Student Rights

In accordance with Public Law

Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990: Public Law 101-542 Title II

Tennessee State University (TSU), located in Nashville, was established in 1912. It is a major, comprehensive urban land-grant institution offering 45 bachelors degrees and 24 masters degrees. Doctoral degrees are offered in six areas: biological sciences, psychology, public administration, curriculum and instruction, administration and supervision, and computer information systems engineering. For the past ten years TSU has been listed in the U.S. News & World Report Guide to Americas Best Colleges.

TSU is a diverse campus community with over 8,000 students and about 1,800 faculty and staff [Fall 2005] originating from many of the 50 states and several countries around the globe. This comprised educational environment often gives people a false sense of security of being crime free from the external factors of the surrounding communities and city.

While TSU recognizes that the campus is not crime free, one important advantage which enhances safety is education. Education in the form of specific information is the most effective weapon in the struggle against crime.

The cooperation and involvement of students, faculty and staff taking responsibility for their own personal safety and the security of their personal belongings, contributes to a strong campus safety program. The University wishes, in accordance with Public Law 101-542 Title II, the Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990, to encourage each member of the University community to be a significant contributor to the well being and safety of the community at large.

The following is a list of the required disclosures, summary descriptions, designated individual available to give assistance, and information on how to obtain a detailed copy of each disclosure.




Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

FERPA, passed by Congress in 1974, gives students the right to access their educational records; consent to release a record to a third party; challenge information in their records, be notified of their privacy rights.

Admission/ Records and Student Affairs Offices

Institutional Information

This disclosure provides general information related to Tennessee State University campus, including, but not limited to: cost of attendance, procedures to officially withdraw from school, refund policies, academic programs, instructional personnel, accrediting agencies, and special services for disabled students, study abroad and availability of employees responsible for the dissemination of this information.

Admission/ Records and Student Affairs Offices

Graduate Employment Rates / Performance Fact Sheet

This disclosure provides information on the employment and completion rate of all schedule graduates based upon the most recent calendar year.

Admission/Records Office and Career Development Center

Completion/Graduation Rates

This disclosure provides information on the completion or graduation rate of a cohort of certificate or degree-seeking, full-time undergraduates who graduated or completed their program within 150% of the normal time for graduation or completion.

Admission/Records Office

Crime Awareness & Campus Security Act

This disclosure provides comprehensive statistics on campus safety and crime during the four most recent calendar years, policies and procedures for reporting crimes, policies concerning the security of and access to campus facilities, concerning campus law enforcement, and campus safety and crime prevention programs.

Campus Police Department

2010 Police Department Campus Handbook

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Policy and Prevention Plan

This policy describes the process necessary for legal compliance of federal, state and local statutes as well as outlines the schools expectations and philosophy towards alcohol, drugs and controlled substances.

Student Affairs Office and inside the University Student Handbook

Financial Assistance

This disclosure provides information on all available federal, state, local, private and institutional financial need-based and non-need-based assistance programs, application procedures, award criteria and disbursement, satisfactory progress standards and return of Title IV funds.

Financial Aid Office

Student Responsibilities Statement

This document provides a code of ethics that students are expected to follow, while on campus or in attendance at a school function.

Student Affairs Office and inside the University Student Handbook

Sexual Harassment Policy

This document outlines the colleges sexual harassment policy.

EO/AA Office and inside the University Student Handbook

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