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Naming Facilities

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View Official Policy: Naming Facilities Policy

The University of Georgia considers the naming of a place or an academic unit in honor of a living or deceased individual, corporation, foundation, or organization to be one of the highest and most distinct honors that it can bestow. Naming a place or an academic unit requires prior authorization by the University of Georgia and the Board of Regents and shall be in accord with Board of Regents procedures and guidelines and those of the University of Georgia.

This policy shall apply to the naming of all University of Georgia real estate and facilities, as defined in Section 9.1.1 of the Board of Regents Policy Manual. This includes all property owned or leased by the University of Georgia, including facilities constructed, donated, or acquired by affiliated organizations of the institution. This policy shall also apply to the naming of colleges and schools at the University of Georgia.

The University of Georgia is authorized to name, without prior approval of the Board of Regents, interior spaces and academic units subordinate to colleges and schools, such as departments. The University of Georgia is also authorized to remove such names. The term “interior space” includes rooms, hallways, floors, and features, as well as other enclosed or conditioned space(s) within buildings. The University of Georgia shall provide a report on interior namings and naming removals as information only to the chief external affairs officer at the end of each calendar year.

Namings authorized by the Board of Regents shall not be modified. The namings of facilities and grounds of an institution will endure only for the useful life of the facility or feature and not in perpetuity. If a facility or area is substantially changed, a named building or area may no longer exist. In that event, the University of Georgia may determine if maintaining the name for transfer to a new facility or area is appropriate and seek Board approval as appropriate.

The naming of an interior space of the University of Georgia will endure only for the useful life of the space and not in perpetuity. If an interior space is substantially changed or needs to be repurposed, the named interior space may no longer exist. In that event, the University of Georgia will determine if maintaining the name for transfer to a different interior space or area is appropriate, and if so, will seek approval of the University Cabinet.

To further emphasize the significance of Regents approved places and academic units, the namings of interior spaces shall appear only within the confines of the boundaries of the facility and shall not be applied to the facility exterior or permanent exterior signage.

Please refer to the Uniform Sign Design Policy https://policies.uga.edu/pdf/uniform_sign_design.pdf for additional information related to interior and exterior signage standards.

Situations may occur that would warrant the removal of a name. Where naming authority lies with the Board of Regents, so does the authority and responsibility to remove a name. Similarly, where the sole naming authority lies with the University of Georgia, so does the authority and responsibility to remove a name.

Namings may be authorized for outstanding and distinguished service, for philanthropic giving, or both. The University of Georgia will authorize namings for facilities, grounds, colleges or schools to honor a living person only when that person has been disassociated from employment by the University of Georgia or from local, state, or federal government employment for at least two years prior to seeking Board approval. In the event that the individual being honored is no longer living, the two year waiting period may be waived.

Responsibilities

Responsible University Senior Administrator:  Vice President for Finance and Administration

Date Issued: 11/07/2016

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