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2.43.62 Academic Recognition of Deceased or Critically Ill Students
   
2.43.62.010 Wayne State University reserves the award of academic degrees to persons who have met all requirements for the completion of those degrees, except in the instances of Honorary Degrees that are awarded solely upon the authority of the Board of Governors of the University, under such rules as the Board may prescribe.
   
2.43.62.020 It may be requested of the University occasionally that academic recognition be bestowed posthumously to a deceased student who did not complete degree requirements and who did not meet the prescribed criteria for an honorary degree. In such a circumstance, the University may, upon request of the family of the subject student and upon approval of the appropriate faculty, confer a degree, if the deceased student had met the requirements as set forth below.
   
2.43.62.030 Similarly, it may be requested of the University occasionally that academic recognition be bestowed upon a critically ill student who, according to the best available medical advice, has no significant probability of being able to resume studies toward an earned degree. In such an instance, the University, may, upon request of the family of the subject student and upon approval of the appropriate faculty, confer a Certificate of Academic Achievement in commencement ceremonies, if the student has met the requirements as set forth below.
   
2.43.62.040 BACCALAUREATE STUDENTS: To be eligible for these University recognitions, a deceased or critically ill student who, at the time of termination of study, was pursuing a Bachelor Degree, shall have met a minimum of 90 percent of the requirements in each published category: general education, departmental, collegiate, University.
   
2.43.62.050 MASTER DEGREE STUDENT: To be eligible for these University recognitions, a deceased or critically ill student who, at the time of termination of study, was pursuing a Master Degree, shall have met a minimum of:

a) Successful completion, when applicable, of comprehensive examinations, and 90 percent of required credit hours in every published curricular category in programs that do not require a master degree thesis; or,

b) Successful completion, when applicable, of comprehensive examinations, 100 percent of credit hours in every published curricular category, faculty acceptance of a thesis topic, and demonstrable progress on thesis research in programs requiring a thesis.
   
2.43.62.060 DOCTORAL DEGREE STUDENTS: To be eligible for these University recognitions, a deceased or critically ill student who, at the time of termination of study, was pursuing a doctor's degree, other than Juris Doctor, Doctor of Medicine, or Doctor of Pharmacy, shall have met a minimum of 100 percent of requirements in every published category, preliminary or comprehensive examinations, faculty acceptance of dissertation topic, and demonstrable progress on dissertation research.
   
2.43.62.070 STUDENTS IN THE JURIS DOCTOR AND DOCTOR OF PHARMACY PROGRAMS: To be eligible for these University recognitions, a deceased or critically ill student who, at the time of termination of study, was pursuing a Juris Doctor or a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree, shall have met a minimum of 90 percent of requirements in each published curricular category.
   
2.43.62.080 STUDENTS IN THE DOCTOR OF MEDICINE PROGRAM: To be eligible for these University recognitions, a deceased or critically ill student who, at the time of termination of study, was pursuing a Doctor of Medicine degree, shall have met a minimum of 100 percent of the published basic science (pre-clinical) requirements and the equivalent of 75 percent of the published clinical requirements.
   
2.43.62.090 In instances in which the minimum requirements have not been met, college or department faculty may present collegiate or departmental awards of recognition at ceremonies other than commencement, subject to compliance with Executive Order 85-7, "University Awards".
   

Legislative History
Adopted 7-0; Official Proceedings 30:4152 (18 July 1986)

Cross References
Sec. 2.44.01

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