Honorific and Gift-Related Namings

Handbook of Operating Procedures 3-1050

Honorific and Gift-Related Namings

University of Texas SealEffective June 10, 2015
Executive Sponsor: Executive Director of Operations, Office of DevelopmentPolicy Owner: Assistant Director, Endowment Services and Compliance
I. Policy Statement 

The University of Texas at Austin (“University”) will name facilities, programs, and academic units in honor of individuals or entities when it promotes the University’s educational and cultural mission and recognizes exceptional contribution or service to the University or society.   All such naming actions will be in accordance with The University of Texas System Board of Regents’ Rules and Regulations.


The University will use guidelines when considering application of this policy in determining gift-related naming of a University building, program, or academic unit.  Those guidelines may be found at:  http://giving.utexas.edu/devguide/facility-and-program-namings/.

II. Reason for Policy 

To provide protocol for naming facilities, programs, and academic units to ensure consistent review of proposed naming and maintain compliance with Regents’ Rules and Regulations.

III. Scope & Audience 

This policy applies to all employees directly involved in fundraising, donor recognition, and honorific endeavors for the University, including officers, deans, faculty, and staff.

IV. Definitions (specific to this policy) 

The application and direct association of an individual, organization, or corporate name to a University facility (physical room, building, space, or other property), academic unit (college, school, department, center, or program), or other University entity. Examples: John T. Smith Classroom, John T. Smith Center for Research, Red McCombs School of Business, John T. Smith Collection.

V. Website (for policy) 
VI. Contacts 
Contact Details Web
University Development OfficeAddress:


VII. Responsibilities & Procedures 

Before any naming opportunity is offered to a donor as possible recognition for a gift, and before a name is applied to a University facility or academic unit, the naming and its associated terms must first be submitted by the unit head (dean, VP, or Provost) for review by the University Development Office (“UDO”).   After this initial review by UDO, further approval is required by the president, and in certain cases by The University of Texas System Board of Regents as may be required by Regents’ Rule 80307.

VIII. Forms & Tools 

Forms associated with the “naming” process must be obtained from the University Development Office. Refer to Section VI above for phone number.

XI. History 

Last reviewed: June 10, 2015

Next scheduled review: June 2017