The awarding of honorary degrees is intended to encourage a standard of excellence and innovation which is exemplary to students, faculty and staff, and to society generally. Recipients are to exhibit a record of outstanding distinction and achievement, connected to the work of the Institute and the communities it serves.
There are four general categories of people upon whom the Institute may confer honorary degrees:
The Honorary Degree Committee is responsible for:
The following guidelines may assist the Honorary Degree Committee in recommending candidates to the Board of Governors for honorary degrees:
i. A person is in conflict of interest in connection with a nomination if s/he is a friend, close colleague, employer, or family member of the nominee, or has any other close relationship to the nominee, or stands to gain in any way from any decision on the nomination.
ii. Any member of the Honorary Degree Committee or of the Board of Governors who has an interest (real or perceived) in a particular nomination must declare that interest to the Honorary Degree Committee or the Board of Governors before deliberations commence. iii. The Chair of the Honorary Degree Committee shall rule on whether a member with a perceived interest is in real conflict of interest; if so, the member shall be absent from all deliberations concerning the nomination and shall not vote on any recommendation bearing on the nomination.
JIBC will notify the recipient in writing of the decision to rescind an honorary degree and will request the recipient discontinue using references to the honorary degree. JIBC will cease to publically recognize the individual as an honorary degree recipient.
Last updated February 15, 2018
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