Capital Planning & Budget

Facilities

96-1 Naming or Dedicating of University Facilities

History: Res. 7166 adopted 3/8/96, rescinds 90-1, Res. 5415 adopted 2/90 which rescinded 74-1, 80-1 and Res. 5205, 4/7/89.

That, upon the recommendation of the President of the University of Wisconsin System, Resolution 5415 (February 2, 1990), creating UW System policy for naming or dedicating university facilities, be rescinded and the following new policy be adopted:

It is the preference of the Board to commemorate the contributions of individuals to academic excellence through the naming or dedication of scholarships, programs, professorships, and other similar actions. However, the Board recognizes that from time to time there may be a desire to name or dedicate some facilities or portions of university's buildings or grounds after a person. On those occasions, every such request that involves an entire building must be presented to the Board for formal approval. These requests are to be brought to the Physical Planning and Development Committee and the full Board of Regents for discussion in closed session at least one month prior to requesting formal Regent action.

If the request involves a living individual who has been formally associated with the University of Wisconsin System, or has held a paid public office, a waiting period is required unless a situation is presented where a gift stipulates the naming. Normally, at least five years must have elapsed from the time a person who has been formally associated with the University of Wisconsin System, or has held a paid public office, has terminated that association, or left the paid public office.

The Chancellor of each institution is authorized to name facilities when the naming involves less than an entire building, such as rooms, wings, or exterior amenities. This authorization is subject to the same limitations regarding waiting periods as those pertaining to entire buildings.