Students and other members of the campus community are encouraged to speak up about the concerns they have through the appropriate report below. However, reporters should understand that the University takes all reports seriously, and that students knowingly making a false report may be reported to the Honor Council. College student complaints are addressed according to grievance procedures described in the Additional Policies section of the College portion of the University catalog.
- Report a conduct violation (individual)
- Report a concern (individual)
- Report a recruitment or hazing violation
- Report hateful or bias conduct
- Report sexual misconduct or Title IX Report
- General complaint (Complaints could be general in nature or specifically concern the University's enforcement of applicable State laws or related to the University's accrediting or governing agencies.)
State of Tennessee Complaint Procedures
Should the institution not be able to resolve the complaint, the person making the report has the right to contact the state of Tennessee and its appropriate agency to determine the course of action.
Complaints related to the application of state laws or rules related to approval to operate or licensure of a particular professional program within a postsecondary institution shall be referred to the appropriate State Board (i.e., State Boards of Health, State Board of Education, and so on) within the Tennessee State Government and shall be reviewed and handled by that licensing board (http://www.tn.gov, and then search for the appropriate division).
Students attending programs in Tennessee may file a complaint related to state consumer protection laws (e.g., laws related to fraud or false advertising) through the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs (https://www.tn.gov/commerce/consumer-affairs.html), by the using the complaint form found at this link: https://www.tn.gov/commerce/consumer/file-a-complaint.html.
Student complaints relating to consumer protection laws that involve distance learning education offered under the terms and conditions of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), must first be filed with the institution to seek resolution. Complainants not satisfied with the outcome of the Institution's internal process may appeal, within two years of the incident about which the complaint is made, to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (https://www.tn.gov/thec/bureaus/student-aid-and-compliance/postsecondary-state-authorization/request-for-complaint-review.html). For purposes of this process, a complaint shall be defined as a formal assertion in writing that the terms of SARA or the laws, standards or regulations incorporated by SARA Policies and Standards (https://nc-sara.org/resources/guides) have been violated by the institution operating under the terms of SARA. For a list of SARA member States, please visit the NC-SARA website (https://nc-sara.org/directory). Students residing in non-SARA states should consult their respective State of residence for further instruction for filing a complaint.
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
Allegations regarding noncompliance with accreditation standards, policies, and procedures may be made to SACSCOC, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097. (To access the Commission’s complaint policy, procedures, and the Complaint Form, please see Complaint Policy).