Rutgers SHP - Policies

SCHOOL POLICY

Subject : GRADING SYSTEM Title : AWARDING POSTHUMOUS DEGREE Coding : 3.3.1
Category :
Responsible Executive : Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Responsible Office : Office of Academic Affairs
Adopted : 12/08 Amended : 6/14 Last Reviewed : 6/2014

I. Purpose

The School of Health Professions seeks to recognize the academic achievements of its students. In the event that a student dies before completing all of the requirements before his/her degree, this policy establishes guidelines for the posthumous awarding of SHP degrees with consideration to academic and institutional integrity.

II. Accountability

Under the University Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean of SHP in consultation with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs is responsible for this policy.

III. Policy

CRITERIA:

The student was in good standing and would likely have completed all of the degree requirements by the next graduation date had he/she not died.

PROCEDURE:

  1. A formal request may be initiated by a family member, a fellow student, a faculty member or the Dean of SHRP. If the request is not made by a family member, the family should be contacted to ascertain their support for the possible award.
  2. The Dean or his/her designee shall review the student's academic record and confirm whether the specified criteria exist. If so, the request for awarding a posthumous degree shall be forwarded to the SHP Committee on Admissions and Academic Standing and Executive Council for approval.
  3. Degrees awarded posthumously will be so noted on the convocation/ commencement program. A member of the deceased student's family will be permitted to participate, upon approval from the Dean of SHRP/ Chancellor, in the convocation/commencement program in which the deceased student would have been eligible to participate.

The posthumous nature of the degree will be indicated on the diploma and on the student's transcript.

AWARDING POSTHUMOUS DEGREE
     Amended: 6/14