Lawmakers are expected to hear legislation in coming weeks that prohibits colleges and universities from disciplining students, student organizations, and teams for violations of the student code of conduct that result in an alcohol or drug overdose for which medical assistance is sought. The bill, sponsored by Representative Martin Daniel (R-Knoxville), provides student organizations such … Continued

State Issues

Outside of the surprise budget amendment that was recommended last week by the Senate Education Committee, little legislative debate has yet to officially occur on two primary pieces of legislation that impact diversity and inclusion efforts at the University of Tennessee System. This is all about to change over the next two weeks as the … Continued

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The Senate Education Committee on Wednesday voted to recommend a budget amendment, sponsored by Senate Education Chair Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville), that cuts and re-assigns $8 million from the UT Knoxville budget to UT Extension and to rural outreach through UT Martin and UT Chattanooga. Further, the amendment’s language states “only federal funds shall be expended … Continued

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On Monday, University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro gave the annual university budget presentation in front of the House Finance Committee. The presentation was the first of three that the President would give throughout the week, as he outlined the current position and goals of the university and addressed topics of interest to the committee … Continued

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