42.1 Naming Proposals

Proposals for the naming of Academic Units (colleges, schools, centers, institutes, departments, laboratories, and major academic or program units), and Major Facility Units (entire buildings, wings of buildings, colleges, programs, and large sections of the campus) should be forwarded through the appropriate collegiate deans'/directors' offices to the appropriate vice president for recommendation of approval. Once the naming is conceptually approved, the dean/director or  vice president will then submit a written proposal to the Joint Development Committee (JDC) (see V-42.3 below), for review and recommendation to the President. Time is of the essence in many major-gift negotiations, and these guidelines are not intended to impede that process. When the necessary approvals must be expedited, a conference call among University and University of Iowa Foundation leadership can achieve the intended purpose, as long as that conversation and resulting decisions are documented and filed with the JDC. 

Proposals for the naming of Minor Facility Units (e.g., rooms, classrooms, faculty offices, self-enclosed laboratories, small conference rooms, study carrels, open spaces, structures, physical features, etc.) should be forwarded through the appropriate collegiate deans'/directors' offices to the appropriate vice president and then to the Executive Vice President and Provost and to the Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations for their review and approval. No review by the JDC is required for the naming of Minor Facility Units unless the naming proposal is a controversial naming, involves a corporate naming, or involves a potential conflict of interest.