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

State Issues

The Senate has passed legislation that forbids public colleges and universities from maintaining institutional policies that prohibit permit-holding students or employees from storing a firearm or ammunition in their parked vehicle while on campus property. The measure, sponsored by Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) and Representative Courtney Rogers (R-Goodlettsville), gained traction early in the legislative session … Continued

Gun Legislation

The Focus on College and University Success (FOCUS) Act, Governor Haslam’s major higher education initiative, passed the Senate Education Committee this week on an 8-1 vote. The FOCUS Act restructures the Tennessee Board of Regents and increases the regulatory authority of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC). In addition to creating individual governing boards for … Continued

Administration & Governance