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Office of General Counsel Policies & Guidelines

Policies and Guidelines

The Board of Regents has established policies and guidelines that are implemented on a system-wide basis. Both policies and guidelines work their way through the appropriate sub-council or sub-councils, then go to the presidents council for approval. Approval at that level is all that is required to establish guidelines, which generally describe the process of policy implementation. Policies themselves must go on to the full board for consideration after being approved by the presidents council.

All TBR Institutions are required to follow system policies and guidelines and incorporate them into their campus policies and guidelines. As the need arises, policies and guidelines are updated and re-posted to the website. 

Index Codes

The following index is provided as an aid to finding the correct policy or guideline.



Recent Updates

NOTE: All Policies and Guidelines in effect on July 1, 2016 apply to all State Universities in the State University and Community College System, unless superseded by the individual institution's board approved policy.

June 20 & 21, 2019

The following revisions to Policies & Guidelines were approved at the Board Meeting:

1:09:00:00 Diversity and Equity
1:11:00:00 Development and Approval of Policies and Procedures
2:01:00:00 General Education Requirements & Degree Requirements
2:05:00:00 Distance Education Policy
       Guidelines A-070 & A-075 deleted as a result
5:01:00:00 General Personnel Policy
      Guideline P-050 deleted as a result
5:02:02:30 Faculty Promotion at the Community Colleges
5:02:04:10 Faculty Compensation During Summer Session and Inter-Session

June 11, 2019

1:12:01:00 Ministerial revision to add new RDA approved by the Records Commission; RDA SW-U14 Child Care Facility Records.

May 14, 2019

The following was approved at the Board Special Called Meeting May 14, 2019:

New Policies requiring the deletion of Guidelines:
1:08:01:00 Enterprise Information Systems - Guideline G-050 deleted
1:08:03:00 Access Control - Guidelines G-051 & G-052 deleted
1:08:04:00 Personally Identifiable Information (PII) - Guideline G-053 deleted
1:08:05:00 IT Acceptable Uses - Guideline G-054 deleted

Revisions Approved on the following Policies:
2:01:00:04 Awarding of Credits Earned Through Extra-Institutional Learning to Community Colleges
2:02:00:01 ROTC Programs

The following Policy was deleted as obsolete: 
5:02:05:00 Employment of Graduate Assistants

April 4, 2019

Rules of the Tennessee Board of Regents are now accessible on the Policies & Rules page under Rules. They consist of Statewide Administrative Rules and Systemwide Student Rules.