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Office of General Counsel Policies & Guidelines

Faculty Emeritus : 5:02:01:10

Policy/Guideline Area

Personnel Policies

Applicable Divisions

TCATs, Community Colleges


The purpose of this policy is to establish the criteria and process regarding faculty emeritus at institutions governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.


  1. Faculty Emeritus
    1. Faculty having served an institution governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents for a sufficient length of time to be eligible for state retirement benefits shall be eligible for emeritus faculty status upon retirement from the institution.
      1. Emeritus faculty status is an honor bestowed for distinguished institutional services.
      2. Designation as emeritus faculty shall be at presidential discretion.
    2. Emeritus faculty shall be entitled to such privileges and benefits, other than monetary compensation, as their institution designates insofar as such privileges and benefits are within the limits of the institution's discretionary authority.
      1. Such privileges and benefits may include an identification card designating the holder as emeritus faculty and entitling the holder access to certain institution facilities and services commonly available to faculty.
      2. The privileges and benefits carry with them the same responsibilities as for regular faculty.



T.C.A. § 49-8-203


TBR Meeting, March 4, 1977