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A faculty member who has served the university with distinction over a period of years may be awarded the title Emeritus upon retirement. The president of the university may confer the title of Emeritus upon any retiring professor (after ten years), associate professor (after 15 years), assistant professor and instructor (after 20 years) who has given honorable and distinguished full-time service to the university. The conferring of the emeritus title must be recommended by the appropriate academic dean and the Provost. The title would normally follow the regular professional title, e.g., Professor of History, Emeritus. If the recipient is a woman, the feminine ending (Emerita) would be used.

If a faculty member meets all criteria for the conferring of the Emeritus title but does not accept retirement at the time his active work at the university ceases, he may be awarded the title to become effective at the time he begins to receive benefits from one of the approved retirement options available to a faculty member.

Emeritus faculty should be entitled to such privileges and benefits, other than monetary compensation, as are available to active full-time faculty. The privileges and benefits carry with them the same responsibilities as for regular faculty. These privileges may include: to be included in faculty lists in university bulletins (under the heading of Emeriti Faculty); to have faculty library privileges; to be permitted to purchase faculty parking permits; to be permitted to purchase tickets to athletic events at faculty rates; to use university recreation facilities; to make purchases at the university bookstore at the faculty discount rate; to be allowed to participate in academic ceremonies and other academic activities; to take part generally with the regular faculty in all social and ceremonial functions of the university; to receive other privileges which may be extended to regular faculty; and to be issued an appropriate identification card.

Public recognition of emeritus status will be made at the appropriate commencement exercises.

[Source: Academic Council May 6, 1981]