This procedure details the procedure for the granting of Honorary Awards of James Cook University.
This procedure applies to members of convocation who wish to nominate a person for an Honorary Award of the University.
The definitions used in this policy are found in the: Glossary of Terms for Policies in the Student and Teaching & Course Management chapters of the Policy Library
Honoris causa – a degree awarded without examination, as a mark of esteem
Honorary – bestowed as an honour, without the usual requirements or functions
The categories of Honorary Awards of the University are:
Appendix 1 provides the names of degrees available within each category.
Factors to be taken into consideration for the Award of an Honorary Doctor of the University:
Factors to be taken into consideration for the award of an honorary Doctorate include one or more of the following:
Factors to be taken into consideration for the Award of a Fellow of the University include one or more of the following:
Other factors that may be taken into account:
Factors to be taken into consideration for the award of a degree honoris causa:
A proposal for an Honorary Award shall be made in writing to the Vice Chancellor, shall be signed by not fewer than three members of Convocation and shall include:
On receipt of the proposal, the Vice Chancellor shall:
The Vice Chancellor may make written and/or oral submissions to the Committee regarding any propopsal for the bestowal of an honorary award of the University.
The Awards and Ceremonies Committee will consider, and if appropriate, endorse proposals for honorary awards.
In respect of proposals for Honorary Doctor of the University, and Honorary Doctorate or a Fellow of the University, the Committee can:
In respect of proposals for the awarding of a degree honoris causa, the Committee can:
If the Committee believes the proposed award is appropriate and justified it will then seek the views of Council members in confidence in relation to any known reasons why the proposed Honorary Award should not be made and in the absence of any reasons shall submit the Committee report and recommendations to Council for approval.
If reasons why an Honorary Award shall not be made are submitted then the Committee will further consider the nomination in the light of any additional information provided by members of Council.
If the Committee then decides that the proposed Honorary Award remains appropriate, the Committee shall submit its report and recommendations to Council for approval.
The awarding of an Honorary Award shall be approved by the University Council.
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.
The names of those nominees approved by Council are released only after they have accepted the Council’s offer of award.
All Honorary Awards will be awarded at a graduation ceremony of the University.
The bestowal of an honorary award shall be evidenced by a testamur issued under the Seal of the University.
The bestowal of any honorary award of the University shall entitle the recipient membership of Convocation and to the right to wear the Academic Dress approved for that Honorary Award.
Other than in exceptional circumstances of which the Council shall be the sole judge, an Honorary Degree shall not be approved in respect of any person at a time when such person is a member of the staff or a member of a College or a member of Council or holds a remunerated adjunct appointment at the University.
An adjunct appointee remunerated to the level which substantially equates to the salary of a member of staff would receive in performing the same duties, shall not be eligible to receive an honorary award.
Only in exceptional circumstances shall an Honorary Award be:
In any consideration of a proposal for an Honorary Award, financial contributions or endowments to the University may be taken into account, but such contributions or endowments will never alone be a sufficient basis for the award of an Honorary Award.
If Council resolves to grant an Honorary Award, a formal letter of offer will be made to the recipient by the Vice Chancellor.
The University Secretary will also advise the University’s Ceremonies Officer of the names of recipients so that arrangements can be made for formal awarding of the honorary title(s) at an appropriate graduation ceremony.
The Secretariat will inform the nominators of the outcome of their proposal for an Honorary Award.
Names of Honorary Doctorates
Honorary Doctor of Commerce
Honorary Doctor of Economics
Honorary Doctor of Educational Studies
Honorary Doctor of Engineering
Honorary Doctor of Laws
Honorary Doctor of Letters
Honorary Doctor of Medicine
Honorary Doctor of Science
All of the above degrees can be conferred honoris causa
Category of Award
Honorary Doctor of the University
Fellow of the University
Date for next review
|18-1||16/05/2018||23/05/2018||Procedure amended to incorporate criteria and procedural elements of the Honorary Award Requirements Policy (disestablished).||Manager Student Finance and Examinations|
Minor amendment to update name of Committee and clarify responsibilities around notification.
Deputy University Secretary
Procedure removed from the associated policy; Policy sponsor and approval authority updated to reflect Council approved Policy and Delegations Framework.
Quality, Standards and Policy Unit