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Campus Policies

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BCLC and Alburty Pool


Authorized Users

  1. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members may use the Bryan Campus Life Center (BCLC) upon presentation of a valid Lynx Card or BCLC I.D. card.
  2. Faculty and staff may obtain a BCLC I.D. card for their spouses and dependent children by contacting the Facility Coordinator. Children age 14 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times, and thus will not be issued ID cards. Children 14 and younger are not permitted in the Fitness Room at any time.
  3. Students may host up to 2 guests per day. Guests must check in at the gate, then their student sponsor must be present at the control desk to sign them into the BCLC.
  4. The Alburty Swimming Pool is to be used only during posted hours of operation when pool staff is present. Unauthorized use will minimally result in a $100 per person fine, and is a punishable trespassing offense. Violators may be prosecuted.
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Animals on Campus Policy


This Animals on Campus Policy applies to all animals on campus, including pets, therapy animals, emotional support animals, and service animals, and pertains to students, faculty, staff, and visitors.



A pet is an animal kept for ordinary use and companionship. A pet is not considered a service animal or emotional support animal.

Therapy Animals

A therapy animal is an animal that has been obedience trained and screened for its ability to interact favorably with humans and other animals. Therapy animals are not considered service animals under the ADA. Therapy animals are likewise not covered under the Fair Housing Act.

Service Animals

A service animal is defined as any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for purposes of this policy. Service animals may assist by guiding individuals with vision impairments, alerting individuals with hearing impairments to sounds, assisting individuals with mobility impairments, or performing other specific tasks. Reasonable modifications may be allowed for a person with a disability to use a miniature horse if the animal has been trained to do work or perform tasks for the individual.

Work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the individual’s disability. Examples of work or tasks include, but are not limited to, assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision with navigation and other tasks, alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds, providing non-violent protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, assisting an individual during a seizure, alerting individuals to the presence of allergens, retrieving items such as medicine or a telephone, providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities, and helping persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors.

Emotional Support Animals

An emotional support animal, also referred to as a comfort animal, is defined as any animal, the use of which is supported by a qualified physician, psychiatrist, or other mental health professional, based on a disability-related need. Emotional support animals do not have to be trained to perform any particular task.

General Policies for Animals on Campus

Pet Policy

Pets on campus grounds are to be properly leashed by the owner/handler at all times or will be subject to removal by an appropriate public agency. The owner/handler is responsible for cleaning up after the pet. Additionally, pets are not allowed into campus buildings or structures or into any areas that serve food and/or beverages. Student residents are explicitly prohibited from keeping pets, other than fish, on campus property or in on-campus housing.

Therapy Animal Policy

Unless given prior written authorization stating otherwise, therapy animals are to be treated the same as pets for purposes of this policy.

Service Animal Policy

Rhodes is required to allow service animals to accompany visitors with disabilities in all areas where members of the public are allowed to go. Service animals are allowed in any area, unless the presence of the service animal poses a direct threat, or the service animal’s presence would require a fundamental alteration in the facility’s practices, policies, or procedures.

Rhodes does not impose breed or size restrictions on service animals. Faculty, staff, students, and visitors with qualifying animals are not exempted for damage caused by the animal, above and beyond the normal wear and tear a human might reasonably cause.

Faculty, staff, and students must make a request for disability-related reasonable accommodation in order for their service animals to be allowed in the classroom and/or workplace, as discussed further below. All requests to have the service animal with the owner should be accommodated if possible. An owner/handler may have more than one service animal, but each animal should have a specific purpose which can be identified.

If the owner represents that the animal is a service animal, the owner does not have to provide documentation or other proof that the animal has been certified or licensed as a service animal. Rhodes shall not ask to see such documentation. Rhodes may ask the owner, (1) if the animal is required because of a disability and (2) what work or task the animal has been trained to perform, unless it is readily apparent that the animal is trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability (e.g. the dog is observed guiding an individual who is blind).

A service animal is required to be under the control of its owner/handler, and shall have a harness, leash, or other tether, unless the owner/handler is unable to use such tether because of a disability, or the use of such tether would interfere with the service animal’s safe, effective performance of work, in which case the service animal must still otherwise be under the handler’s control (e.g. voice control, signals, or other effective means).

Rhodes is not responsible for the care or supervision of a service animal. It is the responsibility of the owner/handler to provide food, water, and other necessary care or to make such arrangements through accompanying persons.

Emotional Support Animal Policy

Emotional support animals on campus grounds are to be properly leashed by the owner/handler at all times or will be subject to removal by an appropriate public agency. The owner/handler is responsible for cleaning up after the emotional support animal. Emotional support animals are not allowed into campus buildings or structures or into any areas that serve food and/or beverages.

With prior approval from Rhodes, certain faculty, staff, and students may bring an emotional support animal into previously determined campus buildings or structures as a reasonable accommodation for a disability-related accommodation request, as discussed further below.

Rhodes does not impose breed or size restrictions on emotional support animals. Faculty, staff, students, and visitors with qualifying animals are not exempted for damage and/or cleaning expenses caused by the animal, above and beyond the normal wear and tear a human might reasonably cause.

Dog Guides in Training

Rhodes is required to allow a dog guide in training on campus, provided that the dog guide in training is led or accompanied by a dog guide trainer, is wearing a harness, and held on a leash by the dog guide trainer. Additionally, the dog guide trainer shall first present for inspection credentials issued by an accredited school for training dog guides.

Dog guides in training are generally subject to the same rules under this policy as service animals. However, dog guides in training are not allowed in student housing and may not be the subject of a request for reasonable accommodation in the workplace and/or classroom.

Service Animal Exceptions

Rhodes may deny a service animal access to its premises or ask an individual with a disability to remove a service animal from the premises, including a service animal approved to live in campus housing as discussed further below, if one of the following situation exists:

  1. The service animal is not under the control of the handler, and such individual does not take effective action to control the animal within a reasonable period of time under the circumstances.
  1. The service animal is not housebroken. For purposes of this policy, “housebroken” means that the service animal is trained to relieve its waste in an outdoor area or, if the animal cannot be taken outdoors through reasonable efforts by its handler, then in some designated indoor area that does not pose a sanitation risk to any persons on Rhodes premises.
  1. The service animal otherwise poses a risk to the health or safety of people or other service animals. In determining whether a service animal poses a risk to the health or safety of people or other service animals, Rhodes will make an individualized assessment based on objective indications to ascertain the severity of the risk. Such indications include but are not limited to:
    1. External signs of aggression, such as growling, biting or snapping, baring its teeth, or lunging; or
    2. External signs of parasites on the service animal (e.g. fleas, ticks), or other external signs of disease or bad health (e.g. diarrhea or vomiting).

If a service animal is denied access to certain areas in accordance with this policy, Rhodes will allow access to the individual with a disability without having the service animal immediately within the area.

Animals in the Workplace

Rhodes employees, including faculty and staff, shall not bring animals to the workplace, including the classroom, without prior written approval from Rhodes. Rhodes will consider disability-related reasonable accommodation requests for service animals and emotional support animals on a case-by-case basis. Rhodes may request documentation and/or demonstration that the animal is properly trained and will not cause disruption in the workplace. Pets and therapy animals will not be considered for reasonable accommodation and are explicitly prohibited from the workplace.

Animals in the Classroom

Animals are generally prohibited in the classroom. All individuals, including faculty, staff, students, and visitors, seeking to bring a service animal or emotional support animal into the classroom must seek prior written approval through a disability-related request for reasonable accommodation. Rhodes will consider such requests related to service animals and emotional support animals on a case-by-case basis. Rhodes may request documentation and/or demonstration that the animal is properly trained and will not cause disruption in the classroom. Pets and therapy animals will not be considered for reasonable accommodation and are explicitly prohibited from the classroom.

Animals and Campus Housing

Under the Fair Housing Act ("FHA"), Rhodes is required to make reasonable accommodations to allow service animals and emotional support animals to live with a student with disabilities. Such animals must have reasonable access to an area for animal exercise and waste. It is the responsibility of the owner/handler to provide food, water, and other necessary care for his or her animal.

A student requesting to keep a service animal or emotional support animal in campus housing must make a formal request to the Office of Student Accessibility Services, 901-843-3885. For emotional support animals, the student must also submit an Emotional Support Animal Verification Form. If the owner represents that the animal is a service animal, and the disability is not readily apparent or known, Rhodes may require the student resident to submit reliable documentation of a disability and the need for a service animal or emotional support animal.

In order for an animal to be considered for approval, there must be a link between the animal and a documented disability. Emotional distress resulting from having to give up an animal because of a "no pets" policy does not qualify a person for an accommodation under federal law.

Requests must be made in a timely manner. Incoming students requesting to have a service animal or emotional support animal in campus housing should submit their request and supporting documentation to Student Accessibility Services by June 1 for review and determination before the beginning of fall semester and by November 1 before the beginning of spring semester. Returning students should submit paperwork by March 1.

Student Accessibility Services reviews each request on a case-by-case basis. If the request is approved, the student requesting that a service animal or emotional support animal be housed in campus housing will meet with both Student Accessibility Services and Residence Life to carefully review this policy and to sign a release form giving permission for Campus Safety and Physical Plant to be informed of the animal's location. If the student is dissatisfied with the determination of their accommodation request and/or has new information or concerns, the student will have the opportunity to request reconsideration.

The owner must notify Student Accessibility Services and Residence Life in writing if his, her or their service animal or emotional support animal is no longer needed or is no longer in residence. The owner must file a new request in order to replace a service animal or emotional support animal. Residence Life reserves the right to relocate the owner and approved animal as necessary according to the housing contract. The owner agrees to continue to abide by all other residential policies.

Emotional support animals must be contained within the privately assigned residential area (room, suite, or apartment) at all times, except when transported outside the private residential area in an animal carrier or controlled by leash or harness. When outside the residence, the owner of an emotional support animal shall carry proof that the animal has been approved by Rhodes as a reasonable accommodation.

All roommates or suitemates of the owner must sign an agreement allowing the service animal or emotional support animal to be in the residence with them. In the event that one or more roommates or suitemates do not approve, either the owner and the animal or the non-approving roommates or suitemates, as determined by Residence Life, may be moved to a different location.

The animal must be immunized against diseases common to that type of animal, in accordance with local ordinances and regulations. Further, the animal must comply with local licensing requirements. Animals to be housed in campus housing must have an annual clean bill of health from a licensed veterinarian. Documentation can be proof of vaccination for the animal or a veterinarian's statement regarding the animal's health. The college has authority to direct that the animal receive veterinary attention.

The owner's residence may be inspected for fleas, ticks, or other pests as needed. Residence Life will schedule the inspection. If fleas, ticks, or other pests are detected through inspection, the residence will be treated using approved fumigation methods by a college approved pest control service. The owner will be billed for the expense of any pest treatment above and beyond standard pest management in the residence halls.

Animals approved to live in campus housing may not be left overnight in campus housing to be care for by another student other than the owner. Animals must be taken with the owner if they leave campus for a prolonged period.

Rhodes may deny approval of a service animal or emotional support animal as a reasonable accommodation and/or remove a service animal or emotional support animal from campus housing if, based upon an individualized assessment: (1) the animal in question poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others that cannot be reduced or eliminated by another reasonable accommodation, or (2) the specific animal in question would cause substantial physical damage to the property of others that cannot be reduced or eliminated by another reasonable accommodation.

An animal removal determination will be made by Student Accessibility Services in consultation with Residence Life, the student resident, and other parties as appropriate. Any removal of a previously approved animal may be appealed to the Vice President of Student Life, as outlined in the Student Accessibility Services Procedures. If a previously approved animal is removed from campus premises for any reason, the owner is expected to fulfill their housing obligations for the remainder of the housing contract.

All questions regarding service and emotional support animals in campus housing should be directed to Student Accessibility Services at 901-843-3885 or

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Campus Appearance

Major changes or additions made in the appearance of the campus should be made only with the approval of the Vice President for Finance and Business Affairs and the President.

"Campus Art." Rhodes promotes the arts and artistic expression. The Clough-Hanson Gallery exhibits student work periodically. "Campus Art" is defined as works of art requested to be displayed outdoors on the campus. Campus art reflects not only the expression of the artist, but can be perceived as reflecting the views or values of the College. Therefore the principles listed under Campus Regulations should be carefully considered. Works of art that qualify for outdoor display on the Rhodes campus shall be works of art intended as ends in themselves, such as those found in galleries or sculpture gardens. Works that qualify for outdoor display on the campus shall not include items of advocacy or protest or items of information such as posters. (See policy on posting.) 

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Discrimination and Harassment Policy

Rhodes College’s Commitment to Diversity

A diverse learning community is a necessary element of a liberal arts education, for self-understanding is dependent upon the understanding of others. We, the members of Rhodes College, are committed to fostering a community in which diversity is valued and welcomed. To that end, Rhodes College does not discriminate – and will not tolerate harassment – on the basis of race, gender, color, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information,  national or ethnic origin, military status or any other protected status.

We are committed to providing an open learning environment. Freedom of thought, a civil exchange of ideas, and an appreciation of diverse perspectives are fundamental characteristics of a community that is committed to critical inquiry. To promote such an academic and social environment we expect integrity and honesty in our relationships with each other and openness to learning about and experiencing cultural diversity. We believe that these qualities are crucial to fostering social and intellectual maturity and personal growth.

Intellectual maturity also requires individual struggle with unfamiliar ideas. We recognize that our views and convictions will be challenged, and we expect this challenge to take place in a climate of open-mindedness and mutual respect.

I. Rhodes College Statement

Discrimination and harassment on grounds of race, gender, color, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national or ethnic origin, military status or any other protected status are forms of misconduct that undermine the institutional mission of the College and thus will not be tolerated. All members of the College community are responsible for maintaining an environment of mutual respect for all persons.

The Dean of Students is responsible for ensuring that students are informed of the Anti-Discrimination and Harassment Policy and the Sex/Gender Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policy (the “Title IX Policy”). The Dean of the Faculty and the Chief Human Resources Officer are responsible for taking necessary steps to notify College faculty and staff of the provisions of this policy.

Rhodes College reserves the right to modify these policies and procedures as needed in order to maintain the environment of mutual respect for all persons that is an objective in issuing this present document.

II. Sexual Harassment

Rhodes College is committed to providing a working, educational, social, and residential environment for all members of our College community, including all faculty, staff, and students, that is free from harassment and discrimination. Harassment and discrimination in any form is unacceptable behavior and will not be tolerated. It is a form of misconduct that undermines the institutional mission of the College.

“Sexual harassment” is defined as unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: (1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment or involvement in a College or academic activity; (2) submission or rejection of the conduct is used as a basis for making employment decisions or decisions regarding inclusion or exclusion of a College or academic activity; or (3) the conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.

Sexual harassment may include a range of subtle and not-so-subtle behaviors and may involve individuals of the same or different gender. Depending on the circumstances, these behaviors may include, but are not limited to, unwanted sexual advances or requests for sexual favors; sexual jokes and innuendo; verbal abuse of a sexual nature; commentary about an individual’s body, sexual prowess, or sexual deficiencies; leering, whistling, or touching; insulting or obscene comments or gestures; display in the workplace of sexually suggestive objects, pictures, emails, text messages, or content on social media; and other physical, verbal, or visual conduct of a sexual nature.

 III. Harassment

Harassment on the basis of any other protected characteristic is also strictly prohibited. Under this policy, “harassment” is verbal, written or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of his/her race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age disability, genetic information, military status, or any other characteristic protected by law or that of his/her relatives, friends, or associates, and that a) has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment; b) has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance; or c) otherwise adversely affects an individual’s employment opportunities or education.

Harassing conduct includes epithets, slurs, or negative stereotyping; threatening, intimidating, or hostile acts; denigrating jokes; and written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group and that is placed on walls or elsewhere on College grounds or circulated in the workplace, on the College's grounds, or using the College's equipment including e-mail and phones (including voice messages, tweets, blogs, social networking sites, or other means).

IV. Process for Student Concerns

All student complaints of discrimination or harassment, whether the complaint involves alleged discrimination or harassment can be reported to the Associate Dean for Divisional Strategy, Inclusion, and Involvement or the Director of Community Standards. Students can also report complaints of discrimination or harassment to the Bias Response Reporting button at

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Drug Free Workplace

Rhodes complies with the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988. The College will not tolerate the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of a controlled substance or the misuse of medications or other legal drugs on the Rhodes campus. Such activity is a threat to the personal safety of the people who work and live on the campus, and a threat to the reputation and mission of the College. Such conduct:

  1. Violates the law
  2. Compromises the physical and mental health of those involved
  3. Threatens the fabric of the community by introducing unlawful elements.

The students, faculty, and staff of Rhodes are responsible for knowing and complying with all applicable state and local laws that make it a crime to possess, sell, deliver or manufacture those drugs considered to be “controlled substances” by the state of Tennessee. Any member of the Rhodes community who violates the law is subject to both prosecution and punishment by civil authorities and to disciplinary proceedings by the College.

Students, faculty, or staff at Rhodes are subject to disciplinary action for the possession, manufacture, use, sale, or distribution (by either sale or gift) of any quantity of any prescription drug or controlled substance or for being under the influence of any prescription drug or controlled substance, except for the appropriate use of an over-the-counter medication or for the prescribed use of medication in accordance with the instructions of a licensed physician. Controlled substances include, but are not limited to, marijuana, cocaine, cocaine derivatives, heroin, amphetamines, barbiturates, LSD, PCP, and substances typically known as “designer drugs” such as “ecstasy” or “eve.” Possession of paraphernalia associated with the use, possession or manufacture of a prescription drug or controlled substance is also prohibited. Students, faculty or staff also are subject to disciplinary action for the misuse or abuse of mind-altering substances (e.g., Amyl Nitrate, Ephedrine, etc.).

The penalties to be imposed by the College may range from probation to suspension or expulsion from one’s place of residence, to expulsion from enrollment, or termination from employment. However, the following are minimum penalties.


Student Penalties

The minimum penalty for a first-time drug paraphernalia violation is a requirement to participate in drug education and disciplinary probation for six months. Any student who violates the drug policy for drug paraphernalia for a second time will likely be deferred suspension or suspension from the College for at least one semester.

The minimum penalty for a first-time violation of the Drug Policy for misuse or abuse of legal drugs or the illegal use or possession of a prescription drug, or controlled substance be disciplinary probation for a full year and a requirement for participation in a drug abuse education and/or treatment program. Parental notification is also likely. Any student who violates the Drug Policy for misuse or abuse of legal or illegal use or possession of a prescription drug, or controlled substance for a second time will likely be suspended from the College for at least one year.

Shared Responsibility Statement: Students who are found to be present in an environment where drug use or drug paraphernalia is present will be held responsible for a “Shared Responsibility Drug” violation. This violation will likely result in a warning and drug education.

The penalty for sale, manufacture for sale, or distribution of a prescription drug, controlled or mind-altering substance, or drug paraphernalia is likely to be expulsion from the College.

Summary of State Law Concerning Drugs

The following summary of the Tennessee Code Annotated is provided to promote increased awareness of the Tennessee laws concerning controlled substances. This summary is not intended to be a restatement of the law nor a summary of all of the laws relating to controlled substances. All members of the Rhodes community are responsible for compliance with laws concerning controlled substances.

It is a criminal offense to knowingly manufacture, deliver, sell, or possess with the intent to manufacture, deliver, or sell controlled substances. The State of Tennessee defines seven categories of controlled substances. Depending upon the type and quantity of substance, felony penalties include fines ranging from $5,000 to $500,000 and imprisonment for not less than one year to not more than 60 years.

For misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, the penalty is imprisonment of not more than 11 months and 29 days and a $2,500 fine.

The term “drug paraphernalia” means any equipment, products, and materials of any kind which are primarily used, intended for use, or designed for use by the person in possession of them, in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packaging, repackaging, storing, containing, concealing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing into the human body, a controlled substance. (T.C.A. 22-42A-1)

The maximum penalty for unlicensed possession of drug paraphernalia is a Class A misdemeanor with imprisonment up to 11 months and 29 days in jail and a $2,500 fine.

The maximum penalty for the unlicensed possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to sell, deliver, or manufacture a controlled substance is a Class E felony with imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than six years, or a fine of not more than $5,000, or both.


Health Risks

People who abuse alcohol or drugs risk damage to both their mental and physical health.  The following information includes some health risks associated with misuse of alcohol and drugs.

  • Alcohol. Alcohol consumption causes a number of changes in behavior and physiology. Even low doses significantly impair judgment, coordination, and abstract mental functioning. Statistics show that alcohol use is involved in a majority of violent behaviors on college campuses, including acquaintance rape, vandalism, fights, and incidents of drinking and driving. Continued abuse may lead to dependency, which often causes permanent damage to vital organs and deterioration of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Cannabis (Marijuana, Hashish). The use of marijuana may impair or reduce short-term memory and comprehension, alter sense of time, and reduce coordination and energy level. Users often have a lowered immune system and an increased risk of lung cancer. The active ingredient in marijuana, THC, is stored in the fatty tissues of the brain and reproductive system for a minimum of 28 to 30 days.
  • Hallucinogens. Lysergic acid (LSD), mescaline, and psilocybin cause illusions and hallucinations. The user may experience panic, confusion, suspicion, anxiety, and loss of control. Delayed effects, or flashbacks, can occur even when use has ceased. Phencyclidine (PCP) affects the section of the brain that controls the intellect and keeps instincts in check. Because the drug blocks pain receptors, violent PCP episodes may result in self-inflicted injuries.
  • Cocaine/Crack. Cocaine users often have a stuffy, runny nose and may have a perforated nasal septum. The immediate effects of cocaine use include dilated pupils and elevated blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, and body temperature, followed by depression. Crack, or freebase rock cocaine, is extremely addictive and can cause delirium, hallucinations, blurred vision, severe chest pain, muscle spasms, convulsions, and even death.
  • Amphetamines. Amphetamines can cause a rapid or irregular heartbeat, tremors, loss of coordination, collapse, and death. Heavy users are prone to irrational acts. 
  • Heroin. Heroin is an opiate drug that causes the body to have diminished pain reactions. The use of heroin can result in coma or death due to a reduction in heart rate.


Confidential Drug and Alcohol Resources and Clinical Services

Counseling Center and Health Services
Moore Moore Health Services

Lakeside Behavioral Health System
2911 Brunswick Rd, Memphis, TN 38133

Memphis Alcohol and Drug Council/NCA, Inc.
1430 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38104

Memphis Area Intergroup Association (Alcoholics Anonymous)
1835 Union Avenue Suite 302, Memphis, TN 38104

Methodist Health Care/Lamar Campus/Addictions Services
Methodist Central
1265 Union Ave., Suite 105 Sherard, Memphis, TN 38104

Mid-Town Mental Health Center
427 Linden, Memphis, TN 38126
901-577-0200, ext. 370

Charter Parkwood Hospital
8135 Goodman Rd., Olive Branch, MS 38654

Southeast Mental Health Center
3810 Winchester, Memphis, TN 38118

Veterans Administration Medical Center – Alcohol and Drug Unit
(for veterans and families only)
1030 Jefferson Ave., Memphis, TN 38104
901-532-8990, ext. 5706


Other Helpful Numbers

Rhodes College Campus Safety


Southern Poison Center


Crisis Center Hotline


Emergency Medical Services


Narcotics Anonymous




Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA)


Alcohol and Drug Help Line


LINC (Library Information Center)  


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Emergency Preparedness

Rhodes provides planning to minimize danger to life, health, and property from emergencies or other critical incidents should they arise. Included in planning are necessary and prudent steps to assure continuity of operations and restoration of academic and other activities as quickly as possible following an emergency.

The foundation for such planning is based on the following priorities:

  • Protection of human life. 
  • To prevent and minimize personal injury. 
  • Reduce exposure of Rhodes’ physical assets. 
  • Optimize loss control for assets where exposure cannot be reduced.
  • Restore normal operations as soon as possible.

With these priorities as a foundation, the plan facilitates a quick and efficient move from normal to emergency operations and back.

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Expressive Speech and Activity Policy

Purpose of the Policy:

As a private institution, Rhodes College is a voluntary association of persons invited to membership with the understanding they will respect the policies and principles set forth by the College. Rhodes College is a place that aspires to graduate students with a life-long passion for learning, a compassion for others, and the ability to translate academic study and personal concern into effective leadership and action in their communities and the world. We seek to engage a talented and diverse student body in a challenging, inclusive, and culturally broadening college experience that values and promotes academic freedom. We uphold the values of academic freedom, as stated in the College handbook. 

The expressive speech and activities governed by this policy are planned or spontaneous actions by a group or individual which are expressions of opinion, by words or action about particular events, policies, or situations. These actions are co-curricular or extra-curricular events that are not part of normal curricular courses, lectures, and educational activities being taught or hosted by Rhodes faculty and staff members. These co-curricular or extra-curricular activities are a core part of the life of the College. However, when planned and implemented without care, they can impede our values and diminish us individually and as a community.

The following policy has been developed in cooperation with the Rhodes faculty and administration. Questions and concerns about this statement should be directed to the Executive Director of Communications or to the Senior Leadership Team member for your area. 

 Guiding Principles:

While respecting academic freedom and the rights of its members to peaceful and unobstructed expressions of opinion, Rhodes College requires such activities not disrupt the College’s operations or endanger the safety of others. Further, Rhodes College reserves the right to establish a reasonable time, place, and manner for all such activities. Expressive activities must not interfere with normal College business. It is a violation of the norms of the College community for anyone to prevent the conduct of College business, including lectures, meetings, events, ceremonies, classroom/educational activities, or other necessary business and community functions. 

 Specific Policy Requirements

  • Organizer/Liaison: A current student, staff, or faculty member of the College community and/or recognized student organization must be the designated Organizer/Liaison for each expressive activity. Any off-campus person or entity not affiliated with the College wishing to hold such an activity on campus must be sponsored by a department, program or recognized student organization. Organizers and associated participants speak only for themselves in the public events and actions. 
    • The organizer is expected to ensure that the event complies with existing College policies and procedures, applicable state and federal laws, rules, and regulations. Organizers intending to use city sidewalks and streets adjacent to the College should make appropriate arrangement with the city of Memphis.
    • For all events on campus, the organizer shall be responsible for the orderly execution of the event, for any possible liability, and is required to coordinate security, cleanup, and parking with administrative staff. Should the organizer wish promotional support from the Office of Communication, such requests must be made in a timely manner (usually, at least 3 weeks in advance of the event). The College may or may not choose to promote an event depending on availability of resources or the nature of the event.  
  • Space: Expressive speech and activities typically occur in (public) spaces normally approved for reservation by individuals, departments, and recognized organizations for their activities. A list of these common available spaces will be provided by the Office of Events Planning to interested parties when requested. Because of the need for normal college activities to be conducted without interruptions, expressive activities are typically not permitted in the following locations: classrooms, offices, library, residence hall rooms, and lecture halls to ensure that normal work, residential experiences, and services of the College can continue. Organizers must ensure that corridors, stairways and doorway entrances remain clear and provide unimpeded passage.

Space Reservations: As with all requests to use College space, in order to further the effectiveness of the event and to avoid any conflicts in scheduling, faculty and staff organizers of expressive activity events that require the use of a College space are expected to reserve the space on the Events Management online portal. Students who are planning an event should consult with the Offices of Student Leadership and Events Planning to make space reservations. Usually, these spaces need to be reserved by students at least 2 weeks in advance. If an event cannot be planned in advance, the Organizer/Liaison must contact the Dean of Students or Dean of Faculty to determine the availability of space, and provide contact information before the event begins. Once an event is scheduled, the Office of Events Planning and/or appropriate administrative office (Dean of Students or Dean of Faculty) will assist with planning the event details as is needed and helpful.

  • Timing: The length of any given event may vary. However, campus events will occur within a 24-hour period; no overnight or multiple day events are allowed. Events occurring within inside spaces shall comply with building schedules for opening and closing times, as determined during the space reservation process prior to the event. Within the above stated timing parameters, expressive activities will be permitted to continue until and unless the College officials determine that there has been a violation of College policy, interruption of its operations and/or the rights of others have been compromised.
  • Signage: Temporary placards, banners, chalking, and signs that are used in an expressive activity must follow the policy outlined in the College Handbook. They should not be dangerous to others or physically impede the participation of others in the life of the College. Should such items not comply with these expectations, the materials will be removed.


The College has an obligation to develop policies and procedures that safeguard the freedom of expression while maintaining an atmosphere conducive to the overall functioning of the College and the commitment to academic freedom. Each member of the community is expected to be respectful of the corollary right of other community members to perform their duties and participate in the life of the College free from disruption, interference, or harassment. Violations of this policy can result in the immediate cancelation of an event, and/or all relevant disciplinary actions that fall under the appropriate section(s) of the College Handbook. In order to avoid any misunderstanding of what are peaceful, permitted, and safe expressive activities, the following non-exhaustive list of prohibited behaviors and characteristics is provided as examples. 

 Violations of this policy include activities that:

  • Violate the Rhodes College Handbook or, as applicable, the Rhodes College Student Handbook, including but not limited to the Rhodes College Title IX Policy, Diversity Policy, Policy on Discrimination and Harassment, Sex/Gender Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policy, Administrative Policy, Communications Policy, Information Services Policy, and Safety and Security Policy contained therein. 
  • Physically or otherwise impede the daily business of the College;
  • Employ or threaten to use force or violence against another person or property; 
  • Place the health or safety of others at risk; 
  • Create a volume of noise that prevents community members from carrying on normal activities;
  • Intimidate others, and/or deny or unreasonably interfere with the rights of others; 
  • Violate any obligation, policy or requirement of Rhodes College concerning privacy or confidentiality in any manner or form; 
  • Violate any other federal or state laws or ethical standards. 

Questions or Appeals

 Any questions or appeals of decisions regarding such events should be directed to the Office of Academic Affairs or Office of Student Life. They will consult with others on campus as needed to finalize a response to the appeal.

It should be noted that when the physical safety of the Rhodes community is threatened, the college reserves the right to cancel an event.

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Extreme Weather

Rhodes' extreme weather procedures provide for making decisions to close or to delay opening the College when weather conditions warrant. These procedures will be used only if Rhodes closes or if its schedule is altered. If the College is closed or opening is delayed, all Physical Plant and Campus Safety personnel should contact their supervisors for information about their schedules.


A message will be left in a voice-mail box, which can be accessed by all students, faculty, and staff.  The number for that weather line is 843-3943.

Local Media

The decision will be communicated to the following local media stations, which will announce the decision. Please do not call them for closing or opening information. 

  • WMC-TV CH. 5
  • WREG-TV CH. 3
  • WKNO FM 91.1
  • WMC AM 790
  • WMC FM 100
  • WREC AM 600
  • Rock 103 FM
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Memphis ordinance prohibits the use of fireworks in the city. Possession or use of fireworks is prohibited on the Rhodes campus by College policy. 

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As an educational institution, Rhodes College is committed to maintaining an environment in which its faculty members, students, administrators, and staff members are safe, can be trusted and count on others to be trustworthy, and receive and extend to others respect as human persons. Indeed, mutual respect among faculty members, students, and administrators is an essential ingredient in the educational process and the greatest care must be taken that it not in any way be eroded.

Virtually all faculty members, administrators, and staff members are, or can appear to be, in a position to exercise power or authority, directly or indirectly, over students, whether or not an individual student is enrolled in their classes, are subject to their direct supervision, or have some form of business to transact with offices at the College. Many students are at a stage in their development when they may be particularly vulnerable to the influence of faculty members, administrators, and staff members who are in positions where they can affect the terms and conditions of a student’s standing at the College.

If a student consents to a romantic relationship with a faculty member, administrator, or staff member, the existence of such a relationship could have unintended adverse effects on the educational environment of the College. In some cases, such a relationship can end unhappily or become problematic, resulting in charges of sexual harassment, and even physical or psychological abuse.

Some circumstances in which faculty members, administrators, and staff members work with students can have the potential for the exploitation of students. For example, a work-study student might be asked to perform services that go beyond the terms and conditions of the work-study assignment, e.g. child care, personal business transactions. In such cases, it must be clear that the student may decline such personal invitations without any adverse consequences. It may be that a work-study student will respond to an invitation to provide personal assistance, but this relationship must be one in which the student volunteers, is offered and accepts a fair wage for services, and one which bears no relationship to the continuation of or the evaluation of the work-study assignment.

Because of the commitment to maintaining an environment that supports our educational goals, Rhodes College prohibits romantic, sexual, and exploitative relationships between college employees and students. In the event that any such relationship is reported and confirmed, the college employee is subject to employee disciplinary procedures up to and including termination in the case of administrators and staff members, or dismissal for cause in the case of faculty members. The policies and procedures for employee disciplinary procedures and dismissal for cause apply in all such cases.  Please contact the Director of Human Resources with any questions regarding this policy.

There are exceptional circumstances in which the spouse or partner of a college employee is a student at the College. This fraternization policy does not apply in such circumstances. The Dean of the Faculty, in consultation with the Director of Human Resources, is the administrative officer who determines whether an exceptional circumstance applies.

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Information Services

Information Services is located in Barret Library. Technology resources include cloud file storage, network printing, e-mail, computer labs, classroom AV, and internet access throughout campus.

Students are given network user accounts after enrolling. Computer accounts are for use in work related to the user’s role at Rhodes. Through a network user account, students have secure access to e-mail, cloud file storage, and printing. Students are responsible for all usage in their computer account.

Information Desk. Please refer technology related questions or problems to the Information Desk at (901)843-3890 or by e-mail at [3].

The Computer Depot. The Computer Depot is a student run service that provides free computer support

for students on campus.  These services include virus removal, wireless troubleshooting, hardware and software troubleshooting, and data restore and backup.  The Computer Depot is located in Barret 007.

Printers.  Print release stations (aka "PrintHubs") are located throughout Barret Library and many other buildings on campus. Students are allocated $100.00 credit of free printing on August 1.  Printing is charged at a rate of $.10 per page for black and white and $.25 per page for color.

Network Services.  The use of the network is a privilege, which may temporarily be revoked at any time for abusive conduct. Such conduct includes but is not limited to the placing of unlawful information on a system, the use of objectionable language, running unauthorized servers, and any other type of use that would cause congestion of the network or otherwise interfere with the work of others. It is a violation of the college policy to assume the identity of others in e-mail and other network communication.

Misuse of Computer Resources. The College assumes that individuals will treat all of the facilities with respect and consideration for other users. Computers are available on a first come, first served basis. If a problem is discovered with computer equipment, it should be reported immediately to the Information Desk. Students are expected to abide by the rules of usage as posted in the labs.

Residence Hall Network. All residence halls have WiFi service available throughout the building. Students are not to tamper with wireless access points. Damage to access points will result in fines being charged to students and/or to all of the students on the entire floor. To minimize interference, students should not use wireless printers in their dorm rooms. Printers should have the wireless feature turned off and a wired connection (e.g. USB) used instead.

IDs and Passwords

We want to protect the privacy and security of your personal information and resource access at Rhodes. It is a violation to post a public image of your Rhodes ID card or share your network password with anyone. If you believe that your password has been compromised, please contact to have your password reset.

Misuse of Internet Resources. In keeping with Rhodes' tradition of student self-governance, students are expected to use the network in ways consistent with codes of conduct established in the Honor Code and Social Regulations Code and with the Standards of the Rhodes Community.

Violations. Violation of any portion of the Computer Usage Policies will result in suspension of one’s privileges for use of Rhodes computers and information technology services until the appropriate Vice President or Dean approves reauthorization of access to equipment and services, in addition to any other penalty that may be imposed under other College rules, such as the Honor Code or Social Regulations Code. Users must not conceal or help to conceal or “cover up” violations by any party. Users are expected to report any evidence of actual or suspected violation of these policies to the Vice President for Student and Information Services. 

Rhodes College is authorized to investigate alleged or apparent violations of College policy or applicable law using whatever means appropriate. Rhodes reserves the right to monitor use of Rhodes computers and to access, inspect and/or download any and all information stored on Rhodes computers in the course of such investigation. Information Services is authorized by the College to investigate policy violations and apply reduction or elimination of access privileges while the matter is under review and/or as a penalty for violations. These sanctions may apply to computing accounts, networks, College administered computing rooms, and other services or facilities. A College user accused of a violation will be notified of the charge and will have an opportunity to respond to the College disciplinary body appropriate to the violator’s status before a final determination of any penalty.

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Outdoor Warning Siren

The College is equipped with an outdoor warning system. When the county activates the tornado siren, the College will do the same. The siren will continue to alert until the weather hazard has past. When this siren is activated it will be preceded by verbal instructions. All community members must follow the instructions and seek shelter.

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Noise Reduction

The following noise reduction policy is established for the Rhodes campus:

  1. Live or amplified music on the Rhodes campus must cease by 10 p.m. or upon complaint on Sunday through Thursday nights, and by 1:00 a.m. on weekends (Friday and Saturday nights). 
  2. Quiet Hours begin in all Residence Halls at 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday. On Friday and Saturday evenings quiet hours begin at 1:00 a.m.
  3. All music or other sound, from whatever source, at any fraternity house, residence hall room, social room, or any other location on the Rhodes campus must be kept at a reasonable level at all times. The location of the event, the day of the week, and the time of day will be taken into consideration in determining what constitutes a “reasonable” sound level. Any sound that is easily audible outside the immediate area of its source must conform to the standards set forth in the preceding paragraph, particularly with respect to the stated days and times.
  4. Both registered or informal events must comply with the policy; it is the collective responsibility of those participating in such events to ensure compliance.
  5. Any College official has the authority to require compliance and report violations of this policy.

Violations of the noise policy may result in a monetary fine and other possible disciplinary action.

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Outside Cooking Grills

There are a number of outside cooking grills available for student use in common areas. The use of grills is prohibited within 50 feet of any residence building.

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Restroom Access

Rhodes community members have the right to use restrooms that correspond with their sex, gender identity, and/or gender expression without being questioned by others about their restroom choices. All community members are entitled to determine which restroom options are the most appropriate and safest options for them at any time. Any community member who has a need or desire for increased, privacy, regardless of reason, shall have access to a single-stall, all-gender/gender inclusive restroom.

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Rhodes Alert System

The College utilizes a mass communication system capable of emailing, texting, and calling all students, faculty and staff in an emergency. This system is used to communicate delays and closures due to inclement weather, as well as alerting the community to present or continuing threats that may be present.

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Signs - Posting and/or Chalking

Advertising special events and posting informational material is a key factor in the success of an organization’s activities. Certain policies and courtesies are outlined below regarding the posting of publicity items.

  • The name of the organization responsible for posting must appear on the material.
  • All posters, chalking, flyers, and signs must be posted in such a manner that they may be easily removed and do not damage or deface the surface to which they are attached.
  • Off-campus organizations may not post without prior approval from the Student Development and Academic Services Office.
  • Individuals or organizations who post materials are responsible for removing these materials no later than 48 hours after the event has taken place.
  • No organization or individual with posters or chalking for display may cover or remove any other approved materials that have not gone beyond their assigned posting dates.
  • All posters, chalking, signs, advertisements, and displays are subject to the “not socially offensive” standard, such as no personal attacks or obscenities. Content must not violate the College’s policy on Harassment and Discrimination or the Commitment to Diversity. Due to the college's non-profit status political campaign signs are not permitted in public spaces on campus.
  • No posters, chalking, flyers, or displays of any kind may be attached to the fence surrounding the campus, to a window of a door, sculptures or statues.
  • Chalking is limited to sidewalks only.
  • No mention of alcohol should be on fliers.

Violations of the posting policy may be sanctioned by the Social Regulations Council or an administrative hearing officer.

Click here for information about Permanent Campus Signage.



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Sex/Gender Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policy

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Social Media at Rhodes

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Smoking Policy

This page has been redirected to the College Handbook Smoking Policy page.

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Social and Alcohol Policy


In 2009, led by a group of students, the College adopted the following statement:

As a community we embrace the vision of a healthy and balanced social environment, grounded in trust and open communication among faculty, staff, and students. Such an environment fosters personal and community growth and embodies a sense of responsibility and accountability to self and others. This vision depends upon each member’s commitment to achieve and maintain inclusiveness, consistency, continual education, and the growth of shared traditions. This is our duty to one another. 

Rhodes supports behavior and social interactions that are:

  • Legal
  • Responsible
  • Healthy
  • Reflective of our community values.

Expectations and Procedures

Responsible and Healthy Behavior

  • There is a time and place for alcohol consumption that is consistent with certain college activities and times of day. Behavior should demonstrate respect for the campus, its visitors, and its community.
  • Reasonable and safe consumption happens when drinking is done in moderation and not toward a goal of inebriation. When drinking is the focus of an activity or gathering, consumption is less likely to be reasonable and safe. Drinking during or before certain high-risk activities or in conjunction with health conditions or medications is dangerous to both the student and his or her surrounding community.
  • Public intoxication is not a community value or activity endorsed by the social policy or alcohol policy of the College. Public intoxication is defined as a state of inebriation indicating impaired judgment, visible intoxication, or behavior that endangers or threatens the welfare of self and others. The public consumption and/or possession of alcohol in public areas, including on-campus buildings and outdoor venues is prohibited unless a college-sanctioned event.  All student events involving alcohol must be registered in the Events Management System, and the student host of the event must have approval from the organization’s advisor. Once approved, carrying alcohol from one on-campus venue to another is prohibited unless carried in a cup.  No bottles, cans, kegs or other containers are allowed to be carried from one on-campus venue to another. This includes, but is not limited to: academic buildings, the library, parking lots, outdoor quads and spaces, athletic fields, roadways, and administrative buildings.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is strictly prohibited both on and off campus.
  • Public consumption and/or possession of alcohol in public areas, including on-campus buildings and outdoor venues is prohibited unless a college-sanctioned event.
  • Good Samaritan Statement: The health and safety of students is a priority for the Rhodes community.  Because of this, the College has adopted a Good Samaritan Statement, and students are expected to assist fellow community members by utilizing this service. Students are to contact Campus Safety or Residence Life staff when they believe an impaired/intoxicated student is in need of assistance. In case of a medical emergency, students should call 911. When a student or organization calls for assistance, neither the student/organization, nor the impaired student will be subject to an alcohol violation, unless the student involved demonstrates a repeated lack of care for him/herself and the campus community. This policy does not protect students from violations of other college policies, such as threatening/causing physical harm, sexual assault, harassment, damage to property, hazing, etc. This policy likewise does not prevent action by local and state authorities. Staff members will record names of intoxicated students to allow for appropriate follow-up, which may result in timely completion of alcohol education programs, assessment, or treatment, depending upon the level of concern for the student’s health and safety.
  • High-Risk drinking and associated paraphernalia (such as funnels), which encourage the abuse of alcohol, are strictly forbidden. 
  • In order to promote safer alcohol consumption and individual responsibility, common containers and mass sources – including kegs and stockpiles of beer or other alcohol – are not permitted.
  • Shared Responsibility Statement: Students who are found to be present in an environment when illegal, unhealthy, irresponsible, or unreflective of community values drinking is occurring may be held responsible for a “Shared Responsibility-Alcohol “violation. This violation will likely result in a warning.

Hosting Events and Parties

All events planned and hosted by Rhodes College departments and registered organizations must use the Events Management System to:

  • Reserve the location (indoor, outdoor, and off-campus) seven days prior to the event start date. If coordination with other departments listed below, arrangements are needed at least three days in advance.
  • Arrange catering through Aramark and request any of the following: set-up from Physical Plant (chairs, tables, stage, etc.), AV equipment from the Barret Media Center, Campus Safety if cash is collected or security is needed, and publicity through Communications.
  • In planning of events where alcohol is anticipated, the host will work with the advisor (if student group) or the VP for Finance and Business Affairs (faculty and staff) and Campus Safety to plan logistics and procedures related to compliance with the law, organizational rules and by-laws, and the well-being of guests.
  • Advertising for events must follow the Posting Signs Policy in the Student Handbook.
  • Clean-up of events on campus must be completed by 8 a.m. the following morning unless an earlier time is requested in advance. 

Regulatory and Contractual Compliance

  • Aramark is Rhodes College’s approved contract vendor for food and beverages. To consume alcohol in the Lair and/or Lair Patio, it must be purchased through Aramark.
  • In compliance with the National Collegiate Athletic Association, possession and consumption of alcohol is prohibited at National Collegiate Athletic Association athletic events.
  • No organization shall furnish alcoholic beverages to students on campus or at any College function.
  • Requests for exceptions to these procedures should be made to the Dean of Students for student groups or the VP for Finance and Business Affairs for other groups.


It is prohibited for any student, regardless of age, to have alcohol shipped to the mailroom at Rhodes College. The mailroom will inform the Office of Community Standards if/when shipments of alcohol are received. This is a violation of the Social and Alcohol Policy.

Legal Behavior

The following summary is provided to promote increased awareness of the Tennessee laws concerning alcoholic beverages. This summary is not intended to be a restatement of the law nor a summary of all of the laws relating to alcoholic beverages. All members of the Rhodes community are responsible for compliance with the state laws governing the use of alcohol.

Regarding alcohol consumption, according to Tennessee law, it is illegal:

  • For any person or group of legal drinking age to sell, furnish, or provide alcoholic beverages to any person under twenty-one years of age;
  • For any person under the age of twenty-one to purchase, receive, or possess alcoholic beverages;
  • For any person to make a false statement to the effect that he or she is twenty-one years of age or older for the purpose of obtaining alcoholic beverages;
  • For any person or group to sell alcoholic beverages without a license;
  • For any person or group of legal drinking age to sell or furnish any alcoholic beverages to any person who is known to be visibly intoxicated, or to any person who appears to habitually drink alcoholic beverages to excess, or to any person who appears to be a habitual user of narcotics or other habit-forming drugs.

Regarding alcohol and driving a motor vehicle, according to Tennessee law, it is illegal:

  • To drive or be in physical control of a motor vehicle if a person is under twenty-one years of age and register .02 or more blood-alcohol content (BAC); for individuals who are twenty-one or over, the blood-alcohol test level is set at .08.
  • To consume any alcoholic beverage or possess an open container of alcoholic beverage while operating a motor vehicle.

Partial summary of punishments for offenses related to alcohol and motor vehicles:

  • The offense of driving while impaired (.02 or greater BAC) for a person under age twenty-one (21) is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a driver’s license suspension of one (1) year and by a fine of two-hundred fifty dollars ($250). As additional punishment, the court may impose public service work.
  • The offense of driving while the driver is in possession of an open container of alcohol, or of a beverage containing any amount of alcohol, is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine to be established by the court.
  • The first DUI offense (.08 or higher BAC) is punishable by 48 hours minimum jail time, one (1) year suspension of license, $350 minimum fine, 11 months and 29 days probation, and participation in an alcohol treatment program.
  • The second DUI offense (.08 or higher BAC) is punishable by 45 straight days minimum jail time, two (2) year suspension of license, $600 minimum fine, 11 months and 29 days probation, and treatment.
  • The third DUI offense (.08 or higher BAC) is punishable by 120 straight days minimum jail time, three (3) to ten (10) year suspension of license, $1,100 minimum fine, 11 months and 29 days probation, and treatment.
  • The fourth DUI offense (.08 or higher BAC) is punishable by 150 straight days minimum jail time, five (5) year suspension of license, $3000 minimum fine, and 1 to 6 years probation or parole.

Violations and Sanctions

In light of our Vision and policy we seek to establish an appropriate system for addressing violations of our community, remembering our commitment to fostering an atmosphere of personal and communal development. 

  • To emphasize learning versus punishment
  • To promote development
  • To emphasize success and support
  • To support responsibility and judgment of individuals and groups.

Student violations of this policy are on a two-tiered system. “Level 1” Violations include, but are not limited to, the possession or consumption of alcohol if under the age of 21 or providing alcohol to underage students. “Level 2” Violations include, but are not limited to, alcohol intoxication or substance induced behavior that places a student at risk in terms of health and safety issues. The adjudicator determines the level of the violation.

Students in violation will:

  1. Dispose of all alcoholic beverages in his or her possession or the alcoholic beverages will be confiscated and disposed of by a College staff member;
  2. Receive a written or oral warning that current or future policy violation(s) may result in more severe sanctions and/or administrative action at the discretion of the adjudicator.


Level 1 Violation




1st Violation 

2nd Violation

3rd Violation

4th Violation

Alcohol Education 

Letter of Warning

Other Sanctions

Alcohol Education

Substance Evaluation

Letter of Warning

Parent/Guardian Notified

Disciplinary Probation

Other Sanctions

Substance Evaluation

Parent/Guardian Notified

Deferred Suspension

Letter of Warning


Other Sanctions


Parent/Guardian Notified

Other Sanctions

Level 2 Violation




1st Violation 

2nd Violation

3rd Violation


Alcohol Education

Parent/Guardian Notified

Substance Evaluation

Letter of Warning

Other Sanctions

Alcohol Education

Parent/Guardian Notified

Substance Evaluation

Disciplinary Probation or Deferred Suspension 

Letter of Warning


Other Sanctions

Parent/Guardian Notified

Substance Evaluation


Other Sanctions



Alcohol Education –designed to increase awareness of health, safety and legal issues surrounding alcohol misuse;

Substance Evaluation – evaluation for substance abuse issues;

Parent/Guardian Notified – The parent/guardian will be notified via telephone.

Other Sanctions – see section on “Disciplinary Sanctions”

Failure to complete the required sanction(s) within six (6) weeks will result in: (1) the inability to register at enrollment clearance for the following semester until requirements are met; and (2) other sanctions may be applied.

Special Note: Any violation that includes drinking and driving on campus will likely result in a suspension of parking and driving privileges for the rest of the student’s college career at Rhodes.

Alcohol Awareness

Rhodes is committed to providing students, faculty, and staff with factual information about alcohol as well as confidential referrals for professional assistance in the event that they are needed. An awareness of the negative effects of alcohol consumption may assist you in your efforts to make safe and responsible choices about alcohol. Educational programs will be organized and conducted annually to promote continued awareness and encourage an attitude of genuine concern and care for others. Information concerning responsible use, effective party planning, indications of abuse or addiction, and resources for assistance are available for you or someone you care about in the Counseling Center.


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Solicitation on Campus

Solicitations of any type, including, but not limited to fliers, free samples, roaming vendors or recruiters are prohibited on campus without prior approval as outlined below:

Solicitation on campus by outside groups, companies or organizations requires an invitation and prior approval by a sponsoring campus department or student organization and advisor. Approving outside organizations should include a stationary location, a defined time period, the name of the escorting host (must be a Rhodes College community member), and the nature of the solicitation. The information must be placed on the Events Management System. 

Solicitation on campus by recognized student groups should be requested through the Events Management System. 

Locations available for solicitation are available in the Events Management System. Solicitation may not take place within the residence halls.

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Student Concerns

Nature of Concern

Address concern to

If Appealed - Address to

Grade concerns

Issuing Instructor

Department Chair

Financial Aid concerns 

Financial Aid Office

Director of Financial Aid

Academic Standards

Standards & Standing Committee

Not Available

Academic Discrimination

Dean of the Faculty

Not Available 

Educational Records


Standards & Standing Committee


Housing Appeals Committee

Assoc. Dean of Students via Director of Residence Life

Honor Council

Honor Council via Director of Community Standards

Faculty Appeals Committee via Director of Community Standards

Information Technology Chief Information Officer

Social Regulations Council

Social Regulations Council via Director of Community Standards

SRC Appeals Committee via Director of Community Standards


Director of Community Standards

Associate Dean of Student Experience


Director of Campus Safety

Traffic Appeals Committee

Sexual Misconduct/Title IX

File report through Rhodes Express or directly with the Title IX Coordinator

Sexual Misconduct Appeals Committee via Title IX Coordinators

All other violations of college policy (Ref: Student Behavior)

Director of Community Standards

Assoc. Dean of Students

IFC Behavioral via Director of Community Standards

IFC via Director of Community Standards

Vice President of Student Life

  • If the concern is not specifically identified above, contact the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs. 
  • If a concern is not satisfactorily addressed through the offices and agents above, it is possible to file a formal written complaint. That process is described here.
  • If the resolution of the complaint is unsatisfactory and meets the requirements for an appeal  as indicated in the college catalogue or student handbook, the issue should be brought forward to the committee or individual as listed above.
  • Should the institution not be able to resolve the student complaint, the student has the right to contact the State of Tennessee and its appropriate agency to determine the course of action. Complaints can be filed with the following agencies in Tennessee:
    • Complaints related to the application of state laws or rules related to approval to operate or licensure of a particular professional program within a postsecondary institution shall be referred to the appropriate State Board (i.e., State Board of Health, State Board of Education, and so on.) within the Tennessee State Government and shall be reviewed and handled by that licensing board ( [4] , and then search for the appropriate division)
    • Complaints related to state consumer protection laws (e.g., laws related to fraud or false advertising) shall be referred to the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs and shall be reviewed and handled by their Unit ( [5] )


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Allegations regarding noncompliance with accreditation standards, policies, and procedures may be made to SACSCOC, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097.  (The Commission's complaint policy, procedure and the Complaint form may be found on their website, [6])

Title IX (Department of Education Office of Civil Rights Individuals who wish to file a claim with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights must do so within 180 days of the incident based on the time limits for adjudication set by that agency.

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Student Organizations

Authority, Responsibility, and Accountability for student organizations are delegated along the following line:

      Head of Student Organization (President, Chair, etc.)

      Coordinator  of Student Activities, Director of Greek Life, Leadership, and Engagement, Director of New Student Programs and Leadership

      Dean of Students

The Dean of Students has the authority, responsibility, and accountability for student affairs and student organizations. 

A. What constitutes a student organization at Rhodes College?

A student organization is defined as a group of college students who unite to promote or celebrate a common interest. While student organizations of the College may include faculty, staff, or community members, the majority of the organization must be Rhodes College students. Additionally, only students are permitted to serve as officers of officially recognized student organizations.

B. What does it mean to be a registered Student Organization at Rhodes College? 

A registered organization has completed all necessary paperwork and submitted it to Office of Student Activities and Rhodes Student Government. Please familiarize yourself with the privileges/benefits and make sure that your organization is not participating in these types of activities unless they are registered.

Groups that are existing organizations must re-register every year, and they must electronically submit an updated profile, membership roster and constitution and by-laws on Presence.

C. Benefits of being a Registered Student Organization

All organizations must maintain an active, up to date profile with Rhodes Student Government on Presence. Failure to register annually will result in denial of privileges. Registration as a student organization is a privilege, and is not intended to restrict the free association of students in non-registered organizations.

Upon registering, student organizations gain several privileges, including the ability to:

1. Reserve space on campus for meetings and approved activities.

2. Conduct approved fundraising projects on campus.

3. Coordinate activities with other student organizations and participate in events such as: Homecoming, Welcome Week, and organization fairs.

4. Have university mail collected by a student organization leader and the use of a mailing address at Rhodes College.

5. Apply for funding through the Allocations Board (if eligible) for all campus projects and programs.

6.  Be considered for RSG and College awards.

7.  Have an Organizational Site on Presence.

D. Student Organization Recognition

An organization seeking College recognition should first contact the Coordinator of Student Activities.  The organization must submit a completed Student Organization Registration online through the Office of Student Life. The completed online registration packet which includes a roster of all active members, a signed adviser agreement, and a proposed constitution that will be reviewed by the Director of Student Activities and the RSG Student Organizational Relations Committee. The Director of New Student Programs and Leadership, Coordinator of Student Activities along with the Chairman of the RSG Student Organization Relations Committee will then submit the completed new student organization materials to the Rhodes Student Government (RSG) Senate for consideration.  RSG Senate will vote to recommend to the Dean of Students whether or not the group should be a Recognized Student Organization.

With the exception of nationally-affiliated fraternities and sororities that have received official approval from the Dean of Students, official recognition by the College will be granted to organizations who meet with the following requirements: (1) the organization’s purpose is not in conflict with the mission of the College, (2) the membership of the organization is not exclusive (i.e., the organization must be open to all Rhodes students who are interested in membership), and (3) the organization must be distinct and unique from all other existing organizations on campus.

The RSG Student Organization Relations Chairman will notify the organization in writing of the decision. If denied, a written explanation of the denial along with the procedure for appeal must be included.

The decision of RSG may be appealed in writing to the Dean of Students.

The officers of recognized student organizations are responsible for the actions of their respective organizations. Neither the Dean of Students, Director of New Student Programs and Leadership, Director of Greek Life, Leadership, and Engagement, Coordinator of Student Activities, nor the Rhodes Student Government controls or is responsible for actions taken by student organizations.

E. Events During Finals

The focus during reading days and finals is preparation for final examinations and papers. To maintain this focus, student organizations may not schedule activities or study breaks during finals period, including reading days.

F. Applying for Funding

Once the College recognizes a student group, the organization may apply to receive financial support. Recognized status does not guarantee funding by the College.

For more information about Student Organizational Funding please visit the Allocations Board website at: [11]

G. Organization Accounts and Equipment

Recognized Student Organizations will be given a College account in which allocated funds will be kept. Each Student Organization will receive a budget statement from the RSG Allocations Commissioner and/or Student Leadership Coordinator. It is the responsibility of the organization's President and Treasurer to monitor expenditures and income per event. Money from an organization's account may be obtained in one of two ways:

Cash. A petty cash voucher will be issued in situations that require $100 or less. Petty cash vouchers are obtained from Rhodes Express.

Check. A check request form may be obtained from Rhodes Express. All check request forms must be authorized by the organization’s advisor and the Student Leadership Coordinator. Check requests must be turned in to the Accounting Office no later than 5:00 pm on Wednesday for a check to be issued on Friday of that same week. Checks can be mailed to a specified address or can be picked up from Rhodes Express after 2:00 pm on Friday. Proper documentation such as company invoice or receipt(s) is needed for all check requests. Complete mailing address and social security number (copy of W-9 for current year) for honorarium or stipend is required.

Monies not used by the end of the fiscal year (June 30) will be turned back over to the College. Overages will be taken out of the organization's budget for the next year.

All equipment purchased by any Student Organization or Club Sport with College funds is the property of Rhodes College and must be inventoried annually at the conclusion of the season (for club sports) or academic year. Appropriate storage, administration and maintenance of equipment are the responsibility of the respective student organization.

H. Legal Issues and Liability

Student organizations are responsible for obtaining and maintaining, in conjunction with their national organization, the proper insurance coverage.

Copies of such coverage shall be submitted to the Dean of Students Office at the beginning of each academic year.

All student organizations are to follow their national organization social event guidelines and procedures as set forth by their national organization both on and off campus as well as any college policies or guidelines.

I.  Evaluation and Review

At the end of the academic year each organization shall  submit an annual report outlining its accomplishments in support of academic achievement, College and community service, and educational programs. Should the organization be required to submit to its national office a document which includes all of the above, a copy of that document may be submitted as its report to the Coordinator of Student Activities or Director of Greek Life, Leadership and Engagement.

Each organization will submit to the Coordinator of Student Activities via the Student Organization registration site (Presence) copies of its governing documents (constitution, bylaws, handbook, etc.) as requested. These documents are subject to review by the Dean of Students and RSG to determine that chapter policies are in keeping with college and RSG policies. 

J. Hazing

Hazing, which is an action taken or situation created to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule, or which destroys or removes public or private property, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in, a group or organization. The express or implied consent of the victim will not be a defense. No organization member shall condone hazing. Any student or student organization found in violation of hazing may be subject to suspension or expulsion from the College.

K. Judicial Process for Violations of Regulations or Standards of Conduct

A student organization’s violation of college regulations or failure to adhere to expected standards of conduct will be adjudicated by the appropriate student judicial body or administrator, as determined after initial review by the Director of Community Standards in conferral with the Coordinator of Student Activities or Director of Greek Life, Leadership and Engagement. Persistent or extreme violations at the student organization level may result in withdrawal of recognition by the College.

A student organization may appeal the findings of violation of regulations or standards of conduct in writing to the Associate Dean for Student Experience, unless otherwise directed in the sanctioning letter. Appeals must be based on the same grounds listed under the Rhodes College policies of Student Conduct in the Student Handbook. In the event that an incident is adjudicated by a judicial body, that body’s appeal guidelines govern the appeal for that finding.

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