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Appendix 5: Criteria for Selecting New Names

Criteria for Naming Buildings

  1. Individuals of outstanding personal character who have made substantial contributions to society or to a field of study, or who have made substantial contributions as a member of the University faculty, staff or student body, or who have a personal connection to or support of the mission of the University, Columbia or South Carolina.
  2. Naming an existing building after a donor implies a significant contribution of the donor both in terms of the size of the gift in relationship to the original cost of the building or facility, and significance of the gift to the future of the University campus.
  3. A thorough degree of due diligence to avoid commercial influence, conflict of interest or other ethical issues.
  4. Forfeiture of a naming opportunity may occur when the University's relationship with the donor or honoree is no longer positive, the donor does not fulfill the financial commitment or the donor's/honoree's personal or business circumstances are such that affiliation with the University is deemed inappropriate.
  5. Must adhere to the Carolinian Creed.


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I will respect the dignity of all persons; 
I will respect the rights and property of others; 
I will discourage bigotry, while striving to learn from differences in people, ideas and opinions; 
I will demonstrate concern for others, their feelings, and their need for the conditions which support their work and development.  

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