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Reporting

The office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (SCCS) relies on participation by the entire University community in order to uphold the Student Conduct Code. The community has the opportunity to report incidents or possible violations to the University in a couple of different ways. This page is meant to help decipher which reporting option is appropriate for each unique situation. Please review our standards of conduct overview to understand what standard may have been violated.

There are four (4) basic ways of reporting listed in the tabs below:

Conduct Incidents

Most violations of the code can be reported through our Incident Reporting Form. This form will ask the reporting party to provide their information as well as much information about the student(s) involved and the situation. Please be sure to click the “add another party” button if more than one student was involved that SCCS should be aware of.

Violations that should not be reported in this way are: Academic Dishonesty, Bias Incidents, and Sexual Misconduct. These violations will be reported in different ways as detailed in the tabs above.

If you have a student who is violating our new health and safety regulations in response to COVID-19, please visit our COVID Compliance page to learn more about handling these situations. 

If you have any specific questions please contact us at studentconduct@utk.edu.

Academic Dishonesty

These types of violations include cheating, plagiarism, or any other act of academic dishonesty, including, without limitation, an act in violation of the Honor Statement. If a student is believed to be have violated this standard the instructor of the course should be made aware and follow the steps on our Academic Dishonesty process page.

If you have any specific questions regarding academic dishonesty, please contact us at studentconduct@utk.edu.

Bias Incidents

Incidents of Bias are any act that is motivated, in whole or in part, due to an individual’s identity. See the University’s “What is Bias” page to learn more.

Members of the campus community who believe they have personally experienced a bias motivated incident, or who have witnessed an incident of bias, can report to the University’s Bias Education & Referral Team. This team is available to support and guide students seeking assistance in determining how to handle a bias incident.

If the act of bias committed by a student is also a violation of the University’s Student Code of Conduct, the individual will be subject to disciplinary action by SCCS. The Bias Incident Report will alert the University to this incident and any possible violations.

Even when an incident of bias occurs, disciplinary or corrective action may not be taken toward the offender if it is determined that the act of bias was a protected exercise of their First Amendment rights of freedom of speech or freedom of expression. For more information, please see the university’s page on Freedom of Speech.”

Prohibited Conduct

Find more information about reporting violations of the University’s Policy on Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Dating and Domestic Violence, and Stalking on the Title IX website.