Office of Student Conduct - Student Rights
Within the limits of its facilities and resources, The University of Tennessee at Martin is open to all students who are qualified by its admission standards.
Participation in Policy Making
Students may participate in the orderly process of formulating and changing policies, regulations, and procedures that affect their welfare. It is expected that such participation will occur through appropriate student government agencies and University committees.
Fair Evaluation of Performance
Students may expect their academic performance to be evaluated only on an academic basis and may expect their teachers to make clear the basis for the evaluation used in their classes. They should feel free to take reasoned exceptions to opinions or views expressed by any instructor, but they are responsible for learning the content of any course of study for which they are enrolled and may expect to be tested on it.
A student alleging unfair methods or bases of evaluation should appeal first to the teacher, then if desired to the department head, the dean of the school, and the academic vice chancellor.
Alternatively, the matter may be reported to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs for consultation.
Fair Disciplinary Hearing
Students have the right to a fair hearing and an opportunity for appeal when charged with violations of the standards of conduct that have been established for University students.
Freedom from Unwarranted Search
Entry by University authorities into occupied rooms in residence halls or University apartments will be divided into two categories: inspection and search. Inspection is defined as entry into a room to ascertain health and safety conditions, to make repairs, or to perform cleaning and janitorial operations. Search is defined as entry into a room by campus authorities for the purpose of investigating suspected violation of campus regulations and/or local, state, or federal laws.
On-campus authorities will not enter a room for purposes of search without the permission of the resident unless they have a campus authorization to search, authorized by the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or his designee which specifies the reasons for the search and the objects or information sought or unless they enter in compliance with state law. If possible, the student should be present during the search. Normally these searches will not be made unless the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or his designee is present.
In case the search reveals objects the possession of which violates a law or a University regulation, the University may take appropriate disciplinary action even though the objects were not listed on the search authorization.
Freedom from Abuse or Harassment during an Interrogation
No form of intimidation will be used by University authorities to coerce admissions of guilt.
Freedom of Assembly
Students have the right to gather in groups to express their views and opinions, so long as such a gathering is held in an orderly manner; does not interfere with vehicular or pedestrian traffic, classes, meetings, events, ceremonies, or other educational processes of the university; and is not held in university buildings other than an area approved by the Division of Student Affairs or in residential areas of the campus. No amplification devices are permitted during class hours except by special permission from the Division of Student Affairs.
Freedom of Inquiry and Expression
Students have the right to engage in discussions and speak freely on any subject in accord with guarantees of the state and national constitutions. As citizens, they are obliged to inform themselves regarding issues and problems of the day, to formulate stands regarding these, and to give expression to their view. In discharging these rights and obligations, students should also recognize their responsibilities to other members of the academic community and to the university.
The University of Tennessee at Martin takes pride in the fact that its campus is open to free discussion and examination of views with the condition that such discussion be conducted in an orderly manner and under peaceful conditions consistent with the scholarly nature of an academic community. Speakers who are not related to the university may be invited to the campus by university department and registered student organizations.
Faculty / Student Relationship
Every faculty member has the responsibility to discharge his/her duties in a fair and conscientious manner in accordance with standards generally recognized within the academic community. As a minimum, these standards include:
The above responsibilities of University faculty should not be considered inflexible or inclusive, but rather as general guides. Each faculty member should become familiar with the standards of professional conduct expected or him/her through observation of and consultation with colleagues within the University community and his/her particular discipline. Every faculty member has the responsibility to discharge his/her duties in a far and conscientious manner in accordance with standards.