Regulations


SECTION III. Academic Affairs

Issued: April 21, 1997

A. University Calendar

  1. Eastern Illinois University ("the University") shall develop a University Calendar containing significant academic dates and events during the twelve (12) month period commencing with each fall term. The University Calendar shall become effective when approved by the President and shall be published each academic year in the official University Catalog.
  2. The University Calendar shall contain the following dates and such other dates as are necessary and appropriate: (1) opening and closing dates of each term; (2) registration periods, including the date after which a fee for late registration will be charged; (3) last day for withdrawal; (4) final examination periods; (5) recognized holidays; (6) vacations; and (7) commencement.

B. Degrees

  1. Earned Degrees

    1. The University shall develop requirements for earned degrees. The requirements and any changes shall become effective when approved by the President.
    2. The President shall submit to the Board of Trustees ("the Board") an annual report on earned degrees awarded.
    3. Earned degrees shall be conferred by the University pursuant to the authority vested in the Board upon satisfactory completion of all degree requirements and recommendation to the President by the faculty.
  2. Honorary Degrees

    1. Criteria
      The University may award honorary degrees to persons who have achieved a record of major distinction at the state, national, or international level in such areas as education, public service, research, humanities, business, or the professions. In exceptional circumstances, the University may award honorary degrees to persons who, though they have not achieved national or statewide recognition, have made an especially outstanding and significant contribution to the University.
    2. Procedure
      Honorary degrees may be awarded only by approval of the Board upon the recommendation of the President. The President shall establish a representative committee, which shall recommend to the President proposed honorary degree recipients selected from nominations by the faculty, students, staff, alumni, and members of the Board of Trustees. Before requesting Board approval, the President shall submit to the Chairperson written information concerning the candidate's achievements and any significant contributions to the University, the Board, higher education, or the State of Illinois. Unless the Chairperson approves an exception, Board approval of candidates must be obtained at least two (2) months prior to the award of the degree and the University may not award more than four (4) honorary degrees each year.
    3. Limitations
      Elected or appointed public officials in state or local government, members and employees of the Board or University, and members and employees of the Board of Higher Education are ineligible for award of an honorary degree during their term of office or employment.

C. Academic Programs and Plans

  1. A request for initiation of a new degree program or a new organizational unit of instruction, research, or public service, including the establishment of a college, school, department, division, center, or institute, shall be presented to the Board for approval and, where applicable, to the Board of Higher Education. The President shall make recommendations to the Board concerning such matters.
  2. A request for initiation of an off-campus program requiring Board of Higher Education approval shall be submitted to the Board for approval prior to being submitted to the Board of Higher Education. The President shall make recommendations to the Board concerning such matters.
  3. A request for a reasonable and moderate extension of an existing program shall be submitted to the President for approval and, where applicable, to the Board of Higher Education.

D. Grants

  1. The University shall develop policies concerning grants. The policies and any changes shall become effective when approved by the President. The President shall submit any such policies and changes to the Chairperson.

    The policies shall contain the following provisions and such other provisions as are necessary and appropriate:
    1. Provisions for the review and administration of grants that shall insure their consistency with the University's academic mission, instructional commitments, and financial capabilities.
    2. Provisions to insure that persons engaged in grant-funded activities do not have conflicts of interest that could compromise the integrity of the activities and the university.
    3. Provisions to safeguard human and animal subjects involved in research activities.
    4. Provisions ensuring the administration of grants shall meet all federal and state requirements.
  2. The President shall submit to the Board an annual report on grants.