Policy Number: 227 Effective Date: 06/13/95
Policy Title: Emeritus Appointment Revised: 07/01/10
Approval Date: June 13, 1995 President’s Signature:  on file

I. West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission Series 9, Academic Freedom, Professional Responsibility, Promotion, and Tenure

SECTION 9. EMERITUS STATUS

9.6 Emeritus status is an honorary title awarded to a retiring faculty member or administrator for extended meritorious service. Each institution shall establish a policy regarding emeritus status and file the policy with the chancellor. There is no salary or emolument attached to the status other than such privileges as the institution may wish to extend.

II. Authority: West Virginia Code 18B-1-6

III. Filing Date: April 3, 1992

IV. Effective Date: May 4, 1992

V. Repeal of Former Rule: Repeals and replaces Series 36 dated June 20, 1987.

II. West Liberty University Emeritus Status Policy

A. In accordance with West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission Series 9 only retired full time tenured faculty or administrators of West Liberty University are eligible for appointment to emeritus status. No salary or emolument other than privileges granted by the University shall accrue to any person granted emeritus status.

B. Emeritus status is bestowed in recognition of extended meritorious service to West Liberty University. This recognition may be extended at any time following the retirement from active service to the University.

C. Faculty or administrators may be proposed for bestowal of emeritus status by the President of the University, the Provost, the Faculty Senate, or the Classified Staff Council. Each faculty proposed for emeritus status shall have a minimum of 20 years of full-time service at West Liberty University and will be evaluated by the President of the University, who may elect to be advised in this process by the Honorary Degrees and Awards Committee. The President will have the sole authority to award emeritus status, in consultation with the appropriate Chair, Dean, and the Provost.

D. Privileges afforded to West Liberty University Emeriti shall include the following:

1. Parking: WLU Emeriti may park on campus without fee.
2. Library: WLU Emeriti will have the same on-campus library privileges permitted to full time faculty or staff.
3. Office: WLU Emeriti may request office space on campus by written request to the President, who will honor such requests in the order received and assign office space as available, in consultation with the appropriate Chair, Dean, and the Provost. Office equipment may be provided by the University as available, in consultation with the appropriate Chair, Dean, and the Provost. The Emeriti making use of University office space must provide their own support equipment and supplies. Telephone service will be limited to campus and/or local service, when available; postage and consumables will be provided by Emeriti.
4. Computer: WLU Emeriti will have the same computer system privileges permitted to full time faculty or staff, but Emeriti will be required to provide their own software, hardware, or peripherals necessary to achieve connection to and use of WLU computer system(s). If any fee is charged to the University as a direct result of Emeritus use of WLU computer system(s), such fee(s) must be settled by the Emeritus system user.
5. Admission: WLU Emeriti will have the same admission privilege to University-sponsored events as do full time faculty or staff.
6. Accountability: WLU Emeriti are accountable to the President of the University and will meet or report no less than once per year with the President to review the past year’s Emeritus activity and plans for the coming year.
7. Emeritus rank is honorary status conferred by the President of the University. If, for any reason, the University would consider rescission or would rescind this honorary standing, only the President has the authority to do so, in consultation with the appropriate Chair, Dean, and the Provost.