Awarding the Title Emeritus/Emerita

Category: Employment
Number: EMP-105-010
Audience: All University employees
Issued: June 15, 1999
Revised: September 06, 2018
Owner(s): Provost and Vice-President (Academic)
Approved by: Board of Governors
Contact: Associate Vice-President (Academic) - 306-585-5551

Introduction

The University of Regina acknowledges the importance of honoring its academic retirees. This policy outlines the University’s position on awarding the honorary title Emeritus/Emerita for retiring professors, librarians, Presidents and Chancellors.

Policy

The Emeritus/Emerita title will be awarded to individuals who have:

  1. Retired in good standing from full-time service to the University; and,
  2. Held the position of an academic rank for a faculty member, President or Chancellor immediately before retirement from the University for a minimum of five (5) years.

The titles awarded will be one of the following:  Instructor Emeritus/Emerita, Laboratory Instructor Emeritus/Emerita, Lecturer Emeritus/Emerita, Assistant Professor Emeritus/Emerita, Associate Professor Emeritus/Emerita, Professor Emeritus/Emerita, Librarian Emeritus/Emerita, Archivist Emeritus/Emerita, President Emeritus/Emerita, and Chancellor Emeritus/Emerita.

Note:  Individuals awarded the title Emeritus/Emerita prior to 2013, for administrative functions within the University, will be permitted continued use of the title Emeritus/Emerita (i.e. Registrar Emeritus/Emerita, Vice-President Emeritus/Emerita, University Secretary Emeritus/Emerita, etc.).

Rights and Privileges

The honorary title Emeritus/Emerita shall carry as basic privileges:

  1. The right to use the title Emeritus/Emerita;
  2. The right to continue to hold a University identification card with all the rights and privileges pertaining hereto;
  3. Continued membership on Graduate Student committees where appropriate; and,
  4. Such other privileges as the University may from time to time grant.

The honorary title President Emeritus/Emerita or Chancellor Emeritus/Emerita shall carry as basic privileges:

  1. The right to use the title President Emeritus/Emerita or Chancellor Emeritus/Emerita;
  2. Attendance at Senate meetings (only in the case of Chancellor Emeritus/Emerita) and Convocation; and,
  3. Such other privileges as the University may from time to time grant.

Consequences for Noncompliance

  • Individuals who are not in good standing will not receive the honorary title of Emeritus/Emerita.
  • If an individual’s Faculty or the Library does not make a recommendation to the President, the title of Emeritus/Emerita will not be awarded.
  • If a member of the Board of Governors does not make a recommendation to the Board of Governors, the honorary title of President Emeritus/Emerita or Chancellor Emeritus/Emerita will not be awarded.
  • The title Emeritus/Emerita for any academic rank, the President or Chancellor can be revoked by resolution of the Board of Governors for actions unbecoming a representative of the University holding this honorific title.

Processes

Awarding the title Emeritus/Emerita for faculty members

The President approves the awarding of the honorary title of Emeritus/Emerita, upon recommendation by the individual’s academic unit and with the concurrence of the Dean of the relevant Faculty. The unit's recommendation will ensure that the eligibility criteria for awarding the title as outlined in the policy have been met. The recommendation will be accompanied by a current curriculum vitae for the individual.

In the case of an academic member from a federated college holding an applicable academic rank, the federated college may recommend to the President of the University of Regina that the individual be awarded the title Emeritus/Emerita. The recommendation will ensure that the eligibility criteria for awarding the title as outlined in the policy have been met.

The President will advise the individual, in writing, that the honorary title of Emeritus/Emerita has been granted.

Awarding the title President Emeritus/Emerita or Chancellor Emeritus/Emerita

The Board of Governors approves the awarding of the honorary title of President Emeritus/Emerita or Chancellor Emeritus/Emerita, upon recommendation by any member of the Board of Governors. The recommendation will ensure that the eligibility criteria for awarding the title as outlined in the policy have been met.

The University Secretary, on behalf of the Board of Governors, will advise the individual and the Senate, in writing, that the honorary title of President Emeritus/Emerita or Chancellor Emeritus/Emerita has been granted.