|Proposal: ||The University System of Maryland (USM) revised its Policy on the Naming of Facilities and Programs to incorporate new guidelines for name removals and asked all institutions to develop their own procedures for name removals. The University policy at the time, was only focused on facilities naming and there was no policy in place for program naming. In Summer 2021, the President's Office received a few requests for name removals and therefore needed the University to have procedures in place to address those requests. Because of the urgency of addressing both the USM request for alignment with its new provisions and the newly submitted requests for name removals, the President and the Senate leadership agreed that working together to collaboratively develop a University policy that adds the naming of programs to the existing facilities naming policy but also addresses the name removal procedures would be most constructive in addressing the immediate need while still allowing for a thoughtful Senate review. |
Director Montfort played an important role in bringing together the University's and USM's existing facilities naming policies, the past work of the Ed Affairs Committee on Program naming, and the new USM guidelines on the removal of names into an interim policy. The draft policy was reviewed by the President and the Senate leadership and ultimately approved by the President on September 20, 2021 on an interim basis, pending Senate review.