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C-8. Naming Guidelines
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Value Statements:

  • To highlight its regional role as reflected in its state-designated Service Area, and to recognize its historic founding within designated boundaries of Austin, Texas, the College will use its founding name, the Austin Community College District.
  • Naming of facilities and fund raising opportunities will be consistent with the Austin Community College District’s role as a public community college.

A. Name of the College

In official publications and other official forms of identification, the College will be promoted as the Austin Community College District, its official name when founded and as recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

B. Abbreviation of College Name

The Austin Community College District has historically been referred to as “ACC” and will continue to be to avoid confusion with other public colleges with the same acronym (Alamo Community College District and Alvin Community College District, for example).

C. Naming of Campuses/Centers

The Board of Trustees will approve all names of campuses and centers within the district. While campuses located within the boundaries of Austin have a variety of campus names, future campuses built in external communities will generally be named after the geographic location in which the facility is located. For example, ACC: San Marcos Campus.

D. Naming of Buildings

Approval by the Board of Trustees is required to name a college building or facility after any individual, family, organization, foundation or corporation as outlined in Board Policy E-2, Provision of College Facilities. Final approval rests with the Board of Trustees.

E. Naming of Facilities/Fund Raising Purposes

The Austin Community College Foundation will follow guidelines for recognition of donors to the Austin Community College District to include naming for campus facilities. Facilities are defined as buildings, rooms, and internal and external commons areas on college campuses.

When naming considerations arise, the following guidelines will be followed:

[1] Facilities may be named for individuals, families, organizations, foundations or corporations.
[2] Proposed name will be finalized before request is approved.
[3] During the development process, the request shall be treated confidentially; possible naming commitments will be reviewed carefully for full compliance with applicable laws and ethical principles.
[4] Prior to any donor recognition or naming ceremony, 75% of the gift must be received.
[5] Naming commitments prior to this policy will be honored.
[6] Closure or demolition of a facility or renovation of space may result in the termination of named recognition. Should this occur, an appropriate form of recognition will be provided.
[7] Name may be forfeited if actions of the contributor or named entity call in question the public respect of ACC. If these actions cause the entity to no longer exist, the Board of Trustees may remove the name from the facility or space.

F. Naming/Public Recognition

The college administration may consider and determine appropriate recognition of individuals who have made a significant contribution to ACC. Such recognition may include a variety of means, but may not include designation of facilities or any portion of a college facility in the name of an individual.

Requests to name facilities or a portion of a facility in honor or any individual, in lieu of a financial contribution in accordance with this policy, require the approval of the Board of Trustees. Such determinations will not be considered prior to a one-year period following the individual’s last service to the college.

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The Austin Community College Board of Trustees adopted this policy on November 7, 2005 and amended it on June 4, 2007.

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