Policies and Procedures Manual

Chapter 3: Student Affairs

03:05:01   Student Rights and Freedoms (TBR Policy 03:02:04:00)

Academic institutions exist for the transmission of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the development of students, and the general well-being of society. Free inquiry and free expression are indispensable to the attainment of these goals. As members of the academic community, students should be encouraged to develop the capacity for critical judgment and to engage in a sustained and independent search for truth. Institutional procedures for achieving these purposes may vary from campus to campus, but the minimal standards of academic freedom of students outlined below are essential to any community of scholars.

Freedom to teach and freedom to learn are inseparable facets of academic freedom. The freedom to learn depends upon appropriate opportunities and conditions in the classroom, on the campus, and in the larger community. Students should exercise their freedom with responsibility.

The responsibility to secure and to respect general conditions conducive to the freedom to learn is shared by all members of the academic community. Tennessee Board of Regents institutions have developed policies and procedures, which provide and safeguard this freedom. The purpose of this statement is to enumerate the essential provisions for students’ freedom to learn.

TBR Policy 03:02:04:00

Students who feel their rights and/or freedoms are not being considered or protected are provided the opportunity to submit a written complaint via the Student Complaint Online Submission Form found in Northeast State Policy 03:05:10.

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Divisional Review Responsibilities Checklist: Institutional Excellence and Student Success

Revision History: April 2014, March 2016