The purpose of this policy is to provide a uniform basis upon which the institutions governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents (“TBR” or “the Board”) can regulate and facilitate the use of campus property and facilities. It is intended to operate consistent with each institution’s educational purpose and mission, through the implementation of reasonable, content/viewpoint neutral regulations. This policy, and all campus policies developed in compliance with the policy, shall be implemented and construed so as to ensure no undue disruption of that mission, promote an educational atmosphere on campus; prevent commercial exploitation of students; preserve residential tranquility; and prevent use of campus property and facilities contrary to federal, state or local law, regulation, or the rules and policies of the TBR, and its institutions.
In establishing this policy, and the related institutional policies, the TBR recognizes the importance to the educational process and environment for persons affiliated with the respective institutions including officially recognized student organizations and other groups to have reasonable access to, and use of, the educational facilities on their respective campuses, to hear various views. Simultaneously, the TBR also makes clear that its facilities and that of its constituent institutions are not open public forums, but are instead intended solely for use consistent with the advancement and orderly administration of its educational mission for the benefit of its students, staff, and affiliated entities. As such, TBR Institutions do not ordinarily make its buildings or other facilities available to outside individuals or outside groups. Exceptions may be made only if the proposed use is consistent with this policy and institutional policy and mission.
All TBR Institutions shall implement policies governing access to and/or use of their specific property and facilities consistent with the provisions of the policy set forth here, and below, subject to prior review and approval by the TBR.