Responsibilities

  1. Parent or Guardian Responsibilities.
    1. It is the responsibility of the parents or guardians to become acquainted with the institution’s regulations and advise the student to comply with the regulations in the interest of an orderly and productive community.
    2. In situations in which the student is involved with civil or criminal law, the parents, guardians or duly appointed representatives assume the responsibility for representing the student in all cases.
  2. Institutional Responsibilities
    1. The institution has the responsibility of providing its students a program of quality education in keeping with its financial resources: the institution also has the right, as well as the responsibility, to declare and enforce all policies deemed appropriate to the academic community by the governing body, administration, and faculty.
    2. The institution has the responsibility of stating clearly all policies and procedures governing regulations which affect all students, but the institution reserves the right to direct, manage, or control any other situations which, in the opinion of the administrative officers, require disciplinary action. The principle of institutional autonomy is fully recognized.
    3. Although all members of the institution, both faculty and student, have the responsibility for upholding the standards of the institution, only the President of the institution, or his duly appointed representative(s), has the right to suspend or exclude a student; and the President shall reserve the right of concurrence or veto in all disciplinary matters.
    4. The institution acknowledges its local responsibility and general concern with regard to health, welfare, and safety of students.
    5. In situations in which the student is involved with civil or criminal law, it is the responsibility of the institution to arrange for notification of the parent or guardian of the student. The institution or its representative is not responsible for providing bail, money to cover fines, or otherwise handling the situation for the student.
    6. Any student convicted on charges of personal misconduct shall be subject to immediate suspension provided a formal hearing has been granted by University officials to confirm that the student, was in fact, convicted.
  3. Student Responsibilities
    1. Students are responsible for the proper completion of their academic program, for familiarity with all requirements of the University Catalog under which they intend to be graduated, for maintaining the grade average required and for meeting all other degree requirements. Students are also responsible for determining how much non-academic work, if any, they should carry with a given class load in order to avoid excessive total work loads which would be detrimental to their academic program. Their advisor will counsel with them but the final responsibility remains that of the students.
    2. Students are required to have knowledge of and observe all regulations pertaining to campus life and student deportment and to be familiar with the information contained in University publications.
    3. Students are responsible for maintaining communication with the University by keeping officials informed at all times of their current address, including ZIP code and telephone number.
    4. The Legal Responsibility Act of 1971, found in Chapter 162 of the Public Acts of 1971, was passed by the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee; it states “Notwithstanding any laws to the contrary, any person who is eighteen (18) years of age or older shall have the same rights, duties and responsibilities as a person who is twenty-one (21) years of age or older.” According to an interpretation by the University’s legal counsel, students eighteen years (18) of age or older can be prosecuted for the violations of laws regarding alcoholic beverages, drugs, bad checks, breach of contract, cohabitation, statutory rape, manslaughter, etc. Tennessee Law states that it shall be unlawful for any person under the age of twenty one (21) years to have in his or her possession alcoholic beverages for any purpose. Neither parents nor University officials are expected or required to intervene in cases such as these. The student will be held accountable and face the charges just as any other adult violator. Therefore, the University reserves the right, through its authorized officials, to work with civil authorities in reviewing such cases, and to exercise disciplinary sanctions, including interim suspension, against the student charged with a misdemeanor or felony if at least one of the following circumstances is present: a. If the accused admits guilt to the alleged violation in the presence of University officials. b. If the accused is deemed to be a threat to persons or property of the University. Such determination is to be reached by a formal hearing before the University’s appropriate disciplinary body. The University must provide all essentials as to date, place, and time for this hearing in such a way that it is possible for the student to be present. c. If the accused refuses to appear at the aforementioned hearing, the individual forfeits his right to same. Even though the student is found “not guilty” of the charges by the civil courts in cases of suspension or expulsion, he must appear before the appropriate disciplinary body of the University to obtain clearance for readmission in good standing under current University regulations.
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