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Shelly G. Gonzalez, Policy Officer
Administration 208
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.4730
Fax: 660.543.8022
sgonzalez@ucmo.edu





Naming Buildings, Rooms and Special Use Facilities Policy
Board of Governors Policy 1.2.090
Revised and approved by the Board of Governors on May 15, 2001

I. Purpose

This policy is intended to standardize and clarify the way in which the University of Central Missouri names buildings, rooms and special use facilities.

II. Policy

A. As a general policy all university student use buildings should be assigned a distinguishing name other than a "use" designation.

B. One name only should be assigned to a single purpose building. Multi-wing buildings and buildings clearly designed and divided for major separate disciplines may be given different names for each such division.

C. A clearly defined room or special use facility may be given special identification. This would include such units as a large lecture hall, concert hall, gallery, etc.

D. The Administration Building and the Alumni Memorial Chapel are an exception to paragraph "A" above and should retain the use designation for the duration of their existence. Local tradition and general national practice would support the current building names. In addition, the identification of the use of the buildings is of special importance to the visiting public. Further, if another name were added to the title of the Administration Building, confusion might be created among the public as well as students because of the presence of Hendricks Hall within the Administration Building.

E. Buildings, rooms and special use facilities may be named for:

  1. an individual or individuals deserving special recognition for a significant and substantial financial contribution toward the construction or renovation of a facility which otherwise might not be available

  2. a former faculty member or administrator who has provided outstanding service to the university and/or has made important contributions to his/her discipline or area. Only exceptional circumstances would allow the naming of a facility for a current employee

  3. An alumnus or former student who has provided outstanding service to the university and/or has made important contributions in his/her field of endeavor

  4. a former member of the Board of Regents/Governors who has provided outstanding and distinguished service to the university. Only exceptional circumstances would allow the naming of a facility for a current governor

  5. a business, corporate or foundation entity deserving special recognition for a significant and substantial financial contribution toward the construction or renovation of a facility which otherwise might not be available without that financial contribution

F. Consideration may be given to naming a facility for an individual or individuals whose service has been related to the use and purpose of the facility.

III. Procedure

A. The university president will inform the campus community of opportunities to name buildings, rooms or special use facilities when feasible. The campus community will then have an opportunity to submit suggestions to the university president for naming a particular building, room or special use facility.

B. The university president shall consult appropriate on- or off-campus individuals before making a recommendation to the Board of Governors.

C. The university president shall also receive concurrence from the person to be honored before making a recommendation to the Board of Governors. Permission of the nearest relative shall be acquired if the individual being honored is deceased.

D. The university president shall be directed by the following guidelines when making a recommendation to the Board of Governors:

  1. classroom buildings and administration buildings shall use the term "Building" in the name

  2. residence facilities shall use the term "Hall" in the name

  3. the official name of a facility shall include the full name of the individuals for whom it is named

  4. special use facilities may require creative thinking in arriving at a name but should always be considered within the general tenor of these procedures

  5. all physical space and facilities shall fall under these procedures unless specifically excluded

  6. appropriate recognition, ceremony and publicity shall accompany the naming of a university facility

E. The university president may make a direct recommendation to the Board of Governors under exceptional circumstances.

F. The Board of Governors has the right to waive portions of the above policy should circumstances dictate special consideration.

Approved by the Board of Regents on February 17, 1988
Revised and approved by the Board of Governors on May 15, 2001
Formatting updated August 1, 2007