Student Handbook: Campus Policies & Procedures

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

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Because free inquiry and free expression are indispensable to the attainment of the goals of a university, the University of Tennessee encourages students to develop the capacity for critical judgment and to engage in an independent search for truth. The institution supports the rights of students and other members of the University of Tennessee community to express freely their views for or against actions and opinions with which they agree or disagree.


1. Student gatherings may be conducted in areas which are generally available to the public, provided such gatherings:

A. Are conducted in an orderly and peaceful manner.

B. In no way obstruct vehicular or pedestrian traffic.

C. Do not interfere with classes, scheduled meetings, events, and ceremonies or with other essential processes of the university.

D. If inside a building, are held in an assigned meeting room.


The distribution of leaflets and handbills and the circulation of petitions on campus shall be free and unhindered. Any material to be distributed should be in accordance with the applicable local, state, and federal laws.