Accommodations and Assistance
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is strongly committed to complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act and assuring that no qualified individual is by reason of disability, excluded from participation in or denied the benefits of any services, programs, or activities provided by the University. The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) provides reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities whenever necessary to afford otherwise qualified students access to services, programs, or activities. The Director of Affirmative Action, Dr. Barbara Wofford, hold the responsibility of ensuring University compliance with ADA. For more information, please come by the OSD office located at 110 Frist Hall, or call (423) 425-4006.
The purpose of the Asia Program is to enhance understanding of Asia by the general public and the University community through a variety of educational services including courses, exchanges, summer institutes, and publications such as Education About Asia.
The University Bookstore is operated by Barnes & Noble Bookstores, Inc. The store is located in the University Center and offers new and used textbooks for all courses and all required supplies for class along with UTC merchandise—T-shirts, sweatshirts, fraternity and sorority items, etc. Services provided include daily book buy-back with price paid on wholesale basis. Prices are higher at the end of the semester, and many fluctuate depending on inventory needs of the bookstore for the next semester.
The Bookstore accepts checks, cash, Mocs Cards, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover cards. For more information, please contact the bookstore at (423) 425-4107.
Cadek Conservatory of Music
The Cadek Conservatory has as its goal the education of music students of all ages who are not enrolled at the University level. The conservatory offers applied music courses in virtually all instruments and voice in a curriculum which includes theory, chamber music, and other ensemble activity. This comprehensive curriculum has special courses for young children including Suzuki violin and piano.
The conservatory is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music and the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts . The faculty ranges from full-time conservatory teachers to public school music teachers who serve part-time. The faculty includes many University music faculty and other prominent performing musicians as well.
For further information, please consult the Cadek Conservatory of Music Bulletin or call (423) 425-4624.
Center for Economic Education, The Probasco Chair of Free Enterprise
The Probasco Chair of Free Enterprise and its associated Center for Economic Education design and implement research projects and educational programs to educate UTC students, secondary and elementary school teachers, and the general public, including the clergy, media, employees, and business executives, about basic economic principles and the unique features of the free enterprise system.
The UTC Children’s Center is an early childhood program and learning lab operated by the Department of Human Ecology in the College of Health, Education and Professional Studies. The center serves children from six weeks of age through prekindergarten in two sites located at Brown and Battle Academies. The Tennessee Department of Human Services licenses the center which has attained a Three Star Rating at each site. The center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The prekindergarten program is approved by the Tennessee Department of Education. The center provides a clinical laboratory environment for early childhood education majors and students in other fields related to children and families.
Priority for enrollment is given to children of UTC faculty, staff and students, faculty and staff of Brown and Battle and attendance zone families. The center maintains a waiting list. These applications are available by calling the center at 209-5735 (Battle) or 209-5740 (Brown). The Coordinator at each site maintains the waiting list and provides tours of the facility.
Computing Resources, UTC Campus
UTC’s computing resources maintain and manage campus hardware and software through campus laboratories, administrative and academic mainframes, and data communication networks.
Computing Services supports and provides facilities to handle the student records database, which includes recruiting, admissions, registration, fee payment, and graduation. It also supports such auxiliary functions as continuing education, parking, telephone services, and housing. The computing facilities available on the UTC campus include an HP3000/969/120, 4-way HP9000/K570 and several Sun UNIX machines, all of which are used for instruction and research. The UTC campus computer network is connected to the Internet, supporting world wide web access for UTC computer users. In addition, this unit handles computerized test grading.
Continuing Education and Public Service
The Division of Continuing Education and Public Service offers a variety of credit courses in locations other than the UTC campus. Convenient for students and the community at large, off-campus courses carry the same credits as their on-campus counterpart. Offerings are available from the Division via interactive video, Web-based delivery and cable television.
The Division provides lifelong learning opportunities to meet the needs of individuals in UTC’s service region, including professional certification programs, workshops and conferences.
Counseling and Career Planning
The Counseling and Career Planning Center at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga offers a variety of services to students. These services include personal, vocational, academic counseling, and crisis intervention for individuals and groups. Consultation services, workshops and other programs are developed and available for the university community.
The staff of the center includes professionally-trained counselors and a psychologist, who have achieved appropriate certification and/or licensure at the state and national levels. The center serves as a practicum site for graduate students who work under the supervision of the center’s professional staff.
Programs and services include: career planning; personal counseling; outreach programs/workshops; consultation; and testing. Information on a wide variety of careers, opportunities, graduate schools, and career development is available from books, pamphlets, audio and video resources, and computers. The resources are provided without charge. There is, however, a minimal charge for testing materials.
The services of the Counseling and Career Planning Center are confidential. New clients come to the center on a walk-in basis. The initial session generally takes about 15 minutes. Location and hours: Counseling & Career Planning Center, University Center, (423) 425-4438, is open Monday through Friday 8 A.M.– 5 P.M.
Aramark Campus Services manages the food services on UTC’s campus. The Crossroads is open each weekday and offers flexible meal plans to meet personal needs. The MocsCard food point plans are the best way to purchase meals on campus by providing a secure, convenient method of payment at any of the UTC Dining Services locations. The Mocs Card can be used at The Crossroads, located next to the UTC Lupton Library, featuring Subway, Starbucks coffee, Grilleworks, Bené Pizzeria, and more. The card may also be used at the Java City coffeehouse located in Fletcher Hall, as well as the Mocs Express Convenience Store in the UTC Place apartments. To place points on Mocs Card, visit the UTC Bursar’s Office in Fletcher Hall. Employment opportunities are also available. For more information, please contact Aramark at (423) 425-4200 or visit the ID Card Center located in Fletcher Hall.
Student health services are provided under the medical direction of University Health Services through a relationship with the UT College of Medicine. Clinic hours are 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The services include orthopedic and sports medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, OB-GYN, and subspecialty medical care, such as cardiology, pulmonary, geriatrics and general surgery. Additional information about University Health Services may be obtained at: www.utc.edu/UniversityHealthServices.
The university recommends that students obtain separate hospitalization and medical insurance. Information about a health insurance policy available through the university and covering a schedule of expenses for surgery and hospitalization is available in Student Health. All international students are required to enroll in the insurance program. For other information concerning University Health Services or to schedule an appointment, please contact Student Health at (423) 425-4453.
The University offers a program of differentiated housing that allows students the option of living in facilities with different kinds of programming and supervision. Facilities include traditional style units and apartments housing. Further information concerning the details of these plans is available from the Housing Office, (423) 425-4304, or you can find information online at www.utc.edu and is sent upon request.
The University provides each student with an official University ID card, the Mocs Card. This card is used to gain admission to athletic events, to check out books from the library, to obtain special rates and privileges at many University functions, and to indicate the individual’s right to use University facilities. Mocs Cards can also be used as a debit card at the following locations:
All Food Service Facilities; Boling Mini-Mart
Go Print Stations
Graphic Services and Mail Room
Parking Garage and Parking Services
Counseling and Career Planning
ARC-Guest and Equipment Checkout
Select copy and vending machine locations
A student’s account can be managed online through ManageMyID by registering at www.utc.edu/mocscard. A debit card account balance can be activated by depositing cash into the Value Port machine located next to Food Services in the University Center and in the Library. Also, deposits can be made in the form of cash, check, Visa or Mastercard in the Bursar’s Office, University Center.
A student’s initial Mocs Card is intended to last throughout the entire stay at UTC. Lost or stolen cards should be reported immediately through ManageMyID. The Mocs Card Office is located in the University Center, ground floor, Room 141. The telephone number is (423) 425-2218 or (423) 425-4109; fax (423) 425-4795. UTC is not liable for any loss of funds due to misuse or theft of a Mocs Card. Replacement cards (lost, broken, or damaged) are made at the Mocs Card Office for a cost of $15 to be paid at the Bursar’s Office. Once a replacement card is made, previous cards cannot be reactivated under any circumstances. No fee is charged for the initial card or for the initial use of the debit card system. A $15 service fee is applied to Mocs Card refunds.
Instructional and Computing Support Services
The primary function of Instructional and Computing Support Services is to provide support for technology across the campus. The unit is composed of the Help Desk, Microcomputer Training, Campus Student Microcomputer Labs, and Media Resources.
The Help Desk provides technical hardware and software support for faculty and staff and coordinates the set up of microcomputers on campus. The Help Desk also installs and supports general campus site-licensed software applications, including operating systems, word processing, database, spreadsheets, e-mail, anti-virus, and Internet software. Hardware support includes troubleshooting and isolation of equipment problems, memory upgrades, and battery changes.
Media Resources provides instructional audiovisual support to faculty and staff. Services include the delivery of audiovisual equipment to the classroom, videotaping of classroom lectures or demonstrations, and technical support for satellite teleconferencing.
The Microcomputer Training unit provides training and short courses to faculty and staff. Courses can also be arranged by departments or to individuals to cover specific applications that are supported by the campus.
There are several Campus Student Microcomputer Labs on campus. The labs provide students with access to common application packages as well as applications that are specific to disciplines, printing, scanning, and access to the Internet. Faculty may also reserve the student labs a maximum of twice a semester to teach particular application packages to their students.
The Lupton Library is the center of many of the teaching, learning, and research activities of the students, faculty, and staff of UTC, as well as members of the metropolitan Chattanooga community. The library maintains a collection of over 473,000 books; 2,700 current periodical subscriptions; 24,000 reels of microfilm; and 14,000 audiovisual items. Total holdings comprise over 1.7 million physical pieces of material.
The Lupton Library’s on-line catalog enables users to locate items in the library’s collections. Anyone with an Internet connection can access the online catalog by visiting the library’s Web page at www.lib.utc.edu. In addition, electronic access to databases which index and abstract magazine and journal articles in business, medicine and health, education, psychology, sociology, environmental studies, and many other areas is available in the library. The electronic indexes can be accessed in the library and on campus. Students, faculty and staff can access some electronic indexes from off-campus. Reference librarians staff the Reference Desk on the first floor of the Lupton Library during almost all hours of operation. They are available for individual instruction on the use of the many resources owned and accessed by the library. They are also the best resource for service details and policy clarifications. Reference librarians also work with graduate students who would like to search the more than 400 off-site databases available through Dialog Information Services. However, this service is available only to those who are willing to assume the cost of the transactions.
To borrow circulating materials from the Lupton Library, individuals must present a valid, barcoded identification card. The standard loan period for graduate students is 28 days. Along with the collections of UTC’s Lupton Library, UTC students, faculty, and staff with valid identification are granted reciprocal borrowing privileges at all libraries of The University of Tennessee and Tennessee Board or Regents Systems. In addition, UTC students may borrow from other libraries materials not owned by Lupton Library. This Interlibrary Loan Service sometimes has charges associated with it. Charges are paid by the student making the request.
UTC faculty members may reserve certain items for special use by students in their classes. These items are listed in the online catalog as “on reserve” and are shelved behind the Circulation Counter. The loan period for these items ranges from two hours to one week. The use of some reserved items may also be limited to within the UTC Library building.
Library materials which are lost or returned late are subject to fines. Fines accrue at a rate of 20 cents per day, per item. Fines will accrue to a maximum of $5 per item. If fines are not paid as required, responsible individuals will be blocked from use of the library. These individuals will also not be permitted by the business office and the registrar either to register or to receive course credits and transcripts until the outstanding obligations are fully cleared.
The Office of Minority Affairs provides academic and social support to minority students attending UTC. The office works in conjunction with other student groups and the community to encourage cultural diversity. The office sponsors programs such as the Pre-Labor Day Picnic, Black History Month, Littleton H. Mason Singers, Horace J. Traylor Minority Leadership Award, Littleton H. Mason Scholarship; Tennessee Pre-Professional Fellowship Program, and the National Pan-Hellenic Council.
Oak Ridge Associated Universities
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is a sponsoring institution of Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), a not-for-profit consortium of 62 colleges and universities and a management and operating contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) with principal offices located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Founded in 1946, ORAU identifies and helps solve problems in science, engineering, technology, medicine, and human resources, and assists its member universities to focus their collective strengths in science and technology research on issues of national significance.
ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for DOE. ORISE is responsible for national and international programs in science and engineering education, training and management systems, energy and environment systems, and medical sciences. ORISE’s competitive programs bring students at all levels, precollege through postgraduate, and university faculty members into federal and private laboratories.
ORAU’s office for University, Industry, and Government Alliances (UIGA) seeks out opportunities for collaborative alliances among its member universities, private industry, and federal laboratories. Current alliances include the Southern Association for High Energy Physics (SAHEP) and the Center for Bio-Electromagnetic Interaction Research (CBEIR). Other UIGA activities include the sponsorship of conferences and workshops, the Visiting Scholars program, and the Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards.
Contact the director of research at (423) 425-4202 for more information about ORAU programs.
Located in the University Center, the Placement and Student Employment Center assists degree candidates, alumni, and students in securing full- and part-time employment. The service is free and available year round. Degree and nondegree job orders are placed on the bulletin board in the Placement Center for students to peruse at their convenience. Part-time jobs as well as temporary opportunities are posted.
Students should register with the center early in their final year to take advantage of the employment recruiting season, the center’s Job Opportunities bulletin, and various seminars and workshops. Individual employment counseling is also available.
Southeast Center for Education in the Arts
The Southeast Center for Education in the Arts is an umbrella for three institutes in arts education that focus on music, theatre, and visual arts. Since 1988, the Center has operated intensive professional development programs to help administrators, arts specialists, classroom teachers, artists and parents understand the nature of art, music, and theatre as they discover exciting ways to integrate the arts into the curriculum.
SCEA has leveraged more the $7 million in support of local and regional education efforts.
Beginning with two local school districts, the work of the Center has grown to encompass more than 450 elementary and secondary schools representing 85 districts in eight states (Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia). School teams consisting of administrators, arts specialists, classroom teachers, artists, and parents interact to develop unique and exciting arts education programs that are integrally linked to the overall school curriculum.
One-week Core Institutes are held each summer on the UTC campus. Choosing either dance, music, theatre, visual art, or arts administration, participants investigate the historic and cultural context in which works of art were made, engage in critical and aesthetic discussions and interrelating curriculum. A school participating for the first time is encouraged to send a team compromised of an administrator and at least two teachers for one or more arts areas.
Educators who have previously attended a core institute can continue their professional development through a one-week Multi-Arts Institute. Participants explore a combination of dance, music, theatre, and visual art.
Summer Institute participants can register for two hours of graduate or undergraduate credit for the Core Institute and the Multi-Arts Institute. They must complete extracurricular projects after the institutes end. UTC students can also attend by special arrangement.
For more information, see the Center’s Home Page: www.utc.edu/SCEA.
Distributed at the beginning of each academic year, the Student Handbook provides detailed information on student services. It also contains information on the Student Government Association and specific rules for the purpose of regulating campus life. These rules are stated in the Honor Code, Student Conduct Code, and other codes regulating groups.
Teaching Resource Center, Grayson H. Walker
The Grayson H. Walker Teaching Resource Center staff works with faculty to improve teaching and learning, and to integrate technology into the classroom. The Walker Teaching Resource Center provides campus-wide faculty development seminars, workshops, and individual consultations on methods to improve teaching, learning, and to integrate technology into the classroom. Virtual workshops on topics are also available through the Walker Teaching Resource Center Web site at www.utc.edu/Teaching-Resource-Center. The Walker Teaching Resource Center provides instructional design consultation for faculty who wish to produce multimedia and other instructional materials.
The Writing Center helps students from all disciplines at all stages of their educational development to become more skillful, more aware, and more independent writers.
Toward that end, the Center works in co-operation with the UTC Department of English and under the supervision of the Dean of Arts and Sciences to complement and extend students’ classroom experience by providing professional and peer tutoring and consultation. Tutors are trained in the practice of collaborative learning, a teaching/learning venue in which writers become actively engaged in the process of finding their own answers and developing the skills necessary to become their own critics and editors, rather than relying on outside sources for answers.
The objectives of the Center are to:
- Supplement and complement instruction students receive in writing classes.
- Provide assistance for writing tasks associated with non-writing courses.
- Provide resources and an environment in which to work on any writing task, whether it be for a writing class, another class, or personal need.
- Provide current references, including handouts, exercises, software, handbooks, and internet resources for use in training writing center personnel, for use in tutoring sessions, for quick reference for walk-in clients, and for use by faculty across the curriculum.
- Provide one-on-one assistance through regularly scheduled help sessions or walk-in sessions; small group instruction; workshops; and classroom consultations.
- Provide grammar review and help writers develop their own editing/proofreading strategies, rather than proofreading for writers.
- Serve as a resource for all faculty both in their own writing needs and in their use of writing in their classes.
- Provide workshops on specific topics of general interest or to meet instructors’ particular needs for their classes.
- Provide assistance with work processing or use of software used in writing courses.
Wheeler Center for Odor Research
The William H. Wheeler Center for Odor Research is a cross-disciplinary program established by a gift from the Wheeler estate. The center supports the study of the objective relationships between various substances and their effect upon olfaction.