Recipients of the Distinguished Service Medal are recognized for sustained distinction in their administrative work at Indiana University over an extended period of time or notable contributions that improve the university in major ways.
Many times, these medal recipients do not stand in the spotlight, but complete the behind-the-scenes work that allows the university to shine. Doug Bauder, for instance, was the first director of the LGBTQ+ Cultural Center and, through his 25 years of service, created a community of support and acceptance that garnered national recognition as a top college for LGBTQ+ students. He and the other recipients show levels of dedication that are unparalleled.
The medal is made of silver and depicts the university seal in the center surrounded by a circle of red, and it hangs from a red ribbon. It is presented with a formal parchment.