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Retiring faculty members at East Central College can now be honored with emeritus status.  A new policy passed unanimously at the February 4 meeting of the ECC board of trustees will go into effect this spring.


Upon retirement, following 15 consecutive years of full time service to the college, a faculty member may apply for emeritus status.  The faculty member may complete an application and submit required documents to ECC’s human resources office.  The college president will appoint a seven member committee comprised by five faculty members, one administrator and one member of the professional staff.  That committee will meet in the spring to establish the criteria.  They will recommend faculty for emeritus status to the president no later than the April meeting of the board. 


Limitations in the number of retirees granted emeritus status will apply and be determined annually by the committee.  Any applicant not advancing due to limitations will be automatically considered in the following year’s pool.  An applicant not granted emeritus status may reapply in two years. 


ECC faculty members with at least 15 consecutive year of serve who have already retired can also apply for emeritus status following the same process and should contact human resources for details.  Emeritus status can also be awarded posthumously.


Jean McCann, vice president of instruction, noted that the new policy was developed and reviewed by a faculty committee and the faculty association at large. 


Among the benefits to faculty attaining emeritus status will be eligibility for tuition waivers for credit courses, identification in college publications and a plaque on campus, invitations to campus social activities, an ECC email address, a campus ID card noting emeritus status and the option to attend commencement in full academic regalia.

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