Penn State - Human Resources
POLICY'S INITIAL DATE: June 13, 1964
THIS VERSION EFFECTIVE: October 11, 2013
This policy provides the criteria for eligibility and privileges of Emeritus Status.
Emeritus Status is a privilege, not a right, given in recognition of meritorious service to The Pennsylvania State University.
Unless specifically not recommended, Emeritus Status is normally awarded upon leaving the University to personnel classified as academic or academic administrator who either (1) hold the rank of professor, associate professor, librarian, or associate librarian, where such appointment to that rank was authorized by the President in accordance with the promotion and tenure process; or, (2) hold a standing position and the rank of senior scientist or senior research associate in interdisciplinary and defense-related research units in accordance with HR23, Promotion and Tenure Procedures and Regulations; or to personnel classified as executive, associate dean, or director of an academic unit.
To be eligible, individuals in the above ranks or positions must be either age sixty or older with ten or more years of service at the University or have completed twenty-five years or more of service at the University, AND have held an eligible rank at The Pennsylvania State University for a period of at least five years prior to leaving the University.
The President may approve or disapprove the award of Emeritus Status apart from the normal eligibility criteria described above, and will notify the Board of Trustees' Subcommittee on Human Resources in such circumstances.
Emeritus Status is awarded by the President after reviewing any action by the appropriate officer. Emeritus Status may be awarded to the President by the Board of Trustees.
Individuals holding Distinguished Professorships or University-Named titles will continue such title designations into emeritus status. Such continuation of title designation does not carry with it any supplemental or other privileges that were associated with the University-Named appointment during active employment.
A letter and a certificate are sent by the President to each individual awarded Emeritus Status. Copies of these letters are sent to the appropriate dean or administrative officer.
The following privileges are available to a recipient of Emeritus Status*:
Office or laboratory space will be assigned as appropriate to an emeritus faculty member by the home academic department or college in accordance with space available, the emeritus faculty member's productivity and contributions to the teaching and research programs, and policies of the individual units regarding space assignments.
*Note: The eligibility requirements for the award of Emeritus Status are not intended to supersede the eligibility requirements of HR54, Continuation of Group Insurance After Age 60, Age 65, and After Retirement or Death. The specific eligibility requirements of HR54 must be met in order to qualify for the benefits outlined in that policy.
At the sole discretion of the University, Emeritus Status may be revoked at any time. Without limiting such discretion, revocation may occur when it is determined that the individual's conduct, before or after receiving the Emeritus designation, conflicts with the intent and spirit of the designation and/or causes harm to the University's reputation. The President is authorized to make the decision to revoke Emeritus Status. The President shall inform the affected individual, and shall notify the Board of Trustees, for information purposes, as well as the appropriate dean or administrative officer. A determination specific to the position of President shall be made by the Board of Trustees. This section is intended to confirm the existing "at will" nature of Emeritus Status and thus applies to all individuals who currently hold Emeritus Status or may be granted such status in the future.
HR10 - Distinguished Professorships
HR81 - University-Named Professorships
HR82 - University-Named Chairs
HR83 - University Endowed Fellowships
HR93 - University-Named Dean's Chairs
HR94 - University-Named Department Head's Chairs