Request to address the Board

In conjunction with regular meetings of the Board of Trustees, an opportunity will be provided for students, employees, and members of the public to address the Board, or a committee of the Board, concerning items on the meeting agenda or other issues germane to the responsibilities of the Board.  The agenda for committee and Board meetings will be published on the Board website approximately one week prior to the meeting.  

The Board’s Public Comment Policy describes the procedures, terms, and conditions that govern requests to address the Board.

 Submit Form Online

 Submit Form by Mail

Address to:
University of Memphis Board of Trustees
201 Administration Building
Memphis, TN 38152

Forms submitted electronically will be considered submitted as of the date and time of electronic receipt by the Board of Trustees Office. Forms submitted by mail will be considered submitted as of 4:30 p.m. CDT on the day the form was received by mail in the Board of Trustees Office.

The Board will not hear speakers on grievances or appeals specific to individual students or employees; pending or threatened litigation involving the University or University officials; the employment status of any specific individual; statements concerning the private activities, lifestyles or beliefs of any individuals; or proposals or bids for contracts.

Persons who have preregistered to speak on permissible subjects will be scheduled on a “first come, first served” basis, except that no more than four (4) speakers will be scheduled to speak on the same subject, and the total time allotted for addresses to the Board during each regular meeting will not exceed 15 minutes.  Each speaker will be permitted to speak for a maximum of three (3) minutes.  Therefore, it is anticipated that a maximum of five (5) speakers will be permitted to speak at each regular meeting.   A speaker may not combine his/her three (3) minute allotment with another speaker, and a speaker is not allowed to give all or any part of his/her time to another person.

The Board of Trustees Office will notify registrants whether they will be scheduled to speak at the meeting and, if so, the specific time and place of their presentations.  Scheduled speakers must be physically present to address the Board. Scheduled speakers who are unable to attend the meeting may not send a substitute.

 Persons wishing to bring an issue to the attention of the Board of Trustees may submit information to the postal or e-mail address shown below. Please note, however, that the Bylaws do not provide for the Board to hear complaints or appeals about any matter related to a University employee or student. An appeal to the President is the final avenue of appeal on those matters.

Board of Trustees
University of Memphis
201 Administration Building
Memphis, TN 38152

This method should not be used:

  1. to report known or suspected misconduct by a University employee, outside contractor, or vendor;
  2. sexual misconduct, relationship violence, or stalking;
  3. child abuse and/or child sexual abuse; or
  4. academic integrity issues.