The Linda Lorimer Award for Distinguished Service is intended to acknowledge the work of staff members engaged in supporting the university through service and administrative work. These awards are not intended to recognize faculty research or teaching accomplishments, nor are they meant to acknowledge student achievements. Both teams and individuals are eligible to be nominated for the award. A recipient of this award must be a current Yale employee at the time the award is given. Consultants and temporary/casual employees are not eligible for the award.

Members who serve on the Linda Lorimer Award Committee are not eligible for a team or individual award during the year they serve.