Student Experience

Academic Policies

Learn more about important academic policies and procedures.

UT Policies & Procedures

All University of Tennessee, Knoxville, students, residential as well as online, are subject to UT’s Academic Policies and Procedures, including those pertaining to course adds, drops, and withdrawals. Graduate students should consult the Academic Policies and Requirements for Graduate Students.

Hilltopics Student Handbook

Student Code of Conduct

Hilltopics contains the Student Code of Conduct, which outlines student rights and responsibilities at UT.


This section in Hilltopics provides information pertaining to academic life at UT. It covers issues related to enrollment and withdrawal, attendance, advising, academic policies, preparation, grade appeal, and uTrack. It is not a comprehensive resource but a collection of basic information.

Career and Personal Support

Access information and resources for academic, career and personal support.

Title IX

UT is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and non-discriminatory learning, living, and working environment free from Sexual Harassment (including Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking), Sexual Exploitation, and Retaliation.

Student Privacy

All students enrolled at UT are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and training on FERPA is required for faculty and administrators.

The administrators of Online@UT (Canvas) make every effort to minimize the amount of personal information about students, faculty, and staff that resides on the system. Only the user’s name, NetID, and UT e-mail address will be displayed. Online@UT runs under SSL encryption to protect all user information passing to and from the system.

For additional information about privacy, please visit Website Privacy.

If you are a current UT student seeking information about privacy as it relates to Proctorio, UT’s remote proctoring service, please self-enroll in the Canvas site.

Academic Integrity

An essential feature of UT is a commitment to maintaining an atmosphere of intellectual integrity and academic honesty. Academic integrity is an important component of every course at UT, regardless of the delivery method. Online and on-campus students are expected to adhere to the following Honor Statement:

As a student of the university, I pledge that I will neither knowingly give nor receive any inappropriate assistance in academic work, thus affirming my own personal commitment to honor and integrity.

Cheating, plagiarism, or any other act of academic dishonesty, including, without limitation, an act in violation of the Honor Statement.

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Office of Information Technology (OIT) Policies

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) provides information about important policies, including the Acceptable Use of Information Technologies and Copyright Infringement, Peer-to-Peer and File Sharing, which apply to all students enrolled at UT.

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Class Attendance & Participation

Class attendance and eligibility polices apply to students enrolled in online and hybrid courses. Your instructor – whether your course is a graduate or an undergraduate course – will provide details about attendance and participation requirements, including, but not limited to, the first class meeting. For courses that meet asynchronously, this may involve submitting an assignment, participating in an online discussion, or completing a quiz or some other type of assessment. Review the course syllabus, class schedule and your online course site for details and deadlines.