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: Standards of Conduct 13-14
conduct that is so severe or pervasive, and objectively
offensive, that it substantially interferes with the
ability of a 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).
Internet Usage Policies
Office of Information Technology: Acceptable Use Policy 13-14
Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
Bias Incident Protocol and Reporting 13-14
Other Speech Codes
Student Handbook: Freedom of Expression and Speech Policy 13-14
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 13-14
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.
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
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The speech codes and policies above were last fully checked via internet and other research means by FIRE in September 2013. 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.