University of Tennessee - Knoxville
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|Public or Private:||Public|
|Federal Circuit:||Sixth Circuit|
|Head of Institution:||Chancellor Jimmy Cheek
University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Office of the Chancellor
527 Andy Holt Tower
Knoxville, TN 37996
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On this page, FIRE has excerpted policies that address speech and expression. You may download the full policy in .pdf form, below.
Restrictions on Expressive Rights
Harassment Policies (Learn More)
Student Handbook: Sexual Harassment 12-13
person to work, learn, live, or participate in or benefit
from the services, activities, or privileges provided by the
University. In no event shall this rule be construed to
discipline a student for speech protected by the First
Amendment to the United States Constitution (e.g.,
mere insulting or offensive speech).
Policies on Tolerance, Respect, and Civility (Learn More)
Student Handbook: Principles of Civility and Community 12-13
and Community. They are designed to work in concert
with all existing codes of conduct. The principles encourage
all members of the campus community to foster a
learning environment where the differences of our
diverse culture are valued, respected and celebrated.
uncivil speech or expression that infringes upon the
ability of others to express themselves.
community, the campus asks that all its members adhere
by the following principles ....
Internet Usage Policies
Office of Information Technology: Acceptable Use Policy 12-13
Other Speech Codes
Student Handbook: Freedom of Expression and Speech Policy 12-13
where there is a past history of obscenity or indecency
associated with a speaker selected by a registered student
organization, the Dean of Students, after finding
that such a situation or history exists, shall prescribe conditions
for the orderly and scholarly conduct of the
speaking event.The conditions may include limiting the
audience to the inviting organization’s membership or to
members of the university’s academic community,
appointing an experienced senior professor to preside
over the meeting, requiring a statement from the offices
of the sponsoring organization certifying that they have
discussed the appearance of the speaker with the Vice
Chancellor for Student Affairs, and authorizing a search
of all persons entering the arena of the speech and such
other conditions as the agency deems advisable.
Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
Student Handbook: Freedom of Assembly and Demonstration Policy 12-13
which are generally available to the public, provided
A.Are conducted in an orderly and peaceful
B. Do not obstruct in any way vehicular or
C. Do not interfere with classes, scheduled
meetings, events and ceremonies or with other
essential processes of the University.
D. If inside a building, are held in an assigned
to the attainment of the goals of a university, The
University of Tennessee encourages students to develop
the capacity for critical judgment and to engage in an
independent search for truth. The institution supports
the rights of students and other members of The
University of Tennessee community to express freely
their views for or against actions and opinions with
which they agree or disagree.
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The speech codes and policies above were last fully checked via internet and other research means by FIRE in September 2012. According to FIRE’s research the substantive policies are current at least until this date. Directory information, including the name of the president of the college or university, may have been updated more recently. If any policy has been revised, or if you believe that we are in error, please contact us.