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University Catalog

East Tennessee State University

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    East Tennessee State University
   
 
  Sep 24, 2017
 
 
    
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Policies and Procedures


Academic Policies

ACADEMIC  
   
   
  Academic Advising_Responsibilities              Major Area, Concentration and Minor
   
   
          Academic Fresh Start              Early Semester Progress Reports
   
          Advanced Placement Credit              Final Grades
   
          Advanced Standing Credit              Grade Appeal Process
   
          Credit by Correspondence or Extension              How_to_Compute_GPA
   
          Credit for Service in the Armed Services              Incomplete Grades
   
          Enrollment of Persons with Disabilities and Persons Over 60 Years of Age              Repeating a Course
   
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Academic

Academic Probation and Retention Standards

For baccalaureate and certificate programs, students who fail during any semester to attain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) at or above the level indicated below for the credit hours attempted will be placed on academic probation for the subsequent semester (including summer session) of their enrollment. Any student on academic probation should meet with his/her academic advisor.

Semester Hours Attempted

Required Cumulative
GPA (Net)

0 -  29 1.4
29.1 -  45 1.7
45.1 -  59.9 1.9
60+ 2.0

 

At the end of the semester of probation, a student who has failed to attain either the cumulative GPA standard or a 2.0 GPA for the semester will be suspended one major term (spring or fall semester). The summer semester does not count as a term of suspension. Re-enrolling at ETSU after being suspended one major term will require the completion of an application for readmission (http://admissions.etsu.edu/apply/readmitted.)  Enrolling at another institution during a period of academic suspension will result in being required to meet the transfer admission requirements for readmission to ETSU. On the second (or subsequent) suspension for failure to meet academic retention standards, the period of suspension is for two semesters or longer and requires that the appeal procedure for reinstatement be followed.
 

Appeal for Readmission Following Suspension

Where extenuating circumstances are established as primary factors relating to low grades, a student may petition to waive the period of suspension. This petition must describe the verifiable extenuating circumstances which may include illness as evidenced by medical documentation; personal problems, such as divorce or serious domestic problems; accidental injury; or other circumstances beyond the student’s control. Appeal process and petition available online.
Upon receipt of (1) written petition, (2) a current academic transcript, and (3) any supporting documents, a preliminary decision will be made whether there are satisfactory extenuating circumstances to warrant a formal appeal hearing. If granted, the student will be notified of the time and place of the appeal hearing before representatives of the office of student affairs and the dean’s office of the student’s major area of study. If the appeal hearing is declined, the student may contact the academic dean in the college in which they are majoring for a review of the decision.

If credits earned at other regionally accredited institutions during a period of academic suspension from East Tennessee State University are found to be acceptable for transfer and, if such credits are sufficient to remove the student from academic probation, the student may be readmitted as a transfer student by the director of admissions.  http://www.etsu.edu/students/currentstudents/academicappeals.aspx

Academic Advisement Policy and Procedures

Definition: Advisement at ETSU is a continuous, interactive process between an advisor and a student which facilitates the development and achievement of the student’s overall goals. Advisement is a distinct part of a student’s educational experience provided by ETSU as a service.

 

Responsibility Shared:

A successful relationship between an advisor and a student depends upon shared responsibility. The advisor and student responsibilities are outlined in the Academic Advisement Responsibilities guide. Advisors and others at ETSU provide mentoring, advice, referrals, and information to help students make wise, informed decisions. The relationship students develop with their advisors is important to their success at ETSU. Students should consult with their advisors each semester and especially before making decisions that may affect their academic progress and success. Discussions with the advisor may include: understanding degree requirements, dropping a class, withdrawing from ETSU, selecting courses, and exploring career options. Students are ultimately responsible for their academic decisions, including course selection, meeting prerequisites, and adhering to policies, procedures, and deadlines at ETSU. Additional resources and information are available on the Undergraduate Student Advisement website.


Future Students (Transfers and Freshmen):

During the summer, new students, both freshmen and transfers, and their guests are invited to the campus to share in an orientation to university life and to register early for fall semester classes. The orientation program is so important to a successful start that it is mandatory for students who live within a 250-mile radius of campus. At orientation, students will be introduced to campus, attend interest sessions, meet with an academic advisor, and leave campus with their class schedules completed.


Current ETSU Students:

Spring registration for returning ETSU students begins in early November. Summer and fall registration begins in early April. Students should be advised well before registration begins. Some departments may begin advising weeks before registration begins.

 

Advisement Required For Most Students:

Advisors are a personal link between the student and the university. Each student has an advisor and should confer with his/her advisor each semester. In fact, ETSU requires most students consult with an advisor before registering each semester. The following students must be advised before they are able to register each semester:

  • Students who have less than 60 earned credits are required to meet with his/her advisor prior to registration.
  • First-term-at-ETSU transfer students are required to meet with an advisor prior to registration for their first and second term of enrollment.
  • Readmitted students are required to meet with an advisor prior to registration their first term back at ETSU.
  • Students who have not declared a major or who are required to complete Learning Support Program requirements are required to see an advisor in the University Advisement Center located in the ARC located on the 2nd level of the D. P. Culp Center (423-439-5244).
    *Note: Students who only have Learning Support Program requirements in Math courses will be advised by their major advisor.

These guidelines are the minimum advisement requirements. Some colleges and departments may have additional advisement requirements. Students should consult with their academic departments or advisors to determine their advisement requirements.

How to Find Your Advisor:

Students who have declared a major should see an advisor in that major. Students should contact the department of their major for information or contact the Advisement Resource Career Center (ARC) located on the 2nd level of the D.P. Culp Center 423-439-8650 for additional information. Quick reference advisor links are available below:

Additional Advisement Opportunities and Requirements:

Some students may have multiple advisors (major, minor, program, licensure) who will provide advisement in these areas. Students taking classes in Kingsport may contact the Kingsport Center for advisement information (423-392-8000). Other advisement or support areas include:

Academic Advising Responsibilities

A guide for students and advisors relating to the advisor/advisee relationship and advising process.

 

Student Responsibilities

The student has the RESPONSIBILITY to:

  • Learn the name and office location of his/her advisor early in his/her first semester at ETSU.
  • Consult with his/her advisor on a regular basis each semester, especially prior to registration, when in academic difficulty, prior to changing minors or concentrations, prior to making changes in an approved schedule, or withdrawing from ETSU.
  • Schedule and keep appointments with his/her advisor at appropriate times each semester and notify advisor prior to scheduled appointment if the student must reschedule.
  • Seek assistance with the decisions to be made rather than expect the advisor to make the decisions.
  • Be familiar with ETSU Policies and Procedures, major department’s website, and program sheets as well as the online undergraduate catalog.
  • Update his/her contact information (address and phone numbers) in a timely manner using GoldLink.
  • Activate and regularly check his/her campus email account (GoldMail).
  • Know and observe academic deadlines as posted on the ETSU online calendar and in GoldLink.
  • Follow through with appropriate action after the advising session and verify all GoldLink transactions, especially as related to adding or dropping classes.
  • Seek reassignment to a new advisor if differences between the advisor and student should develop.

Advisor Responsibilities

The advisor has the RESPONSIBILITY to:

  • Maintain adequate, posted office hours and appointment times for advisement.
  • Keep all scheduled appointments and notify the student in advance if it is not possible to keep the scheduled appointment.
  • Gain the necessary training to effectively advise, guide, and refer students to ETSU resources applicable to the student’s program of study.
  • Use ETSU resources including online undergraduate catalog, departmental websites, general education, proficiency intensive, graduation, program, and licensure requirements to guide and refer students.
  • Maintain a complete and accurate advisement record for each student in order to monitor progress toward goals and graduation requirements.
  • Regularly check and respond to student emails in a timely manner.
  • Refer students to the academic deadlines as posted on the ETSU online calendar and in GoldLink.
  • Assist in the advisor reassignment process when applicable.
  • Understand and comply with the mandates of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as Amended (FERPA).

Source: Advising Skills, Techniques & Resources, David S. Crockett, Editor (NACADA).

 

Admissions

Academic Fresh Start

Academic Fresh Start is a plan of academic forgiveness provided for students who have a record of poor academic performance. This program is designed to assist students by allowing calculation of grade point average and credit hours toward graduation to be based only on work completed after returning to college under the Academic Fresh Start policy. A period of no less than four years must have elapsed since the candidate was last enrolled in a higher education institution. A student may be granted an Academic Fresh Start only once.

Advanced Placement Credit

ETSU participates in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB). Advanced Placement course participants who score 3, 4, or 5 on the CEEB Advanced Placement Tests will be awarded credit. A grade of ‘P’ for passed hours will be awarded in appropriate degree courses. A list of Advanced Placement examinations, minimum score requirements, ETSU courses fulfilled, and semester hours of credit is available in the Nontraditional Credit Guide, which can be obtained from the Office of Admissions. An official transcript of AP credit must be provided from the CEEB.

ACT/SAT Credit for Freshman English

Entering freshmen whose standard score on the English section of the ACT is 28 or better may request 3 hours credit for ENGL 1010  and may then enroll in ENGL 1020 .

Entering freshmen whose standard score on the Verbal section of the SAT is 630 or better may request 3 hours credit for ENGL 1010  and may then enroll in ENGL 1020 .

Requests for this credit should be directed to the Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences in the ARC (D. P. Culp Center 222, 423-439-5248, FAX 423-439-8384, brownd@etsu.edu).

Note: The highest English/Verbal score will determine the student’s eligibility for this credit.

 

University Credit for Experiential Learning

 

Advanced Standing Credit

ETSU will review for possible credit courses earned from all institutions of higher education previously attended, advanced placement or other examinations, training provided by non-collegiate institutions, or experiential learning. Credit toward a degree will be directly accepted only from college-level institutions for courses that are substantially equivalent in nature, content, and level of credit offered by ETSU.

Consideration will be given to the appropriateness and applicability of the credit earned to the programs offered by ETSU, in light of the student’s educational goals.

Transfer credit earned from colleges accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (or corresponding agencies for other states and regions of the United States) will be considered for direct application toward a degree. The Office of Admissions will evaluate undergraduate credits for university-wide use. This evaluation will be made using historical precedent, current articulated program information, and/or review by the appropriate ETSU college dean and faculty.
Credit from courses completed at institutions not regionally accredited as described above, advanced placement or other examinations, training provided by non-collegiate institutions, or experiential learning will be reviewed according to the following.

Credit by Correspondence or Extension

Students may apply credit earned by correspondence or extension from regionally accredited institutions toward the completion of a degree at ETSU, provided that the hours earned by correspondence or extension or a combination of the two does not exceed 25% of the hours required for the degree.

Credit for Service in the Armed Services

ETSU will award credit for military training courses in the Armed Services of the United States as recommended by the American Council on Education in the publication Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. Veterans may submit the following transcripts for consideration.
Army - Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript (AARTS).
Navy/Marine - Sailors-Marine Corps American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART).
Air Force - Community College of the Air Force Transcript.
Coast Guard - Coast Guard Institute Education Transcript.

In addition to the forms mentioned above, an individual may submit a DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, a DD295, or an official transcript from Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) subject standardized tests administered by Education Testing Service or other official documentation of completion of military training. No credit is awarded for MOS, rates, and ratings. Military credit will not satisfy writing, oral communication, or using information technology proficiency requirements. Questions regarding military training credit should be referred to the Admissions Office.

 

Enrollment of Persons with Disabilities and Persons Over 60 Years of Age

Audit Enrollment -Persons suffering from a permanent disability which totally incapacitates them from employment, and persons 60 years of age or older may audit courses without the payment of regular course fees.
Credit Enrollment -Persons described above and persons 65 years of age or older may enroll for credit by payment of a service fee required to defray the cost of record keeping. Other fees and special course fees may be required.
Enrollment of such persons and persons 60 years of age or over is restricted to those who are domiciled in Tennessee and may be further limited or denied on an individual classroom basis according to space availability. Acceptable documentation of disability and age is required. Enrollment in classes offered through the James H. Quillen College of Medicine and the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy is not included.

 

Milligan College/Emmanual/ETSU Agreement

Full-time students (12 credits or more) may take courses at Milligan College and Emmanuel Christian Seminary. Courses taken through this agreement may be used for elective credit only. Students who wish to cross enroll under this plan may obtain additional information from the Office of the Registrar, Burgin E. Dossett Hall, Room 101.

 

Adding A Course 

A course(s) may be added through GoldLink prior to late registration without special permission, unless the course has reached the established maximum enrollment. To add any class that has reached the enrollment limit requires a departmental permit. During the late add period, students must complete the late add form and secure permission from the instructor, department chair, the dean of their major, and the registrar and this permission may be granted only with extenuating circumstances.

 

Dropping A Course

A course(s) may be dropped during the first eight calendar weeks of a regular semester. Courses dropped during the first two weeks will not appear on the student’s permanent record. Students who drop a course after the second full week of classes through the eighth calendar week will receive the grade of “W”. (During the summer session, or when courses do not conform to established term dates, this schedule is adjusted appropriately to fit the condensed time frames.) Consult the academic calendar for exact dates.

After the eighth week a student may not drop a course, except where verifiable, extenuating circumstances can be demonstrated. Verifiable extenuating circumstances are reasons beyond the control of the student, such as illness or accidental injury. Poor performance in a course is not an extenuating circumstance.

Students seeking permission for late drops must present a petition to the dean of the college or school in which they are majoring as of the beginning of the semester. Students whose majors are undecided must apply to the University Advisement Center in the D. P. Culp University Center. If a late drop is approved, the student will receive a grade of “W” (Withdrawal) or “WF” (Withdrawn-Failing), as assigned by the instructor of the course.

A fee adjustment for drops will be processed beginning the first day of the term. When a student drops a course beginning the 15th day of classes, a Withdrawal (W) grade will appear on his/her transcript.

Dropping classes may negatively impact a student’s Lottery Scholarship or other financial aid, housing, graduate assistantship, athletic eligibility, or tuition scholarship and the student may owe a repayment. Please contact Financial Aid or the appropriate office before dropping any classes.

 

Auditing Courses

Students are permitted to enroll in regular university courses as auditors. Registration fees are the same for audit as for credit. Audit enrollment will not be considered part of the 12-hour minimum required for a full-time load but will be counted in determining overloads. Regular attendance is required. Unsatisfactory class attendance may result in a student’s administrative removal from a course. After the published “Last Day to Add a Course” students may not change their enrollment status in a course from credit to audit or from audit to credit.

 

Class Attendance Policy

It is expected that a student will attend classes regularly and give the faculty member a reason for any absence. Failure to attend class regularly can affect students’ grades and financial aid. East Tennessee State University does not specify a fixed number of class absences as university-wide policy, but each department within the university has the right to set a maximum number of absences (including absences due to university activities and illnesses) permitted during an academic term. Departmental class absence policy is subject to approval by the dean of the school/college. At the beginning of the course, each faculty member must provide a written statement governing attendance policy (including laboratory/clinical sessions where applicable) for the course so that all students may be fully informed of their attendance responsibilities including penalties which may be imposed for failing to meet these responsibilities. If a student is not in attendance during the class meeting in which the class attendance policy is discussed, it is the student’s responsibility to ascertain the policy in that class.

 

Absences Occasioned by University-Sponsored Activities

  1. For the purpose of this policy, university sponsored activities include those activities sponsored either by a university department or by a student organization officially recognized by the university.
  2. Absences occasioned by university sponsored activities must be excused by all faculty members as long as the number of absences does not exceed the number prescribed in an established and previously announced departmental policy and the faculty member has been informed in advance of the intended absence. An excused absence means only that students must be allowed a reasonable opportunity to complete all assignments and tests missed because of the excused absence. It is the responsibility of the student and of the faculty or staff sponsor of the activity to inform the faculty member in charge of the course of the upcoming absence. This information should be provided by transmitting a Class Absence Authorization form to the faculty member. Class Absence Authorization forms can be obtained from the Office of Student Affairs. However, it is not necessary to obtain permission for absences from the Office of Student Affairs, nor does this office inform the faculty members of the expected absences.

Absences Due to Emergency, Special Circumstances, or Illness

In the case of emergency (e.g., death in the family or illness) absence from the class may be excused, and the student allowed a reasonable opportunity to complete all assignments and tests missed. In such cases it is the responsibility of the student to explain the situation to the faculty member as soon as possible. The faculty member may require verification of the emergency situation or illness from the student. A student confined at home or in a hospital for an extended period of time should notify the faculty member from whose class he/she will be absent so that arrangements can be made for completion of assignments if feasible. Work-related absences must be verified in writing by the employer. The instructor should be given prior notification of work-related absences. The number of such absences may not exceed stated policy for the class and the student must make arrangements to complete missed assignments.

 

Appeal of the Faculty Member’s Decision 

If the student has evidence that a faculty member has not excused an absence which should have been excused within the guidelines stated above, the student can appeal the decision of the faculty member to the chair of the department and/or dean of the college or school in which the course was offered.

 

Class Load Policy

Fall and Spring Semesters Standard Load
The minimum course load for full-time undergraduate enrollment is twelve (12) semester hours. The normal (average) course load is sixteen (16) or seventeen (17) semester hours for full-time students. The maximum course load is nineteen (19) semester hours, unless permission for an overload is approved.

 

Overload
The academic advisor and the dean of the student’s college/school must approve registration for an overload. Following completion of 45 semester hours, students with a cumulative 3.0 QPA may be approved for a load up to 21 semester hours. Graduating seniors who do not have quality point deficiencies may be approved to enroll for up to 21 semester hours in order to complete graduation requirements during that semester.

 

Probationary Load
Any student on academic probation at the time of registration may enroll for not more than thirteen (13) hours, including audits, except by approval of the student’s advisor and college/school dean.

 

Summer Semester
The maximum suggested course load for the summer semester is seventeen (17) hours, subject to the maximum for each session as follows:
Pre-Summer, 3 semester hours; first 5-week session, 7 semester hours; second 5-week session, 7 semester hours.
Overloads in summer semester up to a maximum of twenty-one (21) semester hours must be approved by the academic advisor and the college/school dean.

 

Winter Session

Winter Session is a 5-week term that is part of the spring semester. Winter session courses begin after fall commencement and conclude shortly following the start of regular spring semester classes. Winter session offers 100% online courses throughout various academic departments and colleges. Courses taken in winter session cannot be used to satisfy prerequisites for regular spring semester courses. Students are restricted to a maximum of four credit hours during the winter session. Registration for winter session occurs the second Monday in November.

 

Exceptions
Exceptions to the class load policy, as stated above, require approval of the academic advisor, college/school dean, and the vice president for academic affairs (or designee).


Classification of Courses by Levels

All courses in the 1000 series are freshman courses, all in the 2000 series are sophomore courses, all in the 3000 series are junior courses, and all in the 4000 series are senior courses. All 4xx7 courses are for undergraduate credit, but may include students who are taking the class for graduate credit under a 5xx7 number. Graduate students shall be required to do specified work over and above that required of undergraduate students in these courses. All in the 5000, 6000, and 7000 series are graduate courses. Undergraduate students may not enroll in courses numbered higher than one year above their current classification unless the undergraduate student meets an exception. (Please see Advanced Admission for Undergraduates for more information.) For example, a sophomore may enroll for junior courses, but may not enroll for senior courses. This policy does not apply in the College of Business and Technology, where 3000 and 4000 level courses are open only to juniors and seniors who have completed the appropriate course prerequisites. Enrollment in the 5000, 6000, and 7000 series is limited to graduate students. At least 70 percent of all courses taken in a master’s program must be in the 5000 series; at least one-half of all courses taken on the doctoral level must be in the 6000 and 7000 series.

 

Dean’s List

To qualify for the Dean’s List an undergraduate student must meet the following criteria for the term:

  1. Earn no grade below ‘C’ in any course taken that term.
  2. Pass a minimum of 12 credits (excluding audits, incompletes, repeats, and pass/fail).
  3. Achieve a minimum GPA of 3.7000 for the term in applicable courses.


Declaring a Major

Undergraduate students must declare a major no later than the first term after they complete 60 semester credit hours. Transfer students who transfer more than 60 semester credit hours must declare a major by the end of their first semester at ETSU. This policy also applies to students in preprofessional programs. Students seeking a second bachelor’s degree must declare a major at the time of application.

 

Major, Area Concentration, and Minor

A “major” is the curriculum for a particular field of study a student wishes to pursue in earning a degree. The minimum number of credits for a major is 24, but the total varies according to the area. An “area” concentration” is a specialized area of study within a major. Most majors require a “minor.” A minor is a secondary area of study outside of the major program of study with a structured curriculum composed of at least 18 semester credit hours of which at least 9 hours must be at the 3000-level or above. Students should consult their catalog of record to determine the major and minor requirements for specific areas of study. They should meet regularly with an academic advisor in the major to select courses needed to complete a degree. Students should also meet with an advisor in their chosen minor department to ensure that the correct courses are chosen to complete the minor.

 

Grades

Early Semester Progress Reports (midterm grades) are used as an early indicator of academic progress in undergraduate level courses. Early Semester Progress Reports are available to undergraduate students in GoldLink around the 8th week of the fall and spring semesters. If the grades are unsatisfactory, students should use these grades to start conversations with their instructors and their academic advisors, and to seek tutoring and other campus resources to improve their grades.

 

Final Grades
ETSU provides grades to registered students online via GoldLink. Academic departments retain grade documentation for a period of one year. Student concerns regarding academic records will only be addressed within one academic year from the date when the grades in question were posted.

 

Grades 

                           GRADE      GRADE POINTS
         A       4.0  
  A-     3.7  
  B+     3.3  
  B     3.0  
  B-     2.7  
  C+     2.3  
  C     2.0  
  C-     1.7*  
  D+     1.3*  
  D     1.0*  
  F     0.0  
  FN     0.0  
   * Freshman English courses, and Graduate Studies do not assign these grades.   

 

 Grades that do not influence Grade Point Average:
 

 

P - Pass: Grade points are not assigned; credit hours are earned. Cr - Credit: Grade points are not assigned; credit hours are earned. (Used to record credit established by nontraditional means.) I - Incomplete: Indicates a passing grade at the end of a semester, but an important part of course was not completed (e.g., term paper, exam). Au - Audit: Credit hours are not earned. W - Withdrawal: (See Adding and Dropping Courses and Withdrawing from the university.) WF - Withdrawal Failing: (See Adding and Dropping Courses and Withdrawing from the university.) NR - Not Reported Grade points are not assigned; credit hours are not earned.

 

Grade Appeal Process

1. Basis for Appeal
  1.1
 
A student may appeal a course grade if the student has evidence that the grade was assigned in a malicious, capricious,  erroneous, or arbitrary manner. The following steps provide a guideline for the appeals process. All persons concerned with this process should make every attempt to adhere to the time schedule outlined in the following description of the appeals process. No appeal will be initiated more than one year following the date the grade was assigned.
     
2. Appeal to the Faculty Member for Review of the Assigned Grade
  2.1
 
Within 21 calendar days after the beginning of the next term, excluding summer school, the student should discuss the assigned grade with the faculty member. If it is found that the assigned grade is incorrect in the judgment of the faculty member, he/she will initiate the appropriate change. If the change is made at this point, the matter is concluded.
  2.2
 
If the faculty member is no longer with the university, the student should confer with the departmental chair who will then make every effort to receive written input concerning the matter from the former faculty member. If it is not possible to receive information from the former faculty member regarding the grade, then the student may appeal the grade as described below and the departmental chair will represent the interests of the faculty member who issued the grade.
     
 3. Appeal to the Department Chair
   3.1

 
If the question of the assigned grade cannot be resolved between the student and the faculty member, the student may appeal in writing to the chair of the department in which the course was taught. The written appeal to the departmental chair must be made by the end of the fourth week of the term. The student should include all known information relating to the appeal with the written appeal. After receiving such an appeal in writing from the student, the chair shall review with the faculty member the substance of the student’s appeal and seek to determine its validity.
   3.2
 
If the chair determines that the assigned grade, in his/her judgment, is inappropriate, the chair should recommend to the faculty member that the grade be changed. The faculty member may or may not concur with the chair’s recommendation.
   3.3
 
The chair will notify the student in writing, within 14 calendar days of the appeal, whether or not the assigned grade will be changed by the faculty member. If the grade is changed to the student’s satisfaction, the matter is concluded. If the grade will not be changed, the chair will also advise the student of the right of appeal to the dean of the college/school within which the grade was assigned.
   3.4 If the grade will not be changed, copies of all written communication mentioned above should be sent by the chair to the dean of the college/school as described below.
   
 4. Appeal to the College/School Dean
   4.1

 
If the grade is not changed to the satisfaction of the student at the departmental level, an undergraduate student may appeal the assigned grade, in writing, to the dean of the college/school within which the course was offered. With the written appeal, the student should provide all information possible relating to the appeal. The written appeal to the dean of the college/school must be made within seven calendar days of receipt by the student of the notice from the department chair.
   4.2

 
If the dean of the college/school, or his/her designee, the student, and the faculty member are unable to resolve the appeal informally, the dean shall request a review of the student’s appeal by a committee comprised of three faculty members and three undergraduate students, all of whom have voting privileges, and meet the approval of the student and faculty member involved.This committee will be appointed by the dean, unless a standing committee already exists, and will elect its own chair.
   4.3 The committee shall conduct a hearing and shall review all pertinent information presented by the student, the faculty member, and any others who may be called to assist the committee.
   4.4


 
In the case of all graduate students (including those graduate students enrolled in the M.S.-Ph.D. program in Biomedical Sciences within the College of Medicine), the appeal shall be directed to the Dean of the Graduate School. If the dean, the student, and the faculty member are unable to resolve the appeal informally, the dean shall convene an ad hoc committee, comprised of three members of the graduate council and three graduate students, all of whom shall have voting privileges. This committee shall elect a chair and hold a hearing concerning the appeal. At this hearing all material relevant to the appeal shall be presented by the student, faculty member, the department chair, dean of the college in which the course was taught, the Dean of the Graduate School, and any others who may be called to assist the committee.
   4.5

 
In the case of a medical student, the appeal shall be prepared by the student in consultation with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the College of Medicine who shall convene an ad hoc committee comprised of three members of the Faculty Advisory Council of the College of Medicine and three medical students, all of whom have voting privileges. This committee shall elect a chair and hold a hearing concerning the appeal. At this hearing all material relevant to the appeal shall be presented by the student, the faculty member, the department chair, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Dean of the College of Medicine, and any others who may be called to assist the committee.
   4.6

 
In the case of a pharmacy student, the appeal shall be prepared by the student in consultation with the Office of Academic Affairs of the College of Pharmacy who shall convene an ad hoc committee comprised of three members of the Faculty Council of the College of Pharmacy and three pharmacy students all of whom have voting privileges. This committee shall elect a chair and hold a hearing concerning the appeal. At this hearing all material relevant to the appeal shall be presented by the student, the faculty member, the department chair, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Dean of the College of Pharmacy, and any others who may be called to assist the committee.
     
5. Appeals Process Following Committee Review
  5.1


 
Within 21 calendar days of its constitution, the committee will submit to the appropriate dean a written report containing a recommendation for a specific course of action regarding the student’s appeal. The dean will, in turn, review the committee’s recommendation and reasoning. The dean may also confer with any of the parties involved. After consideration of all appropriate information, the dean shall accept, reject, or modify the recommendation. The dean shall notify he student, the faculty member, the chair of the appeals committee, the departmental chair, and the appropriate individuals of his/her opinion concerning the appeal. The dean shall forward his/her decision to the Vice President for Academic Affairs/Vice President for Health Affairs who will hold the documentation for 21 calendar days, at the end of which time he/she will notify the Registrar of the disposition of the student’s grade, if it is to be changed.
  5.2 A written appeal of the decision of the dean may be submitted to the Vice President for Academic Affairs/Vice President for Health Affairs within 14 calendar days from the time the dean reports his/her decision to the appropriate individuals.
  5.3

 
The Vice President for Academic Affairs/Vice President for Health Affairs will then review the dean’s report and the other grade appeal documentation and endorse the dean’s decision, reject the decision, or modify the decision. The Vice President for Academic Affairs/Vice President for Health Affairs shall then notify the student, the dean, the faculty member, the chair of the appeal committee, the departmental chair, and the appropriate individuals of his/her opinion concerning the appeal.
  5.4
 
In the absence of further appeal, the opinion rendered by the Vice President for Academic Affairs/Vice President for Health Affairs becomes final. The Vice President for Academic Affairs will wait 21 calendar days, at the end of which time e/she will notify the Registrar of the disposition of the student’s grade, if it is to be changed.
     
6. Appeal to the President
  6.1 If either the student or faculty member believes that due process* has not been afforded, a written appeal may be made to the President; otherwise, the decision of the Vice President for Academic Affairs/Vice President for Health Affairs is final. Such an appeal, based on denial of due process and specifically identifying the failure of the process, must be initiated in writing within 14 calendar days from the time the dean reports his/her decision to the appropriate individuals.
     
    * The right to have your concerns reviewed by an impartial third party.

 

How to Compute a GPA  

The grade point average (GPA) is computed as follows:

  1. Quality Points earned in a course x course credit hours = Quality Points for course
  2. Sum of quality points for all graded courses = Total quality points
  3. Total quality points divided by all credit hours attempted = GPA

Example:

 

Course

Grade

Credit
Hours

 

Quality 
Points

 

Quality Points
for Course

 ENGL

1010

B

3

x

3

=

9

CHEM

1030 

A

4

x

4

=

16

HIST

2010

C

3

x

2

=

6

MATH

1530 

C

3

x

2

=

6

CSCI

1100 

A

3

x

4

=

12

Total

 

  16

 

 

 

49

49 divided by 16 = 3.06

 

Incomplete Grades

A grade of “I” (incomplete) indicates that a student was passing the course at the end of the semester, but due to circumstances beyond the student’s control, was unable to complete the course requirement. It also indicates that the student has received consent from the instructor to complete the work for which an “I” is assigned. The “I” grade cannot be used to allow a student to do additional work to raise a deficient grade or to repeat a course. An “I” grade must be removed no later than one calendar year from the time the grade is awarded. An “I” grade not removed under the guidelines noted above will be converted to an “F.” When an “I” grade converts to an “F” after one calendar year, the GPA is adjusted retroactively; consequently, a student may be subject to dismissal without a probationary term. A student cannot withdraw from or drop a course after a grade of “I” has been assigned or after one year has elapsed. To remove an “I” grade, the student must complete the work independently and must not register for the course a second time or attend the same course at a later time in order to complete the course requirements. Incomplete grades are not removed until a new grade is recorded in the Office of the Registrar.

 

Repeating a Course 

The following regulations apply to repeating courses:

  1. A course in which an undergraduate student has an ‘A’ , ‘A-‘, ‘B+’, ‘B’, ‘B-‘, or “I” grade may not be repeated.
  2. If a course in which the student has a ‘C+’, ‘C’, ‘C-‘, ‘D+’, ‘D’, ‘D-’ or ‘F’ grade is repeated, only the most recent attempt (excluding ‘I’, ‘W’, or ‘WF’ grades) will be used in calculating the grade point average. However, all grades earned in the third and subsequent attempts will be used in calculating the summary line (grade point average).

Note: All courses attempted count in hours attempted and all attempts will continue to show on the record.

Pass/Fail Exploration Grading

The pass/fail (P/F) grading option allows qualified undergraduate students to explore, in a limited manner, their interests and abilities by receiving a pass or fail grade instead of a regular letter grade in a course. This section describes the P/F grading option available to individual students. The regulations cited here do not apply to the use of non-letter grades in entire courses.

Student Qualifications: Undergraduate students pursuing degrees must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 to take a course on a P/F basis. All ETSU credits plus any credits earned elsewhere and accepted by ETSU for transfer are counted when calculating the GPA for this purpose. There is no GPA requirement for undergraduate students not pursuing degrees. However, if a student later decides to pursue a degree, the GPA requirement then applies.

Courses Excluded and Included: Undergraduate students pursuing degrees may not take general education core courses or courses in the major or minor on a P/F basis. If a student changes majors or minors and a completed P/F course is then in the new major or minor, the student may petition the dean of the college or school offering the newly declared major or minor to have the original letter grade earned substituted for the previously earned P/F grade.

Undergraduate students not pursuing degrees may take any course P/F, to a maximum of 12 semester credit hours. However, courses taken at ETSU and graded P/F which are then brought into a degree program at ETSU are subject to the regulations governing students pursuing a degree.

Registration Process: Undergraduate students pursuing degrees or not pursuing degrees must request the P/F grading option at the time of registration. Students may register for no more than one P/F course in a semester. Registration for the P/F option in a course must be approved by the student’s department or college advisor, who must sign the drop/add form to certify review of qualifications and other applicable limitations.

Students may not request the P/F option for a course that is added after the first week of classes. The regular letter option cannot be changed to P/F, nor can the P/F grading be changed to regular grading after the first five days of the semester.

The instructor will not know the identity of students enrolled on a P/F basis and will record letter grades for all students, which the Office of the Registrar will convert to P/F. P/F courses may be repeated for regular letter grades.

Credit Hour Regulations: Undergraduate students pursuing degrees may count no more than 12 credit hours earned on a P/F basis at ETSU using the limited pass/fail exploration grading toward graduation. Courses with P/F grades cannot be applied toward a major or minor.

P/F graded courses will be counted as degree credit hours earned. Failing grades (F) are computed in the student’s GPA. Pass grades (P) are not computed in the GPA. P/F grades awarded for departmental challenge exams or other advanced standing examinations are not counted as credit hours earned.

Pre-Finals Week Policy

The following policy will apply only to undergraduate courses taught during the fall and spring semesters.
Activities pursued within the classroom during Pre-Finals Week shall be at the instructor’s discretion within the guidelines set forth in this policy as dictated by TBR regulations. Classes will continue to meet at their regularly scheduled time periods during the last week of formal classes. Under no circumstances will this week be used for final examinations. Exceptions shall be made for laboratories. It is recommended that at least some portion of the last week of classes be used as a review period, when appropriate. The scope and duration of such review will be determined by the instructor. Because communication between instructor and student is of utmost importance, faculty will strive to keep the student informed of his/her progress throughout the semester. This process will continue through the last week of classes as much as is possible for the instructor. Faculty will avoid unscheduled tests, quizzes, or other unscheduled work during this final week of class. Exceptions to this, of course, are make-up tests and make-up assignments.
 

Student Classification

Freshman (FR) 0 - 29.9 semester hours earned
Sophomore (SO) 30.0 - 59.9 semester hours earned
Junior (JR) 60.0 - 89.9 semester hours earned
Senior (SR) 90.0 and up semester hours earned


Master’s Candidate (MS): A student who has been formally accepted to graduate school for the purpose of pursuing a master’s degree.

 

Specialist in Education Candidate (SED): A student who has been formally admitted to graduate school and the college of education for the purpose of pursing a specialist degree.

 

Doctoral Student, Early Stage (DE): A student formally admitted to a doctoral graduate program of study whose major academic endeavor consists of formal coursework directed toward fulfilling requirements for a doctorate.

 

Doctoral Candidate, Late Stage (DL): A doctoral graduate student who has passed the doctoral qualifying examination and whose principal academic endeavor consists of work toward completion of the doctoral dissertation.

 

Postdoctoral Student (PD): A student who has an awarded doctoral degree and is engaged in advanced academic study or specialty training beyond the doctoral degree.

 

Visiting Graduate Student (SPG): A formally enrolled graduate student from another institution whose coursework will be transferred back to the student’s home institution.

 

Graduate Non-Degree: A post-baccalaureate student who is not pursuing a graduate degree, is not a post-doctoral student, and is enrolled in graduate courses.

 

Undergraduate Special Student (SPU): A student who is not working toward a degree and is enrolled in undergraduate courses.

 

Visiting Undergraduate Student (SPU): An undergraduate student who is taking work to transfer to another school.

 

Student Proficiency in English

By the end of the freshman year, every student enrolled at ETSU is expected to have a command of the English language that is commensurate with the quality of speech and writing of educated adults.

 

Withdrawal Policy

Students may withdraw from all classes through the published last day to withdraw for a term. Students withdrawing from the university during the first two weeks of classes will not have those courses appear on their permanent records. Withdrawals from the university from the beginning of the third week through the end of the eighth week will be recorded with a grade of “W”. Withdrawals from the university after the eighth week will be recorded with “W” or “WF” at the discretion of the instructor. (W and WF grades do not influence the student’s grade point average.) (During the summer session or other shortened terms, this schedule is adjusted appropriately to fit the condensed time frame.) Consult the academic calendar for exact dates. All requests for withdrawal from the university must be received in the Office of the Registrar no later than the close of business hours two days before the last day of classes of any academic term. Under no circumstances will a student be permitted to withdraw from the university after that date. Students who do not withdraw by the official procedure will receive an “F” for each course. Withdrawing or dropping classes may negatively impact your Lottery Scholarship or other financial aid, housing, Graduate Assistantship, athletic eligibility, or tuition scholarship and you may owe a repayment. Please contact Financial Aid or the appropriate office before dropping any classes.
 

General

Abandoned Personal Property

All property not otherwise covered by Tennessee Law that is held by a Tennessee Board of Regents institution in its ordinary course of business, and which has remained unclaimed for more than one year, is presumed abandoned. If you have lost personal property on campus, please contact the University Center at 439-4286.

Under Tennessee law, the holder of presumed abandoned property must collect, hold, and maintain such property in protective temporary custody until it is transferred to the State Treasurer. A “holder” includes any person in possession of abandoned or unclaimed property or property that is held in the course of the holder’s business that has remained unclaimed by the owner for more than one year.

Each TBR institution must file a verified report with the State Treasurer on or before May 1 of each year which lists the presumed abandoned property in its possession since December 31 of the previous year.

If the holder has an address presumed to be accurate and the property is worth $50 or more, the holder must, within 120 days of filing the report with the State Treasurer, send written notice to the apparent owner at his/her last known address, informing him/her that holder is in possession of the property.

Tangible property should be held by the holder while the Treasurer reviews the report for 120 days after the report is received.

When the report is filed, any unclaimed funds or intangible property reported must be delivered to the State Treasurer, including all interest and dividends due on the day the property is paid or delivered.

Tangible property must be delivered within 120 days following submission of the report unless the holder has received notification to the contrary from the Treasurer.

Once the Treasurer receives the abandoned property, the former holder of such property is relieved of all liability to the extent of the value of the property so delivered. The Treasurer then takes steps to notify the apparent property owners of their possible ownership rights. This property is still presumed abandoned but remains in the protective custody of the Treasurer. Subsequent claims to the property are directed to the Treasurer.

 

Animals on Campus

This policy applies to animals classified as “pets” and “service animals” but does not apply to animals used for research purposes.

This policy does not apply to the living quarters and support buildings that are assigned to university employees as a part of their employment contract.

Owners of animals permitted on campus are responsible for ensuring that their animal’s wastes are properly removed from the grounds and disposed of in the trash or sanitary sewer. Modifications or exceptions will be made for persons with disabilities who are unable to comply with this requirement.

 

Pet Animals

No pets or animals of any nature shall be permitted in any university facility including residence facilities, provided that, if authorized in writing by the institution, fish in aquariums of a designated size may be allowed.

Requests for the use of animals for educational purposes, other than research or special events, i.e., cat and dog shows, etc., should be requested through the sponsor’s chain-of-authority to the Health and Safety Office.

Wild, except for indigenous populations, or exotic animals are forbidden on campus except by special permission of the Health and Safety Office and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

 

Service Animals

To provide equal opportunity to disabled individuals to obtain employment, education, and services from the university, it is the policy of East Tennessee State University to allow and encourage disabled people to use service animals, subject to the conditions stated below.

The term “service animal” includes any animal that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. Typical tasks include guiding people with vision impairments, alerting individuals with hearing impairments, pulling a wheelchair, or retrieving items. A service animal may be a dog, monkey, or other animal.

A service animal is permitted in all classrooms, offices, hallways, dormitories, eating facilities, museums, theaters, sports areas, auditoriums, and other sites on campus, provided that:

  1. The animal is in a harness or kept on a leash. However, service animals kept in good control by a disabled person need not be in a harness or on a leash when in a disabled student’s own housing facility or at an employee’s own work station. Other exceptions to this policy are made on a case by case basis.
  2. The animal is adequately controlled so as to present no undue noise or disruption to others.
  3. The animal creates no danger of infection, transmission of disease, or other health problems to people. (Note: A well-controlled service animal creates no more of a health risk than a person, so it should be allowed in any areas as humans without special clothing or extensive hygiene requirements).
  4. If a service animal is used by a person living in a university dormitory and an assigned roommate objects to the presence of the animal, the university may reassign either the disabled person or the roommate, at the University’s option, to another room.

The university may, but is not required to, demand that a person desiring to use a service animal on the premises of East Tennessee State University provide reasonable proof that the individual is legally disabled and that the service animal is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability.

The university and university employees or agents assume no responsibility for controlling, keeping, feeding, or otherwise caring for any service animal. The university and its employees assume no legal responsibilities for any injury or damage caused by a service animal.

Job applicants and employees of the university shall not be discriminated against in any aspect of employment because of an individual’s use of a service animal in conformance with this policy. Allowing the use of a service animal shall, in most cases, be a reasonable accommodation that allows an applicant or employee to qualify for the job in question. However, if the use of the service animal substantially interferes with the performance of essential job tasks, the accommodation may be re-evaluated.

No employee, agent, representative, student, or other person affiliated with East Tennessee State University shall discriminate against an individual because of the use of a service animal in conformance with the requirements of this policy. No disabled person shall be prevented from entering, remaining, or using facilities of this university because of the use of a service animal, unless such use is not in conformance to the requirements of this policy.

Contact the Health & Safety Office for additional information.

 

Fee Refunds 

Students who are removed from university housing for disciplinary reasons or are suspended or expelled from the university are not eligible for a refund of housing fees or university tuition/fees.

 

Inclement Weather

East Tennessee State University and its branch campuses will remain open during periods of inclement weather even though classes may be canceled.

In accordance with TBR policy 5-01-01-11, at times it may be necessary for the University President to declare specific hours as emergency closing as the result of inclement weather or other emergency situations. In such cases, regular full-time and part-time ETSU employees on the active payroll who are scheduled to work during the declared times of closing will be granted time off from work with pay. Employees who are not scheduled to work will not be paid for the emergency closing. Employees who are required to work during periods of closure will be paid in accordance with the pay provisions of PPP-66, Emergency Closure, Compensation Rates.

If an emergency closing has not been declared due to inclement weather and an employee is prevented from reporting to work for his/her normally scheduled working hours, annual leave or leave without pay will be charged; or, the employee may be allowed, with institutional approval, to make up the time lost.
Regular part-time employees will be affected on a pro rata basis in each of the provisions listed above.
Faculty, administrators and staff of ETSU are expected to make every reasonable effort to be at their work assignment on time, taking into consideration the personal risk involved. Administrators or staff employees who anticipate arriving late, or not arriving at work at all, should notify their immediate supervisor of this fact as soon as possible and request annual leave for the period of absence. If faculty members must be absent from assigned classes due to inclement weather, it is their responsibility to notify the appropriate chair and/or dean.
Students are responsible for any academic work that they miss as a result of inclement weather. It is the individual student’s responsibility to take the initiative in making up any missed work, and it is the faculty’s responsibility to provide students a reasonable opportunity to make up missed work.

I. Procedures for Canceling Classes
  In those instances when weather conditions require a decision by the President of the university to authorize canceling classes, delaying the start of classes, or suspending selected activities, the following procedures will be in effect:
   
  A. The Associate Vice President for Facilities Management and the Associate Vice President for Public Safety will monitor official weather reports; contact appropriate state, county, and local public safety officials; and check local roads for hazardous driving conditions. They will evaluate campus roads, walkways and parking lot conditions. Following consultation, the Associate Vice President for Public Safety will advise the Vice President for Finance and Administration of the findings. After receiving this information, the Vice President for Finance and Administration will inform the President. If the President acts to alter the university schedule, the Vice President for Finance and Administration will then inform the Vice President for Health Affairs/COO, the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the Vice President for University Advancement. The Vice President for Finance and Administration will notify the Executive Director of University Relations for appropriate news media notification, and OIT to post an announcement on the ETSU Alert page and to notify the Campus Switchboard. A recorded voice message will be activated for the University Switchboard and University Center Information lines. (Prerecorded scenarios will be available for activation depending on the scenario of closing for the university.) An inclement weather brochure has been developed that provides various closing statements and what it means for the university community. The brochure can be viewed here. If the Vice President for Finance and Administration is unavailable, the Associate Vice President for Public Safety will contact the Vice President for Health Affairs/COO who will inform the President of weather and road conditions and communicate subsequent decisions as described above.
     
  B. University physicians and family practice clinics will remain open except under extraordinary conditions. Medical students and residents will report for clinical responsibilities as they are able. The decision to close clinics and cancel College of Medicine classes will be made by the President, or designee, upon a recommendation from the Dean of the Quillen College of Medicine through the Vice President for Health Affairs/COO. The decision to cancel experiential assignments and/or College of Pharmacy classes will be made by the President, or designee, upon a recommendation from the Dean of the College of Pharmacy through the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Health Affairs. Nursing clinics in city and county school systems will follow the schedule of the school system.
     
  C. The decision to cancel some or all classes should be made and announced as soon as possible to accommodate faculty and students who commute to the main campus or the university centers. When circumstances require canceling classes beginning with the first period class, this recommendation should be submitted to the President as early as possible, preferably by 5:00 a.m. but not later than 5:30 a.m. In all other cases, the recommendations will be submitted as soon as practicable. Notice of the decision to cancel some or all classes will be transmitted by the Vice President for Finance and Administration to the Office of University Relations. The staff of the Office of University Relations will be responsible for notifying the following in the order listed: Radio/TV stations in the area serving the university. WETS-FM (89.5 FM) will announce the official university cancellation information at least every 30 minutes for an appropriate period of time. The Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs will notify all academic deans.
     
II.  Implementing Instructions
  A. The Vice Presidents will develop detailed procedures for implementing this policy within their areas of responsibility.
     
  B. Deans and Directors will disseminate the information contained in this policy to all personnel within their respective areas of responsibility and ensure compliance with the guidelines.
     
  C. University School will follow the Johnson City School System’s weather policy, unless Johnson City is not in session. When this occurs, University School follows any ETSU schedule changes.
     
  D. Off campus sites and cohort programs meeting in school or community college facilities will follow the snow closure policies of the local school system or community college in which the class is held.
     
  E. The Vice Provost and Chief Student Affairs Officer will disseminate this information annually to all students.
     
  F. All personnel are to be informed that the ETSU Alert Page and WETS-FM (89.5 FM) will announce the official university cancellation information. University personnel should be encouraged to refrain from using ETSU 911 or 439-4480 emergency numbers for inquiries concerning weather or closure status of the university.
     
  G. Weekend classes and campus closures will be subject to schedule alterations in accord with the tenets of this policy.

 

Students Terminated from University Employment

 

Policy Ensuring Due Process for Students Terminated from University Employment

Part-time university employment provides students with an opportunity to earn extra income while learning about personal responsibility and professionalism in the work place. Consistent with this educational objective and the university’s commitment to treat people with dignity and respect, students who are employed by ETSU on the Federal Work Study program, Academic Performance Scholarship Program, or the Regular Student Work Study Program and are terminated for cause have the right to appeal the decision to the next higher level of authority in the administrative hierarchy.
If the student appeals the decision the following procedures will be observed:

  1. The student shall be advised of the reasons for his/her termination.
  2. The student shall have the right to present a written appeal or to appeal in person to the next higher authority.
  3. The student shall be advised in writing of the outcome of the appeal.

Health

 

Drug-Free Campus 

This policy applies to all East Tennessee State University (ETSU) employees, including faculty, and students in compliance with the provisions of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 (41 U.S.C. 701, East Tennessee State University. seq.) and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (20 U.S.C. 3171, East Tennessee State University. seq.). Moreover, this policy supersedes the Drug-Free Workplace policy promulgated March 13, 1989.

I. Policy
  It is the policy of this university that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession, use of alcohol and illicit drugs on the ETSU campus, in the workplace (on or off campus), on property owned or controlled by ETSU, or as part of any activity of ETSU is strictly prohibited. All employees and students are subject to applicable federal, state, and local laws related to this matter. Additionally, any violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action.
     
II. Legal Sanctions
  Various federal, state, and local statutes make it unlawful to manufacture, distribute, dispense, deliver, sell or possess with intent to manufacture, distribute, dispense, deliver or sell, controlled substances. The penalty imposed depends upon many factors which include the type and amount of controlled substance involved, the number of prior offenses, if any, whether death or serious bodily injury resulted from the use of such substance, and whether any other crimes were committed in connection with the use of the controlled substance. Possible maximum penalties for a first-time violation include imprisonment for any period of time up to a term of life imprisonment; a fine of up to $4,000,000 if an individual; supervised release; any combination of the above; or all three. These sanctions are doubled when the offense involves either: 1.) distribution or possession at or near a school or college campus or, 2.) distribution to persons under 21 years of age. Repeat offenders may be punished to a greater extent as provided by statute. Further, a civil penalty of up to $10,000 may be assessed for simple possession of “personal use amounts” of certain specified substances under federal law. Under state law, the offense of possession or casual exchange is punishable of a Class A misdemeanor; if there is an exchange between a minor and an adult at least two years the minor’s senior, and the adult knew that the person was a minor, the offense is classified a felony as provided in T.C.A. 39-17-417. (21 U.S.C. 801, East Tennessee State University. seq.; T.C.A. 39-17417) It is unlawful for any person under the age of twenty-one (21) to buy, possess, transport, (unless in the course of his employment), or consume alcoholic beverages, wine, or beer. Such offenses are classified as Class A misdemeanors punishable by imprisonment for not more than 11 months, 29 days, or a fine of not more than $2,500, or both. (T.C.A. 1-3-113, 57-5-301) It is further an offense to provide alcoholic beverages to any person under the age of twenty-one (21), such offense being classified as a Class A misdemeanor (T.C.A. 39-15-404). The offense of public intoxication is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment of not more than 30 days or a fine of not more than $50, or both. (T.C.A. 39-17-310)
     
III. Institutional/School Sanctions
  East Tennessee State University will impose the appropriate sanctions on any employee or student who fails to comply with the terms of this policy.
Students
Possible disciplinary sanctions for failure to comply with the terms of this policy may include one or more of the following depending on the severity of the offense:
  1.   expulsion;
  2.   suspension;
  3.   mandatory participation in, and satisfactory completion of, a drug/alcohol abuse program or rehabilitation program;
  4.   referral for prosecution;
  5.   probation;
  6.   restriction of privileges;
  7.   educational project;
  8.   assignment of volunteer work hours
  9.   referral to the University Counseling Center;
  10.   written warning;
  11.   reprimand.
     
IV. Health Risks Associated With the Use of Illicit Drugs and the Abuse of Alcohol
There are many health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol including organic damage; impairment of brain activity, digestion, and blood circulation; impairment of physiological processes and mental functioning; and physical and psychological dependence. Such use during pregnancy may cause spontaneous abortion, various birth defects, or fetal alcohol syndrome. Additionally, the illicit use of drugs increases the risk of contracting hepatitis, AIDS, and other infections. If used excessively, the use of alcohol or drugs singularly or in certain combinations may cause death.
     
V. Available Drug and Alcohol Counseling, Treatment, Rehabilitation Programs, and Employee Assistance Programs
The university and local community provide a variety of educational programs and services to respond to the problems associated with alcohol and drug abuse. The Substance Abuse Educational Program (SAEP) at East Tennessee State University is designed to serve university students by providing information related to alcohol awareness and chemical dependency. The Counseling Center offers several educational programs which seek to involve university student organizations.

 

Below is a list of campus and community agencies which also provide referral, information, and/or counseling to students and/or employees:

ETSU Counseling Center (students only) 439-4841
ETSU Department of Public Safety 439-4480
ETSU Employee Assistance program 439-5825
State of Tennessee Employee Assistance Program 1-800-308-4934
Alcoholics Anonymous 928-0871
Comprehensive Community Services 928-6581
Al-Anon 928-0871
Woodridge Hospital 928-7111
Watauga Behavioral Health Services 232-2600
Johnson City Medical Center 431-6111
Franklin Woods Community Hospital 302-1000

 

Immunization Requirements

Failure to submit the appropriate documentation could prevent you from completing the class registration process or limit the number of hours in which you are able to enroll. The State of Tennessee requires all students to meet the following immunization requirements:

  1. Proof that the student has received (2) MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) shots or physician signed documentation of immunity.
  2. Proof that the student has received (2) Varicella (Chicken Pox) shots or physician signed documentation of immunity.
  3. A Signed Waiver form acknowledging that the student is aware of the risk associated with Hepatitis B and Meningitis infections on a college campus.

Students under the age of 18 must provide a signed waiver that is signed by either a parent or legal guardian. http://www.etsu.edu/nursing/shserv/forms/hepameniwaiver.aspx
Students 18 and over will be able to complete this form online electronically when they attempt to register for classes the first time.

Exemptions:

  1. New incoming students to ETSU who have received one MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and one Varicella (chicken pox) vaccination may complete the One Semester Immunization Exemption Form and return it to the Registrar’s Office so they may be able to register for a full time class load. This can be done at orientation. http://www.etsu.edu/reg/documents/PDF/Immunization_form.pdf
  2. Pregnant or Breastfeeding students may complete the Medical Waiver for Immunizations form accompanied with signed medical documentation and submitted to the Student Health Services for temporary exemption.
  3. Students who are allergic or have medical conditions preventing them from receiving these vaccinations may complete the Medical Waiver for Immunizations form accompanied with signed medical documentation and submitted to the Student Health Services for exemption.
  4. Students who are taking exclusive online and distance-learning courses only are exempt from the Varicella requirements, but must complete the Online Only Immunization Exemption form each semester and file it with the Registrar’s Office. http://www.etsu.edu/reg/documents/DOC/online_classes_ONLY_Immunization_Waiver.docx
  5. Students who provide a signed written statement that their religious tenets and practices prohibit their receipt of any type of immunizations.
    http://www.etsu.edu/nursing/shserv/forms/religiousexemption.aspx


More information and contact information is through Student Health Services or on the website at:
http://www.etsu.edu/nursing/shserv/about/Immun_Requirements.aspx
 

International Students and Scholars-Insurance

In accordance with the TBR Policy on Admission (2:03:00:00), East Tennessee State University requires that all international, nonimmigrant students and scholars under the F, M, and J status maintain accident, illness, medical evacuation and repatriation insurance on themselves as a condition to their admission, enrollment, research duties, and employment at the university. Students under any of the J status category must also carry accident, illness, medical evacuation and repatriation insurance for spouses and dependents. Dependents of F-1 students must carry insurance if enrolled at the university. The following policy and procedures have been established:

  1. In the letter of admission, in the I-20, and in the IAP-66, all international, nonimmigrant students and scholars will be informed of this requirement, of the extent of coverage required, which may vary slightly from year to year, and of the approximate cost to obtain the coverage.
  2. All international, nonimmigrant students and scholars will be REQUIRED to enroll in the TBR Student Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan. The only exception to this requirement will be international, nonimmigrant students who have a scholarship that includes the purchase of an insurance policy on their behalf. This policy must meet or exceed the level of coverage provided to participants in the TBR’s Student/Scholar Health and Accident Insurance Plan.
  3. The cost of enrollment in the TBR Student Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan will be added to the student’s cost for registration. Scholars, but not students, should complete an insurance enrollment form, and pay the premium directly to the university Business Office. Documented proof of government sponsored insurance must be provided to the international student advisor prior to registration.
  4. Students will be covered for twelve months. Exception to this rule will be made in the case of international students who abandon their F, J or M status, by leaving the U.S., by changing to another nonimmigrant status, or by adjusting status to that of an immigrant.
  5. Students under Practical Training will not be required to purchase the TBR coverage. Students under Practical Training, however, may purchase the TBR plan #3 during the period of training.
  6. Once the insurance premium is paid, there will be no refunds.

Medical and Health Policy

It is the responsibility of all students to provide hospitalization insurance for themselves if they desire to have coverage in the event of an illness or in case of injury while attending the university. For those students not having protection under a family insurance plan or for those who want additional coverage, ETSU has arranged for a special student insurance policy. Information is available on the Student Health Services website.

 

Campus Smoking and Tobacco Use Policy

Effective August 11, 2008, ETSU is a Tobacco-Free Campus with smoking and all other tobacco usage permitted only in private vehicles. This policy applies to all university buildings/grounds; ETSU-affiliated off-campus locations and clinics; any buildings owned, leased, or rented by ETSU in all other areas; and ETSU facilities located on the campus of the James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Mountain Home. Tobacco use is also prohibited in all state vehicles. This tobacco-free policy is in effect 24 hours a day year-round.

Background
The university promotes a healthy, sanitary environment free from tobacco smoke and tobacco-related debris. The ETSU community acknowledges that long-term health hazards may accrue to people who use tobacco products or who are subjected to second-hand smoke. The failure to address the use of tobacco products on campus would constitute a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Vocational Rehabilitation Act and Tennessee law.

Support
Understanding the addictive nature of tobacco products, ETSU will make every effort to assist those who may wish to stop using tobacco. The university offers current information about available resources via the Smoking Cessation Resources page.

Compliance
It is the responsibility of all members of the ETSU community to comply with this Tobacco-Free Campus Policy. Violations of the policy will be dealt with in a manner that is consistent with university procedures. There shall be no reprisals against anyone reporting violations of this policy.

Enforcement Policy

  1. Violations to the tobacco free policy, particularly reoccurring violations, are to be reported to Public Safety 439-4480.
  2. Any violator of the policy who refuses to comply or who becomes abusive toward the responsible party will be handled by Public Safety.

Personal Information and Records

 

Directory Information Procedures

ETSU contracts the publication of a directory which shows student names, addresses (e-mail, mailing, and campus box), major, and phone number. In addition, ETSU may release other “directory information.” Other “directory information” is defined as: enrollment status, dates of attendance, classification, previous institution(s) attended, awards, honors (includes Dean’s List), degrees conferred (including dates), and sports participation information.
If students prefer not to have these items released, they may fill out a form to prevent disclosure of this data. This form is available at the Office of the Registrar and must be submitted no later than the last day to add a course for the Fall term. A new form for non-disclosure must be completed each academic year. A form submitted the last term a student enrolls will remain in effect until the student re-enrolls.

Other records offices in the university may have other definitions of directory information. Please check the Pharmacy or Medicine web sites for specific information as to their definitions.
 

Electronic Mail

This policy was adopted by the Information Technology Governance Committee on February 17, 2009.

As email has become an integral part of the academic process, confidential information about ETSU students is being transmitted, including evaluations, grades, and financial information. Faculty, staff, and students must recognize that, although there is an expectation of privacy, unencrypted email is not a secure means of transmitting information. While this policy does not prohibit student information from being transmitted by email, caution must be exercised regarding the content of messages.

ETSU provides each student, faculty, and staff member with an official university-assigned email account. All official university communications will be sent to the university email address. Faculty, staff, and students may assume that official ETSU email is a valid communication mechanism. Therefore, the university has the right to send communications to students, faculty, and staff via email and the right to expect that those communications are received and read in a timely fashion. Since this is our primary method of communication, email should be checked at least daily. Although a student may choose to forward university email to an external email account, he or she is responsible for all information, including attachments. Revised 1/2009

 

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. They are:

1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the university receives a request for access.
Students should submit to the registrar, dean, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The university official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the university official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
     
2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading.
Students may ask the university to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the university official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the university decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the university will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
     
3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the university in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the university has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.
A school official has a legitimate interest if the official needs to review an education r record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
Upon request, the university discloses education records, without consent, to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
Personally identifiable information may also be released without the prior written consent of the student under one or more of the conditions listed below:
     
  a. Upon request the university will disclose the final results of any disciplinary proceeding conducted by the university against a student who is an alleged perpetrator of any crime of violence (as that term is defined in section 16 of Title 18, United States Code) or a non-forcible sex offense, if the university determines as a result of disciplinary proceeding that the student committed a violation of the institution’s rules or policies with respect to such crime or offense. The information shall include only the name of the student, the violations committed, and any sanction imposed by the university on the student. The university may include the name of any other student such as a victim or witness, only with the written consent of that student. The university will notify victims of sexual assault of the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding against the alleged perpetrator.
     
  b. The university will notify the alleged victim of any crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense) (or if the victim is deceased, as a result of such crime or offense, to the next of kin) of the final results of any institutional disciplinary proceeding conducted against the alleged student perpetrator.
     
4.   The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by East Tennessee State University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202-4605.

Parental Notification

The university will notify a parent or legal guardian of a student who is younger than 21 and is found guilty of a university disciplinary violation governing the use or possession of alcohol or drugs. Notification will occur when the university alcohol or drug offense is in violation of any federal, state, or local law, or of any rule or policy of the institution, except as prohibited by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Safety and Security

Department of Public Safety 

The Department of Public Safety is responsible for campus security. The public safety office is located at the main entrance of the campus on University Parkway. The department is open 365 days per year and utilizes public safety officers to patrol campus by automobile and on foot 24 hours per day. A 24-hour dispatch service is also maintained.

 

Access to Campus

The campus and facilities of ETSU are governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), and are restricted to students, faculty, staff, guests, and invitees of the university, except when part or all of the campus, its buildings or facilities, are open to the general public for a designated time and purpose.

All persons on campus are subject to all rules and regulations of the university and the TBR which are applicable to the conduct of students on campus, and to all applicable federal and state laws and regulations. In addition, all persons who operate motor vehicles on campus agree by such operation to be subject to university and TBR rules, regulations, policies, and procedures on traffic and parking.

All persons on campus must provide adequate identification upon request to appropriate officials and security personnel of the university. Personnel and students of the university who refuse to provide such identification may be subject to disciplinary action, and other persons who refuse to provide such identification will be requested to leave the campus, and if they refuse, may be subject to lawful removal and prosecution.

 

Crime Reporting

The Department of Public Safety provides a crime prevention program entitled “Be Alert, Be Aware.” Through this program, students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to report any criminal or suspicious activity and are made aware of the need for each person to be responsible for his/her own security and the security of others. When a person files a complaint or applies for assistance, all pertinent information is obtained and is officially documented in an incident report. All incident reports are maintained on file in the public safety office. Reports are acted upon in a judicious manner consistent with departmental procedure. When criminal incidents occur that require multijurisdictional investigation, all applicable agencies are notified. Public safety officers have a close working relationship with the Johnson City Police Department, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, federal agencies, and the First Judicial District Drug Task Force. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation receive monthly statistics from the Department of Public Safety concerning crimes on campus.

 

Criminal Actions

Police emergencies, fire emergencies, and requests for ambulance service can be reported by telephoning 439-4480 or 911; by using the direct emergency telephones placed across campus; or in person by stopping by the public safety office. Police non-emergencies can be reported by telephoning 439-6900.

 

Enforcement Authority

Public safety officers are commissioned pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated, 49-7-118, and the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Policy No. 5:01:07:00. Commissioned public safety officers have all of the police powers necessary to enforce all state laws as well as rules and regulations of the TBR. They are also certified firemen and are first responders to any on-campus fire emergencies. Public safety officers may exercise their authority on all property or facilities owned, leased, or operated by the TBR and the university including any public roads or rights of way which are contiguous to or within the perimeter of such facilities or property.

The Johnson City Police Department furnishes the Department of Public Safety information concerning all offenses which occur off-campus at fraternity and sorority houses. The Department of Public Safety coordinates with the Johnson City Fire Department concerning all campus fires.

 

Pedestrian Safety Statement

The Department of Public Safety wishes to remind students and staff that bicycles, skate boards, scooters, and other similar vehicles or toys which are used on campus sidewalks or public through-fares must be operated in such a manner so as not to jeopardize the safety and well-being of pedestrians. The use of bicycles and other specified play vehicles is governed by state law. Violations of applicable statutes constitute a Class C misdemeanor.

 

Residence Hall Access

Students residing in the residence halls are required to follow the Student Housing Rules, Residence Hall Conduct and Disciplinary Sanctions (Residence Hall Student Handbook).

All residence halls with the exception of Buc Ridge, Buc Village, and Davis Apartments, which have outside doors, are secured 24 hours per day. Access is gained through main entrance doors equipped with a card reader which uses the student’s ID card to unlock the door.

The Department of Public Safety and the Office of Housing and Residence Life operate night patrol each night in the vicinity of the residence hall and residence hall parking lots. These individuals are not police officers but are equipped with two-way radios and have a uniform. Duties include checking for propped doors, checking locked doors, watching for any unusual event, and checking parking lots around the residence halls.

For additional information concerning safety on campus, contact the Department of Public Safety, 423-439-6900, the Office of Student Affairs, 423-439-4210, or the Office of Human Resources, 423-439-4457.

 

Security and the Maintenance of Campus Facilities

The Department of Public Safety conducts a survey of outdoor lighting several times a year. In the months of July and December buildings on the main campus and university buildings located on Veterans Administration property are surveyed for hazardous conditions. Monthly fire extinguisher inspections are performed in all buildings owned or leased by the university. In addition, public safety officers routinely report all hazardous, unsafe and potentially unsafe conditions found to exist on campus.

 

Security Information Report

East Tennessee State University makes available to prospective students and employees the ETSU Security Information Report. This annual report includes campus crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years and various campus policies concerning law enforcement, the reporting of criminal activity, and crime prevention programs. The ETSU Security Information Report is available upon request from East Tennessee State University Department of Public Safety, Box 70646, Johnson City, TN 37614-1702.

For additional information concerning safety on campus, contact the Department of Public Safety, 423-439-6900, the Office of Student Affairs, 423-439-4210, or the Office of Human Resources, 423-439-4457.


Sex Offender Registration

The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act and the Tennessee College and University Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2002 require that whenever a sex offender becomes employed, enrolls as a student, or volunteers at an institution of higher education in the state of Tennessee, he or she must complete or update the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) sexual offender registration/monitoring form and deliver it to TBI headquarters in Nashville. As defined in section 40-39-102 of the Tennessee Code, a “sexual offender” means a person who is, or has been, convicted in this state of committing a sexual offense or who is, or has been, convicted in another state or another country, or who is or has been convicted in a federal or military court, of committing an act which would have constituted a sexual offense if it had been committed in this state. A “sexual offender” means the commission of acts including but not limited to aggravated and statutory rape, sexual battery, sexual exploitation of a minor, aggravated prostitution, and kidnapping.
Both acts designate certain information concerning a registered sexual offender as public information and therefore amend and supersede the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other federal and state laws that previously prohibited the disclosure of such personal information. Since the laws require the publication of information pertaining to sexual offenders employed, enrolled or volunteering at an educational institution, said publication does not constitute grounds for a grievance or complaint under institutional or Tennessee Board of Regents policies or procedures.

 

Sexual Assault Policy

East Tennessee State University is dedicated to maintaining an environment which is safe and supportive of its students and employees where relationships are built on honesty, integrity, and trust. Accordingly, ETSU prohibits sexual assault and rape as defined by state law. Actions which result in charges of sexual assault or rape under this policy will be subject to university disciplinary action. They also may subject a student to criminal and/or civil liability under state law.
Services
To appropriately address sexual violence, ETSU has developed OASIS (Outreach & Advocacy: Sexuality Information for Students), a program housed in the Counseling Center. OASIS provides comprehensive services including:

  • Educational and prevention programs, awareness events and print and video resources addressing a variety of topics related to sexual violence and healthy relationships such as consent, bystander Intervention, men as allies, women’s empowerment, Take Back the Night and others;
  • Sponsorship of Students Against Violence (SAVE), a student organization committed to ending sexual violence on campus and Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) trainings, free self-defense programming;
  • Counseling and intervention services for those who have been assaulted or who have concerns regarding sexual violence;
  • Referral to off-campus agencies that provide services for persons who have been sexually assaulted;
  • Procedures for assisting persons who have been sexually assaulted in obtaining medical and counseling services;
  • Procedures for assisting persons who have been sexually assaulted in pursuing criminal or civil action against their assailants;
  • Support when persons who have been assaulted wish to pursue campus disciplinary action against the assailants.

What To Do If You Have Been Sexually Assaulted

  1. Get to a safe place, one that is well-lit and where there are other people, preferably people you know and trust.
  2. Do not bathe, douche, brush your teeth, chew gum, drink, change clothing or even comb your hair before seeking medical attention. It is only natural to want to do so, but you may be destroying physical evidence that could be needed later if you decide to pursue an investigation.
  3. Call the police as soon as possible to report the assault. If you are on campus call ETSU Public Safety at 911 or 439-4480. If you are off campus and call 911, the local police will respond to your call. By calling the police you are reporting the crime and seeking the protection of the police. Reporting does not mean that you have to prosecute. See the following section for more reporting options.
  4. If you wish, call a friend, family member or other trusted person to be with you. A counselor from the ETSU Counseling Center can accompany you to the hospital or police station - call 439-4841 during weekday hours, and after hours, the Counselor on Duty can be contacted through Public Safety - 439-4480. The counselor provides confidential emotional support and can also help you consider your reporting options and what to do next.
  5. Get immediate medical attention. You may have sustained injuries or contracted a sexually transmitted infection; therefore, the sooner you seek medical attention, the better. The Student Health Clinic provides medical care during the hours of 8:00am - 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday. During non-business hours or for the purpose of evidence collection, the Johnson City Medical Center offers specially trained nurses (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) through their emergency room to support you through the medical exam and administer a Physical Evidence Recovery Kit (PERK). Again, collecting the evidence does not mean you need to make any decision to prosecute.
  6. Seek follow-up counseling. Whether or not you report the assault or prosecute, a trained counselor can help you deal with the emotional trauma of an assault. You may call the ETSU Counseling Center at 439-4841 and ask for an OASIS advocate. All counseling is completely confidential.

Dealing With The Aftermath: Survivor Assistance
University personnel will assist any student who is the victim of a sex offense in notifying law enforcement, in obtaining medical assistance, and in pursuing counseling. If a student requests a change in her/his academic or on-campus living situation, then the university will accommodate the student’s request if those changes are reasonably available.

University Disciplinary Procedures
There are several options available to a student who was assaulted by another student. In addition to bringing charges against the perpetrator in criminal or civil court, the survivor also may seek recourse through the university disciplinary process.
Sexual battery or rape, in addition to being a violation of state law, also is violation of ETSU Student Disciplinary Rules. If a survivor initiates campus disciplinary action, both the accuser and the accused will be informed of the following:

  1. The accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a hearing.
  2. Both the accuser and the accused will be informed of the outcome of any institutional disciplinary hearing brought alleging a sex offense.

In order to bring charges of sexual battery or rape against another student, a student must initiate the judicial process by contacting the Associate Dean of Students or his designee at 439-6129. Refer to institutional disciplinary rules in the Policies and Procedures section of the catalog. If the accused student is found guilty of the alleged sex offense, suspension or expulsion from the university may occur.
 

The Accuser’s Rights

  1. During the course of the disciplinary proceeding, accusers have the following rights:To meet with the appropriate judicial officer to discuss the disciplinary process.
  2. To submit a written account of the alleged incident.
  3. To be advised of the date, time, and location of the disciplinary hearing, and to request rescheduling of the hearing for a good cause.
  4. To be accompanied by an advisor of the accuser’s choosing during the hearing process, although the advisor will not be permitted to speak for the accuser during the hearing.
  5. To testify as a witness during the hearing.
  6. To decline to testify, with the knowledge that such action could result in dismissal of the university’s charges for lack of evidence.
  7. To submit a written impact statement to the hearing panel for consideration during the sanctioning phase of the disciplinary process.

Services

To appropriately address sexual violence, ETSU has developed OASIS (Outreach & Advocacy: Sexuality Information for Students), a program housed in the Counseling Center. OASIS provides comprehensive services including:
Educational and prevention programs, awareness events and print and video resources addressing a variety of topics related to sexual violence and healthy relationships such as consent, bystander Intervention, men as allies, women’s empowerment, Take Back the Night and others;

Sponsorship of Students Against Violence (SAVE), a student organization committed to ending sexual violence on campus and Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) trainings, free self-defense programming;

Counseling and intervention services for those who have been assaulted or who have concerns regarding sexual violence;

Referral to off-campus agencies that provide services for persons who have been sexually assaulted;

Procedures for assisting persons who have been sexually assaulted in obtaining medical and counseling services;

Procedures for assisting persons who have been sexually assaulted in pursuing criminal or civil action against their assailants;

Support when persons who have been assaulted wish to pursue campus disciplinary action against the assailants.

 

What To Do If You Have Been Sexually Assaulted

Get to a safe place, one that is well-lit and where there are other people, preferably people you know and trust.

Do not bathe, douche, brush your teeth, chew gum, drink, change clothing or even comb your hair before seeking medical attention. It is only natural to want to do so, but you may be destroying physical evidence that could be needed later if you decide to pursue an investigation.

Call the police as soon as possible to report the assault. If you are on campus call ETSU Public Safety at 911 or 439-4480. If you are off campus and call 911, the local police will respond to your call. By calling the police you are reporting the crime and seeking the protection of the police. Reporting does not mean that you have to prosecute. See the following section for more reporting options.

If you wish, call a friend, family member or other trusted person to be with you. A counselor from the ETSU Counseling Center can accompany you to the hospital or police station - call 439-4841 during weekday hours and, after hours, the Counselor on Duty can be contacted through Public Safety - 439-4480. The counselor provides confidential emotional support and can also help you consider your reporting options and what to do next.

Get immediate medical attention. You may have sustained injuries or contracted a sexually transmitted infection; therefore, the sooner you seek medical attention, the better. The Student Health Clinic provides medical care during the hours of 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday - Friday. During non-business hours or for the purpose of evidence collection, the Johnson City Medical Center offers specially trained nurses (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) through their emergency room to support you through the medical exam and administer a Physical Evidence Recovery Kit (PERK). Again, collecting the evidence does not mean you need to make any decision to prosecute.

Seek follow-up counseling. Whether or not you report the assault or prosecute, a trained counselor can help you deal with the emotional trauma of an assault. You may call the ETSU Counseling Center at 439-4841 and ask for an OASIS advocate. All counseling is completely confidential.

 

Dealing With The Aftermath: Survivor Assistance

University personnel will assist any student who is the victim of a sex offense in notifying law enforcement, in obtaining medical assistance, and in pursuing counseling. If a student requests a change in her/his academic or on-campus living situation, then the university will accommodate the student’s request if those changes are reasonably available.

 

Sexual, Racial and Other Harassment
General Statement

It is against University policy to discriminate against any member of the University community on the basis of sex or race. Harassment based on sex or race is a form of discrimination.

These procedures may be utilized by any employee, applicant for employment, or student who believes he or she has been subjected to sexual or racial harassment. Former employees or students may file complaints concerning conduct which took place during the time of employment or enrollment, provided the complaint is filed in a timely manner, and the conduct has a reasonable connection to the University.

All faculty members, students and staff are subject to this policy. Any faculty member, student or staff found to have violated this policy by engaging in behavior constituting sexual or racial harassment will be subject to disciplinary action which may include dismissal, expulsion, or termination, or other appropriate sanction.

All faculty and staff members are required to cooperate with investigations of alleged sexual or racial harassment. Failure to cooperate may result in disciplinary action being taken up to and including termination. Students are also required to cooperate with these investigations; failure to do so may result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.

Sexual harassment and racial harassment have been held to constitute forms of discrimination prohibited by Title VI, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972. The University may be held liable pursuant to Title VI or Title VII and/or lose federal funds pursuant to Title IX for failure to properly investigate and remedy claims of sexual or racial harassment.

Sexual harassment in the working/educational environment:
Generally, sexual harassment may be defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when one of the following criteria is met:

  • submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly as a term or condition of the individual’s employment or of the individual’s status in a program, course, or activity;
  • submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for employment decisions, a criterion for evaluation, or a basis for academic or other decisions affecting such individual;
  • such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or educational experience, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment.

Not every act that might be offensive to an individual or a group will be considered harassment. Whether the alleged conduct constitutes sexual harassment depends upon the record as a whole and the totality of the circumstances, such as the nature of sexual advances in the context within which the alleged incident occurs. Harassment may not include verbal expressions or written material that is relevant and appropriately related to course subject matter or curriculum.

Please note that sexual assaults may be criminal acts and, as such, investigation and processing by the criminal justice system, local police, campus police, and/or crisis intervention centers may supersede or occur in addition to the process developed under this policy.

Racial Harassment:
Generally, racial harassment is defined as any person’s conduct which unreasonably interferes with an employee’s or student’s status or performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment. Harassment on the basis of race, color, ethnic or national origin includes offensive or demeaning treatment of an individual where such treatment is based on prejudiced stereotypes of a group to which that individual may belong. It includes, but is not limited to, objectionable epithets, threatened or actual physical harm or abuse, or other intimidating or insulting conduct directed against the individual because of his/her race, color, ethnic or national origin. Title VII requires employers to take prompt action when a person expresses a racially charged opinion in a way which abuses or offends a coworker.

Prohibited Conduct Retaliation
Retaliation is prohibited by the university. Retaliation may be defined as the seeking of revenge, reprisal or injury to another who has exercised the right to file a complaint or make a report of sexual or racial harassment, or has participated in an investigation into allegations of sexual or racial harassment.

Any retaliation against a person filing a complaint is strictly prohibited regardless of the outcome of the investigation and may, in itself, be grounds for disciplinary action.

Prohibited Conduct Other Forms:

Title VII also prohibits discrimination (and harassment) of individuals based on color, ethnicity, national origin, and religion. University policy prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. Complaints of discrimination on these grounds may be filed with the University EEO/AA Officer and/or pursuant to the University’s grievance and complaint procedures. However, the procedure utilized for these complaints differs from the process used for sexual and racial harassment complaints.

Complaint Reporting
The University seeks to encourage the prompt reporting of sexual or racial harassment and its prompt resolution through University procedures. Where the charge of harassment is by one student against another student, the Associate Dean of Students, D.P. Culp University Center, will investigate and resolve the complaint in accordance with appropriate student procedures. Other charges not relating to complaints against students should be directed to the University Equal Employment/Affirmative Action Compliance Officer (hereinafter, EEO/AA Officer), 206 Dossett Hall, Administration Building. The EEO/AA Officer will investigate all charges and make recommendations to the president regarding their resolution, following the procedures set forth in this document.

Students, residents, and employees of the College of Medicine may contact the Assistant Dean, Women in Medicine, 003 VA Building 2. The Assistant Dean, Women in Medicine, will investigate in consultation with the EEO/AA office.

Protection of Rights
The following procedures are intended to protect the rights of the aggrieved party (hereinafter, ‘the Complainant’) as well as the party against whom the harassment complaint is lodged (hereinafter, ‘the Respondent’), as required by state and federal laws. Each complaint must be properly and promptly investigated and, when warranted, appropriate disciplinary action taken against the Respondent.

The ETSU Office of University Counsel (hereinafter, Legal Counsel) shall always be consulted prior to investigation. Legal Counsel will be kept informed during the investigation. In situations that require immediate action because of safety or other concerns, the university may take any administrative action which is appropriate; e.g., administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the investigation. Students may be placed on interim suspension under the appropriate circumstances pending the outcome of the investigation. Legal Counsel must be contacted before any immediate action is taken.

Initiating a Complaint
Any current or former student, applicant for employment, current or former employee who believes he or she has been subjected to harassment at the university, or who believes that he/she has observed harassment taking place shall present the complaint to the designated EEO/AA Officer, the Associate Dean of Students, or Assistant Dean, Women in Medicine (hereinafter ‘the Investigator’), responsible for compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VI, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Time Period for Filing a Complaint
Complaints must be brought within 365 days of the last incident of harassment. Complaints brought after that period will not be pursued absent extraordinary circumstances. The determination of whether the complaint was timely or whether extraordinary circumstances exist to extend the complaint period must be made in conjunction with Legal Counsel.

Every attempt will be made to obtain a written complaint from the Complainant. The complaint shall include the circumstances giving rise to the complaint, the dates of the alleged occurrences, and names of witnesses, if any. The complaint shall be signed by the Complainant. However, when the Complainant refuses to provide or sign a written complaint, the matter will still be investigated to the extent possible, and appropriate action taken. Complaints made anonymously or by a third party must also be investigated to the extent possible.

If the complaint does not rise to the level of harassment, the complaint may be dismissed without further investigation after consultation with Legal Counsel. The Complainant should be informed of other available processes such as the employee grievance/complaint process or a student non-academic complaint process.

Initiation of Investigation
Legal Counsel shall be notified of the complaint, whether written or verbal, as soon as possible after it is brought to the attention of the Investigator, and the investigation shall be conducted under the direction of Legal Counsel. All investigatory notes and documents shall be attorney work products. The Investigator shall notify the President that an investigation is being initiated.

When the Respondent is a student, the Vice Provost and Dean of Students or Associate Dean, Women in Medicine for medical students, will investigate in compliance with the procedures outlined in this policy. If a finding of a violation is made, any resulting disciplinary action will be undertaken in compliance with the university’s student disciplinary procedures.

When a student is involved as the Complainant, the Respondent, or an individual interviewed, all documentation referring to that student shall be subject to the provisions and protections of the Family Educational Records and Privacy Act (FERPA and Tennessee Code Annotated Section 10-7-504(a)(4), which require that certain student disciplinary records are subject to disclosure pursuant to a public records request.

Notification of Complaint
The Investigator shall notify the Respondent in writing within five (5) working days of receipt of the complaint. The Respondent shall respond in writing to the complaint within five (5) working days following the date of receipt of the Investigator’s notification.

If either the Complainant or the Respondent is a student, the Investigator should communicate the prohibition against disclosure of personally identifiable information with regard to the student, based on FERPA.

Contacts
Complaint by student against faculty member or staff, faculty member against staff; faculty member against faculty member or supervisor; or staff against faculty member, staff, supervisor or outside university vendor.
Affirmative Action Officer,
206 Dossett Hall, Administration Building (423) 439-4211

Complaint against students:
Associate Dean of Students, D.P. Culp University Center (423) 439-4210

Students, residents and employees of the College of Medicine may also contact:
Assistant Dean, Women in Medicine,
003 VA Building 2 (423) 439-8849
Other Contacts for Assistance

Psychological/Emotional Assistance and Support Services, Employees
Employee Assistance Program
(800) 308-4934

Psychological/Emotional Assistance and Support Services, Students
Counseling Center (423) 439-4841
For a complete copy of the university’s Policy On Sexual or Racial Harassment, contact the Office of Human Resources, room 311, Burgin Dossett Hall.

 

Responding to Hate Crimes and Bias-Related Incidents

Statement of Policy:
East Tennessee State University seeks to provide students, staff and faculty members with a safe and secure learning environment, free of crime and/or violations motivated by discrimination, sexual and other bias-related harassment. ETSU’s Institutional Policy Statement (0240-3-2-.01) specifically addresses student behavioral expectations: University students are citizens of the state, local, and national governments, and of the academic community, and are, therefore, expected to conduct themselves as law-abiding members of each community at all times. Violation of university policy may subject the student to disciplinary action by the institution whether or not such conduct is simultaneously violative of state, local, or national laws.

I. Definition of Terms:
  A. Hate Crime
Hate crime, as defined by the U.S. Department of Justice, is one which in whole or part is motivated by the offender’s bias toward the targeted person’s status. Hate crimes are intended to hurt and intimidate individuals, because they are perceived to be different with respect to their race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender or disability. These acts of hatred can leave lasting emotional impressions upon their targets as well as upon the entire university community. Hate crimes are by definition Bias-Related Incidents.
  B. Bias-Related Incidents
Bias-related incidents are those that constitute an expression of hostility against the person or property of another because of the targeted person’s race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age or disability and yet are not criminal acts. ETSU’s Policy On Sexual, Racial, and Other Harassment defines bias-related incidents “as any person’s conduct which unreasonably interferes with an employee’s or student’s status or performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment.”
     
II. University Response:
To report a hate crime or other criminal activity on the ETSU campus:
The Department of Public Safety is open 365 days a year and utilizes Public Safety officers to patrol the campus 24 hours per day. A 24-hour emergency dispatch service is also maintained. Criminal actions, police emergencies, fire emergencies, and requests for ambulance service should be reported by telephoning 911, using the direct emergency telephones placed across campus, or by stopping by the Public Safety Office. Police non-emergencies should be reported by telephoning
439-4480. When a person seeks assistance or files a complaint, all pertinent information is obtained and is documented in an Incident Report. Incident Reports are maintained on file in the Public Safety Office. Reports are acted on consistent with departmental procedure.

 

To report a bias-related incident on the ETSU campus:

If the alleged incident involves a faculty or staff member or an individual not associated with the university, contact the Special Assistant to the President for Equity and Diversity/Affirmative Action Director at 439-4211, Room 206 Burgin Dossett Hall. If the alleged incident involves behavior by one student against another student contact the Associate Dean of Students at 439-4210 or stop by the Student Affairs Office on the third level of the Culp University Center.
Persons who are subsequently charged with violation of university policy or student rules will be subject to disciplinary action.
Steps to follow when you have knowledge of a bias-related incident:

  1. Immediately document what happened. Complete a written statement and include as much detail as possible. Document where and when the incident occurred including information about the perpetrator(s). Write down the names of witnesses if applicable. Sign and date the document and provide it to the Special Assistant to the President for Equity and Diversity/Affirmative Action Director or the Associate Dean of Students and the responding Public Safety officer. Note: The targeted person(s) will be asked what role she/he would like to play in responding to the incident. A targeted person may feel uncomfortable about cooperating with an investigation due to fear of retaliation by the perpetrator(s). In all instances, the targeted person will be assured that her/his personal safety and security are important.
  2. Retain any physical evidence of the incident, e.g., messages written on doors, physical objects, etc. and provide to the responding Public Safety officer. Request that the Public Safety officer take photographs/photocopies of any evidence.
  3. All bias-related incident reports are confidential. Any personal information obtained during the investigation or disposition of the matter will be subject to disclosure only to the extent required by law.

Contact Additional Resources as Appropriate

Call one or more of the following resources as necessary to gain information assistance or support.
 

Associate Dean of Students 439-4210
Counseling Center 439-4841
Special Assistant to the President for Equity and Diversity/Affirmative Action Officer 439-4211
Office of Multicultural Affairs 439-6633
Housing and Residence Life 439-4446
Employee Assistance Program 439-5890

 

Student Conduct and Rights

Complaint Policy and Procedure for Students

East Tennessee State University is committed to respecting all members of the university community and providing fair treatment regarding complaints by students. The objective of the Student Complaint Policy and Procedure is to ensure that concerns and complaints of undergraduate or graduate students are addressed fairly and are resolved promptly. Complaints usually involve actions affecting students that are alleged to be unjust, inequitable, or create unnecessary hardship. A student may pursue this complaint procedure if he or she believes a problem is not governed by other complaint or appeal procedures at the university.  (Refer to Selected Appeal Policies. The Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy have their own student complaint policies; complaints should be directed to appropriate personnel as identified by those colleges.

 

East Tennessee State University seeks to provide students, staff and faculty members with a safe and secure learning environment, free of crime and or violations motivated by discrimination, sexual and other bias-related harassment.  There are two important complaint policies not governed by the Student Complaint Policy and Procedure; Sexual, Racial, and Other Harassment and Hate Crimes and Bias-Related Incidents.  These types of complaints should be filed with the Special Assistant to the President for Equity and Diversity/Affirmative Action Director or, when a charge is by one student against another student, with the Dean of Students according to the procedures described in those policies.

 

Procedure

When a concern occurs, the student is encouraged to discuss it with the appropriate faculty member or administrator.  Often a resolution or an answer can be attained informally.  If an informal approach is neither successful nor advisable, the student should use the Student Complaint Policy and Procedure.  The procedure for filing student complaints governed by this policy is as follows:

 

Step 1:

To submit a complaint, a student must complete the official Student Complaint Form and send it via email attachment, within ten working days of the date of the initiating event, to the chair or director most directly involved (if the complaint is directed against the chair or director, it should be referred to the dean of the college or next level administrator). The chair or director will attempt to determine the validity of the complaint and, in the case of a valid complaint, seek resolution including administrative action. He or she will communicate his or her decision on the Student Complaint Form and make every effort to do so within ten working days from the conclusion of this process.

 

Step 2:

If a student wishes to appeal the decision made in Step 1, he or she must submit the Student Complaint Appeal Form A and the completed Student Complaint Form via email attachments to the appropriate dean or administrator within ten working days from the date of the decision. Undergraduate students submit the materials to the dean of the college where the issue(s) arose and graduate students submit to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. In the case of a complaint involving a director, the student submits materials to the next level administrator.
The student will be invited to discuss the complaint with that individual who will attempt to determine the validity of the complaint and, in the case of a valid complaint, seek resolution, including possible administrative action. He or she will communicate his or her decision on Student Complaint Appeal Form A and make every effort to inform the student within ten working days of the conclusion of the appeal.

 

Step 3:

If the student believes that he or she has not been afforded due process, the student must submit Student Complaint Appeal Form B together with Student Complaint Appeal Form A and the Student Complaint Form via email attachments to the vice president of the university division in which the complaint occurred within ten working days from the date of the decision. The vice president will make the final determination about the matter and communicate his or her decision on Student Complaint Appeal Form B and make every reasonable effort to submit his or her decision to the student within ten working days from the conclusion of this appeal. The determination will include reasons for the decision and direct a remedy, if any, to the student complaint.

Documentation

A record of all complaints and their resolution will be documented at each level of the review process by the appropriate administrator. Revised March 2009

Other Complaints

Students or prospective students who wish to file a complaint related to accreditation or regarding violations of state law not resolved at the institution may submit a Student Complaint Form to the Tennessee Board of Regents at 1415 Murfreesboro Road, Suite 340, Nashville Tennessee 37217, or by going on line and filing out the form electronically. Under Tennessee’s open records law, all or parts of complaints will generally be available for review upon request from a member of the public.

Accreditation
Complaints regarding accreditation should follow the ETSU Complaint Policy and Procedure for Students outlined above.

Complaints regarding accreditation can also be made by contacting the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia
30033-4097, telephone: 404-679-4500 (www.sacscoc.org).

State Law Violations
Complaints of Fraud, Waste, or Abuse may be made to ETSU or the Tennessee Board of Regents.

The ETSU process for reporting fraud, waste or abuse is available at http://www.etsu.edu/humanres/relations/campussecurity.aspx#reportingfraud

Complaints of fraud, waste or abuse may be made by email at reportfraud@tbr.edu or by calling the Tennessee Comptroller’s Hotline for Fraud, Waste and Abuse at 1-800-232-5454. 
 

Honor Code

East Tennessee State University is committed to developing the intellect and ethical behavior of its students. Students found to be in violation of policies on plagiarism, cheating, and/or fabrication will be held accountable for their actions. Any knowledge of academic misconduct should be reported. Students are expected to act with honesty, integrity, and civility in all matters.

Honor Pledge

By becoming a member of the campus community, students agree to live by the standards of the honor code and thereby pledge the following: “I pledge to act with honesty, integrity, and civility in all matters.”

Honor Code and Pledge as revised and adopted February 16, 2012

Information Technology Code of Ethics

I. Objectives of this Policy
The objectives of this policy are:
  A. to articulate the rights and responsibilities of persons using information technology resources owned, leased, or administered by East Tennessee State University (ETSU)
  B. to protect the interests of users and ETSU; and
  C to facilitate the efficient operation of ETSU information technology systems.
   
II.

Definitions:
“Information technology resources” or “IT resources” include computers and computer time, data processing or storage functions, computer systems and services, servers, networks, printers and other input/output and connecting devices, and related computer records, programs, software, and documentation.
“Personal or private for-profit use” shall mean a use of ETSU information technology resources which has as a primary objective financial gain of the user. Activities by a student, which are typical of the student job search process, (e.g., use of campus e-mail to contact potential employers or posting of one’s resume on ETSU’s website) are not to be considered personal or private for-profit uses.
“Public record” means all documents, papers, letters, maps, books, photographs, microfilms, electronic data processing files and output, films, sound recordings, or other material, regardless of physical form or characteristics made or received pursuant to law or ordinance or in connection with the transaction of official business by any governmental agency. (Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 10, Chapter 7, Section 301 (6).)

   
III. Supplementary Institutional Policies and Regulations
ETSU is authorized and encouraged to develop additional institution-specific policies and regulations relating to the use of information technology resources, provided such policies and regulations are consistent with federal and state law and with this and other policies of the Tennessee Board of Regents. In particular, ETSU may develop policies and regulations regarding installation of non-standard software (including shareware, freeware, or software developed or purchased by the user) onto ETSU IT resources.
   
III. Supplementary Institutional Policies and Regulations
ETSU is authorized and encouraged to develop additional institution-specific policies and regulations relating to the use of information technology resources, provided such policies and regulations are consistent with federal and state law and with this and other policies of the Tennessee Board of Regents. In particular, ETSU may develop policies and regulations regarding installation of non-standard software (including shareware, freeware, or software developed or purchased by the user) onto ETSU IT resources.
   
IV. Conformance with State Policies
This policy is intended to be fully consistent with the State of Tennessee Internet Acceptable Use Policy and the State of Tennessee Electronic Mail Acceptable Use Policy, as they currently exist or as they may be amended in the future, as well as with any other applicable policies regarding information technology systems which may be promulgated in the future by the State of Tennessee Department of Finance Office of Information Resources (OIR). To the extent that a discrepancy exists between this policy and State policy, state policy shall take precedence.
   
V. Applicability
This policy shall apply to all persons and organizations using the information technology facilities and resources owned, leased, or administered by ETSU including all persons employed (either as full-time, part-time or temporary employees or as independent contractors) by ETSU and to all students enrolled at ETSU. Those provisions contained herein which apply solely to employees and independent contractors are so identified individually. Unless so identified, provisions contained herein apply equally to all persons and organizations covered by this policy.
   
VI. User Responsibilities
The following lists of user responsibilities are intended to be illustrative and not exhaustive. Subject to conformance with Federal and State of Tennessee law and with State of Tennessee and Tennessee Board of Regents policies, ETSU is authorized to supplement the user responsibilities contained herein.
   A.  Access
    i. Users shall obtain proper authorization before using TBR or ETSU information technology resources.
    ii. Users shall not transmit or distribute material that would be in violation of existing TBR or ETSU policies or guidelines using ETSU technology resources.
    iii. Users shall not share access privileges (account numbers and passwords) with persons who are not authorized to use them.
    iv. Users shall not use TBR or ETSU information technology resources in an attempt to access or to actually access computers external to the TBR or ETSU system when that access is not authorized by the computer’s owner. (No “hacking” allowed.)
     
   B. Respect for Others
    i. A user shall not attempt to obstruct usage or deny access to other users.
    ii. Users shall not transmit or distribute material that would be in violation of existing TBR or ETSU policies or guidelines using ETSU technology resources.
    iii. Users shall respect the privacy of other users, and specifically shall not read, delete, copy, or modify another user’s data, information, files, e-mail or programs (collectively, “electronic files”) without the other user’s permission. Users should note that there should be no expectation of privacy in electronic files stored on the resident memory of a computer available for general public access, and such files are subject to unannounced deletion.
    iv. Users shall not intentionally introduce any program or data intended to disrupt normal operations (e.g. a computer “virus” or “worm”) into ETSU information technology resources.
    v. Forgery or attempted forgery of e-mail messages is prohibited.
    vi. Sending or attempting to send unsolicited junk mail or chain letters is prohibited.
    vii. Flooding or attempting to flood a user’s mailbox is prohibited.
     
  C. Respect for State-Owned Property
    i. A user shall not intentionally, recklessly, or negligently misuse, damage or vandalize ETSU information technology resources.
    ii. A user shall not attempt to modify ETSU information technology resources without authorization.
    iii. A user shall not circumvent or attempt to circumvent normal resource limits, logon procedures, or security regulations.
    iv. A user shall not use ETSU information technology resources for purposes other than those for which they were intended or authorized.
    v. A user shall not use ETSU information technology resources for any private or personal for-profit activity.
    vi. Except for those not-for-profit business activities which are directly related to an employee’s job responsibilities or which are directly related to an organization which is affiliated with ETSU, a user shall not use ETSU information technology resources for any not-for-profit business activities, unless authorized by the President (or his/her designee).
    vii. Users shall at all times endeavor to use ETSU information technology resources in an efficient and productive manner and shall specifically avoid excessive game playing, printing excessive copies of documents, files, data, or programs, or attempting to crash or tie-up computer resources.
     
  D. Additional Responsibilities of Employees and Independent Contractors
    i. Users who are Employees and Independent Contractors shall not make use of ETSU information technology resources for purposes, which do not conform to the purpose, goals, and mission of ETSU and to the users job duties and responsibilities.
    ii. Users shall not use ETSU information technology resources for solicitation for religious or political causes.
       
 VII No Unlawful Uses Permitted
Users shall not engage in unlawful uses of the information technology system resources of the TBR or ETSU. Unlawful activities are violative of this policy and may also subject persons engaging in these activities to civil and/or criminal penalties. This list of unlawful activities is illustrative and not intended to be exhaustive.
       
  A. Obscene materials
The distribution and display of obscene materials is prohibited by the laws of Tennessee (see Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-902).  
Obscene materials are defined under Tennessee law (see T.C.A. § 39-17-901(10)) as those materials which:
    i. The average person applying contemporary community standards would find that the work, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest;
    ii. The average person applying contemporary community standards would find that the work depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct; and
    iii. The work, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.
     
  B. Defamation
Defamation is a civil tort that occurs when one, without privilege, publishes a false and defamatory statement, which damages the reputation of another.
     
  C. Federal law gives the holder of copyright five exclusive rights, including the right to exclude others from reproducing the copyrighted work. sanctions for violation of copyright can be very substantial. Beyond the threat of legally imposed sanctions, violation of copyright  is an unethical appropriation of the fruits of another’s labor. Pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, the TBR designated agent for receipt of complaints of copyright infringement occurring with the use of ETSU information technology resources is the Tennessee Board of Regents Assistant Vice Chancellor for Information Technology. ETSU has designated the Director for Client Support Services, Office of Information Technology, as ETSU’s campus agent regarding complaints of copyright infringement. After review, the ETSU Vice President for Administration will forward complaints received to the TBR Assistant Vice Chancellor for Information Technology.
     
  D. Gambling
Gambling, including that performed with the aid of the Internet is prohibited under Tennessee state law (see Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-502).
       
VIII. World Wide Web Home Pages
The principles of use articulated above in Sections 6 and 7 are generally applicable to World Wide Web home pages. For example, use of ETSU information technology resources to post a web page for personal or private for-profit use is prohibited under Section 6.3.5. Illegal content in web pages stored on ETSU IT resources is prohibited under Section 6.2.2. Obscene content is prohibited under Section 7.1. Incorporation of copyrighted material, without either permission of the copyright holder or under a lawful exemption, is prohibited under Section 7.3.
In addition to the principles of use outlined in Sections 6 and 7, users may not incorporate into web pages or other electronic documents the trademarks or logos of others without express, written permission. Persons who are not employees of ETSU may not make use of ETSU trademarks or logos without express, written permission. The president has designated the Executive Assistant to the President for University Relations the authority to approve a proposed use of ETSU’s trademarks and logos by employees on ETSU’s web pages.
       
IX. Advertising
Use of ETSU information technology resources to promote or advertise activities or entities which are not related to ETSU, is prohibited unless such use is consistent with the mission of ETSU and results in substantial benefit to ETSU. The President is authorized to determine whether a given use is consistent with the mission of ETSU and results in substantial benefit to ETSU, consistent with other TBR Policies (in particular, TBR Policy 3:02:02:00). Sale of advertising in web-based versions of ETSU-affiliated student publications is specifically permitted.
       
X. ETSU Monitoring and Inspection of Electronic Records
Electronic records sent, received, or stored on computers owned, leased, or administered by ETSU are the property of ETSU. As the property of ETSU, the content of such records, including electronic mail, is subject to inspection by ETSU personnel. While ETSU does not routinely do so, ETSU is able and reserves the right to monitor and /or log all network activity of users without notice, including all e-mail and Internet communications. Users should have no reasonable expectation of privacy in the use of these resources.
       
XI. Disclosure of Electronic Records
Pursuant to the Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 10, Chapter 7, and subject to exemptions contained therein, electronic files (including e-mail correspondence) which are 1) generated or received by ETSU employees, and 2) either owned or controlled by the State, or 3) maintained using ETSU IT resources may be subject to public inspection upon request by a citizen of the State of Tennessee. ETSU personnel receiving such a request for public inspection should refer the request to the Executive Director, University Relations. Institutions may charge reasonable fees for making copies of such records, pursuant to T.C.A. §10-7-506. The charge for copies of printed material at ETSU is $1.00 per page.
While disclosure under T.C.A. Title 10, Chapter 7 applies to employees, disclosure of the electronic records of all users which are maintained using ETSU IT resources may be made pursuant to a valid subpoena or court order when otherwise required by federal, state, or local law, or when authorized by the president.
       
XII. Retention of Electronic Records
Electronic records needed to support Institutional functions must be retained, managed, and made accessible in record-keeping or filing systems in accordance with established records disposition authorizations approved by the Public Records Commission and in accordance with TBR Guideline G-070, “Disposal of Records.” Each employee of ETSU, with the assistance of his or her supervisor as needed, is responsible for ascertaining the disposition requirements for those electronic records in his or her custody. The system administrator is not responsible for meeting the record retention requirements established under T.C.A. Title 10, Chapter 7, and ETSU, as owner of electronic records stored on ETSU computers, reserves the right to periodically purge electronic records, including e-mail messages. Users who are either required to retain an electronic record or who otherwise wish to maintain an electronic record should either:
  A. Print and store a paper copy of the record in the relevant subject matter file; or
  B. Electronically store the record on a storage medium or in an electronic storage location not subject to unannounced deletion.
       
XIII. Violations of this Policy
  A. Reporting Allegations of Violations
Persons who have reason to suspect a violation of this policy or who have direct knowledge of behavior in violation of this policy should report that allegation of violation to the Director, Human Resources
     
  B. Disciplinary Procedures
The Director, Human Resources shall refer allegations of violations of this policy to the appropriate person(s) for disciplinary action. If a student, the policy violation will be referred to the judicial officer of the institution under TBR Policy 3:02:00:01. If an employee, the policy violation will be referred to the immediate supervisor. If there is a policy violation, which the Director, Human Resources believes rises to the level of a serious violation of this or any other TBR policy; the Director, Human Resources is authorized to temporarily revoke access privileges. In those cases, the revocation of access must be referred to the appropriate disciplinary authority for review and final determination of access privileges. In such cases the authority of the Director, Human Resources carries with it the authorization to make subjective judgments, such as whether material or statements violate TBR policy.
     
  C. Sanctions
Persons violating this policy are subject to revocation or suspension of access privileges to ETSU IT resources. Additionally, other penalties, as outlined in TBR Policy, 3:02:00:01, may be imposed upon student users. Sanctions for violation of this policy by employees may extend to termination of employment. Violations of law may be referred for criminal or civil action.
     
  D. Appeals
Sanctions imposed upon students at a TBR University and imposed at the discretion of the Director, Human Resources may be appealed to the Chief Student Affairs Officer. Other sanctions may be appealed under established Institution procedure.

 

Infringement of Intellectual Property Rights

I.

Introduction
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) amends federal copyright law to provide certain liability protections for online service providers when their computer systems or networks carry materials that violate (infringe) copyright law. To qualify for liability protection, the University is required to have a policy under which the computer accounts of users will be terminated if they repeatedly infringe the copyrighted works of others.
The objectives of this policy are to minimize liability while also providing support for the activities of faculty and staff. In the context of copyright and other intellectual property, this means that the Chief Information Officer should be advised as soon as possible of any suspected infringement. As is feasible, the Chief Information Officer will work with the university content provider to establish any defenses. However, if there is inadequate information to provide a defense or it appears that no defense exists, the best route to minimize university damages will be prompt removal of the allegedly infringing material.

   
II. Policy Statement
Compliance with federal copyright law is expected of all students, faculty, and staff at East Tennessee State University.
“Copyright” is legal protection for creative intellectual works, which is broadly interpreted to cover just about any expression of an idea. Text (including email and Web information), graphics, art, photographs, music, and software are examples of types of works protected by copyright. The creator of the work, or sometimes the person who hired the creator, is the initial copyright owner.
You may “use” all or part of a copyrighted work only if (a) you have the copyright owner’s permission (in writing-either email or letter), or (b) you qualify for legal exception (the most common exception is called “fair use”). “Use” of a work is defined for copyright purposes as copying, distributing, making derivative works, publicly displaying, or publicly performing the work.
Copying, distributing, downloading, and uploading information on the Internet may infringe the copyright for that information. Even an innocent, unintentional infringement violates the law. Violations of copyright law that occur on or over the University’s networks or other computer resources may create liability for the University as well as the computer user. Accordingly, repeat infringers are subject to the appropriate disciplinary review procedures as set in forth disciplinary policies for students, faculty, or staff. Violations of law may also be referred for criminal or civil prosecution.
The University has a legal duty to ensure that official web sites, official email, and other official communication and expressions do not violate the intellectual property rights of third parties. The most common intellectual property rights found on the Internet involve copyright and trademark/service marks.
“Official” web sites and communications include those that are funded or otherwise sponsored by the University for a university purpose, or which are created by an employee or agent of the University who is acting within the authorized scope of employment or agency on behalf of the University (e.g., posting course materials on the web for educational use of enrolled students).
     
III. Procedures
Notice and Counter Notice for material that may infringe on Intellectual Property Rights

Notice: A copyright owner, or person acting for the owner, must provide the University’s designated agent, the Chief Information Office, with written notice that information residing on the University’s computer systems or networks is an infringement of the copyright. The notice requirement also applies to information in system cache and to information location tools (e.g., hypertext links) that infringe copyright.

[Note: If a person working for the University has independent knowledge of a copyright violation on a University computer system or network, the University may have a duty to remove the infringing material. This is true even if there is no “notice” from the copyright owner. Therefore that person should report the violation to the Chief Information Officer as soon as possible.]
The University has “notice’ of possible infringement when a third party advises a university official that there is an infringement, or when it appears to a university official that material is likely to be infringing based on the circumstances (e.g., copies of nationally syndicated cartoons appear on a university web site without any statement of copyright permission).
When the University has notice of a possible intellectual property infringement in official university provided content, it will in good faith:
    A. Attempt to establish who truly owns the copyright (or other intellectual property) through consultation with the author of the University content and the party claiming ownership.
    B. Attempt to determine if any legal defense (e.g., “fair use”) exists to allow the material to be used by the University.
    C. Attempt to negotiate a permission or settlement if it appears that the content is infringing or if it appears that settlement is preferable to litigating an unclear claim. If permission or settlement is not feasible and it appears that the material is infringing, the University will promptly remove the material and the designated agent will notify the computer user and the person who complained of infringement.
    D. Determine if any disciplinary action is appropriate against the person who posted infringing content. In the case of repeated infringement or bad faith infringement, disciplinary action may include suspension or termination of computing privileges, disciplinary review, termination of employment, and/or legal action.
     
IV.

The TEACH Act
The Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization Act (TEACH) of 2002 updated federal copyright law to facilitate digital education use of materials without requiring copyright permission, subject to several conditions. TEACH says it is not copyright infringement for teachers and students at an accredited, nonprofit educational institution to transmit performance and displays of copyrighted works as part of a course if certain conditions are met. If these conditions cannot be met, permission from the copyright holder must be obtained.
What is permitted: Performances of non-dramatic literary works or performances of non-dramatic musical works or performances of reasonable portions of any other work or display of any other work in an amount comparable to that typically displayed in a live classroom setting.
What is not permitted: Digital education works (works produced or marketed primarily for performance / display as part of mediated instructional activities transmitted via digital networks) or unlawful copies (copies you know or reasonably should know were not lawfully made or acquired).
When can copyrighted materials be used: By, at the direction of, or under the actual supervision of an instructor, and as an integral part of a class session, and as part of systematic mediated instructional activities, and directly related and of material assistance to the teaching content.
How can the materials be used: Transmission made solely for and reception limited to (as technologically feasible) students enrolled in that course, and downstream controls instituted: technological measures that reasonably prevent retention in accessible form for a class session and unauthorized further dissemination in accessible form, and no interference with the copyright holder’s technological measures that prevent such retention and dissemination.
Institutional requirements: The institution must promulgate copyright policies and provide information about copyright and promote copyright compliance and provide notice to students that course materials may be copyrighted.
Questions regarding this policy and notice of any possible infringement should be directed to:
     Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer
     Office of Information Technology
     East Tennessee State University
     Box 70728
     Johnson City, TN 37614
     423.439.6431

 

Student Disciplinary Policies

Part 1   Institution Policy Statement
Part 2   Disciplinary Offenses
Part 3   Academic and Classroom Misconduct
Part 4   Disciplinary Sanctions
Part 5   Traffic and Parking
Part 6   Disciplinary Procedures
 

INSTITUTION POLICY STATEMENT

(1) Students enrolled in postsecondary educational institutions are citizens of their civic communities as well as the academic community. As such they are expected to conduct themselves as law-abiding members of each community at all times. Admission to an institution of postsecondary education carries with it special privileges and imposes special responsibilities apart from those rights and duties enjoyed by non-students. In recognition of the special relationship that exists between the institution and the academic community which it seeks to serve, the Tennessee Board of Regents (“TBR” or “the Board”) has authorized the presidents of the institutions and directors of the technology centers under its jurisdiction to take such action as may be necessary to maintain campus conditions and preserve the integrity of the institution and its educational environment.
   
(2) Pursuant to this authorization and in fulfillment of its duties to provide a secure and stimulating atmosphere in which individual and academic pursuits may flourish, the TBR has developed rules, which are intended to govern student conduct on the several campuses under its jurisdiction. Each institution under the jurisdiction of the TBR is directed to implement policies subject to, and consistent with, these regulations. In student discipline policies, each institution may expand on these regulations, subject to Board approval. Following are East Tennessee State University’s (“ETSU” or “the University”) policies, implemented in compliance with TBR’s student rules. In addition, students are subject to all federal, state and local laws and ordinances. If a student’s violation of such laws or ordinances also adversely affects the institution’s pursuit of its educational objectives, the institutions may enforce their own regulations regardless of the status or outcome of any external proceedings instituted by other civil or criminal authorities.
   
(3) For the purpose of these regulations, a “student” shall mean any person who is admitted and/or registered for study at the University for any academic period. This shall include any period of time following admission and/or registration, but preceding the start of classes for any academic period. It will also include any period which follows the end of an academic period through the last day for registration for the succeeding academic period, and during any period while the student is under suspension from the institution. Finally, “student” shall also include any person subject to a period of suspension or removal from campus as a sanction which results from a finding of a violation of the regulations governing student conduct. Students are responsible for compliance with the Rules of Student Conduct and with similar institutional policies at all times.
   
(4) Disciplinary action may be taken against a student for violation of the regulations which occur on institutionally owned, leased or otherwise controlled property, while participating in international or distance learning programs, and off campus, when the conduct impairs, interferes with, or obstructs any institutional activity or the mission, processes, and functions of the institution. Institutions may enforce their own regulations regardless of the status or outcome of any external proceedings instituted in any other forum, including any civil or criminal proceeding.
   
(5) These regulations, and related material incorporated herein by reference, are applicable to student organizations as well as individual students. Student organizations are subject to discipline for the conduct and actions of individual members of the organization while acting in their capacity as members of, or while attending or participating in any activity of, the organization.
   
(6) Confidentiality of Discipline Process. Subject to the exceptions provided pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. 1232g and/or the Tennessee Open Records Act, T.C.A. § 10-7-504(a)(4), a student’s disciplinary files are considered “educational records” and are confidential within the meaning of those Acts.
   
This policy is promulgated pursuant to, and in compliance with, TBR Rule 0240-02-03-.01, Institution Policy Statement. To the extent that a conflict exists between this policy and TBR rule, policy and/or applicable law(s), the TBR rule, policy and/or law will control. History - Adopted by TBR: 12/8/11. Effective: 1/29/12.

 

Disciplinary Offenses
 

(1) Institutional disciplinary measures shall be imposed, through appropriate due process procedures, for conduct which adversely affects the institution’s pursuit of its educational objectives, which violates or shows a disregard for the rights of other members of the academic community, or which endangers property or persons on property owned or controlled by an institution.
   
(2) ETSU has adopted the following non-exclusive list providing notice of offenses for which both individuals and organizations may be subject to disciplinary action:
  (a) Conduct Dangerous to Self or Others. Any conduct, or attempted conduct, which constitutes a danger to any person’s health, safety, or personal well-being, including, but not limited to, the following:
    1. Physical and/or verbal abuse,
    2. Threats and/or intimidation,
    3. Harm inflicted on self;
  (b) Hazing. Hazing, as defined in T.C.A. § 49-7-123(a)(1), means any intentional or reckless act, on or off the property, of any higher education institution by an individual acting alone, or with others, which is directed against any other person(s) that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of that person(s), or which induces or coerces a person(s) to endanger such person(s) mental or physical health or safety. Hazing does not include customary athletic events or similar contests or competitions, and is limited to those actions taken and situations created in connection with initiation into or affiliation with any organization;
  (c) Disorderly Conduct. Any individual or group behavior which is abusive, obscene, lewd, indecent, violent, excessively noisy, disorderly, or which unreasonably disturbs institutional functions, operations, classrooms, other groups or individuals;
  (d) Obstruction of or Interference with institutional activities or facilities. Any intentional interference with or obstruction of any institutional, program, event, or facility including the following:
    1. Any unauthorized occupancy of institution or institutionally controlled facilities or blockage of access to or from such facilities
    2. Interference with the right of any institution member or other authorized person to gain access to any activity, program, event or facilities sponsored or controlled by an institution,
    3. Any obstruction or delay of a campus security officer, public safety officer, police officer, firefighter, EMT, or any official of an institution, or failure to comply with any emergency directive issued by such person in the performance of his or her duty;
  (e) Misuse of or Damage to Property. Any act of misuse, vandalism, malicious or unwarranted damage or destruction, defacing, disfiguring or unauthorized use of property belonging to another including, but not limited to, any personal property, fire alarms, fire equipment, elevators, telephones, institution keys, library materials and/or safety devices;
  (f) Theft, Misappropriation, or Unauthorized Sale of Property;
  (g) Misuse of Documents or Identification Cards. Any forgery, alteration of or unauthorized use of institutional documents, forms, records or identification cards, including the giving of any false information, or withholding of necessary information, in connection with a student’s admission, enrollment or status in the institution;
  (h) Firearms and Other Dangerous Weapons. Any possession of or use of firearms, dangerous weapons of any kind, or replica/toy guns, e.g. BB guns, pellet guns, paintball guns, water guns, cap guns, toy knives or other items that simulate firearms or dangerous weapons;
  (i) Explosives, Fireworks, and Flammable Materials.
  (j) Alcoholic Beverages. The use and/or possession of alcoholic beverages on institution owned or controlled property. This offense includes the violation of any local ordinance, state, or federal law concerning alcoholic beverages, on or off institution owned or controlled property, including but not limited to where an affiliated group or organization has alcoholic beverages present and available for consumption;
  (k) Drugs. The unlawful possession or use of any drug or controlled substance (including, but not limited to, any stimulant, depressant, narcotic or hallucinogenic drug, or marijuana), sale or distribution of any such drug or controlled substance. This offense includes the violation of any local ordinance, state, or federal law concerning the unlawful possession or use of drugs and the misuse of legally prescribed or “over the counter” drugs on or off institution owned or controlled property;
  (l) Drug Paraphernalia. The use or possession of equipment, products or materials that are used or intended for use in manufacturing, growing, using or distributing any drug or controlled substance. This offense includes the violation of any local ordinance, state, or federal law concerning the unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, on or off institution owned or controlled property;
  (m) Public Intoxication. Appearing on institution owned or controlled property or at an institutional sponsored event while under the influence of a controlled substance or of any other intoxicating substance;
  (n) Gambling. Unlawful gambling in any form;
  (o) Financial Irresponsibility. Failure to meet financial responsibilities to the institution promptly including, but not limited to, knowingly passing a worthless check or money order in payment to the institution or to a member of the institution community acting in an official capacity;
  (p) Unacceptable Conduct in Disciplinary Proceedings. Any conduct at any stage of an institutional disciplinary proceeding or investigation that is contemptuous, disrespectful, threatening, or disorderly, including false complaints, testimony or other evidence, and attempts to influence the impartiality of a member of a judicial body, verbal or physical harassment or intimidation of a judicial board member, complainant, respondent or witness;
  (q) Failure to Cooperate with Institutional Officials. Failure to comply with directions of institutional officials acting in the performance of their duties;
  (r) Violation of General Rules and Regulations. Any violation of the general rules and regulations of the institution as published in an official institutional publication, including the intentional failure to perform any required action or the intentional performance of any prohibited action;
  (s) Attempts, Aiding and Abetting. Any attempt to commit any of the offenses listed under this section or the aiding or abetting of the commission of any of the offenses listed under this section (an attempt to commit an offense is defined as the intention to commit the offense coupled with the taking of some action toward its commission). Being present during the planning or commission of any offense listed under this section will be considered as aiding and abetting. Students who anticipate or observe an offense must remove themselves from the situation and are required to report the offense to the institution;
  (t) Violations of State or Federal Laws. Any violation of state or federal laws or regulations proscribing conduct or establishing offenses, which laws and regulations are incorporated herein by reference;
  (u) Violation of Imposed Disciplinary Sanctions. Intentional or unintentional violation of a disciplinary sanction officially imposed by an institution official or a constituted body of the institution;
  (v) Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Battery or Rape. Committing any act of sexual battery or rape as defined by state law; May include any sexual act or penetration which is accompanied by threat, coercion, use of restraint or force, or any sexual act where the respondent knows, or should have known, that the victim was unable or incapable of giving consent.
  (w) Harassment or Retaliation. Any act by an individual or group against another person or group in violation of TBR policies, as well as federal and/or state laws prohibiting discrimination, including, but not limited to, TBR policies 5:01:02:00,(F), 5:01:02:00, 2:02:10:01 and TBR Guideline P-080;
  (x) Academic Misconduct. Plagiarism, cheating, fabrication. For purposes of this section the following definitions apply:
    1. Plagiarism. The adoption or reproduction of ideas, words, statements, images, or works of another person as one’s own without proper attribution,
    2. Cheating. Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or aids in any academic exercise or test/examination. The term academic exercise includes all forms of work submitted for credit or hours,
    3. Fabrication. Unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise.
  (y) Unauthorized Duplication or Possession of Keys. Making, causing to be made or the possession of any key for an institutional facility without proper authorization;
  (z) Litter. Dispersing litter in any form onto the grounds or facilities of the campus;
  (aa) Pornography. Public display of literature, films, pictures or other materials which an average person applying contemporary community standards would find, (1) taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest, (2) depicts or describes sexual conduct in a patently offensive way, and (3) taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value;
  (bb) Abuse of Computer Resources and Facilities. Misusing and/or abusing campus computer resources including, but not limited to the following:
    1. Use of another person’s identification to gain access to institutional computer resources,
    2. Use of institutional computer resources and facilities to violate copyright laws, including, but not limited to, the act of unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials using institutional information technology systems,
    3. Unauthorized access to a computer or network file, including but not limited to, altering, using, reading, copying, or deleting the file,
    4. Unauthorized transfer of a computer or network file,
    5. Use of computing resources and facilities to send abusive or obscene correspondence,
    6. Use of computing resources and facilities in a manner that interferes with normal operation of the institutional computing system,
    7. Use of computing resources and facilities to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member, or institutional official,
    8. Violation of any published information technology resources policy,
    9. Unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing;
  (cc) Unauthorized Access to Institutional Facilities and/or Grounds. Any unauthorized access and/or occupancy of institutional facilities and grounds is prohibited, including, but not limited to, gaining access to facilities and grounds that are closed to the public, being present in areas of campus that are open to limited guests only, being present in academic buildings after hours without permission, and being present in buildings when the student has no legitimate reason to be present;
  (dd) Providing False Information. Giving any false information to, or withholding necessary information from, any institutional official acting in the performance of his/her duties in connection with a student’s admission, enrollment, or status in the institution;
  (ee) Unauthorized Surveillance. Making or causing to be made unauthorized video or photographic images of a person in a location in which that person has a reasonable expectation of privacy, without the prior effective consent of the individual, or in the case of a minor, without the prior effective consent of the minor’s parent or guardian. This includes, but is not limited to, taking video or photographic images in shower/locker rooms, residence hall rooms, and men’s or women’s restrooms, and storing, sharing, and/or distributing of such unauthorized images by any means;
  (ff) Smoking Violations. Violation of any TBR and/or institutional smoking or other tobacco use rules or policies.
3. Disciplinary action may be taken against a student for violations of the foregoing regulations which occur at or in association with enrollment at an institution governed by the TBR for any academic period. Each student shall be responsible for his/her conduct from the time of application for admission through the actual awarding of a degree including periods prior to or between semesters. Conduct occurring while a student is registered or enrolled at the institution, but not discovered until after the awarding of a degree is actionable under these provisions and may result in the retroactive application of a disciplinary sanction. Should a student withdraw from the institution with disciplinary action or academic misconduct action pending, the student’s record may be encumbered by the appropriate institutional office until the proceedings have been concluded.
       
This policy is promulgated pursuant to, and in compliance with, TBR Rule 0240-02-03-.02, Disciplinary Offenses. To the extent that a conflict exists between this policy and TBR rule, policy and/or applicable law(s), the TBR rule, policy and/or law will control. History - Adopted by TBR: 12/8/11. Effective: 1/29/12.


ACADEMIC AND CLASSROOM MISCONDUCT

(1)  The instructor has the primary responsibility for maintenance of academic integrity and controlling classroom behavior, and can order the temporary removal or exclusion from the classroom of any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct that violates the general rules and regulations of the institution for each class session during which the conduct occurs. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom, beyond the session in which the conduct occurred, or further disciplinary action can be effected only through appropriate procedures of the institution.
   
(2) Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, are immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions which may be imposed through the university’s academic misconduct policy as a result of academic misconduct, the instructor has the authority to assign an “F” or a zero (“0”) for the exercise or examination, or to assign an “F” in the course.
   
(3) Students may appeal a grade assignment associated with a finding of academic misconduct, as distinct from a student disciplinary sanction, through the university’s academic misconduct procedure. Courses may not be dropped pending the final resolution of an allegation of academic misconduct. (See Part 6 Disciplinary Procedures, Paragraph (6) Academic Misconduct Procedures).
   
(4) Disruptive behavior in the classroom may be defined as, but not limited to, behavior that obstructs or disrupts the learning environment (e.g., offensive language, harassment of students and professors, repeated outbursts from a student which disrupt the flow of instruction or prevent concentration on the subject taught, failure to cooperate in maintaining classroom decorum, etc.), text messaging, and the continued use of any electronic or other noise or light emitting device which disturbs others (e.g., disturbing noises from beepers, cell phones, PDAs (personal digital assistants), palm pilots, lap-top computers, games, etc.).
   
(5) Class attendance and punctuality requirements are established by the faculty in the printed syllabus for each course. Students are expected to attend classes regularly and on time and are responsible for giving explanations/rationale for absences and lateness directly to the faculty member for each course in which they are enrolled. In cases where student absences are the result of emergency circumstances (e.g., death in the family, a student’s serious injury or incapacitating illness), for which students are unable to make immediate contact with faculty, the student may contact the Office of Student Affairs for assistance in providing such immediate notification to faculty. However, the student remains responsible for verifying the emergency circumstances to faculty and for discussing arrangements with faculty for completion of coursework requirements. Both give guidance and clarification to both students and faculty on matters of classroom conduct and attendance requirements.
   
This policy is promulgated pursuant to, and in compliance with, TBR Rule 0240-02-03-.03 Academic and Classroom Misconduct. To the extent that a conflict exists between this policy and TBR rule, policy and/or applicable law(s), the TBR rule, policy and/or law will control. History - Adopted by TBR: 12/8/11. Effective: 1/29/12.

 

Disciplinary Sanctions

(1)  Upon a determination that a student or student organization has violated any of the disciplinary offenses set forth in these regulations, institutional disciplinary policies, or the general policies of the institution, disciplinary sanctions may be imposed, either singly or in combination, by the appropriate institution officials.
     
(2) Definition of Sanctions:
  (a) Restitution. Restitution may be required in situations which involve destruction, damage, or loss of property, or unreimbursed medical expenses resulting from physical injury. When restitution is required, the student or student organization is obligated by the appropriate judicial authority to compensate a party or parties for a loss suffered as a result of disciplinary violation(s). Any such payment in restitution shall be limited to actual cost of repair, replacement or financial loss;
  (b) Warning. The appropriate institutional official may notify the student or student organization that continuation or repetition of specified conduct may be cause for other disciplinary action;
  (c) Reprimand. A written or verbal reprimand or censure may be given to any student or student organization whose conduct violates any part of these regulations and provides notice that any further violation(s) may result in more serious penalties;
  (d) Service to the Institution or Community. A student, or student organization, may be required to donate a specified number of service hours to the institution performing reasonable tasks for an appropriate institution office, official(s), or the local community. The service required shall be commensurate to the offense (e.g., service for maintenance staff for defacing institutional property);
  (e) Specified Educational/Counseling Program. A student or student organization may be required to participate in specified educational or counseling program(s) relevant to the offense, or to prepare a project or report concerning a relevant topic. This may include but is not limited to a mandated visit to the University Counseling Center for an initial evaluation and documented follow through on any prescribed treatment program;
  (f) Apology. A student or student organization may be required to apologize to an affected party, either verbally or in writing, for the behavior related to a disciplinary offense;
  (g) Fines. Penalties in the form of fines may be imposed against a student or student organization whenever the appropriate institutional authority deems appropriate. The sanction of fines may be imposed in addition to other forms of disciplinary sanctions. Failure to pay fines may result in further disciplinary action. All funds from fines for violation of university drug and/or alcohol policies will be used to support the university’s alcohol and drug education and awareness programs.
  (h) Restriction. A restriction upon a student’s or student organization’s privileges for a period of time may be imposed. This restriction may include, for example, denial of the ability to represent the institution at any event, ability to participate in institution or TBR sponsored travel, use of facilities, parking privileges, participation in extracurricular activities or restriction of organizational privileges;
  (i)  Probation. Continued enrollment of a student or recognition of a student organization on probation may be conditioned upon adherence to these regulations. Any student or organization placed on probation will be notified in writing of the terms and length of the probation. Probation may include restrictions upon extracurricular activities, or any other appropriate special condition(s). Any conduct in further violation of these regulations while on probationary status or the failure to comply with the terms of the probationary period may result in the imposition of further disciplinary action;
  (j) Suspension. Suspension is the separation of a student or student organization from the institution for a specified period of time. Suspension may be accompanied by special conditions for readmission or recognition;
  (k) Expulsion. Expulsion entails a permanent separation from the institution. The imposition of this sanction is a permanent bar to the student’s admission, or a student organization’s recognition to the institution. A student or organization that has been expelled may not enter institution property or facilities without obtaining prior approval from an appropriate campus official with knowledge of the expulsion directive;
  (l) Delay and/or Denial of Degree Award. During the period disciplinary charges are pending against a student, the university may deny and/or delay issuance of a degree. Further, the university may refuse to issue a degree to a student who is serving a suspension or has been expelled from the university;
  (m) Revocation of Admission, Degree, or Credential;
  (n) Housing Probation. Continued residence in campus or student housing may be conditioned upon adherence to these regulations as well as institutional housing regulations. Any resident placed on housing probation will be notified in writing of the terms and length of the probation. Probation may include restrictions upon the activities of the resident, including any other appropriate special condition(s);
  (o) Housing Suspension and Forfeiture. A resident suspended from housing may not reside, visit, or make any use whatsoever of a housing facility or participate in any housing activity during the period for which the sanction is in effect. A suspended resident shall be required to forfeit housing fees (including any unused portion thereof and the Housing Deposit). A suspended resident must vacate the housing unit. Housing suspension shall remain a part of the student resident’s disciplinary record.
  (p) Any alternate sanction deemed necessary and appropriate to address the misconduct at issue;
  (q) Interim Suspension. As a general rule, the status of a student or student organization accused of violation of these regulations should not be altered until a final determination has been made in regard to the charges. However, interim suspension, pending the completion of disciplinary procedures, may be imposed upon a finding by the appropriate institutional official that the continued presence of the accused on campus constitutes an immediate threat to the physical safety and well-being of the accused, any other member of the institution its guests, property, or substantial disruption of classroom or other campus activities. In any case of interim suspension, the student, or student organization, shall be given an opportunity at the time of the decision, or as soon thereafter as reasonably possible, to contest the suspension.
   
(3) The president of East Tennessee State University is authorized, at his or her discretion, to intervene in order to negotiate a mutually acceptable resolution to any disciplinary proceeding, or, subsequently, to convert any sanction imposed to a lesser sanction, or to rescind any previous sanction, in appropriate cases.
   
This policy is promulgated pursuant to, and in compliance with, TBR Rule 0240-02-03-.04 Disciplinary Sanctions. To the extent that a conflict exists between this policy and TBR rule, policy and/or applicable law(s), the TBR rule, policy and/or law will control. History - Adopted by TBR: 12/8/11. Effective: 1/29/12.

 

Traffic and Parking  

(1) General:
  (a) The purpose of these regulations shall be to facilitate the orderly and efficient flow of traffic on those campuses, to provide a safe atmosphere for both pedestrians and motor vehicle operators, and to provide order with regard to parking within limited space. Institutional policies enacted in compliance with this rule shall be subject to prior review and approval of the TBR.
  (b) East Tennessee State University (ETSU) reserves the right to regulate the use of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, motor scooters, mopeds, and bicycles on campus as applicable to the Tennessee State Law and ETSU Rules and Regulations.
  (c) The parking and traffic rules and regulations are published annually in the Parking and Traffic Regulations brochure and on the ETSU parking website.
       
(2) Registration of Automobiles/Permits/Decals:
  (a) Students taking one or more courses are issued a parking permit upon providing their student E-Number and their vehicle’s state-issued license plate number.
  (b) Students will be assessed a $25 parking permit fee as part of their program services fee each term. Employees will be assessed a $50 parking permit fee each year.
  (c) All students (including University High School, medical school and pharmacy school) and faculty/staff who intend to park a motor vehicle (automobiles, motorcycles, motorized scooters) on the general academic campus and the VA Medical Center Campus must be registered with the Parking Services office and properly display an appropriate parking permit when parked on campus.  Failure to register does not negate the operator’s responsibility to adhere to this policy. Student parking permits are effective from the date obtained to the following August 31st. Faculty/Staff parking permits are effective from the date obtained to the following September 30th.
  (d) Students and employees with state-issued Disability license plates and placards must also obtain a parking permit. This parking permit allows one to park in any faculty/staff or student space. Students and employees requiring temporary ETSU disability parking permits must provide appropriate medical records to Disability Services. Students and employees will receive a temporary ETSU disability parking permit upon approval by Disability Services.
  (e) All motorcycles, motor scooters and mopeds are categorized and referred to as motorcycles. All students and employees who intend to park a motorcycle on ETSU campus must obtain and display a motorcycle parking permit.
  (f) All visitors are required to obtain and properly display a visitor parking permit from the Parking Services office or on the website.
  (g) All students and employees requiring a temporary parking permit may request a permit at the Parking Services office or on the website.
  (h) Carpool parking is available for commuters and carpoolers. Carpool permits are issued at the Parking Services office upon application approval. All carpool permits, in addition to ETSU Student or Faculty/Staff permits, must be properly displayed when parking in carpool locations.
  (i) Defective permits will be replaced at no cost.
  (j) All lost or stolen permits may be replaced at the Parking Services office
  (k) The acceptance by any person of a parking permit, temporary or permanent, shall constitute acceptance of the responsibility to observe and abide by all regulations, ordinances, and/or laws that govern the parking of vehicles on the general academic campus and on the ETSU VA campus.
       
(3) Parking: 
  (a) Designated parking is denoted by signage at the entrance to the parking lots. There are also curb markings to designate the category of parking. Designated parking will be enforced during hours listed in the yearly Parking and Regulations brochure. Any vehicle parking on ETSU general academic campus and on the ETSU VA campus must properly display an appropriate parking permit. The signs and curb markings are displayed as follows:
    1. Faculty/Staff parking - blue or white sign labeled “Faculty/Staff Parking” or a blue curb marking
    2. Student parking - gold sign labeled “Student Parking” or a gold curb marking
    3. Carpool parking - green sign labeled “Carpool Parking” or a green curb marking
    4. Undesignated parking - white sign labeled “Faculty/Staff and Student Parking”
  (b) 24-hour reserved designated spaces are displayed as follows:
    1. Disability parking - labeled with marking on the pavement and a blue “Disability” sign
    2. Service Vehicle parking - labeled with a sign or a marking on the pavement “Service Vehicles Only”
    3. Motorcycle parking - labeled with a sign “Motorcycle Reserved”
    4. Other specifically reserved spaces are denoted by signage and/or listed in the yearly Parking Rules and Regulations brochure
  (c) Vehicles may not be parked in:
    1. Any area specified as “No Parking”
    2. Sidewalks, lawns, or grassy areas
    3. Within 20 feet of fire hydrant
    4. Fire Lanes
    5. Other areas impeding pedestrian or vehicular traffic, across or outside of designated lines of parking spaces.
  (d) Motorcycles parking on campus are required to park in designated areas only. Motorcycles are not authorized to:
    1. Be parked in automobile spaces, fire lanes, disability spaces, driveways, lawns, sidewalks, bicycle racks;
    2. Be chained to utility poles, trees, railings, signposts, meter posts or any other object.
  (e) Issuance of parking permit does not guarantee a parking space.
  (f) If a vehicle is determined to be abandoned, as defined by T.C.A. §55-16-103, Parking Services will make every effort to contact the owner and reserves the right to tow a vehicle at owner’s expense.
       
(4) Traffic:
  (a) The speed limit on the general academic campus is 15 miles per hour, except where a higher speed limit is posted.
  (b) The speed limit on the ETSU VA campus is 20 miles per hour, except where a higher speed limit is posted.
  (c) Vehicles may not be operated in the manner to constitute traffic hazards or to impede the flow of vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
  (d) Motorists are to yield the right of way to all pedestrians on campus. Pedestrians must use designated sidewalks.
       
(5) Fines/Penalties:
  (a) All fines are subject to TBR approval.
  (b)  All parking citations must be paid prior to registering for the subsequent academic term. A registration hold will be placed on all student accounts with an outstanding balance.
  (c)  Chronic violators are defined as individuals who accumulate 20 or more violations during an academic year. If chronic violators are found illegally parked, they will be issued a $50 fine in addition to the original citation based on the chronic violator status.
  (d)  Habitual offenders are defined as individuals who accumulate 50 or more violations during an academic year. If habitual offenders are found illegally parked, they will be issued a $50 fine in addition to the original citation and a $50 chronic violator fine, based on the habitual offender status.
  (e) The following is a list of offenses and fines:
    1. A fine of $10 will be imposed for the following violations:
      i. Improper permit display
      ii. Littering
      iii. Illegally/Facing wrong direction
      iv. Backed in or pulled through
      v. Not parked in lines
      vi. Exceeded time limit
    2. A fine of $20 will be imposed for the following violations:
      i. Failure to stop at a stop sign or yield right-of-way
      ii. Driving wrong way on one-way street
      iii. Failure to yield to a pedestrian
      iv. Making an unlawful U-turn
      v. No Permit Displayed
      vi. Parked on grass/curb
      vii. No parking zone
      Parking in designated or reserved spaces. This includes:
      ix. BucSports Reserved
      x. Carpool Reserved
      xi. Faculty/Staff Reserved
      xii. Health or Dental Clinic Reserved
      xiii. Departmental Reserved
      xiv. Family Medicine Reserved
      xv. Reserved for Resident Director
      xvi. Student Reserved
      xvii. Service Vehicle Reserved
      xviii. Motorcycle Reserved
      xix. Little Bucs Reserved
      xx. Special Event Reserved
    3. A fine of $35 will be imposed for the following violation:
      i. Violation of posted speed limit - $35 fine. An additional fine of $4.00 will be assessed for each mile over the posted speed limit. The mph must be verified by radar.
    4. A fine of $50 will be imposed for the following violations:
      i. Parking in a fire lane (zone)
      ii. Blocking a fire hydrant
      iii. Reckless driving. If a person drives a motor vehicle with such a lack of ordinary care as to indicate his conscious indifference to the health and safety of himself or others (TCA 55-10-205).
      iv. Chronic violator citation
      v. Habitual offender citation
    5. A fine of $75 will be imposed for the following violations:
      i. Parking in a fire lane (zone), second offense
      ii. Blocking a fire hydrant, second offense
    6. A fine of $100 will be imposed for the following violations:
      i. Blocking a disability ramp
    7. A fine of $200 will be imposed for the following violations:
      i. Parking in a disabled parking space (The fine for disabled/handicapped parking violations is established by statue and will be adjusted to comply with state law.)
  (f) Vehicles may be towed at owner’s expense and citations will be issued for the following violations:
    1. Blocking a fire hydrant
    2. Blocking a roadway, walkway, driveway or other access way
    3. Parking in a fire lane
    4. Stolen, abandoned, or unregistered vehicle (no tag, switched tag, etc.)
    5. Parking in a disability reserved space
    6. Blocking a disability access ramp
    7. Revocation of parking privileges
    8. Violation of closed lot
         
(6) Appeals:
  (a) Any person who receives a parking/traffic citation may appeal the citation within thirty (30) calendar days of issuance by filing an appeal form at the Parking Services office or on the web site.
  (b) If appealing after 30 days, a written explanation for the late appeal must be submitted along with the appeal form.
  (c) The appeal is forwarded to the Traffic and Appeals Court for disposition. Parking Services will notify appellants of the decisions after the Appeal Court hearing.
  (d) The appeals court consists of one faculty, staff, and student member from the Parking, Traffic and Security Advisory Committee. It takes two out of the three members to from a quorum.
  (e) The Parking, Traffic and Security Advisory committee is divided into 3 voting categories: Faculty, Staff, and Student. Each category consists of 4 members. Faculty and Staff are appointed for 3 years while the Student appointment changes annually. They are each appointed by their respective Senate. One member from each category rotates and meets bi-monthly to conduct the Appeals Court hearings.
  (f) The appeals court shall hear all cases on a bi-monthly basis. Appellants have the option to appeal in writing or appear before the Appeals court in person.
  (g) If appealing in writing, the appellant must complete an Appeals form explaining the reason for the appeal and attach any supporting documentation, if available.
  (h) If appealing in person, the appellant must complete an Appeals form and they are notified of the date, time, and location of the next Appeals court hearing.
  (i) Following the Appeals Court hearing, all appellants are notified via e-mail of the Appeals Court decision. The decision of the Appeals court shall be final.
       
  This policy is promulgated pursuant to, and in compliance with, TBR Rule 0240-02-03-.05 Traffic and Parking. To the extent that a conflict exists between this policy and TBR rule, policy and/or applicable law(s), the TBR rule, policy and/or law will control. History - Adopted by TBR: 12/8/11. Effective: 1/29/12.

 

Disciplinary Procedures

(1) General: Institutions governed by the TBR, in the implementation of TBR regulations pertaining to discipline and conduct of students, shall insure the constitutional rights of students by affording a system of constitutionally and legally sound procedures which provide the protection of due process of law. In furtherance of this mandate, East Tennessee State University has established the following policies setting forth the disciplinary procedures for the institution.
       
(2) TUAPA: All cases which may result in: (a) suspension or expulsion of a student, or student organization, from the institution, for disciplinary reasons or (b) revocation of registration of a student organization, are subject to the contested case provisions of the Tennessee Uniform Administrative Procedures Act (TUAPA), T.C.A. § 9-8-01 et seq., and shall be processed in accord with the Uniform Contested Case procedures adopted by the Board of Regents unless the student or organization, after receiving written notice, waives those procedures and elects to have the case disposed of in accord with institutional procedures or waives all right to contest the case under any procedure. These procedures shall be described in the institution’s policy.
     
(3) Institutional Procedures: For matters not subject to the requirements of TUAPA, or matters in which a student has waived his/her right to a TUAPA hearing, East Tennessee State University has established the following procedures to address complaints of student or student organization misconduct.
  (a) Determination of Procedure to be Used
    1. A disciplinary case involving violations of university regulations or infringements upon student rights may be reviewed under Institutional Administrative Procedures or may be referred to the appropriate judicial board for review under Institutional Judicial Procedures, as determined by the appropriate university official.
    2. The university official who shall determine who shall hear a case and whether an alleged violation of university regulations shall be processed under the Institutional Administrative Procedures or the Institutional Judicial Procedures is as follows:
      i. The Director of Housing or designee, where the alleged violation is of the regulations of the Residence Hall Association (RHA).
      ii. The Associate Dean of Students or designee, where the alleged violation of university regulations are other than those of the RHA.
    3. Determinations of which procedures shall be utilized for processing an alleged violation of university regulations shall be at the discretion of the appropriate university official; provided, however, the relationship between the hearing officer and the accused student must be one which is free from duress or coercion, and is a relationship which is objective and conducive to the purpose of an administrative hearing.
    4. If a student chooses to admit to a violation of law or university regulations, the student may request that the sanction be imposed by the appropriate university official. At this hearing, the student may present witnesses and other evidence relevant to the offense that may mitigate the disciplinary sanction in the student’s favor.
  (b) Description of Institutional Administrative Procedures
    1. The university official hearing each case, in cases held under Institutional Administrative Procedures, shall be as follows:
      i. The Director of Housing, Assistant Director of Housing, Area Coordinators, or Apartment Managers, or designee where the alleged violation is of the Residence Hall Association (RHA).
      ii. The Associate Dean of Students or designee where the alleged violation is of university regulations other than those of the RHA.
    2. Due process procedures shall be observed in all administrative hearings under Institutional Administrative Procedures.
    3. Appeals Under Institutional Administrative Procedures (See Part 6 Disciplinary Procedures, Paragraph (3) Institutional Procedures, Subpart (d) Appeals)
      i. Cases heard by the Director of Housing or designee may be appealed to the Associate Dean of Students or designee.
      ii. Cases heard by the Associate Dean of Students or designee may be appealed to the Vice Provost and Dean of Students or designee.
  (c) Description of Institutional Judicial Procedures
    1. Purpose of the Judiciary. The purpose of Institutional Judicial Procedures shall be to provide fair and just treatment in cases involving either violation of university regulations or infringements upon students’ rights, and to take appropriate measures for those found guilty.
    2. Due process procedures shall be observed in all hearings under Institutional Judicial Procedures
    3. Components of the Judiciary. The Judiciary of East Tennessee State University shall consist of the following components:
      i. The University Judicial Committee shall be the highest court authorized by the university president.
      ii. The Student Court shall be the next highest court within the student judicial system.
      iii. The Residence Hall Association (RHA), Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC), Panhellenic Council (PC), and the Pan-Hellenic Council (PHC) Judicial Boards shall each be lower courts within the student judicial system.
  (d) Appeals
    1. All cases may be appealed by the student or organization in question to the next higher judicial authority in accordance with the Appeal Procedures provided below.
    2. Final university appeal shall be to the University President or designee.
    3. Appeal Procedures
      i. If the accused desires to appeal, a statement of reasons for appealing must be forwarded to the Associate Dean of Students (or designated college official for academic misconduct cases). This statement must be filed within three (3) days following receipt by the accused of a copy of the decision being appealed.
      ii. The statement of reasons for appeal will be forwarded to the appropriate appeal board or officer, which will set a date for reviewing the case and notify the accuser.
      iii. The appeal board or officer, upon reviewing the case, will have several options. The original decision may be affirmed or reversed. In cases where the original action is inappropriate as a result of issues involved in the appeal, the appeal board or officer may revert the case back to the original board or hearing officer, modify the original action, or hold a completely new hearing
      iv. The appeal board or officer will notify the accused of the outcome of the appeal in writing within fifteen (15) business days.
    4. Special Provisions Applicable to Both Institutional Administrative Procedures and Institutional Judicial Procedures
      i. Failure to Appear. If the accused student fails to appear at the scheduled hearing or provide adequate notice of excuse, the hearing officer or court may:
      ii. Reset a formal hearing of the case for the next scheduled meeting.
      iii. Dispose of the case in whatever manner it deems just based upon available information
       
(4) Institutional Judicial Hearings:
  (a) Composition and Selection of the Courts. The composition of the University Judiciary Courts shall be as follows:
    1. The University Judicial Committee shall be composed of the Associate Dean of Students or designee, President of the Student Government Association (SGA) or designee, Chief Justice of SGA, an Associate Justice, and three of the faculty members appointed to serve by the Vice-Provost and Dean of Student. Alternates for the Chief Justice and Associate Justice shall be selected by the SGA to hear cases on appeal from the Student Court. Members are appointed to renewable one year terms. Quorum is 2/3 of the composition of the court. Each member shall have (1) vote.
    2. The Student Court shall be composed of a Chief Justice and seven (7) Associate Justices, one of whom shall be designated to serve as the alternate Chief Justice. Each member shall be appointed by the SGA president and confirmed by a majority of the Student Senate present and voting. Members are appointed to renewable one year terms. Quorum is 2/3 of the composition of the court. Each justice shall have (1) vote, with the Chief Justice voting only to break a tie.
    3. The Residence Hall Association Judicial Board shall be composed of five members appointed by the Director of Housing after being confirmed by a majority of the Residence Hall Association present and voting. Members are appointed to renewable one year terms. At least three members must be present to have quorum. Each member shall have (1) vote.
    4. The Inter-Fraternity Council Judicial Board shall be composed of one representative from each member organization. The Executive Vice-President of IFC shall chair the Committee. Members are appointed to renewable one year terms. Quorum is 2/3 of the composition of the court. Each member shall have (1) vote, with the Chair voting only to break a tie.
    5. The Panhellenic Council (PC) Judicial Board shall be composed of one representative from each member organization. The Executive Vice-President of the PC shall chair the Committee. The Vice-President for Internal Communication shall serve as Vice-Chair. Members are appointed to renewable one year terms. Quorum is 2/3 of the composition of the court. Each member shall have (1) vote.
    6. The Pan-Hellenic Council (PHC) Judiciary Committee shall be composed of the president from each member organization. The Vice-President of the PHC shall chair the Committee. Members are appointed to renewable one year terms. Quorum is 2/3 of the composition of the court. Each member shall have (1) vote, with the Chair voting only to break a tie.
  (b) Powers and Limitations. The relative powers of the components of the Judiciary are as follows:
    1. The University Judicial Committee shall exercise the highest judicial authority on campus, next to that of the Vice Provost and Dean of Students and the University President or his/her designee. This committee’s authority shall include the right to suspend or expel a student.
    2. The next highest judicial authority shall be vested in the Student Court. All sanctions, with the exception of suspension and expulsion, are available to the Student Court. The Student Court shall have the power to request any member of the student body, a representative from any campus organization, or any faculty member or administrator to appear before the court, provided that the subpoena/request is issued in writing at least five (5) days prior to the appearance.
    3. The Residence Hall Association, the Inter-Fraternity, Panhellenic, and the Pan-Hellenic Judicial Boards shall provide, through their respective constitutions, the powers and limitations of their respective judicial boards, all of which shall be subordinate to the Student Court.
  (c) Operation of the Courts. All cases that enter the University Judiciary shall be administered through the appropriate channel:
    1. Any member of the university community may file a complaint against any student for misconduct. Complaints shall be submitted in writing and directed to the Associate Dean of Students. A complaint should be submitted as soon as possible after the event takes place, preferably within ten (10) days of the alleged misconduct.
      i. Violations of official university regulations other than regulations of the RHA, IFC, the PC’s, or General Policies on Student Organizations shall be reported directly to the Associate Dean of Students, who shall either direct that the case be reviewed under the Institutional Administrative Procedures or referred to the appropriate judicial board.
      ii. Violations of the internal standards of the RHA, the IFC, or PC’s shall be reported to the authorities designated in their respective constitutions. Violations of General Policies on Student Organizations shall be reported to the Director of Student Activities.
      iii. The RHA authorities shall report the case to the Housing office, where the Director of Housing or designee shall either direct that the case be reviewed under the Institutional Administrative Procedures or referred to the Residence Hall Judicial Board.
      iv. The IFC, PC, and PHC authorities shall report the case to the Director of Student Activities who shall refer the case to the Associate Dean of Students who will either direct that the case be reviewed under the Institutional Administrative Procedures or referred to the Inter-Fraternity Judicial Board, the Panhellenic Judicial Board, or the Pan-Hellenic Judicial Committee.
      v. Violations of the Student Government Constitution or Code of Laws shall be reported to the Student Government Vice President, who shall refer the case to the Associate Dean of Students. The Associate Dean of Students shall direct that the case be heard by the Student Court.
    2. All judicial decisions must be reported in writing to the Associate Dean of Students within two (2) class days from such time as the decision has been reached.
    3. Due process procedures shall be observed in all hearings under Institutional Judicial Procedures.
    4. The circumstances surrounding all cases handled by the University Judiciary shall be confidential
    5. The official records of all cases shall be maintained by the Student Affairs office.
    6. All official correspondence concerning the decision of a judicial board, court, or committee shall be by the Associate Dean of Students or designee, except in cases involving interpretation of the Student Government Constitution or Code of Laws. The Chief Justice of the Student Court shall make written report of the decision and the circumstances surrounding it, taking care to exclude any information of a personal nature, to the Secretary of Legislative Affairs.
    7. All hearings by the judicial boards, court, or committee shall be held in closed session unless otherwise requested by the defendant.
    8. All subsequent meetings concerning readmission of students or reinstatement of organizational charters shall be initiated through the Associate Dean of Students or designee.
  (d) Jurisdiction of the Courts
    1. Each judicial board or court may serve as a court of original jurisdiction
      i. The University Judicial Committee shall hear those cases involving a student who is accused of violating general university regulations, and if found guilty, may be subject to suspension or expulsion from the institution, who have waived their right to a hearing pursuant to TUAPA procedures. The Committee shall also hear other cases deemed appropriate by the Associate Dean of Students.
      ii. The Student Court shall have original jurisdiction in those cases involving alleged violations of general university regulations which do not warrant suspension or expulsion. The Student Court shall also hear those cases involving alleged violations of the Student Government Constitution or Code of Laws, and any other cases deemed appropriate by the Associate Dean of Students.
      iii. The Residence Hall Judicial Board shall have the original jurisdiction in cases involving violation of Housing regulations, standards established by its constitution, and any other cases referred to it by the Director of Housing.
      iv. The IFC, the PC, or PHC Judicial Boards shall have the original jurisdiction only in cases involving violations of regulations specified in their own Constitution and By-Laws.
       
(5) Minimum Requirements of Due Process for Institutional Hearings: Students subject to any disciplinary sanction are entitled to a due process hearing unless that right is waived by the student after receiving written notice of the available procedures. For matters not subject to the requirements of TUAPA, or matters in which a student has waived his/her right to a TUAPA, East Tennessee State University has established the following guidelines and rights to address complaints of student or student organization misconduct.
  (a) Hearing Guidelines
    1. At least seventy-two (72) hours prior to the hearing the accused student is entitled to written notification of the time, date, and place of the hearing and of his rights as outlined below.
    2. At least seventy-two (72) hours prior to the hearing the accused student is entitled to a written statement of the charges in sufficient detail as to enable the student to prepare a case, including how the alleged violation came to the attention of the university.
    3. All administrative hearings and hearings of judicial bodies will be closed, except to the accused, his/her advisor, the complainant, his/her advisor, the members of the appropriate judicial board/committee, or individual administrator assigned to the case. Witnesses may also appear upon request of the members of the appropriate judicial board/committee, or individual administrator assigned to the case, the accused, or the complainant.
    4. In hearings involving more than one accused student, the chairperson of the judicial body or individual administrator assigned to the case, in his or her discretion, may permit the hearings concerning each student to be conducted separately
    5. In cases heard by a judicial board, the accused student or complainant may challenge the ability of a judicial member to render an impartial judgment and may request the member’s removal at that time. The judicial board will rule on the request. If any members of a judicial board feel that their relationship with either the case or the individuals involved would affect their ability to render an impartial judgment, they may disqualify themselves
    6. The complainant and the accused have the right to be assisted by any advisor they choose, at their own expense. The advisor may be an attorney. The accused is responsible for presenting his or her own case and advisors are not permitted to speak or to participate directly in any hearing before a judicial body.
    7. The university, the accused, the complainant and the judicial body shall all have the privilege of presenting witnesses, subject to the right of questioning by the judicial body.
    8. Pertinent records, exhibits and written statements may be accepted as evidence for consideration by a judicial body at the discretion of the chairperson
    9. The accused student and the complainant are entitled to ask questions of the hearing officer, of the judicial board, and of any witnesses called before the administrative or judicial hearing.
    10. Hearings shall proceed in the following order:
      i. Reading of the charges
      ii. The student’s denial or admission of the charges
      iii. Presentation of evidence by the university and questions by the student charged and/or the hearing body
      iv. Presentation of evidence by the student charged and questions by the university and/or the hearing body, and
      v. Closing statement by both parties
    11. After the hearing, the judicial body shall determine (by majority vote if the judicial body consists of more than one person) whether the student has violated each section of the Student Code of Conduct which the student is charged with violating.
    12. The judicial body’s determination shall be made on the basis of the “preponderance of the evidence”, meaning, whether it is “more likely than not” that the accused student violated the Student Code of Conduct.
    13. The student shall be notified in writing of the decision of the hearing body/authority within five (5) days of the hearing or the judicial body’s decision. Every attempt will be made to verbally notify the student of the decision prior to the five (5)-day period. In cases involving alleged sexual assault and/or sexual misconduct, both the accused and accuser shall be notified in writing within five (5) days of the judicial body’s decision.
    14. There shall be a single record, such as minutes or a tape recording, of all hearings before a judicial body. The record shall be the property of the university.
    15. Any question of interpretation regarding the Student Code of Conduct shall be referred to the Vice Provost and Dean of Students or the Associate Dean of Students
    16. The student shall be advised of the method and time limitations for appeal, if any is applicable
  (b) Victim’s Rights
    1. Some actions that violate the university regulations involve victimization of one or more students by another student(s). This behavior may include acts of theft or damage to property, physical violence, and other acts that endanger the safety of others in the university community. If a student has filed a complaint and is identified as a victim, that student is entitled to certain rights during the disciplinary process.
    2. If a charge is filed with the appropriate judicial official, it is important to remember that the accused student is being charged with violating a university rule or regulation. Although a victim’s input may be sought during the disciplinary process, the ultimate disposition of the case rests with the university. If a victim withdraws his or her complaint during the course of the disciplinary proceeding, the university reserves the right to proceed with the case on the basis of evidence other than the testimony of the victim.
    3. During the course of a disciplinary proceeding, victims have the following rights:
      i. Turing the course of a disciplinary proceeding, victims have the following rights:
      ii. To submit a written account of the alleged incident.
      iii. To be advised of the date, time and location of the disciplinary hearing, and to request rescheduling of the hearing for good cause.
      iv. To be accompanied by an advisor of the victim’s choosing during the hearing process, although the advisor will not be permitted to speak for the victim during the hearing.
      v. To testify as a witness during the hearing.
      vi. To decline to testify, with knowledge that such action could result in dismissal of the university’s charges for lack of evidence.
      vii. To submit a written impact statement to the hearing panel for consideration during the sanctioning phase of the disciplinary process
  (c) All matters involving allegations of impermissible discrimination, harassment (including, but not limited to, sexual violence or misconduct), or retaliation will be governed by the procedures outlined in TBR Guideline P-080 Subject: Discrimination and Harassment - Complaint and Investigation Procedure and/or an institutional policy that reflects the requirements of that Guideline. In cases involving alleged sexual assault and/or misconduct, both the accuser and the accused shall be entitled the following:
    1. a pre-hearing meeting in which rights, procedures, and process are reviewed.
    2. the same opportunity to have others present during a disciplinary proceeding
    3. to be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding involving allegations of sexual assault and/or sexual misconduct,
    4. to be informed at least 2 business days in advance of the judicial board members or hearing officer who will hear a case and of any witnesses who are being called
    5. that the judicial board members or hearing officer has received sexual assault/misconduct adjudication training
    6. the accuser will have the same right to appeal (if any) as those afforded the accused
    7. the accuser will also be notified when the complaint is delivered to the accused
       
(6) Academic Misconduct Procedures
  Academic misconduct will be subject to disciplinary action. Any act of dishonesty in academic work constitutes academic misconduct. Penalties for academic misconduct, beginning with the first offense, will vary with the seriousness of the offense and may include, but are not limited to: a grade of “F” on the work in question, a grade of “F” of the course, reprimand, probation, suspension, and/or expulsion. For a second academic misconduct offense the penalty may be permanent expulsion from the University. Allegations of academic misconduct will be handled pursuant to the procedures described below as distinct from other student disciplinary matters. In any cases where suspension or expulsion are possible sanctions, the student shall be entitled to the option of having a TUAPA hearing (detailed in Part 6 Disciplinary Procedures, Paragraph (2) TUAPA) and shall be given at least five (5) days in which to choose the TUAPA or the formal hearing process .
   
  (a) Administration of Discipline Procedures
    1. Charges of academic misconduct may be brought by members of the faculty, staff, or student body.
    2. For undergraduate and graduate students, cases in which an instructor, or other individual, determines that a student has committed an act of academic misconduct, the matter will be reported in writing to both the student and to the dean of the school or college in which the alleged misconduct occurred. Cases of alleged academic misconduct involving graduate students (including those enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Biomedical Sciences within the College of Medicine) will be reported to the Dean of the Graduate School. Alleged violations of students at the Quillen College of Medicine (COM) or the Gatton College of Pharmacy (COP) will be adjudicated through the respective college procedure: the Student Honor System as detailed in the COM Student Handbook and the Academic Misconduct section of the COP Student Handbook.
    3. The dean of the school or college in which the alleged misconduct occurred or their designee will investigate the report of misconduct and will obtain all information pertinent to the investigation. After having made this investigation, the official will arrange a conference with the student against whom the allegations of misconduct have been made. At this conference the student will be informed, in writing, of the allegations.
    4. The student will not be subjected to any form of pressure to coerce admission of guilt or information about his/her conduct or that of others after gathering all the facts of the case
    5. Based on the investigation of the reported misconduct, including any information provided by the accused student, the official shall determine whether the allegations have been substantiated. In cases where the charges are substantiated, the official shall determine an appropriate sanction, and attempt to resolve the matter without initiating a formal disciplinary hearing. Potential sanctions may include any penalty up to, but not including, suspension or expulsion from the institution.
    6. The student may accept the proposed resolution of the matter or elect to have a formal hearing. In the event the student elects to waive the hearing and accept the suggested punishment the official shall prepare a waiver of hearing for the student’s signature.
  (b) Formal Hearing Procedures
    For undergraduate and graduate students, the student will be informed, in writing, of the time and place of the hearing, as well as the specific allegations. The student also will be advised of the structure and procedure for the hearing, the range of possible punishment, and his/her right to be accompanied by an advisor. Such notice should be given at least seven (7) days in advance of the hearing. The dean or designee will designate three (3) faculty members and three (3) students, from a standing college or school committee on academic misconduct to hear the charges. The standing committee shall be appointed by the Dean of each school or college for one year and shall consist of a minimum of eight (8) members, four (4) faculty members and four (4) students). Neither the individual bringing the charges, nor the dean or his/her agent shall be members of the hearing committee.
    1. Both the accused and the accuser shall be entitled to be present throughout the hearing, until the hearing committee goes into executive session.
    2. At the hearing, it shall be the responsibility of the dean or designee to be present and to coordinate the presentation of evidence relevant to the alleged misconduct.
    3. The student will bear the burden of proof by a preponderance of the evidence.
    4. The student may be accompanied by an advisor.
    5. The student shall be given an opportunity to testify and present evidence and witnesses relevant to the charges and penalties involved and to cross-examine any witnesses. In no case will the committee consider statements against the student unless he/she has been advised of their contents and the names of those who made them and given opportunity to rebut any unfavorable inferences which might be drawn from them. The student may decline to testify, with knowledge that silence may be considered as evidence.
    6. The committee is not bound by strict rules of evidence. Determinations as to the admissibility of evidence in the hearings rest solely in the discretion of the committee.
    7. The disciplinary hearing shall be private, unless otherwise requested by the student, in writing, and a record of it shall be made.
    8. After all evidence has been presented; members of the committee will meet in executive session to deliberate on the charges. The committee’s decision and recommendation shall be based on a majority vote of the six committee members, all of whom must be present at the hearing.
    9. Upon a finding against the student, the committee shall recommend such penalty as deemed appropriate.
    10. If the committee recommends expulsion or suspension and the dean concurs, the approval of the vice president for academic affairs must be obtained. The dean then advises the student of the dean’s decision and of the student’s right to appeal to the president
  (c) Appeals
    Appeal from a finding of guilt of academic misconduct and the imposition of a sanction for the offense may be taken to the president of the university. (See Part 6 Disciplinary Procedures, Paragraph (3) Institutional Procedures, Subpart (d) Appeals)
       
(7) Interim Suspension Hearings: Hearings conducted with regard to interim suspensions imposed pending the outcome of a disciplinary investigation or proceeding shall be conducted consistent with the minimum requirements of due process applicable to an institutional hearing, taking into account the need for a timely hearing. The evidence presented at the hearing shall be limited to that which is relevant to the basis asserted for imposition of the interim suspension.
       
(8) The president of East Tennessee State University is authorized, at his or her discretion, to intervene in order to negotiate a mutually acceptable resolution to any disciplinary proceeding, or, subsequently, to convert any finding or sanction imposed to a lesser finding or sanction, or to rescind any previous finding or sanction, in appropriate cases.
       
  This policy is promulgated pursuant to, and in compliance with, TBR Rule 0240-02-03-.06 Disciplinary Procedures and due Process. To the extent that a conflict exists between this policy and TBR rule, policy and/or applicable law(s), the TBR rule, policy and/or law will control. History - Adopted by TBR: 12/8/11. Effective: 1/29/12.

 

Misrepresentation of Academic Credentials

It is a Class A misdemeanor to misrepresent academic credentials. A person commits the offense of misrepresentation of academic credentials who, knowing that the statement is false and with the intent to secure employment at or admission to an institution of higher education in Tennessee, represents, orally or in writing that such person:

  1. Has successfully completed the required coursework for and has been awarded one (1) or more degrees or diplomas from an accredited institution of higher education;
  2. Has successfully completed the required coursework for and has been awarded one (1) or more degrees or diplomas from a particular institution of higher education; or
  3. Has successfully completed the required coursework for and has been awarded one (1) or more degrees or diplomas in a particular field or specialty from an accredited institution of higher education.

Plagiarism Policy

Henry Campbell Black defines plagiarism as “The act of appropriating the literary composition of another, or parts of passages of his writing, or the ideas or language of the same, and passing them off as the product of one’s own mind” (Black’s Law Dictionary, West Publishing Company, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1968, p. 1308). In other words, plagiarism involves using someone else’s words or ideas without giving proper credit to the original author. Even if one does not copy the words exactly or even if one copies only a small part of someone else’s work, one must cite the name of the original author and provide a reference to that person’s work (e.g., title of work, year of publication, and name of publisher) using a format based on the publication manual of a nationally recognized scholarly association, such as the American Psychological Association or the Modern Language Association. One should enclose an exact quotation in quotation marks or indent the quotation, depending upon the style manual used. A page number or numbers must be cited for each quoted passage. Even if one does not use an author’s exact words, if one uses an author’s ideas one must provide documentation to give credit to the author. These standards apply to print and nonprint media and include the Internet.

 

Student Bill of Rights

Students along with faculty, staff, and administrators are all members of the East Tennessee State University community. Inherent with such membership is the responsibility to conduct oneself reasonably to maintain a civil community which respects the rights of all individuals.
The student has certain rights guaranteed by the Federal and State Constitutions or statutorily created legislation including:

  1. Freedom of inquiry, freedom of speech, and freedom of expression that is respectful or sensitive to the rights of individuals
  2. The right to peaceably assemble, in accordance with federal, state, local, and ETSU regulations
  3. Religious freedom and a clear division of church and state
  4. Freedom from unreasonable search and/or seizure of person, or personal property
  5. Freedom from discrimination or harassment on the basis of sex, age, race, color, religion, national origin, or other protected status
  6. The right to privacy, including the maintenance of confidential records in accordance with provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and 1975, qualified by the Tennessee Public Records Act
  7. The right to due process

The Tennessee Board of Regents grants additional rights including:

  1. The right to due process in disciplinary procedures of the university, including written notification of changes, an explanation of procedures, a hearing before an appropriate administrator or committee
  2. The right to expeditious review of disciplinary sanctions upon appeal
  3. The right to affiliate with officially registered student organizations if the membership requirements of those organizations have been met, and the right to seek to establish, through official procedures, additional student organizations of their choosing
  4. The right to participate in the decision-making process of the university through the Student Government Association, other student governance organizations, and membership on university standing and advisory committees.

East Tennessee State University acknowledges that students have a legitimate expectation that:

  1. Classes meet as scheduled and begin and adjourn on time
  2. Course requirements are clearly specified
  3. The instructor is prepared for class and possesses both oral and written communication skills
  4. Paper project grades and test results are received in a timely manner
  5. Information about progress in coursework is provided
  6. The instructor is qualified to teach the subject matter

Additionally, students have the right to expect:

  1. Accurate information concerning institutional services, regulations, policies and procedures, in published form
  2. Representation in university governance system
  3. Sound and accurate academic advice, information regarding courses required for graduation and their schedule sequence
  4. Reasonable notice of any changes in academic requirements or programs and assurance that such changes will not be made in a way that unduly impedes the academic progress of the student already enrolled
  5. Flexibility in course scheduling (by dropping and adding) or withdrawing within university guidelines
  6. Information about the various types of financial assistance available
  7. Freedom to evaluate courses, programs and services, and provide input to appropriate segments of the campus administration

 

Student Rights And Freedoms

Preamble
Academic institutions exist for the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the development of students, and the general well-being of society. Free inquiry and free expression are indispensable to the attainment of these goals. As members of the academic community, students should be encouraged to develop the capacity for critical judgment and to engage in a sustained and independent search for truth. Institutional procedures for achieving these purposes may vary from campus to campus, but the minimal standards of academic freedom of students outlined below are essential to any community of scholars.
Freedom to teach and freedom to learn are inseparable facets of academic freedom. The freedom to learn depends upon appropriate opportunities and conditions in the classroom, on the campus, and in the larger community1. Students should exercise their freedom with responsibility.

The responsibility to secure and to respect general conditions conducive to the freedom to learn is shared by all members of the academic community. Tennessee Board of Regents institutions have developed policies and procedures which provide and safeguard this freedom. The purpose of this statement is to enumerate the essential provisions for students’ freedom to learn.

Freedom Of Access To Higher Education
The admissions policies of each Tennessee Board of Regents institution are a matter of institutional choice, provided that each institution makes clear the characteristics and expectations of students which it considers relevant to success in the institution’s program. Under no circumstances should a student be barred from admission to a particular institution on the basis of race. Thus, within the limits of its facilities, each institution should be open to all students who are qualified according to its admissions standards. The facilities and services of a TBR institution should be open to all of its enrolled students.

In The Classroom
The professor in the classroom and in conference should encourage free discussion, inquiry, and expression. Student performance should be evaluated solely on an academic basis, not on opinions or conduct in matters unrelated to academic standards.

  1. Protection of Freedom of Expression
    Students should be free to take reasoned exception to the data or views offered in any course of study and to reserve judgment about matters of opinion but they are responsible for learning the content of any course of study for which they are enrolled.
  2. Protection Against Improper Academic Evaluation
    Students should have protection through orderly procedures against prejudiced or capricious academic evaluation. At the same time, they are responsible for maintaining standards of academic performance established for each course in which they are enrolled.
  3. Protection Against Improper Disclosure
    Certain information about students is protected from public disclosure by federal and state laws. Protection against improper disclosure is a serious professional obligation. Judgments of ability and character may be provided under appropriate circumstances.