Faculty Handbook

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

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