Chapter 3: Student Affairs03:01:07 Sex Offender Information
The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act and the Tennessee College and University Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2002 require that whenever a sex offender, as defined in TCA 40-39-202, becomes employed or practices a vocation or is a student at an institution of higher education in the state of Tennessee, they must complete or update the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) sexual offender registration/monitoring form which is submitted to TBI headquarters in Nashville in accordance with TCA 40-39-203. A “sexual offense” means the commission of acts including but not limited to aggravated and statutory rape, sexual battery, sexual exploitation of a minor, aggravated prostitution, and kidnapping. Specific lists of criminal sex offenses can be found in TCA 40-39-202.
State law designates certain information concerning a registered sexual offender as public information and therefore amends and supersedes the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other federal and state laws that previously prohibited the disclosure of such personal information. Since the laws require the publication of information pertaining to sexual offenders employed, enrolled or volunteering at an educational institution, said publication does not constitute grounds for a grievance or complaint under institutional or Tennessee Board of Regents policies or procedures.
In compliance with the federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act and the Tennessee College and University Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2002, members of the campus community may obtain the most recent information received from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) concerning sex offenders employed, enrolled or volunteering at this institution at the Northeast State Community College Police Department. Information is also available on the TBI’s web site listing of sex offenders located on the Internet at https://www.tn.gov/tbi/general-information/tennessee-sex-offender-registry.html.
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Revision History: April 2014; Edited Feb. 2020