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Student Code of Conduct Revision Process

Revisions to UTK’s Student Code of Conduct is a multistep process that requires campus, system, Board of Trustees, and governmental approval. The UTK campus has proposed revisions to parts of the Student Code of Conduct. The University has been working with key constituents to provide updated recommendations to the Student Code of Conduct. Student, faculty, and staff input was gathered regarding revisions to the Student Code of Conduct.

Steps for Code Revision Process:

  • SCCS Staff seeks approval and endorsement of the proposed revisions from campus administration and Division of Student Life staff;
  • Once endorsement is provided by campus offices, proposed revisions submitted to the State Attorney General’s Office for preliminary review;
  • After State Attorney General’s Office preliminary review, campus files a Notice of Public Rulemaking Hearing with the Secretary of State;
  • Conduct the public hearing no sooner than 53 days from filing with the Secretary of State;
  • Address any public comments from the hearing and make revisions as necessary;
  • Seek approval from the Board of Trustees;
  • After Board approval, submit to the State Attorney General’s Office for examination and approval as to legality;
  • File the final proposed revisions with the Secretary of State;
  • Review of proposed revisions by Tennessee General Assembly Joint Government Operations Committee.
  • Upon successful completion of this process, changes to the Student Code of Conduct can be implemented for Fall 2021.


Proposed Code Revisions – 2021

Want to find out more about the proposed Student Code of Conduct changes? Click here to view the PowerPoint shared at the recent Student Open Forum.



Rulemaking Hearing

The Notice of Rulemaking Hearing for the proposed revisions has been posted to the Secretary of State’s website.  For more information about the Notice of the Rulemaking Hearing including the text of the proposed rules being considered, please visit the UTK Code of Student Conduct Notice of Rulemaking Hearing.

The public Rulemaking Hearing has been set for Monday, March 8, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. EST at Student Union Building, Room 362. In addition, interested parties may submit written comments on or before March 5,2021, by mail or email to the following person:

C. Ryan Stinnett, General Counsel
University of Tennessee
719 Andy Holt Tower
Knoxville, TN 37996