Board of Regents to meet in special session Aug. 12 to consider new and revised policies

The Tennessee Board of Regents will hold a special called meeting Aug. 12 to consider policy revisions required by new federal Title IX regulations and a new Infectious Disease Policy for the state's community and technical colleges.

The meeting will convene virtually at 2:30 p.m. CT, and will be live-streamed and archived on the TBR website at https://www.tbr.edu/board/august-12-2020-special-called-board-meeting. The complete agenda and all Board material, including copies of the proposed new and revised policies, are posted at the same link.

The Board of Regents governs the College System of Tennessee -- the state's 13 community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology. 

The proposed Infectious Disease Policy would provide guidance to the system’s colleges in implementing policies, procedures and plans designed to prevent the spread or outbreak of infectious and communicable diseases. If approved by the Board, the policy will require all colleges in the system to develop an Infectious Disease Policy consistent with its provisions and include it in the college catalog or other appropriate publications.

The proposed revisions to five existing TBR policies – regarding sexual misconduct; equal employment opportunity and affirmative action; sex discrimination, sexual harassment or misconduct; sex discrimination and sexual harassment, and development and operation of off-campus international education programs – stem from revised Title IX regulations announced by the U.S. Department of Education in May and scheduled to become effective Aug. 14.

The College System of Tennessee is the state’s largest public higher education system, with 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus serving approximately 140,000 students. The system is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.