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Building, Site and Common Area Naming


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Interior Rooms

• Naming of interior rooms is open to the discretion of the college President or his designee. The process should generally follow the consultative nature of procedure 6A.3/11, however, MnSCU approval is not required. In addition, interior rooms may carry the name of an individual who is associated with the college.

Conference Rooms

• New conference rooms may be named for a donor whose gift of at least seventy-five percent of the cost of construction based on the cost per square foot.

Laboratories and Classrooms

• Naming of existing laboratories may occur with a gift of at least fifty-one percent of the cost of new equipment for the lab or a cash gift of at least seventy-five percent of the construction of new lab facilities (based on the cost per square foot of constructing the new facility). This name will exist for a period of three years.
• A commitment to upgrade the lab equipment at fifty-one percent of the total cost will maintain the donor’s naming rights every three years for six years (equivalent to nine years total naming commitment).
• New classrooms may be named for a donor whose gift equals at least seventy-five percent of the cost of construction based on the cost per square foot.

New Construction Projects

• Newly-built, privately-funded facilities may be considered for naming as designated by the donor with a gift of at least two-thirds of the total project cost.
• Newly-built, state-funded facilities may be considered for naming with a cash gift equal to fifty-one percent of the total project cost.

Renovated Facilities

• Renovation projects that cost at least $200,000 may be named for a donor whose gift equals at least fifty-one percent of the total project cost.

Open Spaces, Common Areas, Gardens, and Gathering Places

• The naming of campus outdoor locations is possible if a cash financial contribution underwrites a minimum of fifty-one percent of the cost of creating and maintaining such an area. The college administration, including buildings and grounds staff, shall determine if the maintenance of such a site is excessive or deemed unwise.
• The college may choose to name these areas in recognition of significant institutional leadership, community leadership, or other leadership deemed appropriate.

Unrestricted Recognition

• With the donor's permission, the college may choose to recognize a donor who makes an unrestricted gift, other significant capital gift, or significant impact on the college by naming a physical space in honor of this donor. This recognition is appropriate even though the donor's gift did not directly support the project for which he/she is honored.

Note: Background checks may be initiated before naming any facility after an individual.
Note: The college president is not required to use the name of an individual.