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University of Minnisota  Administrative Policy

Awarding Posthumous Degrees

Responsible University Officer(s):
  • Executive Vice President and Provost
Policy Owner(s):
  • Associate Vice Provost and University Registrar
Policy contact(s):
  • Stacey Tidball
Date Revised:
Apr 21, 2020
Effective Date:
Jun 1, 2003

Policy Statement

The University may grant undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees posthumously. If a college determines that a deceased student has completed sufficient coursework to be awarded a degree, the college (Twin Cities only) or chief academic officer (or designee) on each system campus has the authority to grant the degree posthumously. Graduate students must have completed enough work toward the thesis or dissertation, if required for the degree.

Reason for Policy

To recognize the academic achievement of students who have died, and to empower colleges and vice chancellors to award degrees posthumously where the student has completed enough of the planned degree program.

Procedures

Forms/Instructions

Appendices

Frequently Asked Questions

Contacts

SubjectContactPhoneEmail
Primary Contact Stacey Tidball 612-626-0075 tidball@umn.edu
Crookston Contact Jason Tangquist 218-281-8424 umcreg@umn.edu
218-281-8549 (fax)
Duluth Contact Carla Boyd 218-726-8887 umdreg@d.umn.edu
Morris Contact Marcus Muller 320-589-6011 mull0262@umn.edu
Rochester Contact Diane Douglas 507-258-8008 umrregistrar@r.umn.edu

Definitions

Posthumous:
Following or occurring after one's death.

Responsibilities

Office of the Registrar
  • Post the degree to the student’s record.
  • Work with the department or college to facilitate appropriate presentation of the degree to the student’s family.
College (Twin Cities)
  • In consultation with the academic department of the degree, determine if posthumous degree should be awarded.
  • Notify the Office of the Registrar of the request and approval to issue a posthumous degree.
  • Facilitate appropriate presentation of the degree.
  • As a courtesy, notify the Executive Vice President and Provost of the awarding of the posthumous degree.
Collegiate Office (Crookston, Duluth, Morris & Rochester)
  • In consultation with the academic department of the degree, make a request of the campus Chief Academic Officer that the degree be awarded.
Chief Academic Officer (Crookston, Duluth, Morris & Rochester)
  • In consultation with the college requesting the posthumous degree, determine if posthumous degree should be awarded.
  • Notify the Office of the Registrar of the request and approval to issue a posthumous degree.
Chief Academic Officer Assignments by Campus
CampusChief Academic Officer
Crookston Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Duluth Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Morris Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Rochester Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Innovation

Related Information

There is no related information associated with this policy.

History

Amended:
April 2020 - Comprehensive review, minor revision. Simplifies responsibilities.
Amended:
March 2016 - Comprehensive Review, Minor Revision. Administrative Procedure: Requesting a Posthumous Degree incorporated into the Responsibilities section of the policy. Minor wording changes to Statement and Reason.
Reviewed:
September 2011 - Comprehensive Review.
Amended:
April 2008 - Updated contacts section. Added definitions for "Posthumous" and "Eligible Student". "Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs" changed to "Chief academic officer" in responsiblities section. Additional edits made to clarify policy, but not to change meaning.
Effective:
June 2003

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