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Posthumously Awarded Degrees

Academics and Research


Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Roles and Responsibilities
  3. Policy Statement
  4. History

I. Introduction

  1. Authority: C.R.S. § 23-54-101, et seq. (2002) authorizes the Trustees of Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) to establish rules and regulations to govern and operate the University and its programs. The Trustees retain authority to approve, interpret, and administer policies pertaining to the governance of the University. The Trustees grant authority to the President of MSU Denver to approve, administer, and interpret policies pertaining to the operation of the University.

  2. Purpose: This policy recognizes the academic achievements of students who have died and describes the process for a degree to be awarded posthumously.

  3. Scope: This policy applies to all MSU Denver students and units.

II. Roles and Responsibilities

  1. Responsible Executive: President

  2. Responsible Administrator: Provost

  3. Responsible Office: Provost's Office

  4. Policy Contact: Provost's Office, 303-615-1900

III. Policy Statement

  1. Metropolitan State University of Denver will award a posthumous degree to a deceased student who had maintained good academic and financial standing without a significant disciplinary incident. Any party interested in seeking a posthumous degree will contact the Dean of the College or School in which the deceased student’s program resided. Upon final approval of the President and/or the Board of Trustees, the name of the deceased student will be announced at commencement as a Posthumous Degree and a plaque will be given to a person designated by the family.

  2. If it is determined that the student was enrolled in their final courses sufficient to meet the University’s graduation requirements, and therefore would have earned their degree had they successfully completed the last semester of enrollment, the degree will be counted as an earned degree within University completion counts.

  3. If it is determined that the student was not enrolled in their final courses sufficient to meet the University’s graduation requirements, and therefore would not have been granted a degree had they successfully completed the last semester of enrollment, the Office of the Registrar will expunge the academic record during the semester of the student’s death. 

IV. History

  1. Effective: April 24, 2018

  2. Revised: April 2018 to remove references to honorary degrees and to clarify requirements for degrees to be awarded posthumously based on the student's progress toward degree requirements.

  3. Review Schedule: This policy is to be reviewed every three years or as necessary to conduct University operations.

  4. Approved By: President

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