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Sanctions

Educational Sanctions

Alcohol Education Program (AEP) & Drug Education Program (DEP)

The Alcohol Education Program educates students about the potential dangers of alcohol use and abuse. Similarly the Drug Education Program educates students about the dangers of drug use and abuse. These programs are administered by the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards; and the Center for Health, Education & Wellness.

Alcohol Education Program

A two hour program developed for students who receive moderate to high-risk alcohol violations. It will incorporate all topics from the Level 1 program in addition to more exploration of values and goals. Students can expect the program to be interactive with some hands-on activities as well as engaging in dialogue about alcohol use.

BASICS: Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students includes two 1-hour one-on-one meetings with the Wellness Coordinator for students who receive high-risk alcohol violations, such as multiple alcohol violations. The first session will be spent getting to know the student and discussing the violation followed by an online assessment. The second session will be spent reviewing the results of the online assessment and providing the student with feedback.

Drug Education Program

A comprehensive two hour program for students who receive any drug violation to provide education, facts, and statistics about common substances found on college campuses. This program will explore students’ values and goals and help set goals. Students can expect an interactive program developed to engage them in dialogue about substances and substance use.

CASICS: CAnnabis Screening and Intervention for College Students includes two 1-hour one-on-one meetings with the Wellness Coordinator for students who have received a second drug violation. The first session is spent getting to know the student and discussing the violation followed by an online assessment. The second session will be spent reviewing the results of the online assessment and providing the student with feedback.

AEP and DEP Classes are scheduled throughout the semester at the Center for Health, Education & Wellness. During a student’s appointment with a Student Conduct Assistant they will schedule a time that best accommodates the student’s schedule. Failure to attend an AEP Class or a DEP Class as part of a sanction is a violation of the Standards of Conduct and can result in an additional penalty.

There is a $45 required fee associated with each class. It is paid for through the student account system.

For dates/times, or to schedule your AEP or DEP Class please call 865-974-3171.

Volunteer A.I.M. (Academic Integrity Matters)

The Volunteer A.I.M. (Academic Integrity Matters) class educates students about the importance of upholding academic standards. It also helps students identify strategies that will prevent incidents of academic dishonesty in the future and connect with campus resources online and in person for support in citations and paraphrasing. The class also includes a personal academic integrity reflection. This class is administered by the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards.

The Volunteer A.I.M. classes are scheduled for approximately one and a half hour periods throughout the semester. During a student’s appointment with a Student Conduct Assistant they will schedule a time that best accommodates the student’s schedule. Failure to attend an AIM class as part of a sanction is a violation of the Standards of Conduct and can result in an additional penalty.

There is no fee associated with this class.

VOLSREACH – Respect. Ethics. Actions. Civility. Honesty.

The VOLSREACH class educates students on the value and implementation of the five tenets of the VOLSREACH class; respect, ethics, actions, civility and honesty. Students in this class will discuss how their actions reflect their values, understand how their behaviors impact themselves and the UTK community, and explore the decision making process using ethical standards and moral reasoning. The VOLSREACH course will also help students embrace the University of Tennessee’s vision statement.

The VOLSREACH classes are scheduled for approximately one and a half hour periods throughout the semester. During a student’s appointment with a Student Conduct Assistant they will schedule a time that best accommodates the student’s schedule. Failure to attend a VOLSREACH class as part of a sanction is a violation of the Standards of Conduct and can result in an additional penalty.

There is no fee associated with this class.


Administrative Sanctions

Warning

A warning is a notice that the student is violating or has violated the Standards of Conduct.

Loss of Privilege

A loss of privilege is intended to serve as a reminder of the Standards of Conduct and is for a specific period of time. Privileges that may be lost include, but are not limited to, scholarships, stipends, participation in extracurricular activities (e.g., intramurals), housing privileges, participation in social activities, and use of certain University-controlled property (e.g., information technology resources).

Restitution

Restitution may be required in situations that involve destruction, damage, or loss of property, or unreimbursed medical expenses resulting from physical injury. Restitution may take the form of a monetary payment or appropriate service to repair or otherwise compensate for the destruction, damage, or loss.

Disciplinary Reprimand

A disciplinary reprimand is used for minor violations of the Standards of Conduct. A reprimand indicates that further violations will result in more severe disciplinary actions.

Disciplinary Probation

Disciplinary probation permits a student to remain at the University on probationary status but with the understanding that a future violation of the Standards of Conduct may result in suspension. Probation may be for a defined or indefinite period. Other conditions of probation are specific to each individual case and may include a requirement of community service or other requirement or restriction.

Suspension for a Specific Period of Time

Suspension for a specific period of time means that the student is withdrawn from the University and is not eligible to apply for readmission for a designated period of time. Usually, the period of designated suspension does not exceed one (1) calendar year. Upon return to the University following a suspension for a specific period of time, the student may be placed on indefinite disciplinary probation.

Indefinite Suspension

Indefinite suspension is imposed in cases of serious or repeated misconduct or in cases in which the prognosis for rehabilitation is uncertain. Indefinite suspension means that the student is withdrawn from the University for an unspecified period of time but typically for a minimum of one (1) calendar year from the effective date of the indefinite suspension. A student who receives the penalty of indefinite suspension is not eligible to apply for readmission until the student successfully petitions the Student Life Council to lift the suspension. The student will be expected to meet regularly with the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Life, or his/her designee, throughout the period of indefinite suspension. At a minimum, the student is expected to contact and begin meeting regularly with the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Life, or his/her designee, at least fifteen (15) weeks prior to the semester for which the student desires to be readmitted to the University. Upon return to the University following an indefinite suspension, the student shall be placed on indefinite disciplinary probation.

Permanent Dismissal

Permanent dismissal means that a student is permanently barred from matriculating as a student at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. This penalty is used when the violation of one (1) or more of the Standards of Conduct is deemed so serious as to warrant total and permanent disassociation from the University community without the possibility of re-enrollment; or when, by his/her repeated violation of the Standards of Conduct, a student exhibits blatant disregard for the health and safety of other members of the University community or the University’s right to establish rules of conduct. If a disciplinary hearing board desires to impose permanent dismissal, then the board shall communicate a recommendation of permanent dismissal to the Vice Chancellor for Student Life. In the event a recommendation of permanent dismissal is not approved by the Vice Chancellor for Student Life, he/ she may substitute any less severe penalty; if probation is substituted, it may be for a greater period than the period specified for suspension. The Vice Chancellor for Student Life shall notify the Director of Student Conduct & Community Standards when a recommendation for permanent dismissal is not approved.

Revocation of Degree

Revocation of a degree means revoking a degree already awarded to a student by the University. If a disciplinary hearing board desires to revoke a degree, then the board shall communicate the recommendation to the Vice Chancellor for Student Life, who shall either accept or reject the recommendation. Revocation of a degree shall be approved by the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees.


University Disciplinary Record

The following penalties, by themselves, do not create a disciplinary record for a student in the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards for purposes of reporting a student’s conduct history:

  1. warning
  2. loss of privilege
  3. education
  4. restitution

However, those penalties may be considered as part of a student’s conduct history for purposes of determining what penalty should be imposed for a future disciplinary offense.


Student Organization Sanctions

Please see the Student Organization Sanctions page for the list of sanctions that may be imposed on a student organization found to have violated the Standards of Conduct.

 

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