The University’s Mission
Accreditation and Memberships
Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Accreditation and Memberships
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Questions about the accreditation of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).
Oak Ridge Associated Universities
Since 1969, students and faculty of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga have benefited from its membership in Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). ORAU is a consortium of 98 colleges and universities and a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. ORAU works with its member institutions to help their students and faculty gain access to federal research facilities throughout the country; to keep its members informed about opportunities for fellowship, scholarship, and research appointments; and to organize research alliances among its members.
Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), the DOE facility that ORAU operates, undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates, as well as faculty enjoy access to a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Students can participate in programs covering a wide variety of disciplines including business, earth sciences, epidemiology, engineering, physics, geological sciences, pharmacology, ocean sciences, biomedical sciences, nuclear chemistry, and mathematics. Appointment and program length range from one month to four years. Many of these programs are especially designed to increase the numbers of underrepresented minority students pursuing degrees in science- and engineering-related disciplines. A comprehensive listing of these programs and other opportunities, their disciplines, and details on locations and benefits can be found in the ORISE Catalog of Education and Training Programs, which is available at https://orise.orau.gov/index.html, or by calling either of the contacts below.
ORAU’s Office of Partnership Development seeks opportunities for partnerships and alliances among ORAU’s members, private industry, and major federal facilities. Activities include faculty development programs such as the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards, the Visiting Industrial Scholars Program, consortium research funding initiatives, faculty research and support programs as well as services to chief research officers.
For more information about ORAU and its programs, contact:
- Monnie E. Champion
ORAU Corporate Secretary (865-576-3306); or
- Visit the ORAU Home Page (http://www.orau.org)
Campus Safety Report
Each year The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga publishes UTC Campus Safety and Law Enforcement Handbook which includes campus crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years as well as various campus policies concerning law enforcement, the reporting of criminal activity, and crime prevention programs. Prospective students, current students, and employees may receive a copy of the report by visiting the UTC Police Department website or by writing to:
Department of Public Safety Dept. 3954
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Student Conduct, Rights, and Responsibilities
Students enrolled at UTC are citizens of the University and its surrounding communities. This citizenship carries with it opportunities and responsibilities - opportunities that enrich one’s intellectual social life and responsibilities to conduct oneself in public and private life with integrity and respect for others. The University expects that its students will respect and comply with the law and the University’s Code of Conduct both on campus and in the surrounding communities.
The University treats students like adults and expects mature and responsible behavior from them. Indeed, the reputation of the University depends, in part, on the conduct of its students. Consequently, the University maintains rules and policies to maintain a safe and civil environment for all members of the academic community. Students should understand that they assume full responsibility for the consequences of their behavior. Those who violate the University’s policies are subject to disciplinary action, including permanent dismissal from the University.
Students are responsible for understanding and complying with the University’s Catalog, with its Undergraduate Student Handbook, and with other regulations. The Undergraduate Catalog is available online. The Student Handbook is available online. The University publishes both documents annually.
Misrepresentation of academic credentials is a Class A misdemeanor in Tennessee. A person commits the offense of misrepresentation of academic credentials who, knowing that the statement is false and with the intent to secure employment or admission to an institution of higher education in Tennessee, represents, orally or in writing, that such person: (1) has successfully completed the required course work for and has been awarded one or more degrees or diplomas from an accredited institution of higher education; (2) has successfully completed the required course work for and has been awarded one or more degrees or diplomas from a particular institution of higher education; or (3) has successfully completed the required course work for and has been awarded one or more degrees or diplomas in a particular field or specialty from an accredited institution of higher education.
Statement of a Drug-Free Environment
It is a policy of The University of Tennessee system and of UTC to encourage and maintain a safe, healthful, and drug-free environment. Therefore, University policy prohibits the unlawful use, manufacture, possession, distribution, or dispensing of drugs (“controlled substances” as defined in the Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. 812) and alcohol on University property or during University activities.
Violation of this policy is grounds for disciplinary action, which includes immediate and permanent dismissal of the student. Federal and State laws provide additional penalties for such unlawful activities, including fines and imprisonment (21 U.S.C. 841 et seq.; T.C.A. 39-6-401 et seq.). Local ordinances also provide various penalties for drug- and alcohol-related offenses. The University is bound to take all appropriate actions against violators, which may include referral for legal prosecution or requiring the individual to participate in an approved drug use or alcohol abuse assistance or rehabilitation program.
Student Right to Know
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is pleased to provide the following information regarding our institution’s graduation/completion rates. The information is provided in compliance with the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. The rates reflect the 6-year graduation/completion status of students who enrolled during the 2015-16 academic year and for whom 150% of the normal time-to-completion has elapsed.
During the fall semester of 2015, 1,852 first-time, full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students entered the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. After 6 years (as of August 31, 2021), 53.7% of these students had graduated from our institution or completed their academic programs.
For more student achievement information, see the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Institutional Research website.
Any questions concerning this or similar information on student athletes, contact:
Executive Director, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Institutional Research
615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37403-2598