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3.27 / Emeritus Status

Purpose:
The purpose of this statement is to set forth University policy with regard to emeritus appointments as required by Kansas Board of Regents policy.

Preamble:
Emeritus status is an honorary title awarded to a retiring faculty member or an unclassified professional employee for extended meritorious service to Wichita State University. The purpose of this policy statement is to set forth University criteria for awarding such status.

Policy Statement:

1.  Emeritus status recognizes meritorious service to Wichita State University by a retiring faculty member or unclassified professional employee who has served the University for a minimum of ten continuous years. Factors to be considered in the evaluation and determination of meritorious service are contributions in the areas of teaching, scholarly activity, service or leadership. Exceptions to these criteria may be authorized and approved by the President.

2.  Recommendations for the award of emeritus status to a faculty member are initiated by the department. Upon review and concurrence by the appropriate dean and the Provost and Senior Vice President, recommendations are forwarded to the President for final review.

3.  Recommendations for the award of emeritus status to an unclassified professional employee can be initiated by a Dean, Director or higher level University administrator and are forwarded to the President for final review.

4.  There is no salary or emolument associated with the awarding of emeritus status.

Implementation:
This policy shall be included in the WSU Policies and Procedures Manual and shared with appropriate constituencies of the University.

The Provost and Senior Vice President shall have primary responsibility for publication, dissemination and implementation of this University policy.

Effective Date:
January 1, 2005

Revision Date:
August 1, 2007

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