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Comprehensive Standards 3.2.7

Last Updated August 24, 2004
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Comprehensive Standards 3.2.7:

The institution has a clearly defined and published organizational structure that delineates responsibility for the administration of policies.

The Institution Certifies Compliance: Yes

Compliance report completed by: Audit Team 11

Statement of Rationale for Judgment of Compliance:

According to Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Policy, the president of the University of Memphis serves as the executive head of the institution, exercises supervision to promote efficient operation and management of the institution, and executes directives of the TBR. [1] The president is the official liaison between the faculty and students of the university and the executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC), [2] TBR, and the state legislature. The provost, vice presidents for advancement, business and finance, information technology, and student affairs, and the athletic director (see organization charts [3]) are empowered by delegation from the president to further organize the various colleges, schools, departments, and offices within their areas of responsibility. Any changes in organizational structure are reported to the TBR during the annual budget submission [4] and are approved prior to implementation. [5] University policy clearly delineates responsibility for administration of policies and the mechanism for initiating changes to policy. [6]

Relevant Organizational Unit(s):

Tennessee Board of Regents; Office of the President

Supporting Documentation and Evidence:

[1] TBR Policy 1:03:02:00 Duties of the Presidents and Technology Center Directors
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[2] Tennessee Public Higher Education Governance and Coordination Structure
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[3] Organizational Charts, by Executive Officer

Director of Athletics


VP, Advancement

VP, Business & Finance

VP, Information Technology

VP, Student Affairs

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[4] TBR Guideline P-010 Personnel Transactions and Recommended Forms
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[5] Letter from TBR Approving UofM Organizational Structure, June 18, 2004
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[6] UofM Policy UM1348 Formulation and Issuance of Policy and Procedures
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