Naming University/College Facilities at Connors State College, Langston University, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, and Oklahoma Panhandle State University

2.06

It is the policy of the Board for Connors State College, Langston University, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, and Oklahoma Panhandle State University to name certain of its buildings, or parts thereof, and streets in honor of friends, benefactors, and persons who have made significant contributions to education in Oklahoma and the nation. (A separate policy applies to Oklahoma State University - see Policy Statement 2.05.) The following guidelines will apply:

1.

Institutional buildings, or parts thereof, and streets shall not be named for persons active as faculty members or administrators, active members of the Board, or persons active in positions relating to institutional operations such as legislators and members of the State Regents for Higher Education.

2.

Buildings. Residence halls shall be named for individuals. Buildings whose function is academic shall be given functional names. In those instances where it is deemed appropriate and advantageous for the institution, the name of an individual may be a part of an academic building's name.

 

2.1

The credentials, character, and reputation of each individual for whom the naming of a building is being considered shall be carefully scrutinized and evaluated. The Board expects discretion of the highest caliber to be exercised in such deliberations. Nominations submitted to the Board for consideration and action must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation.

 

2.2

Buildings may be named for persons who have rendered significant service to education in Oklahoma or the nation; or who have distinguished themselves in the work of a college, campus, discipline, or department at the institution or elsewhere; or who are indigenous to the area and hold a unique place in history; or who have made a substantial gift to the institution through its official fund-raising arm.

 

2.3

To minimize exterior lettering, listings in directories, mailing addresses, class schedules, etc., the naming of a building in honor of an individual should use the surname only. A suitable plaque should be located in the lobby or other appropriate inside location, giving the full name and brief biography of the person honored.

 

2.4

To the extent feasible, a uniform system of external marking of buildings will be adopted. Metallic, non-corrosive letters shall be used.

 

2.5

To ensure uniformity, to the extent feasible, in the designation of buildings by their primary function:

 

 

2.51

A building which serves as student living quarters shall be designated "hall" and bear the name in combination with a person's name.

 

 

2.52

A building primarily occupied by laboratories shall be designated "laboratory" and bear the name of the function; e.g., "Ceramics Laboratory," "Controlled-Environmental Research Laboratory," "Meat Laboratory." If named for a person, the surname should precede the functional name.

 

 

2.53

A building primarily occupied by offices and classrooms shall be designated "building" and bear the name of the function. If named for a person, the surname should precede the functional name.

 

 

2.54

Special use buildings such as a hospital, auditorium, physical education center, etc., may bear the name separately or in combination with a person's name.

3.

Portions of Buildings. Sub-units of a new or existing building may be named separately to recognize an outstanding individual or a donor wishing to contribute the cost of a portion of a building, a room in a building, a major equipment item, a major art feature, etc. In these instances, an appropriate plaque may be installed to acknowledge such recognition.

4.

Streets. Streets within institutional property may be named in honor of historical events, places, or persons. A recommendation to change the name of a street will be considered by the Board only in those instances where the advantages to the institution can be clearly documented.

5.

Malls, Plazas, Arenas, and Architectural Landscapes. As a general rule, malls, plazas, arenas, and architectural landscapes will not be named for individuals. Exceptions to this policy may be approved by the Board.

6.

Furnishings. Donors wishing to furnish a lounge, office, conference room, etc., will be honored by an attractive plaque on the door, or at an appropriate inside location, indicating they provided furnishings for the room.

7.

In all instances where the word "person," "individual," or "donor" is used in this policy, the same shall be deemed to include corporations or other appropriate legal entities.

8.

The President of the institution will establish procedures that implement this policy in such a manner as to ensure involvement at the department or division level and still ensure institutional-wide aesthetics, qualitative standards, and optimum donor support. The President will bring to the Board recommendations on naming buildings and streets. The Board will consider recommendations which are an exception to this policy.

Approved Date: 
December 10, 1993
Revised Date: 
June 20, 1997