Guidelines for the Awarding of the Lincoln Alexander Medal of Distinguished Service

Revised:   September 23, 2008; May 15, 2014

The Senate Honours and Awards Committee shall receive suggestions for and present to Senate nominations for the Lincoln Alexander Medal of Distinguished Service.

1. Eligibility

The Lincoln Alexander Medal of Distinguished Service honours an individual who has played a pivotal role in the functioning of the institution and who has influenced the quality of academic life at the University.  Active members of faculty, staff and students are not eligible.

2. Criteria & Qualifications

The medal is awarded to a person who has made a significant contribution to the University whilst not an employee of the University or an in-course student.  The criteria should include one or more of the following:

  1. significant contributions to the governance of the University
  2. significant contributions in areas which have resulted in substantial improvement to the academic life and character of the University.

3. Nomination Process

Faculty, staff, students, alumni and members of the Board of Governors and Board of Trustees (current and former) may nominate candidates for the Lincoln Alexander Medal of Distinguished Service.  

4. Documentation

The following items shall be included with the nomination:

  1. Nomination form
    1. The nomination form can be access from the University Secretariat website.
  2. Statement of Nomination
    1. This statement should summarize the nominee’s contributions to the University and their respective impact, per the criteria and qualifications in s.2(a, b)
    2. As a general guideline, the statement should approximate 500 words
    3. Nominators should be mindful that the statement will be presented to Senate as the basis for the nomination and to inform Senate’s decision to award the Lincoln Alexander Medal
  3. Letters of support
    1. Up to 3 letters of support from individuals other than the nominator

5. Procedure for Awarding the Lincoln Alexander Medal

All nominations will be considered by the Senate Honours and Awards Committee, which may put forward the name of one candidate and the statement of nomination provided in support of that candidate, for consideration by Senate.   Senate will vote in camera on the acceptance of the nomination, as for the election of candidates for University Professor Emeritus.

6. Method of Presentation

Public recognition of recipients of a Medal of Distinguished Service shall be given at a convocation ceremony to which the recipient shall be invited.  Normally the award shall not be made in absentia.  The award will consist of a medal and a citation which shall be read at the convocation ceremony at which the award is presented.

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