Policy No. 4:06:00:00


SUBJECT:  Naming Buildings and Facilities and Building Plaques

  1. Naming Buildings and Facilities
    1. General Statement
      The naming of buildings, facilities, grounds and organizational units for individuals or groups who have made significant contributions to society is an honored tradition of higher education.  The prerogative and privilege of such namings on the campuses of the Tennessee Board of Regents System are vested in the Board.  Authority to name identifiable sub-units or components of buildings and facilities, however, is delegated to the President, subject to the criteria and process set forth below.
      The purpose of this policy is to establish the criteria and process for such namings.
      This policy applies to all buildings, other facilities, grounds, and organizational units which Cleveland State Community College wishes to dedicate in the name of an individual or group.  Buildings designated by their general purpose or function are not subject to this policy.
    2. Criteria  
      In general, individuals and groups for whom buildings are named must have made a significant contribution to the field of education, government, science, or human betterment.  To preserve the integrity of all buildings named, this honor must be reserved for individuals of recognized accomplishment and character; no building may bear the name of an individual convicted of a felony
    3. With respect to the naming of buildings, special consideration shall be given to:
      1. The historical significance of the contribution of the individual or group to Cleveland State;
      2. The association of the individual or group with the building to be named;
      3. Any financial contribution of the individual or group to Cleveland State; and
      4. State, regional, national, or international recognition of the individual’s or group’s contributions and achievements.

        A given surname may be assigned to only one building on a specific campus. In all cases, naming rights are considered to be in effect for the duration of the effective and typical useful life of the physical building, space, or object, and not in perpetuity.
    4. Process 
      The President shall charge a committee to consider and make recommendations for the naming of a building.  The committee shall be comprised of student, faculty, and administrative representatives; other representatives of the campus community may serve on the committee, as deemed appropriate by the President.

      The committee shall consider all suggested namings which satisfy the criteria cited above.  Any individual or group associated with the institution may suggest a name for consideration by the committee.

      The committee shall submit a report to the President, which includes a recommendation for the naming, documentation of all suggestions considered, and justification of its recommendation.

      For namings which require Board approval, the President shall submit his or her recommendation, along with the committee’s report and any additional supporting information deemed appropriate, to the Board through the Chancellor.  No publicity shall be given to the recommendation for naming until it is considered by the Board.

      For namings not subject to Board approval, the President shall determine and make known the naming in the manner deemed most appropriate.
    5. Dedication Ceremony and Plaque
      Upon approval of the naming by the Board, an appropriate dedication ceremony may be planned and conducted by Cleveland State Community College.
      Cleveland State Community College also may erect a dedication plaque or comparable marking upon approval of the naming by the Board.  The plaque may be separate from the building plaque provided by State regulations.  In addition to the individual or group for whom the building is named, the dedication plaque should identify the college President, the Chancellor, and the Chairman of the Board at the time the naming was approved.
  2. Building Plaques
    Cleveland State Community College may affix a building plaque to a new or newly renovated building or facility.  All building plaques must comply with Tennessee Board of Regents guidelines adopted pursuant to this policy and State Building Commission policy on building plaques.  This section shall apply to any new or newly renovated building or facility.

Source:  TBR Policy No. 4:02:05:01
Revised:  December 15, 1992, February 23, 2016