional publications including the University Directory
  • A campus e-mail address
  • The right to participate in academic processions and convocations
  • Use of the library
  • The opportunity to audit classes without credit, tuition, or the need to follow regular enrollment procedures. However, approval to audit must be granted by the instructor and program fees may be assessed.

 

 

Authority for Creation and Revision

Minutes of the Board of Regents: March 19, 2007, para. .6730M.