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General:  Where do I find the basic policies and procedures governing students at The University of Memphis?

Privacy: What rules govern the privacy of student records?

Office of Legal Counsel's Role:  Will the Office of Legal Counsel personally represent students/faculty/staff?

Disability: If I need a service or accommodation due to a disability, whom do I contact?

Safety Concerns:   I'm concerned for my personal safety on campus.  What do I do?

Reporting Crime:  I witnessed a crime on campus and I want to report the crime but remain anonymous.   What should I do?

Sexual Harassment: What is the University's policy on sexual harassment?  What resources are available on campus?

File Sharing: Is it OK to download and distribute music or movies from the Internet without paying for them?

Rallies & Protests: What do I need to know to organize a rally, pass out literature or post banners or posters at The University of Memphis?

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General:  Where do I find the basic policies and procedures governing students at The University of Memphis?

The basic policies and procedures governing students are found at http://policies.memphis.edu/

In addition please see the Student Handbook and Planner which can be picked up in the Panhellenic Building.

A collection of student policies including crime awareness, drug & alcohol, FERPA, harassment, sexual assault and sexual harassment, weapons, in addition to academic dishonesty and the code of right and responsibilities, is located on the Office of Judicial and Ethical Programs website at http://saweb.memphis.edu/judicialaffairs/ or (901) 678-2298.

Privacy: What rules govern the privacy of student records?

FERPA (Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act) is a Federal law designed to protect the privacy of a student's education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education, including The University of Memphis. For more information please refer to the Office of Registrar at http://www.memphis.edu/registrar/ or (901) 678-2810.

Office of Legal Counsel's Role:  Will the Office of Legal Counsel personally represent students/faculty/staff?

Not unless the legal matter is related to your employment at the University or a University sponsored event or activity.  You can consult with the Office of Legal Counsel regarding University legal matters related to University business but please understand that the Office of Legal Counsel represents the University's interests, not an individual's interest if you are proceeding against the University.  You are responsible for hiring your own attorney to handle personal legal matters.

 If you need help finding an attorney go to other legal resources.

Employees of the University can also go through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for assistance in finding an attorney.

Disability: If I need a service or accommodation due to a disability, whom do I contact?

Please refer to the Disability Resources for Students at http://www.memphis.edu/drs/ or (901) 678-2880.

Safety Concerns:   I'm concerned for my personal safety on campus.  What do I do?

If there is an immediate threat to your safety or the safety of others, you should immediately call Police Services at 678-4357 or 911.  For non-emergencies, please call Police Services at 678-3848.

 If you need a personal escort on campus in the evening, contact the Tiger Patrol at 678-4663.

Reporting Crime:  I witnessed a crime on campus and I want to report the crime but remain anonymous.   What should I do?

 You are encouraged to report any crime to Police Services at 678-4357.  If you want to maintain anonymity, you may report the crime by going to http://www.memphis.edu/police/, click on forms, and then click on silent witness report.

Sexual Harassment: What is the University's policy on sexual harassment?  What resources are available on campus?

Harassment is reprehensible and will not be tolerated by the University. The University of Memphis strives to provide a place of work and study free of sexual harassment, intimidation, or exploitation.  It is expected that students, faculty and staff will treat each other with respect.

Students may report claims of sexual harassment by another student to the Office of Judicial and Ethical Programs.  If a student claims sexual harassment by a member of the faculty or staff, or a University vendor, please report such behavior to the Affirmative Action/EEO Officer.

Please also refer to the Office of Judicial and Ethical Programs website at http://saweb.memphis.edu/judicialaffairs/ and The University of Memphis policy at http://policies.memphis.edu/UM1391.htm

File Sharing: Is it OK to download and distribute music or movies from the internet without paying for them?

 Sharing music, videos, software and other copyrighted material in violation of copyright laws may expose you and others to significant legal and University sanctions.  Please refer to the Legal Counsel Office website, www.memphis.edu/legal/, for information about copyright laws.

Rallies & Protests: What do I need to know to organize a rally, pass out literature or post banners or posters at The University of Memphis?

Recognized student groups of The University of Memphis who wish to schedule programs, speeches, rallies, information tables, banners and posters should contact Ms. LaRuth Lofties at (901) 678-2041.

For more information, please review the following policies and procedures:
http://policies.memphis.edu/2a0905a.html;
http://policies.memphis.edu/12a0905.html;
http://policies.memphis.edu/2a0904a.html;
http://policies.memphis.edu/12a0904.html;
http://policies.memphis.edu/12a0403.html;
http://policies.memphis.edu/2a0403a.html

 Additionally, all rallies, protests or student gatherings must comply with the University's policy regarding noise and amplification.  See: http://policies.memphis.edu/2e1001a.html.

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The University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152-3370
Tel: (901) 678-2155
Fax: (901) 678-3489
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