Governance

Statute No. 14: Granting and Conferring of Degrees and Diplomas

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Statute No. 14: Granting and Conferring of Degrees and Diplomas

1. The degrees, diplomas and certificates of the University may be conferred at a University ceremony or at a meeting of the Senate or in such other ways as the Senate determines.

2.(1) The Chancellor may confer degrees, diplomas and certificates, on behalf of the Senate.

(2) In the absence of the Chancellor, degrees, diplomas and certificates may be conferred by the Pro-Chancellor and, in the absence of both the Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor, by the Vice-Chancellor.

3. The procedure for the presentation of candidates and for the conferring of degrees, diplomas and certificates is as prescribed by the Senate.

4.(1) Subject to (2) and (3), before a degree, diploma or certificate is conferred, the candidate must sign the following declaration:

I hereby promise that I will maintain the rights and privileges of The University of Western Australia, and that I will endeavour at all times to uphold its dignity.

(2) A degree may be conferred posthumously.

(3) Recipients of honorary degrees are exempt from the requirement in (1).

5.(1) A Register of Graduates, containing the name and address of every person to whom a degree, diploma or certificate has been granted and particulars of each such degree, diploma or certificate, must be maintained by the Registrar.

(2) The Register must not be altered or amended unless—

(a) the degree, diploma or certificate has been revoked in accordance with Clause 6; or
(b) the Senate directs that—
(i) some further qualification be added to the particulars of a pass degree upgrading it to an honours degree; or
(ii) some manifest error or omission be corrected.

(3) No person is considered to hold a degree, diploma or certificate of the University unless their name and the degree, diploma or certificate are recorded in the Register.

6.(1) The Senate may revoke a degree, diploma or certificate which has been granted to a person if the person is convicted of a serious offence in any part of the world, or the name of the person has, in any part of the world, been removed by a properly constituted authority from an official register or roll of members of the profession to which he or she belongs.

(2) When a degree, diploma or certificate of the University is revoked in accordance with (1), the name of the person must be removed from the Register of Graduates.

(3) The Senate may, at a later time, if good cause is shown, restore to a person a degree, diploma or certificate which has been revoked, and in such cases, the person's name must be restored to the Register of Graduates.

7.(1) The Senate, on the recommendation of the Honorary Degrees Committee, may confer an honorary degree on any person for distinguished service or attainments.

(2) The Honorary Degrees Committee is a standing committee of the Senate and comprises—

(a) the Chancellor;
(b) the Pro-Chancellor;
(c) the Vice-Chancellor;
(d) the Chair of the Academic Board;
(e) two other members of the Senate; and
(f) two members nominated by the Academic Board.

(3) The committee must act in accordance with the procedure set out in Clause 8.

8.(1) A nomination of a candidate for the award of an honorary degree may be made by any member of the Senate or the Academic Board.

(2) Only nominations submitted in writing to the Registrar and stating the grounds on which the candidate is nominated are considered.

(3) Unless the committee otherwise determines, nominations must be submitted by the first Monday in October each year.

(4) A member of the committee who has nominated a candidate for the award of an honorary degree must not take part in the deliberations or in the decision of the committee on that candidate.

(5) When the grounds of nomination of a candidate include the person's academic eminence, the dean of the appropriate faculty must be consulted prior to the committee's recommendation being considered by the Senate.

(6) A person nominated for the award of an honorary degree must not be consulted beforehand and any resolution of the committee recommending the award is in the form of an offer of the award.

(7) When the committee recommends that a person be offered the award of an honorary degree, the Chancellor must make a report to that effect to the Senate and move the adoption of the recommendation from the Chair, no reference being made to those who are not so recommended.

(8) Unless the Senate otherwise determines, honorary degrees are conferred only at graduation ceremonies.

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The Chancellor's Medal

Although the award of the Chancellor's Medal is not governed by Statute No. 14 the following guidelines are appended here for reference.

A number of people make outstanding contributions to the University in a variety of ways. It is the wish of the Senate that the contributions of these people should be recognised through the award of a Chancellor's Medal. Medals will be awarded in accordance with the following guidelines:

1. The Chancellor's Medal is a prestigious award and will not be given lightly.

2. A Chancellor's Medal may be awarded for an outstanding contribution, or sustained contributions, to the University such as to enable the University to discharge its teaching, research and community responsibilities more effectively.

3. Those eligible for the award are:

(a) staff or former staff of the University; and
(b) any other individual who has made an outstanding contribution, or sustained contributions, to the University in terms of Clause 2.

4. The medal may be awarded to outstanding University citizens who have given sustained and outstanding service over many years but for one reason or another have not received adequate recognition in other appropriate ways. Such awards will normally be made after retirement.

5.(1) A Chancellor's Medal will not normally be awarded for exceptional academic achievement, for which other means of recognition exist.

(2)(a) The medal will not be awarded either to academic or general staff simply for excellent or outstanding performance of their current duties.
(b) However, the medal may be used to recognise a very significant contribution by a current member of staff which is outside or beyond their current duties.

6.(1) A medal may be awarded to an individual who has the potential to warrant an honorary doctorate at a later stage, provided that the contribution to be recognised by the medal is significantly different from that which would be likely to warrant an honorary doctorate.

(2) However, a medal will not normally be awarded to an individual who has already received an honorary doctorate.

7. Nominees will not be disadvantaged in relation to nominations for a medal on the grounds that some other kind of award which is not currently available in the University would be more appropriate.

8. Decisions on the award of medals will be made each year by the Honorary Degrees Committee.

9.(1) Medals will be awarded at graduation ceremonies.

(2) No more than one medal will be awarded at a graduation ceremony, except when medals are awarded jointly.

10. Nominations for the award of a Chancellor's Medal may be made by any person associated in any way with the University and should be accompanied by a brief statement of the case in favour of the award, together with a citation which sets out the person's achievements. Nominations should also be signed by a seconder who is a member of the Senate or of the staff of the University. Nominations must not be communicated to the nominee.

11. Holders of the Chancellor's Medals will be invited to graduation ceremonies and other appropriate University events.

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