Posthumous Degree Award Policy
*Any department, office or individual notifies the Registrar’s office upon learning of the death of a student.
*The Registrar’s office checks the academic status of the student and forwards the case to the Provost.
- If the student is matriculated and has completed graduation requirements, the University issues a degree. (Departments and Deans may authorize substitutions in order for requirements to be met.)
- The Provost authorizes the printing and issuing of the diploma.
- If the student is matriculated and has completed at least 90 credits, the University may issue a Certificate of Academic Achievement.
- The Provost considers the circumstances of the death, and the student’s academic standing and the benefit to WCSU in making the decision.
- Consults with Department Chair and others as necessary
- Makes a recommendation on whether to issue a Certificate of Academic Achievement
- Authorizes the printing/issuing of a certificate.
- Certificate looks like a diploma and is signed by the President, Provost and appropriate Dean.
- Sets up a meeting for a brief ceremony and/or sends a letter to appropriate survivors.
*Departments may have their own polices on terminally ill students or students who die before they complete 90 credits. These policies should include consultation with the appropriate Dean.
- Departments may issue their own Certificate of Achievement.
- Publication and Design will have a template for consideration and use.
- Such certificates may be signed by the Chair and Dean.
Senate Approved 4/19/06, R-06-03-02
Administrative Approved: 9/6/06