August 6, 2020

1. UT Board of Trustees Approves Title IX Changes

The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees approved changes to the campuses’ student codes of conduct and changes to a Board policy applicable to faculty to comply with new Title IX regulations released by the U.S. Department of Education in May.

The revised student codes of conduct were approved as emergency rules under the Tennessee Uniform Administrative Procedures Act to meet the Aug. 14 implementation deadline for the new Title IX regulations. The emergency rules will be submitted to the Tennessee Attorney General for final approval, then filed with the Tennessee Secretary of State, after which they will be effective for 180 days. UT plans to adopt similar permanent rules later this year following a public rulemaking hearing.

The major change in the student codes is the creation of a Title IX grievance procedure for resolving Title IX allegations involving sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence and stalking against students. The new Title IX regulations require that universities hold hearings to determine whether an accused party is responsible for an allegation. During the Title IX hearings, the parties (through their advisors) must be permitted to cross examine witnesses.

Faculty and staff members accused of Title IX allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence and stalking are also entitled to a Title IX hearing under the new Title IX regulations. At the meeting, the Board approved changes to a Board policy to create an appellate procedure as part of the required Title IX grievance procedure in cases against faculty members.

For cases that are not subject to the Title IX regulations, the university will continue to follow its current processes for resolving those cases.

For more information regarding Title IX, please visit the Title IX website or contact Dr. Michael Alston, Title IX Coordinator, in the Office of Equity and Diversity at
2. Starbucks is OPEN!

Starbucks is now OPEN in the UTHSC Madison Plaza Food Court, Monday through Friday, 7:00 am – 2:00 pm. The UTHSC Madison Plaza Food Court is located on the first floor of 920 Madison Avenue.
3. Events Calendar

Keep up with events on campus, and let others know about your event – even virtual events – with the events calendar on the UTHSC website! Anyone with a UTHSC NetID and password can post an event, lecture, webinar, etc. by selecting "Submit an Event" at the top right corner of
Please help us fill the calendar with faculty, staff, and student events such as research lectures, important student events and deadlines, trainings, volunteer opportunities, virtual symposiums, etc. The events are searchable and able to be filtered by colleges, as well as by faculty, staff, and students. 
4. Employees: Set Up Your NEW Voicemail Now

As part of the modernization of our telecommunications platform, UTHSC has switched to a new office voicemail system.

Employees will be required to go through a brief voice-guided setup the first time you check your voicemail. IMPORTANT: Everyone will use the same default password for this first-time login and must change the password to one of your choice.

Visit the voicemail instructions website for the default password and detailed information about the first-time login as well as how to check your voicemail from UTHSC and non-UTHSC phones.

Please note this change will not affect phone forwarding.

Please contact the ITS Helpdesk at 901.448.2222, 800.413.7830, or if you have questions.

5. Chick-fi-A is Opening Soon!

Chick-fil-A will be opening in the Madison Plaza Food Court on Thursday, August 20!

The Madison Plaza Food Court is located on the first floor of the 920 Madison Building. The hours will be 7:00 am – 2:00 pm.
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