UNC Charlotte Academic Policy: Posthumous Degree

I. Introduction

University policy provides for the posthumous award of a degree to students if, at the time of their death, they had not completed degree requirements but the conditions specified below are satisfied. 

II. Policy Statement

For undergraduate degrees: Any student who at the time of death was duly enrolled and had at least 90 credit/semester hours toward a degree at UNC Charlotte shall, upon recommendation by the faculty of the college and approval by the University faculty, be awarded the degree posthumously.

For graduate degrees: Any student who at the time of death was in good standing in a graduate degree program and had completed approximately two-thirds of the requirements toward a graduate degree at UNC Charlotte shall, upon recommendation by the faculty of the program and approval by the University faculty, be awarded the degree posthumously.

III. Definitions

  • College – An academic unit of the University.  Each of the seven discipline-based colleges at UNC Charlotte represents an organization of related departments. 
  • Degree – Diploma or title awarded to a student who completed a prescribed course of study.
  • Faculty – The members of the teaching and research body staff of UNC Charlotte.  Faculty may hold the rank of professor, associate professor, assistant professor, instructor, lecturer, research associate, research assistant, or the equivalent of any of these academic ranks.
  • Posthumous degree – Diploma or title awarded to a student after their death, when nominated by the faculty of the college in which the student was enrolled at or prior to his or her death, and when minimum academic degree requirements have been verified.

IV. Policy Contact(s)

V. History

  • Established: April 17, 1975 (for undergraduate degrees)
  • Established: May 5, 1988 (for graduate degrees)
  • Revised: March 26, 2015

VI. Related Policies, Procedures and Resources

VII. Frequently Asked Questions

  • Which students are covered under this policy? 
    This policy applies to all students at UNC Charlotte.
  • Are there requirements around what percentage of the degree the student had earned at UNC Charlotte in order to eligible for a posthumous degree? 
    Yes, posthumous degrees are held to the SACSCOC standard of all degrees awarded, including the requirement that "at least 25% of the credit hours required for the degree are earned through instruction offered by the institution awarding the degree."