Honorary Doctorate Degrees

Policy Number: 
Policy Responsibility: 
Board of Governors
Previous Name: 
Honorary Degrees
April 2, 2008
Last Amended: 
May 28, 2015
May 28, 2017

Context / Purpose: 

Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) has chosen to confer a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD) to deserving recipients to recognize persons who have excelled in their contributions and accomplishments and whose excellence will reflect positively on JIBC, its students and alumni. The degree affirms the nominee’s connection to the work of JIBC and the communities it serves consistent with the vision and mission of the Institute. As such, nominees shall have exemplary character, an unqualified reputation for honesty and the highest standards of personal and professional integrity.

Policy Statement: 

There are four general categories of people upon whom the Institute may confer honorary degrees:

  1. Individuals who have made outstanding and sustained contributions to justice and public safety in British Columbia or Canada;
  2. Individuals who are distinguished in their field of study;
  3. Individuals who have distinguished reputations in the area of public service at the provincial, national or international level;
  4. Individuals who have made significant and noteworthy contributions to JIBC and/or the Province of British Columbia.

An Honorary Doctorate Degrees Committee, with established terms of reference, is responsible for:

  1. Establishing processes for nomination, evaluation and recommendation of candidates for Honorary Degrees;
  2. Evaluating nominations and selecting those to be recommended to the Board of Governors for approval;
  3. Performing sufficient due diligence to mitigate the risk of harm to the Institute’s reputation.

Last updated June 3, 2015