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The student conduct process is outlined in the process section of the website. When a student is alleged to have violated a Standard of Conduct, the student will receive an email informing them of their scheduled Educational Conference. During the Educational Conference, the student is orally informed of the process, their fundamental rights, and the allegations. The student also has an opportunity to respond to allegations, present information, and identify witnesses.
The University of Tennessee holds paramount the health, safety, and welfare of students. Accordingly, all University students are expected to alert appropriate officials in the event of a health, safety, or welfare emergency including, without limitation, a situation involving alcohol or other drugs. The student(s) who contact appropriate officials and the impaired student(s) will not be subject to formal disciplinary action, unless the individuals have engaged in repeated or a serious violation of the Standards of Conduct. However, the student(s) may be asked to meet with a University staff member to discuss the behavior and adhere to appropriate remedial and/or educational recommendations.
 A student receives an email when they are alleged to have violated one or more of the University of Tennessee’s Standards of Conduct, if they are a Complainant, or if they are a witness related to an alleged violation. If a student is alleged to have violated a Standard of Conduct, then the email sent to the student will contain information regarding which specific standard(s) the student may have violated. Additionally, the email may include a prescheduled appointment time with the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards or University Housing. A list of the student’s rights that apply throughout the student conduct process will be attached to the email.
Both Respondent’s and Complainant’s have fundamental rights that apply throughout the student conduct process. A list of the fundamental rights can be found in the Code (page 7). 
 In order to maintain a safe living and learning community, the Code applies to conduct that occurs on University-controlled property and off of University-controlled property in the circumstances detailed in the Code (page 3).
A Complainant and Respondent may choose to be assisted by one Advisor during all stages of the student conduct process. Upon request, the University will provide information regarding a University trained Advisor, which is a University employee trained from Student Conduct & Community Standards about the student conduct process. At their own expense, the Complainant and Respondent may choose a person not employed by the University to serve as an Advisor (e.g., friend, attorney). The role of an Advisor is limited to assisting, advising, and/or supporting a Complainant or Respondent during the student conduct process. However, in a Uniform Administrative Procedures Act hearing (UAPA Hearing), the Complainant and Respondent are entitled to have an attorney advocate on their behalf.

 The standard of evidence used in the student conduct process is preponderance of the evidence. This means that the determination of responsibility is based on whether the evidence shows that it is “more likely than not” that a violation occurred. The student is presumed to be innocent and the burden of proof rests with the University, such that the University must show that it is more likely than not that the alleged violation(s) occurred. 

 The student conduct process and the criminal justice system process are separate from one another. As a student of the University of Tennessee, one must uphold the Code of Conduct. 
 Due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the University is prohibited from releasing any student’s educational record. Records kept by the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards are educational records. This limit on disclosure extends to parents and family members of students over the age of eighteen. FERPA allows educational institutions to release certain information about students, including notifying parents or guardians if a student has violated the alcohol or drug policy of an institution.*

If you would like to discuss or receive a copy of a student’s educational record, the student must fill out and submit a release to the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards for each individual to whom the educational record can be shared. A release is valid for one (1) year from the day on which it is submitted.

The best way to find out if your student has been to our office is to ask them . Establishing an open line of communication can aid in your student’s self-growth.

* In 2008, the State of Tennessee passed a law requiring public institutions of higher education to notify parents or guardians of students under the age of twenty-one if their student violated the institution’s drug or alcohol policy. The University of Tennessee complies with this policy by mailing a letter to the address on file with the Office of the University Registrar as the Parent/Guardian Address. The University does not disclose the specific details of the violation, nor the resulting action taken by the University.

 Disciplinary probation means that a student is permitted to remain at the University on a probationary status. If a student is found responsible for a similar violation during probation, the student may be subject to more serious disciplinary action. Other conditions of probation are specific to the individual case and may include loss of eligibility to serve as a student organization officer or to participate in specified student activities. The Director of the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards, who is charged with the responsibility of supervising those on probation, may also specify the terms of probation.

Probation is imposed for a specific period of time. If a student ceases to be enrolled and later returns, the probation would continue.

Deferred suspension is a designated period of time during which a student is given an opportunity to demonstrate the ability to abide by the Standards of Conduct while continuing to be enrolled at the University. If the student is found responsible for any additional violations of the Code of Conduct while placed on deferred suspension, the sanction of suspension will be the minimum sanction that will imposed in a Formal Hearing on the subsequent misconduct.
 None of the sanctions specifically affect a student’s financial aid status. If a student is suspended from the University then they would need to reapply for financial aid when they reapply for admission. Scholarships, grants, and loans awarded by the University or other organizations may have policies related to student conduct that could affect their status. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for general information related to many University scholarships, grants, and loans. You may also wish to contact the organization or department issuing the financial aid for more specific information related to how the financial aid award may be affected by student conduct.

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 We always recommend that students first communicate with their instructor about the incident. Students should also communicate with the department head about the incident to see if the incident can be resolved without going through a formal appeal process. The academic dishonesty process is outlined in detail on our website. 

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