Naming Buildings and Facilities

Type: 
Policy
Category: 
Facilities
Governance Council: 
Facilities Council
Contact Email: 
Responsible Executive Authority: 
Vice President, College Services
Purpose: 

The purpose of this policy is to provide standard guidelines among all the departments of Lane Community College in naming buildings, sites and common areas. Naming opportunities may be granted in recognition of distinction and/or in recognition of financial support.

Narrative: 

The purpose of this policy is to provide standard guidelines among all the departments of Lane Community College in naming buildings, sites and common areas.  Naming opportunities may be granted in recognition of distinction and/or in recognition of financial support.

Criteria for Naming

1. Naming in Recognition of Distinction

From time to time the College may want to honor the extraordinary, distinguished contributions of individuals to humanity, to the United States, to Oregon, to Lane County or to the College.

When a significant area or building is proposed to be named for an individual associated with Lane Community College, it is recommended that a period of not less than three years shall lapse between the end of the individual's service to Lane and a naming proposal.

If a building, room, significant area or program is to be named in recognition of outstanding service, the president shall determine whether the person is worthy of the honor, whether the recommendation has the support of the occupants of the building or users of the area, as well as the support of the College community, before making a recommendation to the Board of Education for approval.

2. Naming in Recognition of Financial Support

For naming in recognition of financial gifts, the donor will be expected to provide all or a substantial part of the cost of the entity.  "Substantial" is deemed to mean either a significant majority of the cost (51%) or a contribution which, while not being a significant majority, would not have been available from another source or was in some way integral to project completion.  A guide for naming may be based on cost of area per square foot with appropriate adjustments based on visibility of space to be named and other considerations.

Donors may be individuals, families, organizations, foundations or corporations.

In establishing objectives for a fundraising campaign, the department securing the funds, in consultation with the president and the Lane Community College Foundation, will establish a schedule of naming opportunities and the level of donation required for each. The Foundation will consult with departments to advise whether the gift levels are appropriate and consistent with others on campus.

General Provisions

  1. No naming will be approved or (once approved) sustained that will call into serious question the public respect of the College.
  2. Names of facilities or areas should lend prestige to the college and to staff, students and community.  The credentials, character and reputation of each individual, organization or corporation for whom the naming of a building is being considered shall be carefully scrutinized and evaluated.  Nominations submitted for consideration must be accompanied by supporting documentation.
  3. When a building or significant area has been named, the College will continue to use the name so long as the building or area remains in use and serves its original function.  When the use has changed such that it must be demolished, substantially renovated or rebuilt, the College may retain the use of the name, name another comparable room or facility or discontinue the use of the name.
  4. It is the responsibility of individuals negotiating on behalf of the College to advise potential benefactors that their gift may be recognized by naming, subject to approvals and decisions consistent with this policy.

Approvals

  1. All proposals for naming will be forwarded to the president who shall make a determination whether the proposed naming conforms to this policy, is otherwise appropriate, and is of sufficient merit.
  2. The Lane Community College Board of Education will consider for approval the naming of buildings, substantial areas or significant landscape features.  The Board will also approve the schedule of naming opportunities and the level of donation required for each upon the launching of a capital campaign on campus.
  3. Commitments made prior to adoption of this policy shall be honored.

Naming Conventions

  1. A uniform system of signing should be adopted by location.
  2. Buildings and areas should have names that include their primary function:
    1. Special use buildings or areas such as an auditorium, physical education center, health center, or such, may bear the functional name separately or in combination with the person's name (e.g. "Gunderson Health Center," "Kondos Gallery")
    2. Outdoor areas shall bear the name of the individual and a functional description (e.g. "Parnell Drive")
  3. Plaques and signage should be tasteful, discrete and consistent with other campus signage.
  4. The naming of a building to honor an individual should use the surname only, as in "Raef Hall" and "Rodda Hall."  In the case of corporations or businesses, the college should use a shortened name sufficient to recognize the business (as in "Hynix Hall"). The reason for this convention is to ensure that the use of the new name becomes commonplace within the lexicon of the College and minimize exterior lettering, listings in directories, mailing addresses and the like.
Date Adopted: 
Saturday, May 1, 2004
Date Last Reviewed: 
Saturday, May 1, 2004