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Naming of Buildings Policy  <7.135>

Requests for the naming of buildings, facilities, or areas, and requests for erecting memorials or publicly displayed donations at Palomar College shall be submitted to the Facilities Review Committee.  The Facilities Review Committee will make a recommendation to the Strategic Planning Council regarding the proposed naming of buildings.  This information will be submitted to the Facilities Master Planning Committee for information.

The Superintendent/President will forward the requests and recommendations to the Palomar College Governing Board for final review and decision.

Naming a Building, Facility, or Area for an individual for Service to the District

  1. Building facility, or area may be named for:
  2. Past members of the college faculty
  3. Past members of the administration or Governing Board
  4. Alumni
  5. Past members of the college staff
  6. Individuals who make exceptional contributions to the College
  7. An individual will not be considered for this honor until at least three years following his/her separation from the College.  Separation is defined as leaving full-time service or employment.  This policy does not apply to alumni and friends of the college.
  8. There should be an appropriate relationship between the use of the facility or its function and the person who whom it is named.
  9. The following criteria will be used in evaluating the proposal:
  10. Serving the District in an academic capacity and earning a national or international reputation in the individual’s field(s) of specialization and also rendering a minimum of three years’ distinguished service to the District;
  11. Performing in an administrative or trustee capacity, and rendering a minimum of three years’ distinguished service to the District, warranting recognition of the individual’s exceptional contributions to the welfare of the College; or
  12. Contributing in truly exceptional ways to the welfare of the institution or achieving such unique distinction as to warranty recognition.

Naming a Building, Facility, or Area in Recognition of a Significant Gift to the District Directly or to the District through the Palomar College Foundation

  1. Facilities may be named for a benefactor or an individual nominated by a benefactor.
  2. The benefactor must have given a minimum of twenty percent of the cost of the construction of a new facility.  For an existing building, the benefactor must have given a minimum of twenty percent of what it would cost to build the facility today.
  3. Benefactors must have given a minimum of forty percent of the cost of a sub-unit of a building or other facility; i.e., classrooms, lecture halls, etc.
  4. Benefactors must have given 100 percent of the cost of walkways, benches, gardens, etc.
  5. Facilities will not be named in return for deferred gifts and will not be named for persons making gifts of property (real or personal) until such time as the gift is converted to liquid assets or is otherwise utilized by the District.

Buildings, Facilities or Areas that may be considered for Naming

  1. All buildings owned by the District that are not currently named.
  2. All lecture halls, classrooms, labs, athletic facilities and permanent fixtures that are not currently named.
  3. All areas where students, staff, and the public gather, including walkways, benches, and gardens.

Signage

  1. All buildings named should bear the name of the person and the building name in a typeface and style consistent with District signage and with standards developed by the Facilities Review Committee.  For example: Paul Hayden Memorial Library, Vaniman Physical Science Building, Cynthia Jones Building.
  2. Buildings may also bear a bronze plaque permanently affixed to the outside of the wall nearest to the main entrance of the building.  The plaque should list the name of the person for whom the building is named and, if the building is newly constructed, the builder, the architect, the Governing Board, the Superintendent/President, and the date the building was dedicated.  Relevant information about the donor shall be prominently displayed.
  3. Lecture halls, classrooms, and tabs to be named should also be identified with a bronze plaque mounted on the wall directly outside the main entrance to the facility.
  4. All areas where students, staff, and the public gather, including walkways, benches, and gardens should be identified with a bronze plaque or appropriate acknowledgment.  The plaque or acknowledgment shall be consistent with District signage and with the standards developed by the Facilities Review Committee.