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1,670: University Facility Naming Policy

Last Revised: December 2003

The University Facility Naming Policy at the University of Nevada, Reno is inclusive and comprehensive, and is designed to complement the NSHE Board of Regents Handbook Policy for Naming Buildings.

The NSHE Board of Regents Handbook Policy for Naming Buildings, Title 4, Chapter 10, Section 23, Sub-Section 3 states that institutions of the NSHE shall adhere to the following standardized procedures for naming buildings, rooms or public spaces. Names for new or unnamed buildings, building additions or for renaming existing buildings are subject to approval by the NSHE Board of Regents. Names for a room, part of a building or a public space on campus is subject to approval by the president of the institution only with written notification by the Chancellor.

  1. The naming of a building, room, part of a building or public space shall be considered in accordance with the following principles, if it is to be named after a person or persons:
    1. Years of service to public education
    2. Contributions to public education
    3. Quality and time of service to community or state
    4. Contributions to the development of the community or state
    5. Significant or substantial donations to the cost of the building or to a system institution without personal gain
  2. The naming of a building, room, part of building, or public space shall not be considered under the following conditions, if it is to be named after a person or persons:
    1. The person is currently employed by the Nevada System of Higher Education
    2. The person is currently serving on the Board of Regents
    3. The person is an elected public official (through January 2003, each NSHE institution shall be allowed one exception to the prohibition concerning elected public officials)
  3. No more than one building at the same NSHE institution shall be named for a single individual. Exceptions shall be allowed for buildings named for private foundations, private donors, or at the request of private donors regardless of being otherwise disqualified under subsection (2) above.
  4. In the exercise of its discretion, the Board of Regents may waive any limitations contained in subsections (2) and (3).
  5. In considering potential names for new buildings, both the campus constituents and appropriate community groups shall be consulted, as appropriate.
  6. For buildings 1) located on property not owned by NSHE or 2) built cooperatively in partnership with another entity, the selection of a name to be recommended by the President shall be done in consultation with the partner.
  7. The president of the institution will recommend the proposed building name to the Chancellor for review. The nomination will include biographical data, if applicable.
  8. After review by the Chancellor, the Chancellor shall forward the recommendation to the Chairperson of the Board of Regents for consideration by the full Board. (B/R 3/02)

The University of Nevada, Reno Facility Naming Policy applies to all university facilities (buildings, rooms, specific interior or exterior locations, real property and signage on any portion of any university facility). Generally, university facilities are named to recognize the primary, significant actions of individuals, corporations or private foundations in support of the University of Nevada, Reno.

  • Donors - contributions made through the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation
  • Individual Achievement - significant contributions to the university or to education in general

Proposals to name facilities must be submitted to the Facilities Resource Committee (FRC) for review and endorsement. The FRC then forwards its recommendations to the President for final approval.

Proposals to FRC must have the support and approval of the vice president or dean of the recommending unit/division. In cases where the naming opportunity arises from a direct gift to the university, the proposal should have the concurrence of the Vice President for Development & Alumni Relations. Members of the FRC will review the proposals based on the following:

  • Naming opportunities based on contributions for new buildings, additions or renovations, or enhancements for interior or exterior locations normally begin with a minimum gift or commitment equal to 50% of the cost of private funding needed for the project. In addition, for new construction, the gift should include an amount to be set aside for a maintenance endowment to cover annual maintenance on the new building.
  • Naming opportunities based on contributions for a portion of a new or existing building, such as a computer laboratory or classroom, should normally cover 50% of the cost of the new capital construction or renovation in proportion to the overall expense. In addition, the gift should normally include an amount equal to 33% of the value of any mobile equipment and/or furniture costs to be used in the sub-unit with a commitment or an endowment sufficient to replace the technical equipment at least every three years.
  • Naming opportunities based on service contributions to the university, the state, or to education in general will be determined based on a written proposal outlining the justification for the naming.
  • Naming opportunities based on multiple-year gift pledges must have concurrence from the Vice President for Development & Alumni Relations. Final payment of the multiple year gift should normally be received prior to the start of the new construction or renovation of the building or sub-unit.
  • Naming opportunities for existing facilities for irrevocable deferred gifts, provided no major expansions or improvements are needed immediately for said facilities, must have concurrence from the Vice President of Development & Alumni Relations before being considered by the FRC.

The President of the University of Nevada, Reno makes all final approvals, and only the President may make an exception to this policy. Following final approval, the President, or designee, shall notify in writing all appropriate campus administrative offices regarding the naming decision, to include, but not limited to:

  • President's Council
  • Academic Leadership Council
  • Faculty Senate
  • Staff Employees Council
  • Associated Students, University of Nevada
  • Graduate Student Association
  • Admissions and Records
  • Facility Services
  • Buildings and Grounds
  • Facilities Planning and Analysis
  • Parking Services
  • Planning, Budget and Analysis
  • Police Services

Once a proposal is approved, all signage associated with the approved name on any portion of a university facility must conform to guidelines and specifications developed and approved by Facility Services at the University of Nevada, Reno (see Administrative Manual section 5,210) and the NSHE Board of Regents Handbook Policy for Campus Development, Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 6, Sub-Section 6.

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