Honorary Award Requirements

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Honorary Award Requirements Policy

Intent

This policy governs the criteria for the granting of Honorary Awards of James Cook University.

Scope

This policy applies to members of convocation who wish to nominate a person for an Honorary Award of the University and is to be read in conjunction with the Honorary Award Requirements Procedures

Definitions

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Policy

1. Honorary Award Categories

The categories of Honorary Awards of the University are:

(a) Honorary Doctor of the University (HonDUniv)

(b) Honorary Doctorate honoris causa

(c) Honorary Doctorate

(d) Fellow of the University (Fellow JCU)

Appendix 1 provides the names of degrees available within each category.

2. Criteria to Address in a Proposal for an Honorary Award

2.1 Criteria for the Award of an Honorary Doctor of the University

The award of an Honorary Doctor of the University should be in recognition of service that an individual has rendered to the University which is of an exceptional or exemplary nature which has significantly contributed toward the advancement of the University's well-being or reputation. It is acknowledged that such service may be rendered either as a senior member of staff, member of Council, or by a member of the community associated with the University. A further consideration would be the length of time the nominee has been involved with, contributed to or employed by the University in a senior capacity.

Factors to be taken into consideration for the Award of an Honorary Doctor of the University:

* service that an individual has rendered to the University which is of an exceptional or exemplary nature which has significantly contributed toward the advancement of the University's well-being or reputation; and

* the length of time the nominee has been involved with, contributed to, or employed by, the University in a senior capacity.

 

2.2 Criteria for the Award of a Degree Honoris Causa

The award of a degree honoris causa shall be in recognition of a distinguished career involving exceptional achievement and academic eminence, of a standard commensurate with that required for a higher doctorate of the University. Factors to be taken into consideration for the award of a degree honoris causa:

* exceptional achievement and academic eminence in a field of study or discipline offered by the University;

* as well as recognizing normally either outstanding service which an individual has rendered to the University beyond the level customarily expected in the execution of the person's duties; or

* exceptional contributions to the advancement of human well-being.

2.3 Criteria for the Award of an Honorary Doctorate

Factors to be taken into consideration for the award of an honorary degree include one or more of the following:

* outstanding service or distinguished public contribution to the northern Queensland and/or Singaporean communities;

* exceptional service which an individual has rendered to the University, comprising either academic excellence, distinguished creative achievement or the exercise of outstanding leadership;

* exceptional contributions beyond the expectations of the nominee’s particular field of endeavour, which have influenced the thinking or general well-being of humanity.

2.4 Criteria for the Award of a Fellow of the University

The Award of Fellow of the University shall be in recognition of the significant contribution to the University, the Northern Queensland and/or Singaporean communities; the advancement of human well-being or academic achievements.

Factors to be taken into consideration for the Award of a Fellow of the University include one or more of the following:

* significant service to the Northern Queensland and/or Singaporean communities;

* significant service which an individual has rendered to the University;

* significant contributions to the advancement of human well-being.

Other factors that may be taken into account:

* Significant support for the improvement of the University;

* Major contributions toward activities resulting in the significant development or promotion of the University.

3. Confidentiality

(a) A person nominated for an Honorary Award shall not be consulted beforehand, nor at any time prior to the Council's decision on the proposal, and all deliberations, investigations and recommendations relating to the nomination shall be treated as strictly confidential by all persons concerned therewith.

(b) The names of those nominees approved by Council are released only after they have accepted the Council’s offer of award.

4. Conferral

(a) All Honorary Awards will be conferred at a graduation ceremony of the University.

(b) The conferral of an honorary award shall be evidenced by a Testamur issued under the Seal of the University.

(c) The conferral of any honorary award of the University shall entitle the person on whom it is conferred to membership of Convocation and to the right to wear the Academic Dress approved for that Honorary Award.

Related policy instruments

Honorary Awards Requirements Procedure

Schedules/Appendices

Nil

Related documents and legislation

Nil

 

Administration

Approval Details

Policy Sponsor

Vice Chancellor

Approval Authority

Council

Date for next review

3/12/2018

Revision History

Version

Approval date         

Implementation date

Details

Author

15-1

3/12/2015

22/12/2015

Procedures removed from policy into a separate procedure document; Policy sponsor and approval authority updated to reflect Council approved Policy and Delegations Framework.

Amendments to clauses 2.3 and 2.4 as requested by Ceremonial and Honorary Degrees Sub-Committee

Note: for previous version before after 99-1 up to 14-1 contact the Quality Standards and Policy Office. 

Quality, Standards and Policy Unit