This policy applies to the Board of Regents, the UW System President, UW Chancellors, and UW System faculty and staff. For the purposes of this policy, an emeritus title refers to either an emeritus or emerita title.
This policy describes standards and procedures related to the designation of emeritus status within the UW System, including eligibility requirements, standards for privileges extended to individuals who hold an emeritus title, and the conditions and procedures for the revocation of an emeritus title.
It is the policy of the Board of Regents that designation of emeritus status is a special honor in recognition of a record of distinguished service to the UW System.
Both ex-officio and appointed members of the Board of Regents shall be granted emeritus status upon completion of their terms as Regents.
The Board of Regents may grant an emeritus title to a UW System President or UW Chancellor upon his or her retirement from the position within UW System. The title shall be awarded in recognition of exceptional, distinguished service to the UW System and shall not be awarded as a matter of due course.
Designation of Emeritus Status for Faculty and Staff
The UW System President is authorized to grant an emeritus title to any UW System Administration staff member and each UW Chancellor is authorized to grant an emeritus title to any faculty or staff member at their respective institution under the following conditions:
- The designee has engaged in exceptional, distinguished service to the UW institution. The title shall not be awarded as a matter of due course and shall not be granted automatically upon retirement.
- The designee has held a permanent position with the institution for a minimum of ten years, or another significant length of time as determined by the UW System President or UW Chancellor.
- The designee is retiring from his or her position with the UW institution.
- The designee meets all other conditions for an emeritus title as established by the UW System President or UW Chancellor.
The UW System President and each UW Chancellor or their designee shall establish criteria and procedures, consistent with this policy, for granting an emeritus title to faculty and staff at their respective institution.
In general, a UW System institution may not provide an individual granted an emeritus title any salary, emolument, or special privilege that would exceed the privileges available to active employees in the same classification at the institution. Each institution may determine the privileges, if any, associated with the emeritus designation.
Revocation of Emeritus Status
An emeritus title is generally awarded for a lifetime but may be terminated for cause. The UW System President and each UW Chancellor shall establish guidelines and procedures for revoking the emeritus or emerita status designated under their authority.
Oversight, Roles, and Responsibilities
The UW System President and each UW Chancellor shall be responsible for developing and implementing policies related to granting emeritus status, identifying privileges provided to those holding an emeritus title, and conditions under which emeritus status may be revoked.
Related Regent Policies and Applicable Laws
History: Res. 2235, adopted 09/05/1980, created Regent Policy Document 80-6, subsequently renumbered Regent Policy Document 2-1. Res. 11127, adopted 12/07/2018, rescinded Regent Policy Document 2-1 and created Regent Policy Document 20-26.