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Understanding Your Rights and Obligations

Graduate Volunteers have both obligations to conduct themselves as a member of the UT community and rights to ensure that they are treated with equity and fairness.

The following are primary resources for understanding your rights and obligations:

Academic Honesty

The Hilltopics student handbook presents the Honor statement, a pledge taken by all students at UT. This statement clarifies the university’s commitment to maintaining and atmosphere of intellectual integrity and academic honesty:

As a student of the University, I pledge that I will neither knowingly give nor receive any inappropriate assistance in academic work, thus affirming my own personal commitment to honor and integrity.

Academic Appeals

Graduate students can appeal two types of academic decisions to the Graduate Council through the Appeals Committee.

  • a student may have a grievance concerning the interpretation of and adherence to university, college, and department policies and procedures as they apply to graduate education.
  • a student has a grievance concerning grades.

Read the Appeals Procedure


The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, welcomes and honors people of all races, creeds, cultures, and sexual orientations. The University values intellectual curiosity, pursuit of knowledge, and academic freedom and integrity

This statement from the Office of Equal Opportunity and Accessibility is a clear statement of the desired environment for the university. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Accessibility clarifies the university’s position on discrimination and provides help in the event that you find yourself discriminated against while studying at UT.

Report a Campus Barrier

Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, and Stalking

The University of Tennessee and the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture are committed to creating and maintaining a learning, living, and working environment free from all forms of sexual misconduct and relationship violence, including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. If you are a survivor of sexual misconduct, relationship violence, or stalking, please know that you are not alone.

The Office of Title IX is devoted to providing support for members of the UT community who are survivors, those who wish to help survivors, and those needing to know their obligations to report and respond to incidents of sexual misconduct, relationship violence, or stalking.

Office of Ombuds Services

The Office of Ombuds Services serves as an independent, impartial, confidential, and informal resource for UT Knoxville and UT Institute of Agriculture employees—both faculty and staff—as well as graduate students.

Ombuds staff are members of the International Ombuds Association (IOA), and follow the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice for Organizational Ombuds.