Policy

Naming - Policy

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1. Purpose and Objectives

This policy guides the University in the naming of staff positions, scholarships, programs, and infrastructure through the bestowal of an honour name for service, or in recognition of philanthropy or a broader contribution.

Individuals may also be recognised for distinguished service in accordance with the provisions of the Honorary Awards Policy (PPL 8.30.10a).

2. Definitions, Terms, Acronyms

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3. Policy Scope/Coverage

The assets that are subject for naming include, but are not limited to:

  • Buildings and parts of buildings;
  • Schools, Institutes and Centres;
  • Professorial Chairs, Lectureships, and Fellowships;   
  • Scholarships and prizes;
  • Public spaces, roads, gardens and major or minor features.

Notwithstanding this policy, the University will reserve the right to enter into an agreement that includes naming.  Such arrangements will be approved in line with the authorities set out below.

4. Policy Statement

A principled approach is to be adopted in the naming of any University asset. It is intended that a name be bestowed only when a person has rendered highly distinguished service which would cause his or her name to be recognised by a later generation or that they are honoured in recognition of a significant philanthropic contribution to the University.

In all cases, the reason for honouring should be made public through appropriate and clear signage. The design, wording and proposed location of the signage must be submitted as part of the naming proposal. No naming should be approved or (once approved) be continued if it will call into question the integrity or reputation of the University.

Naming of spaces/buildings (including outdoor spaces) should only be for the lifetime of the space/building, to allow for unencumbered future redevelopment/refurbishment.  However, named spaces/buildings should be maintained by the University and used for their original designated purpose, where reasonable. If there is any change to the purpose, it should be communicated to the honouree.

5. Naming in Recognition of Service

Criteria

The individual being proposed for naming shall have achieved distinction in one or more of the following ways:

  • While serving the University in an academic capacity, the individual has demonstrated high scholarly distinction and earned a national or international reputation;
  • While serving the University in an important administrative capacity, the individual has rendered distinguished service which warrants recognition of the individual's exceptional contributions to the University;
  • The individual has contributed in truly exceptional ways to the advancement of the institution or achieved such unique distinction as to warrant recognition;
  • The individual has contributed in truly exceptional ways to civil society or achieved such unique distinction as to warrant recognition.

The individual being proposed for naming should exhibit one or more of the following attributes:

  • the highest standards of personal integrity
  • honourable public service
  • significant positive contributions to the University, the state, country and/or society
  • be known to the University community.

5.1 Buildings and parts of buildings

The naming of a building after a University staff member would not normally be considered until the staff member has retired.

Approval by Senate following review by Vice-Chancellor's Committee with Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Advancement) and endorsement of Vice-Chancellor.

5.2 Schools, Institutes and Centres

Approval by Senate following review by Vice-Chancellor's Committee with Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Advancement) and endorsement of Vice-Chancellor.

5.3 Professorial Chairs, Lectureships and Fellowships

Approval by Senate following review by Vice-Chancellor's Committee with Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Advancement) and endorsement of Vice-Chancellor.

5.4 Scholarships and prizes

Approval by Senate following review by Vice-Chancellor's Committee with Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Advancement) and endorsement of Vice-Chancellor.

5.5 Public spaces, roads, gardens and major features

Functional names or the names of past Chancellors of the University will be used to identify University roads. Requests for roads to be named after other persons or significant events will be considered by exception.

Major features include, but are not limited to, sporting facilities, fountains, sculptures and works of art.

Approval by Senate following review by Vice-Chancellor's Committee with Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Advancement) and endorsement of Vice-Chancellor.

5.6 Cultural, library and scientific collections

In considering whether a collection is a suitable subject for the bestowal of an honour name, the University must be satisfied that the collection is of significant size and continuing scientific, historic, artistic or cultural value.

Approval by Vice-Chancellor following review by Vice-Chancellor's Committee with Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Advancement).

5.7 Minor features

Minor features include, but are not limited to, benches, auditorium seating, trees and plants, pathways, natural or environmental features.

Approval by Vice-Chancellor following review by Vice-Chancellor's Committee with Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Advancement).

6. Naming in Recognition of Philanthropic Generosity

Under the provisions of its Deductible Gift Recipients status with the Australian Tax Office, the University does not recognise a donor’s right to naming. Instead, naming is offered by the University to honour people and organisations where that philanthropy has a major impact on the University. The University encourages donors to consider naming as a way of showing leadership and encouraging a culture of giving.

6.1 Buildings and parts of buildings

If more than half of the capital cost designated to be raised through philanthropy is met by a private donation, the University may offer to name the building (or part thereof) in the donor's honour.

Approval by Senate following review by Vice-Chancellor's Committee with Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Advancement) and endorsement of Vice-Chancellor.

6.2 Schools, Institutes and Centres

For a gift of the magnitude sufficient to provide an endowment that generates an annual distribution equivalent to 50% of the entity's budget, the University may offer to name the academic unit in the donor's honour.

Approval by Senate following review by Vice-Chancellor's Committee with Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Advancement) and endorsement of Vice-Chancellor.

6.3 Professorial Chairs, Lectureships and Fellowships

Where a donor meets the continuing costs of a Chair, the University may offer to name the Chair after the donor or another specified person or organisation.

If the capital cost of a lecture or series of lectures is wholly met by a private donation, the University may offer to name the series for the donor or other specified person or organisation.

Approval by Senate following review by Vice-Chancellor's Committee with Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Advancement) and endorsement of Vice-Chancellor.

6.4 Scholarships and prizes

Approval is automatic if fully-funded by a donor. 

6.5 Public spaces, roads, gardens and major features

Major features include, but are not limited to, sporting facilities, fountains, sculptures and works of art.

Approval by Senate following review by Vice-Chancellor's Committee with Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Advancement) and endorsement of Vice-Chancellor.

6.6 Cultural, library and scientific collections

In considering whether a collection is a suitable subject for the bestowal of an honour name, the University must be satisfied that the collection is of significant size and continuing scientific, historic, artistic or cultural value.

Approval by Vice-Chancellor following review by Vice-Chancellor's Committee with Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Advancement).

6.7 Minor features

Minor features include, but are not limited to, benches, auditorium seating, trees and plants, pathways, natural or environmental features.

Approval by Vice-Chancellor following review by Vice-Chancellor's Committee with Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Advancement).

7. Withdrawal of Naming

Naming conferred under this policy may be withdrawn by the relevant approval authority if continuation of the naming is not in the best interests of the University, such as factors that would affect the reputation of the University, or if it is determined that a material change of function is required to best utilise the space or site.  Honourees have a right to withdraw the use of a name should this be desired.  Where possible, the University will communicate with an honouree regarding a decision to withdraw naming.

Custodians
PVC Advancement
Ms Patty Danver (Acting)

Forms

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Naming Request - Form

Naming Request - Form

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Submit this form and all supporting documentation to:
Office of the Vice-Chancellor, Brian Wilson Chancellery

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Custodians
PVC Advancement
Ms Patty Danver (Acting)
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PVC Advancement
Ms Patty Danver (Acting)
Custodians
PVC Advancement
Ms Patty Danver (Acting)