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Students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, are members of both the university community and the larger community of which the university is a part. Accordingly, they are responsible for conducting themselves in a lawful manner and in compliance with university rules and policies. The university has established rules in order to advance the mission of the university by maintaining a safe and secure learning environment; protecting the rights and privileges of all members of the university community; providing a basis for orderly conduct of the affairs of the university; promoting a positive relationship between the university and its surrounding community; preserving institutional integrity and property; encouraging students to engage in conduct that brings credit to themselves and the university; and ensuring that each student who matriculates at the university graduates ready to contribute to society as an ethical and law-abiding citizen.

The University of Tennessee is committed to respecting students’ constitutional rights.  Nothing in this handbook is intended or shall be interpreted to restrict students’ constitutional rights, including, but not limited to, rights of freedom of speech and assembly.

Students are responsible for being fully acquainted and for complying with the university catalog, handbook, and other rules and policies relating to students. Failure or refusal to comply with the rules and policies established by the university may subject a student to disciplinary action up to and including permanent dismissal from the university.