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CWUP 2-20-010 Awarding of Posthumous Degrees

When central washington university receives a request from the student's immediate family or from the student's major department within one year following the death of a student who has been continuously enrolled in a program of study at CWU until the time of the onset of a terminal illness, an injury, or death, the university may award a degree posthumously if the following conditions are met:

For undergraduate students:

1. The student has achieved senior status.
2. The student has declared a major and has completed at least one half of the requirements for the major that will be recorded on the diploma.
3. The student is in good standing.
4. The major department approves the awarding of the degree.

For graduate students:

1. The student has declared a specific degree program and has completed at least two-thirds of the course in the major that will be recorded on the diploma.
2. The student is in good standing.
3. The major department approves the awarding of the degree.

A graduation application fee will be waived for the posthumous degree.

Continuously enrolled students who die before meeting the criteria listed above for a posthumous degree may be nominated for honorary degrees. Such nomination would be appropriate particularly for students who have made substantial progress toward a degree at central washington university or who have achieved particular distinction during their tenure at central washington university.

[PAC: 2/6/02; 4/02]