Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University Regulations

The following regulations describe the limitations, frequency and procedure for awarding the honorary degree of Doctor of the University in furtherance of Statute 6.2.

  1. Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University

  2. There shall be an honorary degree of Doctor of the University - DUniv(ACU).

  3. Nominations for Award of Honorary Doctorate

    3.1

    Each year the Executive Director, University Services shall invite Members, Senators and members of the Professoriate of the University to bring forward nominations of persons falling within the category described in Section 6.2.5 of Statute 6.2 who might be considered by the Senate for the award of an honorary doctorate usually in the following year. Persons nominated should actively support the mission, goals and philosophy of Australian Catholic University.

    3.2

    Each nomination should have a proposer and seconder and should be supported by sufficient documentation to demonstrate the worthiness of the case and to assist in the preparation of a citation.

    3.3

    Nominees are not to be approached by nominators, or any other person acting for the nominators, without the approval of the Honorary Awards Committee.

    3.4

    Nominations may be proposed and seconded by a Member, a Senator or a member of the Professoriate of the University. However, the Vice-Chancellor (in consultation with the Chair, Honorary Awards Committee) may, in exceptional circumstances, bring forward nomination(s) for the award of Honorary Doctor of the University.

    In the case of a nomination being proposed or seconded by a member of the Professoriate, either a Member or a Senator must co-sign the nomination.

  4. Frequency of Making Awards of Honorary Doctorates

    Senate may award one honorary doctorate for each graduation ceremony, although Senate may increase the number in special circumstances. There is no presumption there will be an honorary doctorate awarded at each graduation ceremony in a particular year.

  5. Conferral of Awards of Honorary Doctorate

    The award of honorary doctorate shall usually be conferred at an approved graduation ceremony or other major public occasion of the University.

    Only in exceptional circumstances should more than one honorary doctorate be conferred at a single graduation ceremony.

  6. Persons to whom the degree should not be offered

    • The honorary degree of Doctor of the University should not be offered to the following persons unless they fall within the category described in Section 6.2.5 of Statute 6.2:

    • politicians in office;

    • visitors, unless they were/are at the University for an extended period and make a real contribution to the work of the University;

    • retiring members of Senate, professors and others associated with the University unless they have made quite exceptional contributions to the University. Generally members of Senate and others in office should not be considered unless in relation to outstanding contributions made independently of their membership of a University body.

  7. Selection of Nominees to Recommend for Award of Honorary Doctorate

    7.1

    The Honorary Awards Committee shall consider all nominations received by it for the award of an honorary doctorate and, if appropriate, make recommendations to the Senate only when the Committee is unanimous in its view.

    7.2

    The Committee may make whatever confidential enquiries it desires pertinent to any nomination and shall not be required to divulge its reasons for failing to recommend any candidate for an honorary doctorate.

Title: Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University

No: 4.2

Approved By: Senate

Date: 13 November 2008

Officer Responsible: Chief Operating Officer & Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Contact Officer: Governance Officer, Directorate of Governance