Sewanee: A Community of Honor
SEWANEE: A COMMUNITY OF HONOR
The University’s motto — EQB — reinforces the principle that as members of the Sewanee community, we have a responsibility to live with respect for one another and in healthy relationships. The Honor Code similarly reinforces that “membership in the student body carries with it a peculiar responsibility for the punctilious observance of those standards of conduct which govern an honorable person in every walk of life.” Students are expected to live with honor day and night, in the classroom and in the residence halls, on the athletic field and in social spaces, on campus and off — in short, “in every walk of life.”
When we commit to living in community with one another, we necessarily agree to accept limitations on our own actions for the benefit of all, with the parallel expectation that we will not be injured, maligned, or otherwise negatively affected by the actions of others. Those who insist upon living outside the expectations of the Sewanee community will understandably be held accountable for their choices by the Honor Council, Student Discipline Council, or other disciplinary bodies, and may in certain circumstances be removed from the Sewanee community. Additionally, students are expected to comply with federal, state and local laws in their conduct whether on or off campus.
In an effort to encourage students to think first about the choices they make concerning alcohol, the University has developed a holistic strategy, entitled “Think First,” that promotes healthier choices within a healthier community. (Please visit life.sewanee.edu/students
for more information.) In short, the University, the Student Life Division, and the Sewanee Police Department are committed to the following objectives:
1. To reduce the prominence of alcohol on campus and the harms and high-risk behaviors that alcohol and other drugs bring to campus life;
2. To provide a myriad of healthy social and intellectual experiences;
3. To foster a community of accountability and to teach students personal responsibility.
Where appropriate, alcoholic beverages may be consumed in a non-abusive manner by individuals of legal age, and social hosts may sponsor events at which alcoholic beverages are permitted with the understanding that hosts bear the responsibility for abiding by state laws, for establishing reasonable guidelines for the behavior of their guests, and for taking measures to discourage alcohol abuse at their social functions.
As appropriate, these policies apply to groups as well as individuals. In keeping with University policy and the requirements of state law, the Statement on Social Host Responsibility is available under “policies” at life.sewanee.edu/students
Rules Governing Alcohol
1. The University prohibits the unlawful use, possession, and distribution of alcoholic beverages. Under Tennessee law, it is unlawful for any person under the age of 21 to buy, possess, transport, or consume alcoholic beverages, including beer and wine. It is also unlawful for a person over 21 to buy or furnish alcoholic beverages for anyone under 21. Any student who violates state law or the University’s alcohol policies is subject both to the jurisdiction of local law enforcement officials and the discipline system of the University.
2. The public display of alcoholic beverages on campus, public intoxication, and drunk and disorderly conduct in public or private locations (including dormitories and fraternity lodges), and the possession of paraphernalia such as beer funnels are violations of University policy. Public places on campus include all property and buildings not held by a private leaseholder, including all University buildings. Occasionally areas normally considered public (e.g., Cravens Hall, Lake Cheston Amphitheater, Manigault Park, and Guerry Garth) may be designated private for specified events, and persons 21 and over may be permitted to possess alcoholic beverages in these areas in accordance with these policies. Private locations (such as fraternity and sorority houses) are not exempt from University policies governing alcohol use.
3. Common sources of alcoholic beverages (which include, but are not limited to, kegs, bulk quantities of canned or bottled beer or wine, and bulk quantities of alcoholic punch) are not permitted except in very rare and highly supervised circumstances, and as approved by the Dean of Students.
4. Display, possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in all public areas of dormitories such as common rooms, courtyards, breezeways, and halls. Within their individual rooms, students are expected to remain mindful of dorm rules and restrictions and state law at all times.
5. Consumption of alcoholic beverages at any public athletic contest, including all varsity, club, and intramural games, is a violation of the Sewanee social policy and the NCAA and conference rules.
6. Initiation practices that include the encouragement or promotion of alcohol consumption are prohibited. Organizations guilty of this infraction will be suspended.
7. In addition to being a violation of Tennessee law, driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs is a violation of University policy. Any student found driving under the influence is subject to serious University penalties.
8. No alcohol may be sold on the Domain, except by vendors with a valid beer sales permit.
9. Fines and penalties for alcohol violations can be found under “policies” at life.sewanee.edu/students
10. In addition to being handled through the University, conduct violations that are also violations of Tennessee law may be referred to the appropriate legal authorities for adjudication.
The Deans of Students will respond to those students who are experiencing problems because of alcohol abuse. If the abuse should manifest itself in the person’s academic performance or social behavior, a Dean will meet with the individual to discuss the problems associated with his or her substance use. The Dean and student will generate alternatives for dealing with the situation, including counseling options and consequences if further problems occur. Additionally, the student may be required to complete a confidential substance use evaluation with the staff of the University Counseling Service. If the Dean determines that the student must withdraw from the University for medical or chemical dependency reasons, he or she must leave the Domain within 24 hours.
The Deans of Students most often become aware of an individual's abuse because of a disciplinary infraction. Any person who is guilty of this kind of disciplinary offense may be required to submit to a substance abuse educational program and/or may ultimately be required to withdraw from the college.
The University Ordinances gives the Deans of Students responsibility for establishing and implementing a student disciplinary system. This system addresses discipline matters not addressed by the Honor Council. Under the current system, the Associate and Assistant Deans of Students have been delegated the primary role in overseeing student discipline and student disciplinary procedures, although time and circumstance may necessitate the direct and original involvement of the Dean of Students.
Most routine matters of student discipline are handled by the Associate and Assistant Deans of Students (or, if necessary and appropriate, the Dean of Students). But some matters may be referred to the Student Discipline Committee or the Faculty Discipline Committee. These committees, following written notification of at least forty-eight (48) hours to the student involved and an opportunity for the student to be heard by the committee, have the power to recommend to the appropriate Dean of Students a range of penalties including, but not limited to, fines, assigned community service, oral or written reprimands, social probation, suspension, or expulsion. The Dean of Students may seek the counsel and advice of the Faculty Discipline Committee in any case. At the Dean’s discretion, original jurisdiction may be exercised by the Associate or Assistant Deans or the Faculty Discipline Committee.
All aspects of students’ educational records can be used in disciplinary proceedings, including but not limited to violations of social conduct, participation in no contact agreements, honor code violations, class attendance warnings, parking and traffic violations and/or other educational records.
The University’s disciplinary processes do not and are not intended to afford the specificity or the due process or other rights of criminal or civil statutes or any other legal authorities. The University reserves the right to update these policies as necessary and without additional notice.
Whether acting alone or in concert with the recommendations of the student or faculty disciplinary committees, the Deans of Students have discretion in handing down and administering sanctions for violations of the Sewanee social policy or the rules and regulations of the University. Specificity is given to a number of impermissible behaviors and to the sanctions generally appropriate for these misbehaviors.
In addition to the specified, impermissible behavior, conduct which violates the general terms of the Sewanee social policy and conduct which includes, but is not limited to, the following categories may also be dealt with by the Deans of Students as they deem appropriate: disturbing the peace; creating a danger to the safety of self or others; disrespect; assault; attempting to or damaging the personal property of others; falsifying reports of an emergency; falsifying or misusing University records; misuse and/or abuse of communications systems, such as e-mail, internet, and voice-mail; indecent and obscene conduct; unauthorized entry into University or other’s property; and sexual harassment and misconduct. While away from our campus, students should observe the regulations of communities in which they are visiting. Students involved in misconduct (on or off campus) that leads to an arrest or citation may also be subject to penalties by the University.
Where penalties for particular misbehaviors are specified, the Deans are guided by the specified sanctions, though discretion remains available to the Deans to impose penalties they deem appropriate. Offenses are cumulative over a student's career at Sewanee. Multiple violations of even minor offenses can result in cumulative penalties, and repeat violators will likely be suspended.
Should the appropriate sanction be a reprimand, it may come in the form of an oral reprimand delivered by the Dean for lesser offenses or in the form of a written reprimand for more serious offenses which describes the nature of the infraction and any concomitant penalty, fine, or community service requirement. A copy of a written reprimand may be sent to the parents of the student involved and other appropriate offices.
An appeal of a decision by the Associate or Assistant Deans of Students may be taken to the Dean of Students or, at the discretion of the Deans, to the Faculty Discipline Committee. An appeal of the Dean of Students (or of the Faculty Discipline Committee exercising original jurisdiction) may be taken to the Vice-Chancellor.
It should be noted, however, that the appellate authorities generally give consideration only to those cases involving the most serious matters and the most significant consequences, such as suspensions or expulsions. Furthermore, a student may appeal on only the following grounds: (1) that there is new information that substantially alters the understanding of the event(s) in question; (2) that the discipline process was not followed in a fundamentally fair manner; or (3) that the disciplinary response is disproportionate to the offense.
If a student wishes to appeal a decision of a Dean of Students, such an appeal must be made in writing to the appropriate person or committee within seventy-two hours after notification of the decision. An appeal to the Vice-Chancellor from a decision of the Dean of Students for suspension or expulsion must also be submitted within seventy-two hours. Should the penalty imposed by the Dean of Students involve suspension from the college, the requirement that a student leave campus within twenty-four hours of notification is not waived during an appeals process. The Vice-Chancellor may choose to affirm the action of the Dean or Faculty Discipline Committee, to affirm the decision but to change the penalty, to refer the case back to the Dean or Faculty Discipline Committee for further consideration, or to reverse the decision. The Vice-Chancellor shall notify the parties, in writing, of his action on the appeal.
Procedures and Guidelines of the Student and Faculty Discipline Committees may be obtained in the Office of the Dean of Students.
GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE FOR DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF SEX OR DISABILITY
The University of the South prohibits discrimination in employment, admission of students, and administration of its education programs or activities on the basis of, among other things, sex or disability. Any student, employee, or applicant for admission or employment may initiate a grievance for sex discrimination, which is prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended. Any student or employee may initiate a grievance for disability discrimination which is prohibited by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (section 504), as amended.
The Compliance Coordinator provides assistance to those desiring to file a grievance. A grievance for alleged discrimination must be filed with the Compliance Coordinator within 30 working days of the occurrence of the alleged discrimination. The complaint must be in writing and contain the name of the person making the grievance, the nature and the date of the alleged discrimination, names of any witnesses to the alleged discrimination, names of those injured by the alleged discrimination, and the names of those employees, students or other persons claimed to be responsible for the alleged discrimination.
At the request of the party initiating the grievance (hereinafter the “grievant”), and at the discretion of the Compliance Coordinator, an attempt is made to resolve the complaint without recourse to a formal written grievance through informal meetings with appropriate persons.
If a formal grievance is filed, the Compliance Coordinator notifies the person(s) who must respond to the grievance (hereinafter the “respondent”), and the notification includes a copy of the grievance and a request that the response be submitted in writing within ten working days to the Compliance Coordinator. The person(s) required to respond is/are the person(s) alleged to be involved in the discrimination or the person with supervisory responsibility for the activity or area which is the subject of the grievance.
If a written response to the grievance has not been received within ten working days, the Compliance Coordinator sends a notice of non-response to the designated respondent, the respondent’s immediate supervisor, and the grievant. Within five working days of receipt of the response or the sending of the non-response notice, the Compliance Coordinator refers the grievance to the appropriate investigative officer. That officer is normally an administrator with responsibility in the area under investigation.
Within 20 working days of receipt of the written grievance and response or notice of non-response, the investigative officer consults with the grievant and the respondent, and others if appropriate, in order to ascertain the facts and views of both of the parties. The University Legal Counsel may also be consulted. The investigative officer then notifies the grievant, respondent and the Compliance Coordinator of his or her findings and recommendations.
If the grievant or respondent does not accept the investigative officer’s decision, he or she must notify the Compliance Coordinator in writing within five working days of receipt of the decision. If no request for review of the investigative officer’s decision is timely received, the recommended action, if any, is taken and the grievance is considered closed.
If review of the investigative officer’s decision is sought, that review is conducted by the Provost, Dean or Vice President responsible for the employees or students involved in the grievance unless the Provost, Dean or Vice President was the grievant, respondent or investigative officer. In such a case, the Compliance Officer selects an appropriate University official.
The appropriate Dean or Vice President decides whether to accept the investigative officer’s recommendation or to ask the investigative officer to consider the matter further and submit a supplementary report. Alternatively, the Provost, Dean or Vice President may appoint a three-person panel to conduct a further investigation and submit a recommendation to the Provost, Dean or Vice President. The Provost, Dean or Vice President notifies the grievant, respondent and Compliance Coordinator of his or her decision, which is final.
In certain cases, it may be appropriate for the Dean or Vice President to modify the procedures set forth above depending upon the nature of the charges and the procedures for discipline of faculty in cases involving grave misconduct or neglect of duty as set forth in the Faculty Personnel Procedures or the procedures of discipline of staff members as set forth in the Staff Handbook.
The facts about individual grievances and their dispositions are confidential except where it may be necessary to reveal information in order to comply with the applicable law.
At Sewanee, students elect to participate in the Class Dress tradition in order to show respect for their professors and the education they are receiving. Class Dress symbolizes that during your four years at Sewanee, academics are your top priority. Class Dress varies with the seasons but typically men can be seen wearing khakis, a collared shirt or coat and tie; female students typically wear slacks or a skirt and a nice top or a dress.
Unauthorized possession, use, manufacture, and distribution of narcotics, hallucinogens, and dangerous drugs, including (but not limited to) marijuana, cocaine, lysergic acid dyethylamide (LSD), roofies (GHB), ecstasy, and prescription drugs, are illegal under both federal and state law. By state law, synthetic drugs meant to mimic illegal drugs (e.g. K2, K3, bath salts, “Spice,” “Molly’s Plant Food,” “Vampire Blood,” “Ivory Wave,” “Cloud 9,” or upper/downer brownies) are also illegal. Students may be subject to prosecution by civil authorities for violation of these federal and state drug laws. Penalties may be severe, and potential damage to the professional career is great.
The University of the South recognizes the enormous health hazards associated with the illegal use of drugs. In addition to this basic concern for the well-being of Sewanee students, it is also important to note that the college seeks to promote a vigorous intellectual community and a community that encourages growth into responsible citizenship. Since the presence and use of illegal drugs stands in direct contradiction to these basic concerns for our students, the college seeks to discourage the presence of these substances from our campus. The following rules reflect the serious attitude that the college has taken in confronting this area of our society’s drug-abuse problem.
1. Anyone who sells, distributes, or provides illegal drugs, including prescription drugs and synthetic drugs, to another person is suspended from the college.
2. The use or possession of marijuana or the illegal use or misuse of prescription drugs on or off campus is strictly prohibited. If a student is not suspended for a first offense, any subsequent offense results in suspension. Students found guilty of marijuana possession or use while participating in a University-sponsored or University-coordinated program abroad are generally suspended immediately. Reinstatement to the college is not possible without some form of counseling and treatment, deemed appropriate by the University Counseling Office.
3. The possession of other illegal drugs generally results in suspension. This includes the use or possession of LSD, cocaine, ecstasy, crack, roofies, mushrooms, and drugs not medically authorized. Consideration may be given to reinstatement after appropriate counseling and rehabilitation.
for the University of the South’s drug-free campus statement.
Students and student organizations are strictly forbidden to have open fires on the Domain without permission from the Sewanee Police Department and Student Activities.
Rules for open fires on the Domain:
1. ABSOLUTELY no accelerants are to be used to start the fire nor may any be present at the fire scene.
2. Fires can only be constructed out of natural wood or untreated lumber and started with paper, cardboard, or kindling.
3. Fires must be at least 25 feet from the nearest structure, including cars.
4. Fires (flames) may not be taller than a ceiling — roughly how high an average six-footer can reach above his head or around eight feet.
5. The fire area must be cleared of debris, trash, etc.
6. There must be a designated firemaster who remains sober (not drinking at all) and who is in charge of the fire.
7. No horseplay, chicken fighting, wrestling, firewalking, or fire jumping is permitted.
8. No urinating or defecating in the fire.
9. No burning of electronics, furniture, rugs, pillows, tires, bikes, animals, treated or glued woods, crossties or materials other than those specifically permitted in item 2.
10. A water/garden hose must be present, connected to a sufficient water supply, and capable of reaching the fire.
11. At the end of the bonfire, the fire must be doused and put out.
12. If there is a problem, the firemaster should call the fire department.
13. Fires will not be permitted during dry spells and may be cancelled if other conditions warrant.
A violation of these rules will result in the suspension of that organization for the rest of the year. Violations by any two organizations will result in another ban on fires for all groups. Student leaders must sign a form indicating that they understand and will adhere to the policy.
Students may not possess fireworks on campus without the written permission of the Dean of Students or the Sewanee Police Department. A violation results in a minimum fine of $200.
The University endorses the ACHA’s and CDC’s recommendations on immunizations and requires all students to submit documentation of current immunization status. Tetanus-Diphtheria, MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella), Polio, and Hepatitis B are required for all incoming students. History or laboratory evidence of chicken pox or Varicella vaccination is also required. Meningococcal vaccination is strongly recommended. Tuberculosis screening is required for students who have lived for more than six months in the past five years in high risk areas.
HARASSMENT POLICY AND PROCEDURES
The University of the South stands firmly for the principle that its students, faculty, and staff members have a right to be free from harassment based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or protected activity under anti-discrimination statutes by any other member of the University community, and the University does not tolerate any form of harassment.
Conduct prohibited by this policy does not include simple teasing, off-hand comments, or isolated incidents that are not extremely serious.1
Rather, conduct that rises to the level of harassment must be so offensive as to alter the conditions of employment or the educational environment. If the harassment culminates in a tangible employment or education action or is sufficiently severe or pervasive so that a hostile work or education environment is created, then the conduct is prohibited. Examples of tangible employment actions include hiring and firing; promotion and failure to promote; demotion; and significant change in benefits. Examples of tangible education actions include lowering or raising a grade and passing or refusing to pass a student in any course. A hostile environment may result from actions between students or between employees and students. Conduct that may create a hostile environment includes offensive statements and comments, unwelcome touching, and displays of offensive pictures or other materials.
Employees and students are strongly encouraged to report all incidents of harassment, including those that may not amount to a violation of law because they are not sufficiently severe or are isolated events. All supervisors must report incidents of harassment to their division head. Employees and students who make complaints of harassment or provide information related to such complaints will be protected against retaliation. No one is reprimanded or discriminated against in any way for initiating an inquiry or complaint in good faith. The University also endeavors to protect the rights of any person against whom a complaint is lodged. Once an inquiry or complaint is made, every effort is made to resolve the problem within a reasonable time. All complaints must be reported to the University’s legal counsel who advises the University about the implementation of this policy and keeps a written record of every complaint received and any subsequent action taken.
Confidentiality of complaints is protected to the extent possible, but complete confidentiality is not possible since the University can not conduct an effective investigation without revealing certain information to the alleged harasser and potential witnesses. However, information is disclosed only to those who need to know about it.
The following procedures describe the options available to any person who believes that he or she has been harassed by a student, employee, or other person at the University of the South (such as contractors, vendors or other campus visitors). Anyone who wishes clarification or further information about any of these procedures is encouraged to speak with the director of human resources or a dean.
Counseling, Advice and Informal Resolution
In many instances, informal discussion and mediation can be helpful in resolving perceived instances of harassment. Problems are sometimes easier to resolve when an informal atmosphere encourages people to identify the problem, talk about it, and agree on how to deal with it.
Whom to Contact
Problems, questions and complaints may be discussed with a senior administrative officer. These individuals may be helpful in advising and aiding a person’s own efforts to resolve a problem. Such help may involve coaching the individual in preparation for a conversation with the person causing the problem; assisting the individual in writing a letter to that person describing the offending behavior and requesting that it stop; or offering to meet with the person causing the problem.
Formal Complaint Procedures
Anyone who believes himself or herself to be the object of harassment involving a member of the faculty, staff, or student body or other member of the University community may choose, either initially or after having sought an informal resolution, to bring a complaint through the University’s formal procedures. Merely discussing a complaint does not commit one to making a formal charge.
1. When to File a Complaint
Prompt reporting of an incident is strongly urged, since it is often difficult to determine the facts of an incident long after they have occurred.
2. How to File a Complaint
a. Any dean and the director of human resources are authorized to receive formal complaints.
b. The individual making the complaint may wish to have another member of the University community present at discussions of the complaint.
c. After discussion with a person authorized to receive a formal complaint, the individual may file a signed, written statement describing the complaint and requesting a formal investigation. This statement is shown to the accused person.
d. The authorized recipient of the complaint notifies the Provost of the complaint, and the Provost appoints an investigative officer.
e. Use of these internal procedures does not foreclose subsequent legal action. Individuals may wish to obtain legal advice as they consider the courses of action open to them. However, the proceedings described here are not those of a court of law and the presence of legal counsel is not permitted during these discussions.
3. Protection of the Complainant and Respondent
Throughout the complaint process, every effort is made to protect the individual bringing the complaint (hereinafter referred to as “complainant”) from reprisals and to protect the accused (hereinafter referred to as the “respondent”) from irresponsible complaints.
4. The Complaint Process
a. The timetable set forth below is approximate. The investigative officer may, at his or her discretion, allow additional time for any of the steps noted.
b. Within 10 days of receiving the written complaint, the investigative officer consults with the complainant and with the respondent, and others if appropriate, in order to ascertain the facts and views of both the parties. Either party may have another member of the University community present.
c. The investigative officer prepares a report, summarizing the relevant evidence, within 30 days of receiving the written complaint. A draft of the report is shown to the complainant and the respondent in order to permit them the opportunity to respond before a final report is made.
d. The final report, presenting the findings in summary, is sent to 1) the Dean of Students in the college for complaints about undergraduate students, 2) the Dean of the College for complaints about faculty in the college, 3) the Dean of The School of Theology for complaints about faculty or students in The School of Theology and 4) the Treasurer for complaints about staff members or others.
e. The final report is shown to the complainant and the respondent. Within five days thereafter, the complainant and the respondent may each submit a statement to the appropriate Dean or Treasurer concerning the report.
f. Within five days after the submission of any final statements from the complainant and the respondent, the appropriate Dean or Treasurer decides to:
1) dismiss a complaint if it is found to lack sufficient evidence or to otherwise be without merit; or
2) take whatever action he or she believes is warranted by the evidence; or
3) ask the investigative officer to consider the matter further and submit a supplementary report.
The complainant and respondent are notified of the action taken.
g. Following the disposition of a case, any party who is dissatisfied with the decision may appeal by submitting a written statement to the Provost within five days, stating with specificity the reasons for his or her dissatisfaction. The Provost, within 10 days of submission of such a request, may decide whether reconsideration is appropriate or, at his or her discretion, submit the matter for further investigation. The decision of the Provost is final.
h. In certain cases, it may be appropriate for the University to modify the procedures set forth above in light of the nature of the charges, the parties or witnesses involved, the procedures for discipline of faculty as set forth in the Faculty Personnel Procedures, the procedures for discipline of staff members as set forth in the Staff Handbook, or other reasonable cause.
The penalties for harassment depend on the nature of the offense. Sanctions may range from reprimand to dismissal. Any person who intentionally makes a false accusation is also subject to disciplinary action.
6. What Happens Following the Disposition of a Case
a. The facts about individual cases and their dispositions are confidential. The appropriate Dean, Treasurer or Provost, however, informs the complainant, respondent, and others with a need to know of his or her conclusions in the case.
b. The investigative officer insures that any action determined by the appropriate Dean or Treasurer is carried out.
c. A permanent, written record of the formal complaint process and its outcome is ordinarily retained by the University. If the complaint did not result in any disciplinary action, the accused person may request the removal of the record from his or her personnel or student file after a reasonable period of time. The University then determines whether removal is appropriate.
Conduct that does not violate this policy may violate other University policies and subject an employee or student to disciplinary action.
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The University of the South’s policy against harassment is consistent with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and 34 CFR Part 106. In addition to contacting the designated persons specified in these procedures, persons with inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and 34 CFR Part 106 may contact the Regional Civil Rights Director, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, Region IV, 101 Marietta Tower, 27th Floor, P.O. Box 1705, Atlanta, Georgia 30301.
In accordance with Tennessee Law, the University of the South prohibits hazing by any student or student organization. Hazing is defined by Tennessee statute 49-7-123 as “. . . any intentional or reckless act in Tennessee on or off the property of any higher education institution by one (1) student acting alone or with others which is directed against any other student, that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of that student, or which induces or coerces a student to endanger such student’s mental or physical health or safety.” Institutional sanctions for hazing are determined on a case-by-case basis by the Deans of Students.
Information regarding the hazing agreement signed by each Greek Organization at the University of the South, as well as the form for reported suspected hazing, can be found at life.sewanee.edu/engage/greek-organizations/
All students live in housing approved by the Deans of Students and the Directors of Residential Life, and with few exceptions, reside in college residence halls and eat in college dining facilities during all of their undergraduate years. This residential policy is formed in the interest of cultivating community, promoting supportive relationships, building diversity, and integrating academic life with extracurricular experiences. A student usually shares a room with another. Single rooms are usually assigned to seniors by lottery. Students residing in college housing are required to sign a housing contract and a room condition form at the beginning of each academic year.
In addition to the policies and procedures outlined below, the Residential Life web page (life.sewanee.edu/live/what-is-res-life/
) offers current information and announcements.
Resident hall rooms are assigned by the Deans of Students and the Director of Residential Life for a full academic year. Each spring, after some rooms are set aside for students entering in the fall, students are given the opportunity to select rooms through a room lottery system. (Details for room lottery are available in the spring.) Priority in the lottery is granted to rising senior gownsmen, rising seniors, rising junior gownsmen, rising juniors, rising sophomore gownsmen, and rising sophomores, in that order. (Class status is determined by anticipated graduation date as determined by the Registrar’s office and not by earned credits.) Students who do not acquire a room through the lottery are assigned a room over the summer. Students may not reserve their room from one academic year to the next. Upperclassmen who have not paid the reservation fee or pre-registered for the following year by the designated date forfeit all priority in the selection of a room.
Students entering the college for the first time or returning from leave-of-absence (including from study abroad) may express preference for a dormitory or a roommate, although no assurance is given that such requests can be granted. Residence hall rooms are generally assigned based on the student’s housing form. Room assignments are mailed by the first week in August.
Students may not move from one room to another or switch roommates without prior approval from the Directors of Residential Life, nor may students live in housing outside the college dormitories without prior approval of the Assistant Dean of Students.
RESIDENTIAL LIFE POLICIES
In order to make residential life safe and pleasant for everyone, the following rules are to be observed.
Window air conditioning units may not be installed in residence hall rooms without documentation from a treating physician explaining that air conditioning is “medically necessary” for the student. Such documentation must be submitted to the Office of Residential Life prior to room selection or two weeks before the start of the academic year. If permission to have an AC unit is granted by the Directors of Residential Life, costs for installation and removal are the responsibility of the student. Air conditioning is provided in some but not all residence halls. Most of the residential buildings at Sewanee are quite old and some are not equipped with adequate electrical service to accommodate window AC units. See the residential life webpage for detailed information about special features of each residence hall.
Alcohol and Drugs
Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the common areas of residence halls. Please see the “Alcohol Policy” section. Opened containers of alcoholic beverages (including cups and glass bottles) are forbidden in all public areas of residence halls such as courtyards, breezeways, and halls.
Breaks and Vacation Periods
The residence halls remain open for students during Fall Break and Thanksgiving Break. Students may not stay in residential facilities during the winter, spring, and summer vacation periods unless express, written permission is given by the Directors of Residential Life. For security reasons, locks are changed during the Christmas and Spring break periods and students do not have access to the dorms or their dorm rooms during these periods.
Cable television is provided for dormitory common rooms only. Splicing into the cable system for use in personal rooms is considered stealing and is reported to the Honor Council. Furthermore, students may not install satellite dishes or antennas in dormitories.
Upon arriving on campus, students are expected to collect their keys and sign a Room Condition Report and Housing contract for the academic year. Failure to pick up keys or complete the appropriate paperwork results in a fine.
Students are expected to leave their rooms in a clean and orderly manner at the end of the term. Each room must be inspected by a Proctor, Head Resident, or Area Coordinator and the checkout form completed and cosigned by the Proctor, Head Resident, or Area Coordinator before the student departs for the summer. Failure to check-out of the residence hall results in a $50 fine. Unless involved with commencement or directly related to a graduate, all freshmen and sophomores are required to check-out of their residence hall 24 hours after their last exam.
a) Students may store a minimum of articles over the summer months. Students may not store refrigerators, furniture, and bicycles. Specific instructions regarding storage are issued to all students at the appropriate time of year. The University cannot take responsibility for items lost from or damaged in the storage areas.
b) The University assesses fines for damage including but not limited to damage to walls, carpet, furniture, doors, windows, screens, and other University property. The University assesses charges for the disposal of any improperly stored item. Students are also charged $25 for each key that is missing upon check-out of the residence hall.
Students of the opposite sex or same-sex partners are not assigned and may not arrange to live together in any facility in the residential system.
If all residents of a residence hall agree, a common room in the dorm may be designated available for 24-hour use with the following stipulations: access must be limited to residents and their guests and guests must always be accompanied by a resident; quiet hour policies apply at all times; guests may not sleep in common rooms overnight; common rooms may not be used for organized or spontaneous social activity which restricts any resident’s use of the common rooms or for activity which results in the violation of University policies. Should these stipulations not be followed, the 24-hour access policy may be revoked and those who violate the policy may be subject to disciplinary action.
Contract with students
The University reserves the right
a) of entry by authorized personnel for inspection and repair, for disciplinary purposes upon reasonable cause to suspect violations of University conduct regulations, in an emergency, or for any other appropriate reason;
b) to levy and collect charges for damage to, unauthorized use of, or alterations to room or equipment;
c) to remove unauthorized or improperly used equipment;
d) to reassign, evict, or levy fines against students who violate the above rules.
Students are responsible for keeping their rooms clean and orderly and for damage to their rooms and furnishings. When a student is assigned to a dormitory, it is understood that the assignment carries with it an obligation to maintain a reasonably clean and orderly environment and to protect University property. Doors to rooms, bathrooms, and closets, and window screens should not be removed. A student who violates these general expectations is fined $50.
Needed repairs should be reported to the Proctor, Head Resident or Area Coordinator and should not be attempted by students.
Students must not mark or mar walls, doors, or carpets. Decals or contact paper should not be attached to walls, doors, windows, ceilings, and room furnishings. Only removable plastic adhesive should be used to attach decorations to the walls. Use of nails or tape is not allowed.
A student who intentionally or carelessly damages residence hall property or damages the facility is fined for vandalism, charged restitution, and subject to lose priority for room assignment for the next year. At the discretion of the Assistant Dean of Students, a community service option may be made available in lieu of or in addition to the cost of the repairs.
Whenever the Directors of Residential Life and the Deans of Students are unable to determine the person(s) responsible for dormitory damage that is clearly not the result of normal use, the cost of damage and repairs is split amongst the residents of the building. Charges related to damage in common areas of the residence halls may not be appealed.
Damage to Personal Property
University insurance does not cover personal losses. Students should take precautions to protect personal belongings from theft, fire, water damage, accident, or other loss.
Students may not come to campus until their designated arrival date, as stated on the yearly academic calendar. Students who come early, without permission, in August, January, or March are charged $100 per night until the residence halls officially open. Students may also be asked to leave campus 24 hours after their last exam in both December and May.
Students are expected to observe the following fire code regulations. Violators of these regulations or general expectations of safe behavior are subject to a minimum of a $25 fine, disciplinary action, payment of any damages, and a maximum fine of $500. If the fire department answers a call due to misbehavior, the responsible parties are likely to be charged a minimum fine of $200 (the cost of response by the fire department is approximately $500 per hour).
a) For the protection of residents, dormitories are equipped with smoke and fire detection and prevention devices. Tampering with the smoke detector and alarm system or with fire extinguishers is a college offense as well as a violation of the fire code. Inappropriately discharging a fire extinguisher is a $100 fine as well as the cost of clean-up and the cost of recharging the extinguisher.
b) Stairwell doors leading to hallways should be kept closed.
c) Hallways must be kept clear at all times. Furniture and personal belongings such as bicycles, trunks, boxes, and drying racks may not be placed in the hallways.
d) Ceiling hangings of any description are not permissible as they interfere with the proper function of the fire/smoke detection and prevention devices.
e) Fireworks, firecrackers, and flares are not permitted in the residence halls. (Students are not permitted to possess fireworks and firecrackers while on the campus.) Violators are fined $200.
f) Lighting or heating devices which produce an open flame or smolder are prohibited in the residence halls. This includes candles, incense, and kerosene lamps. No hotplates, indoor grills, toaster ovens, or auxiliary heaters are to be used; hot irons and coffeepots should not be placed on the carpet. Halogen lamps are discouraged; bulb wattage must not exceed 150 watts.
g) Cardboard boxes and boxes of like materials may not be stored in attics of dormitories if gas water heaters are present in these attics.
h) Bicycles left in dormitory common rooms, halls, stairwells or where they obstruct exits will be removed. They should be stored only in areas approved for bike storage.
i) Personal refrigerators (limited to half-size, “under-the-counter” models) are allowed in student rooms. Refrigerators must meet all requirements and specifications as prescribed by the Residential Life Office. Those found unsafe are removed. It is recommended that a plastic drop cloth or other covering be placed underneath any refrigerator to prevent damage to floors and carpets.
j) Students should not tamper with electrical fixtures. Only power strip extension cords are permitted.
k) Students must comply with all fire safety measures undertaken on campus, including vacating buildings when a smoke/fire detection device has been activated or when the fire department is engaged in a practice session. Failure to exit during an alarm results in a $75 fine.
Furniture and other residence hall equipment may not be removed from the dormitory, from the common room, from one room to another or to the hallways. Such property may also not be borrowed by fraternities, sororities, or other social groups.
Beds other than those provided by the University as normal furniture are not permitted in the dormitories. Students may not build loft-type beds or other structures. Beds may not be disassembled. Bed frames, box springs and mattresses, mattress covers, and head and footboards should not be removed. Concrete blocks may not be used in dormitory rooms; however, plastic bed risers are permitted.
Students should not tamper with built-in furniture such as wall-mounted bookshelves or wardrobes. Metal-frame futons are prohibited in the residence halls.
The intentional breaking of glass (bottles, windows, etc.) results in a $50 fine and five hours of assigned community service. (The fine and the hours may be increased if the incident involves multiple bottles or windows being broken.) Student under the age of 21 may not display glass alcoholic beverages in their residence halls. Violators will be asked to recycle their glass containers. Persistent violators may be fined $25 per bottle.
Residents may not have long-term guests in the residential facilities. All guests must only stay in a dormitory room with the permission of all persons assigned to the room or suite. All guests must be respectful of the entire residential community. No guest or visitor under the age of 18 is permitted in the residence halls unless she/he is a sibling of a current student and/or is in the halls under the sponsorship of the Office of Admissions.
Residents should register their guests with the Head Resident, Proctor or Area Coordinator. Guests are required to abide by University policy including the policies governing alcohol and drug use. Residents are held responsible for any damages or infractions perpetrated by guests. Privileges to have guests in the residential halls may be revoked if a student’s guests violate University policies.
Individual room keys and front door keys should be used only by the student to whom they are issued. The keys are to be used only when school is in session and are to be returned at the end of the year to the Office of Residential Life. Lost keys, for which there is a $25 fine, must be reported and replaced.
Noise and Quiet Hours
Excessive noise should be avoided at all times. Excluding periods of final examinations, quiet hours are from 7:30 p.m. to 8 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. During final examination periods, quiet hours are in effect 24 hours every day until the last exam. During times when seniors living in the residential halls are preparing for comprehensive examinations, quiet hours are 7:30 p.m. to 8 a.m. Sunday through Saturday. Quiet hours violations result in a minimum fine of $25.
Parties or large gatherings are not permitted in residence hall rooms at any time. Students hosting parties in their rooms may be fined a minimum of $25.
Students living in University housing may not own pets, may not feed or keep pets in the residence hall, nor keep pets anywhere on the Domain. A minimum of $25 fine is imposed for violation of this policy and students may be fined an additional $25 per day that the animal continues to be kept on the Domain.
Residence halls are off limits to all persons except members of the University, their guests, and others who have legitimate business. Off-campus salesmen and persons advertising business products are not admitted to the dormitories without a letter from a Dean of Students dated after the first day of the beginning of each school year.
Students are not allowed access to rooftops under any circumstances.
Room doors should be locked to prevent theft. The University assumes no financial responsibility for lost or stolen property. Please contact immediately the Police Department (Ext. 1111) and your Proctor, Head Resident, or Area Coordinator if you become aware of a theft or of intrusions by unauthorized persons.
Exterior doors to residence halls are normally locked. The schedule for locking and unlocking doors may change according to the academic calendar or special events occurring on campus.
Propping exterior doors is prohibited and jeopardizes the safety of all residents of a residence hall.
Smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco is prohibited in all residential facilities and on balconies. Smoking is prohibited within 50 feet of a building. Incense and candles are also prohibited in the residential facilities. Violators of this policy are subject to a minimum of a $25 fine.
Students living in substance-free agree not to possess or use alcohol, tobacco, smokeless tobacco or other illegal substances while on campus. It is not only restricted to a substance-free room/suite. In substance-free housing, this policy effectively extends to students rooms, regardless of the resident's age. Specific floors and wings of some buildings are set aside for substance-free living each year. The locations change each year based on the number of requests received.
Students who violate the conditions set forth for substance-free housing are subject to disciplinary action including fines and sanctions; and they are likely to have their substance-free housing privilege revoked. Should an individual’s substance-free housing privilege be revoked, he/she will be required to move to the first available space, as determined by the Directors of Residential Life or the Deans of Students.
A roommate’s right to free access to the room at all times must not be abridged by visitation. A roommate must not be deprived of the right to privacy, study time, or sleep because of a guest. When there are infractions of the visitation rules, action is taken against all offending parties according to the following guidelines:
a) In the case of an infraction involving a first-time offense where the guilty parties react in a cooperative manner, the Residential Life staff member should give the students a reprimand and turn in their names to the Assistant Dean of Students, who normally takes no further action.
b) In the case of an infraction involving persons who are not cooperative, who are repeat offenders, the guilty parties should be reported to the Assistant Dean of Students. The Dean levies a minimum fine of $25 and may send the persons to the Student Discipline Committee.
c) In the case of individuals who are reported for a visitation infraction after having already been warned by the Assistant Dean or in a case involving cohabitation, the guilty parties should be turned over to the Dean. The Dean then decides on a fine (not less than $25), determines whether or not the persons should be turned over to the Student Discipline Committee, and may also select additional punishment from the following options depending on the severity of the case: loss of priority for room sign-up for the next year; loss of visitation/guest privileges in one’s dormitory; eviction from the dormitory system.
Students may not display neon signs, commercial signs, flags, or generally offensive materials from their dormitory room windows.
OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING POLICY
From one year to the next, the University, in its sole discretion, may allow a small number of students to live outside the residential system with preference given to those who seek to live close to campus with a faculty member. In the Easter semester, students interested in living outside the residence halls must apply for exemption. Consideration is given only to students with exemplary academic and social records. Students should not make arrangements with property owners until they have been given written permission and direction from the Office of Residential Life.
Students who have been granted permission to live outside the residential life system are required to sign an off-campus agreement. Failure to comply with the terms and conditions of the agreement generally results in fines, possible revocation of permission to live off-campus with relocation to a dormitory room as determined by the Office of Residential Life.
Similar to the social host guidelines established for campus and Greek-letter organizations, students who live in the Sewanee community are expected to be good citizens of their neighborhoods. Complaints related to noise, trash, parking, and parties are likely to result in fines and a meeting with the Assistant Dean of Students. Copies of incident reports from the Sewanee Police are sent to the landlords of off-campus properties.
All undergraduate students who live in college residence halls or in facilities associated with the residential life program of the college are required to purchase the University board plan. All students must present their own Sewanee ID card at the cashier’s station when dining at McClurg; students who circumvent the cashier’s station (or allow others to do so) may be brought before the Honor Council for theft.
Students who require special diets should present to the University Health Service a written report from their family physician including the prescribed diet. Special diets are available at McClurg Hall.
MISSING STUDENT POLICY
For the purposes of this policy, a student may be considered to be a "missing person" if the student's absence from campus is contrary to his or her usual pattern of behavior and the University has reasonable belief that the unusual circumstances may have caused the absence. Such circumstances may include, but not be limited to, a report or suspicion that the student may be a victim of foul play; the student has expressed suicidal thoughts, may be drug dependent or in a life threatening situation; or if the student is overdue returning to campus and is not heard from after giving a specific return time to friends or family.
If a member of the university community has reason to believe that a student is missing, whether or not the student resides on campus, that individual should contact the Sewanee Police Department (SPD). SPD will collaborate with the Office of the Dean of Students to make an effort to locate the student and determine his or her state of health and well-being. SPD will gather pertinent information about the student from the reporting person. Such information may include description, cellular phone number, clothes last worn, vehicle description, information about the physical and emotional well being of the student, an up-to-date photograph, etc.
University officials will also endeavor to determine the student's whereabouts through contact with friends, associates, and/or employers of the student, and determine whether the student has been attending classes, scheduled organizational or academic meetings, and work. If the student is an on-campus resident, SPD may enter into the student's room.
If a student is reported missing and cannot be located, certain notices will be made as follows:
will be notified within 24 hours (after SPD receives the initial missing person report) to determine whether they know the whereabouts of the student.
The student's designated emergency contact (if any) will be notified once SPD makes a determination that the student has been missing for more than 24 hours.
After the student has been located, SPD will attempt to verify the student's state of health and intention of returning to the campus. When and where appropriate, a referral may be made to the Counseling Center and/or the Student Health Center.
Designation of Emergency Contact Information
Students will be given an opportunity during the fall-term matriculation process to designate an individual to be contacted by the University if the student is determined to be missing. Returning and transfer students will be given an opportunity to provide this information during the fall term. The designation will remain in effect until changed or revoked by the student. The form provided for designation will state the circumstances in which the designated emergency contact information will be used, and will include a statement that the University is required by law to also notify the student's custodial parent or guardian if the student is under 18 at the time he or she is discovered to be missing. Students are advised that their contact information will be registered confidentially, will be accessible only to authorized university officials, and will not be disclosed to any third party except to law enforcement personnel in furtherance of a missing person investigation.
Communications About Missing Students
1. The Office of the Executive Director of Marketing and Communications will be part of the university's administrative response team and is the designated spokesperson to handle media inquiries concerning a missing student and to elicit public assistance in the search for a missing student.
2. The Chief of the Sewanee Police Department will be consulted by the Office of the Executive Director of Marketing and Communications prior to any information release from the University so as not to jeopardize any investigation.
Sexual misconduct is defined as sexual contact and/or activity that takes place without the effective consent of the other individual(s) involved. Effective consent is shown by the exchange of mutually understandable words or actions between the parties to sexual contact and/or activity. In order to be effective, consent cannot be obtained by the use of force, intimidation, threat, coercion, physical helplessness and/or incapacitation. Sexual activity with someone a person knows to be, or should know to be, mentally or physically incapacitated (because of disability, alcohol or other drug use, sleep, unconsciousness, or bodily restraint) is a violation of this policy. It should also be noted that silence, previous sexual contact, and/or a current relationship between the parties may not be taken as an indication of effective consent.
Examples of sexual misconduct include, but are not limited to, the following offenses:
• Sexual activity that includes anal, oral or vaginal intercourse without consent or through force, intimidation, threat, coercion, physical helplessness, and/or incapacitation. Intercourse is penetration, however slight, with any object (finger, penis, tongue, or other instrument).
• Any actual or attempted non-consensual sexual activity, including but not limited to, attempted sex, fondling, kissing, groping, touching another person’s intimate parts (defined as genitalia, groin, breast, buttocks, lips, or the clothing covering them) or compelling a person to touch his or her own or another person’s intimate parts without effective consent.
• Threats, actual or implied, of sexual contact and/or activity that result in intimidation, fear or apprehension of a sexual assault or physical harm. These might include, but are not limited to, threatening gestures or words, obscene phone calls, stalking, indecent exposure or voyeurism.
Conduct that does not violate this policy may violate other University policies and subject a student to disciplinary action.
Information about Adjudication Options and Support Services may be found at www2.sewanee.edu/studentlife/sexualmisconduct
Sewanee Outing Program
The Sewanee Outing Program (SOP) promotes outdoor activities both on and off the Mountain. Canoeing, kayaking, climbing, backpacking, caving, mountain biking, cycling, and skiing trips are all arranged through the SOP office throughout the year. Trips are conducted for various skill levels. Equipment may be loaned out for student use.
To learn more, go to www.sewanee.edu/sop/.
The Bike Shop is a self-help repair facility staffed by students for minor repairs and maintenance. Arrangements can be made to have bikes worked on or to get help in learning bike repair. The shop is located in the lower level of the Bairnwick Women's Center on Mississippi Avenue.
Over 50 miles of trails exist on the university campus. The twenty-mile Perimeter Trail is a marked and maintained multiple-use path that follows the bluffs around campus and occasionally dips down into the hollows. The trail is open to foot travel with certain sections available for mountain biking. Secondary trails and dirt fire lanes make up another great way to explore the woods on campus and are used by hikers, runners, and mountain bikers. Horse riders are allowed ONLY on firelanes.
The SOP also maintains an indoor bouldering wall (60 feet long and 12 feet high) in the Fowler Center. It has permanent padding in place allowing for students, faculty, and staff to learn how to boulder or hone their skills.
The University does not assume risk or responsibility for students, employees, or guests involved in outdoor activities.
Camping on the Domain
When the college is in session, current students are allowed to camp in most areas of the University Domain as long as they have checked with the Sewanee Outing Program office or the Sewanee Police Department. Please note that no permanent or semi-permanent structures may be constructed for camping on the Domain. No campfires are permitted and low-impact camping practices are expected. Because the Domain is used for a variety of recreational and research projects, restricted camping areas may vary throughout the academic year. Camping is at the risk of the individual, and the University does not regularly patrol or inspect the Domain.
Sewanee Golf and Tennis Club
The physical facilities of the Club consist of ten all-weather laykold courts, a nine-hole, eighteen-tee golf course of 6,235 yards playing to a par of seventy-two, and a clubhouse containing a pro shop and a snack bar.
The Club, an associate member of the USGA, is a semi-private organization supported in part by 125 members from Sewanee and nearby communities. Income from daily fees and the rental of electric golf carts enable the Club to operate with a minimum subsidy from the University Corporation. The primary purpose of the facility is to serve the recreational needs of the students. The tennis courts are open to students without charge. Physical education classes and the varsity golf team use the golf course without charge.
Student golf memberships are available for $75 for the academic year. They may be obtained upon registration and may be charged to University charge accounts. Greens fees for students who are not members are $3.75 weekdays and $7.50 on weekends and holidays.
The pro shop and snack bar are open from 7 a.m. until dark.
The University owns a twenty-four-stall horse barn with thirty acres of pastureland, two working rings, a dressage arena, stadium jumps, and cross-country courses. Those students interested in bringing a horse with them are encouraged to do so. A reasonable board rate is charged monthly.
Lessons in huntseat and western riding are available on a semester basis for physical education credit or for pleasure. Arrangements can be made for competition. Clinics are available in the area. There is a tuition fee for riding of $575 per semester.
Hunting and Fishing
Hunting on the University Domain is prohibited. Fishing is permitted in all the University lakes with the exception of Lake Dimmick.
The University does not assume risk or responsibility for students, employees or guests involved in outdoor activities.
SOCIAL HOST RESPONSIBILITIES
The University of the South supports legislation which emphasizes a host’s responsibility to plan social gatherings in a way that provides a safe setting for an event and makes a conscientious effort to uphold the alcoholic beverage laws of the State of Tennessee and the policies of the University. Furthermore, hosts, whether individuals or organizations, are held responsible for taking measures to discourage alcohol abuse at their social functions. Finally, hosts should plan social functions with consideration for proper decorum and to be respectful of Sewanee’s community.
The Office of the Deans of Students establishes a set of guidelines to help student organizations and their leaders understand their social host responsibilities. While the University provides advice and other forms of assistance to undergraduate hosts of parties, the responsibility for providing an appropriate and safe atmosphere for parties belongs with the person(s) sponsoring the event. Therefore, it should be noted that the guidelines and penalties, available under “policies” at life.sewanee.edu/students
, are intended to benefit the host and should be incorporated into party plans in the spirit of host responsibility and not simply followed in order to comply with the letter of the law. Accordingly, hosts may wish to complement these guidelines by adding other measures for protecting the safety of their guests.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING
A “vehicle” is defined for purposes of registration as a car, truck, motorcycle, and motor scooter. All students, faculty and staff are required to register their cars. Failure to display an automobile registration sticker results in a $25 fine. Stickers for students are available through the Office of the Associate Dean of Students for a $90 registration fee. Cars are not registered until the sticker is on the vehicle.
The speed limit throughout campus and in the village is twenty-five miles per hour except where otherwise posted. Automobiles must give pedestrians the right of way at all designated crosswalks.
Students whose driving privileges are revoked for violation of University rules and regulations, including driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages or drugs, must turn in their keys to the Office of the Associate Dean of Students. Thereafter, they may not operate any vehicle on campus nor may they loan their vehicle to other students for operation without the express permission of one of the Deans of Students. Vehicles may not be operated on the campus by students on social probation nor may students on social probation loan their vehicles to other students for operation. Driving privileges for students may also be revoked when vehicles are operated in a reckless or inappropriate manner. Students whose keys have been turned in to the Dean’s office may pick up their keys prior to University holidays and must turn in their keys upon return to campus.
Traditionally, some students have chosen to decorate the windows of cars of “comped” seniors with celebratory language and/or images. The owners of these vehicles must be aware that Tennessee state law prohibits applications to windshields or windows that restrict visibility (T.C.A. 55-9-107). Furthermore, both Tennessee law (T.C.A. 55-8-187) and common expectations of decency prohibit the display of any language or image deemed “obscene and patently offensive” by community standards. Owners of vehicles with such displays may be fined, and those decorating them invite allegations of vandalism.
All student bicycles must be registered with the Associate Dean of Students’ Office, and the registration sticker must be attached to the bicycle. Bicycle registration is free.
A bicycle may not be used during the hours of darkness unless it is equipped with a light on the front and red reflector on the rear. Preferably bicycles shall be ridden on the right side of the street, in single file, but never more than two abreast. However, bicycles may be ridden on the sidewalk with preference given to pedestrians. Violators of these rules are issued traffic tickets, and a fine of $10 is imposed for each violation. Bicycles left on campus after Commencement in May are considered abandoned property and subject to sale or disposal at the University’s discretion.
It is the policy of The University of the South to provide a safe environment for students, staff, faculty and community residents through the adoption and enforcement of rules and regulations that promote the health, safety, and morale of the community.
Skateboards, roller blades, roller skates, scooters and similar devices on wheels and runners are prohibited by law (T.C.A. 55-8-173) from being operated on the public streets and highways. The University supports the enforcement of Tennessee highway safety laws. The above devices may be used on the sidewalks or designated bicycle lanes of The University of the South except in the following areas:
1. All sidewalks on the All Saints’ Chapel side of University Avenue extending from Georgia Avenue south to Elliott Park.
2. The sidewalk area in front of the Fowler Sports & Fitness Center from University Avenue to Allen Gipson Lane. This includes all pedestrian areas at or near the entrance to the Fowler Center.
3. Any University sidewalks constructed from flagstone.
4. Within 50 ft. of the doorway entrance to any commercial establishment, University dorm, or University building housing classrooms.
5. Sidewalks on both sides of University Avenue from the Otey Parish Church to the Senior Citizen’s Center. This includes all business parking lots and entrances.
These devices may not be used in any manner that test the skill and ability of the user to perform acrobatic maneuvers except in the rear portion of the parking lot between Cravens Hall and the Tennessee Williams' Theatre when both facilities are not being used for public events.
Users of these devices must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians at all times.
Users and minor children are urged to take simple precautions like wearing safety helmets and protective pads, avoiding traffic or rough surfaces and riding in daylight hours.
Any person who violates the above policy is fined $25 per incident.
Parking Policy (General)
People often ask why Sewanee, a small rural community, should have a parking policy. The reasons are simple.
1) We want our community to walk, to bike, and to lessen our carbon footprint.
2) Every day, literally thousands of people drive, walk, and bicycle across the Domain on streets that are owned by the University, Franklin County, and the State of Tennessee. We want to ensure their safety.
This policy is reviewed frequently and amended as necessary. Every community member’s understanding and compliance with the parking policy is appreciated and helps make Sewanee a better place to live and work.
It is the responsibility of every person who owns or operates a vehicle to be familiar with parking regulations and restrictions. Ignorance of the rules is not considered a valid excuse for illegal parking. If dormitories are open, parking policies apply with no exception.
Car & Bike Registration
Our community is safer when you register your vehicle. All employee and student cars must be registered by submitting the appropriate information at: life.sewanee.edu/live/car-and-bike/
. A car is not officially registered until the parking sticker is placed on the rear left bumper.
Who’s responsible for a parked vehicle?
All traffic violations are the responsibility of the owner of the vehicle involved in the violation. Penalties for parking violations are only charged against the owner of a vehicle and not against another person responsible for the violation.
General Parking Rules
On Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., undergraduate parking is restricted to the designated areas near residence halls or remote parking lots. After 5 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays, blue spaces are available to undergraduates for parking. All other restrictions remain.
NEW — There is no parking along University Avenue from the Sewanee Inn to Elliott and Hunter Halls, except during major events as specified by the Sewanee Police Department. — NEW
Student parking is assigned according to residence hall.
Blue-lined spaces designate faculty and staff parking only. Note: Undergraduate employees may not park in blue-lined spaces Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Vehicles are prohibited from backing into parking spaces (head in only).
Parallel parking: vehicles must face the appropriate direction. Right-hand wheels of vehicles must be within 18 inches of the right-hand curb.
Parking is prohibited in the following locations:
Along a yellow line or yellow curb; In front of garbage bins, on the grass, and in service spaces (except for marked University vehicles); In handicap spaces (except for vehicles displaying a handicap tag from the state of registration or a temporary permit issued by the Sewanee Police); In spaces identified as head resident spaces (except for vehicles belonging to a head resident) or service vehicle parking spaces; In front of the University Bookstore and the Tiger Pantry from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. seven days per week for all students, including School of Theology students. This includes 30-minute and one-hour time limit spaces; In the 30-minute or one-hour time limit spaces for longer than the designated time limit, at any time.
Any space that is not clearly defined as a legal parking space, unless directed otherwise by the police.
The Sewanee Police Department enforces the University's parking policy, including the improper parallel parking of vehicles. Tennessee Code Section 58-8-161 states “Every vehicle stopped or parked upon a roadway where there are adjacent curbs shall be so stopped or parked with the right-hand wheels of such vehicle within eighteen inches (18”) of the right-hand curb.” The University parking policy in general restricts undergraduate parking in the central campus area during normal business hours.
If the undergraduate loans his/her car, and it is cited for a color-code violation, the citation is billed to the owner of the vehicle. Eligible students must clearly display their registrations and are only permitted to park in designated parking areas. Parking behind duPont Library is reserved for faculty, staff, seminarians, and visitors.
Temporary Handicap Parking
Temporary handicap parking permission is only granted by the Sewanee Police Department, and medical documentation is required.
Emergencies and Car Troubles
When a vehicle is inoperable, the driver should contact the Sewanee Police Department. Without a notice to the SPD, illegally parked vehicles will be ticketed, even if inoperable.
Violators of the parking restrictions are fined in the range of $10-$25 for a first offense. A second violation per semester results in the regular fine for an offense, plus $50. A third, or subsequent, violation results in the regular fine, plus $100. In addition, violators are responsible for the cost of towing, if at the discretion of the Sewanee Police Department towing is required. All undergraduate traffic tickets are charged to the student’s account.
Appeals from fines will be heard by the Traffic Appeals Committee, composed of faculty, staff, police, and students. All appeals must be made in writing using the form found at life.sewanee.edu/live/traffic-appeal
and submitted within 48 hours of the citation. Violations more than 48 hours old are NOT considered for appeal. Appeals must include the date, time, and specific location of the infraction.
Final Exams, Comping Seniors, Breaks, and Holidays
The parking rules do not change to accommodate undergraduates who are studying for comprehensive exams, nor do they change for final examinations or holidays.
In accordance with Tennessee Code 39-17-1309, the University of the South prohibits firearms and other weapons on University property (except for law enforcement officers in the discharge of their official duties or when used solely for instructional or school-sanctioned ceremonial purposes). Weapons prohibited by statute include, but are not limited to, any firearm, explosive, bowie knife, hawk bill knife, dagger, switchblade knife, slingshot, blackjack, knuckles, or any other weapon of like kind. The University also prohibits BB guns, pellet guns, and paintball guns.
Violation of University policies governing the use or possession of firearms, ammunition, and weapons results in a minimum fine of $200, 30 hours of assigned community service, loss of the privilege to participate in fraternity or sorority rush, parental notification, and social probation. Cases may also be referred to the Faculty Discipline Committee if the violation warrants possible suspension or expulsion. Students may also be subject to prosecution by civil authorities for violation of state laws governing firearms and weapons