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Comprehensive Standards 3.2.4

Last Updated Aug 4, 2004
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Comprehensive Standards 3.2.4:

The governing board is free from undue influence from political, religious, or other external bodies and protects the institution from such influence.

The Institution Certifies Compliance: Yes

Compliance report completed by: Audit Team 10

Statement of Rationale for Judgment of Compliance:

The Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) is composed of eighteen members: twelve lay citizens appointed for six-year terms by the governor (subject to confirmation by the state senate) from each of the nine congressional districts and three grand divisions of the state (West, Central, East); one faculty member and one student, each appointed for a one-year term by the governor from among the system institutions; and four ex officio members—the governor, the commissioner of education, the commissioner of agriculture, and the executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

A primary responsibility of the Tennessee Board of Regents is to preserve the unique qualities, integrity, and regional and community relationships of each of the institutions. [1] To minimize the influence that any political, religious, or other external body can place on the members, the Board must include:

  • One public member appointed from each of the nine congressional districts in which he or she is domiciled;
  • Three at-large members appointed from different geographical areas of the state;
  • Each of the two leading political parties represented by at least three appointed members;
  • At least four appointed members who are alumni of the institutions governed by the Board, but not more than two members to be alumni of the same institution;
  • At least one member under 30 years of age;
  • At least one member 60 years of age or older; and
  • At least one member of a racial minority.

In addition, all Board members are required to provide full financial disclosure. [2] All Board meetings are open and public notice is furnished to the news media. [3] Minutes are published of all committee and sub-committee meetings. [4] Board policies include a Code of Ethics to ensure public trust. [5]

The Board’s academic freedom and responsibility policy is applicable to all universities and community colleges within the TBR system. [6] The UofM policy on academic freedom provides further support to these important principles. [7]

Relevant Organizational Unit(s):

Tennessee Board of Regents; Office of the President

Supporting Documentation and Evidence:

[1] TBR Policy 1:02:03:00 Duties of Board Members
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[2] Tennessee Statement of Interest Form
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[3] TBR Policy 1:02:07:00 Meetings of the Board
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[4] TBR Meeting Minutes Index ( visit the live www site )
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[5] TBR Policy 1:02:03:20 Code of Ethics for Members of TBR
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[6] TBR Policy 5-02-03-30 Academic Freedom and Responsibility
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[7] UofM Policy 1:2B:01:01 Academic Freedom
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