One of the fundamental rights afforded students in the disciplinary process is their right to counsel of his/her choice. Pursuant to this right, our office provides students with Student Conduct Assistants at no cost to assist students throughout the disciplinary process. Student Conduct Assistants are graduate students trained in the university’s student judicial process who are well-equipped to work with our students. Students may also hire an attorney to assist him/her throughout the university’s disciplinary process. Student Conduct Assistants assist students during Student Disciplinary Board or Academic Review Board hearings. If a student elects to have an Administrative Procedures Act hearing, the student must represent him/herself or must be represented by an attorney. In any hearing where a student is represented by an attorney, the university will be represented by the Office of the General Counsel.
Many students who retain an attorney choose to have their case reviewed before an Administrative Law Judge during an Administrative Procedures Act hearing.
In order for the university to communicate with an attorney about a student’s educational record, the student must submit an Authorization to Release Information.
For all Administrative Procedure Act questions and correspondence:
Office of the General Counsel
719 Andy Holt Tower
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-0170
Telephone: (865) 974-3245/-3247
Facsimile: (865) 974-3074