All volunteers utilized in any University program must be registered with the Tennessee
Board of Claims. Registration is necessary for both the volunteer and the University
to be protected from liability for claims arising out of the volunteer’s service on
behalf of the University. Registration is also necessary to insure that volunteers
and/or the University will be reimbursed for the cost of defense in the event of such
a claim. TCA§9-8-307 (h)
Volunteers may include, but are not limited to, members of the community serving on
University committees and students who provide services for various departments or
programs. Student leaders (i.e.; SGA president) as well as unpaid persons in athletics
and other areas are considered volunteers. Graduate assistants and other student workers
who receive wages from the University do not need to register. In addition, volunteers
in the medical profession who are providing direct health care are considered "state
employees" under the defense reimbursement provisions for purposes of medical malpractice.
TCA §8-42-101(3) (B).
Both a volunteer registration form and a statement of understanding form must be completed
for each volunteer. Please return all completed and signed forms to the Office of Legal Counsel;
201 Administration Building. We will submit the necessary information and forms to
the Board of Claims.