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Campus Policies

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BCLC and Alburty Pool

Authorized Users

  1. Students, faculty, and staff 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.

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, 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.

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

Fish (in tanks with maximum capacity of ten gallons) are the only pets which may be kept in student rooms with the permission of roommates. The only exceptions are approved service or Emotional Support animals. Violators of these policies regarding pets will be fined a minimum of $100.00 for each infraction. Exceptions will not be made for any temporary keeping of pets.

Guests or commuter students are required to keep pets on leashes while on campus and are responsible for cleaning up after the pet. Pets should not be taken inside Residence Halls.

Additionally, pets are not allowed into campus buildings or structures or into any areas that serve food and/or beverages. 

Service Animal Policy

Rhodes allows 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. Students with qualifying animals are not exempted from responsibility for damage caused by the animal, above and beyond the normal wear and tear a human might reasonably cause.

Students must make a request for disability-related reasonable accommodation with the Office for Student Accessibility Services in order for their service animals to be allowed in the classroom, places where food is served, and student housing. An owner/handler may have more than one service animal, but each animal should have a specific purpose which can be identified.

If the student represents that the animal is a service animal, he or she does not have to provide documentation or other proof that the animal has been certified or licensed as a service animal; conversely providing such a certificate, without more, will not qualify an animal as a service animal.  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). Failure to provide satisfactory answers to these questions may result in restrictions on where the animal can go.

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

Students wishing to bring an emotional support animal on campus must receive advance approval from the Office of Student Accessibility Services before bringing the animal on campus. In order for an animal to qualify as an emotional support animal, the student must provide a certificate from a licensed mental health professional stating that the animal’s presence is necessary for the student’s emotional health. While animals other than dogs will be considered, Rhodes is under no obligation to permit an animal that is dangerous, disruptive, or requires special environmental conditions to be brought onto campus as emotional support animals.

Emotional support animals on campus grounds are to be properly leashed by the owner/handler at all times or will be subject to removal. 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, students may bring an emotional support animal into previously agreed-upon campus buildings or structures as a reasonable accommodation for a disability-related accommodation request.

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

An emotional support animal is required to be under the control of its owner/handler, and shall have a harness, leash, or other tether or a pet carrier. Emotional support animals may not be transported on campus in purses, tote bags, briefcases or backpacks.

Rhodes is not responsible for the care or supervision of an emotional support 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.

Dog Guides in Training

Rhodes allows dog guides 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.

Service and Emotional Support Animal Exceptions:

Rhodes may deny a service animal or emotional support 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 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.
  2. The animal is not housebroken. For purposes of this policy, “housebroken” means that the 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.
  3. The animal otherwise poses a risk to the health or safety of people or other service animals. In determining whether an animal poses a risk to the health or safety of people or other service or emotional support 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).

Animals in the Classroom:

Animals other than service and emotional support animals are generally prohibited in the classroom. Students 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. 

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, 901-843-3815. For emotional support animals, the student must also submit an Emotional Support Animal Verification Form signed by a licensed mental health professional who has observed the animal and the owner personally. On-line certificates will not be accepted.
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, if required, 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 carefully review and complete the Service and Emotional Support Animals in Student Campus Housing. 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 at any time. 

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 901-843-3815 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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Campus Resources



Phone Number

Academic Success Concerns

Student Life


Academic Affairs

Academic Affairs


Accessibility Services

Student Life


Art Gallery

Clough-Hanson Gallery



Bryan Campus Life Center


Books and Supplies




Rhodes Express


Campus Dining

Catherin Burrow Refectory


Campus Safety

Campus Safety


Career Counseling

Career Services


Community Service

Kinney/Bonner Program


Computer Labs

Barret Library



Counseling Center


Dean of Students

Student Life


Family Weekend

Student Life


Financial Aid

Rhodes Express


General Inquires

Rhodes Express


Fraternity and Sorority Life

Student Life


Health Services

Health Center



Residence Life


Inclusion & Involvement

Student Life


IT Help Desk

Barrett Library


Language Lab

Language Lab


Learning Strategies

Student Life


Leave of Absence

Student Life


Library - Information

Barret Library


Mailing Services




Physical Plant


and Computational Reasoning Center

Math & Computer Science


Meal Plans

Catherine Burrow Refectory


On Campus Computer Repair

Computer Depot



Student Life



Campus Safety



Rhodes Express


Religious/Spiritual Support

Chaplain’s Office



Rhodes Express


Stress Management

Counseling Center


Student Conduct

Student Life


Student Employment

Rhodes Express


Student Organizations

Student Life


Study Abroad

International Programs


Transcript Request

Rhodes Express


Tuition Inquires

Rhodes Express


Writing Center

Barret Library


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Drug Policy

Rhodes College will not tolerate the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of illegal drugs or the misuse of over the counter or lawfully prescribed medications 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,” and therefore illegal, by the state of Tennessee. Any member of the Rhodes community who violates the law is subject to both prosecution and punishment by law enforcement authorities and to disciplinary proceedings by the College.

Students 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 illegal drug or for being under the influence of any prescription drug or illegal drug, 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 illegal drugs is also prohibited. Students are also subject to disciplinary action for the misuse or abuse of mind-altering substances other than illegal drugs, such as Amyl Nitrate, Ephedrine, volatile solvents, aerosols, Nitrous Oxide, and similar substances.

Student Sanctions

The sanctions to be imposed by the College may range from probation to suspension or expulsion from one’s place of residence or to expulsion from enrollment. However, the following are the minimum sanctions that will be imposed by the College for a violation of this policy.

The minimum sanction for a first-time drug paraphernalia violation is a requirement to participate in a drug education program and disciplinary probation for six months, which places a student in not good standing with the college. The penalty for any student who violates the policy for drug paraphernalia for a second time will be deferred suspension or suspension from the College for at least one semester.

The minimum sanction for a first-time violation of the Drug Policy for misuse or abuse of illegal drugs or the illegal use or possession of a prescription drug is disciplinary probation for a full year, a fine,  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 illegal drugs or illegal use or possession of a prescription drug for a second time will be suspended from the College for at least one year.

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

The minimum penalty for sale, manufacture for sale or distribution of illegal drugs, mind-altering substances or prescription drugs is 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 $3,000 to $50,000 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. 39-17-425)
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 $3,000, or both.

Denial of Federal Aid (20 USC 1091)

Under the Higher Education Act of 1998, students convicted under federal or state law for the sale or possession of drugs will have their federal financial aid eligibility suspended. This includes all federal grants, loans, federal work study programs, and more. Students convicted of drug possession will be ineligible for one year from the date of the conviction of the first offense, two years for the second offense, and indefinitely for the third offense. Students convicted of selling drugs will be ineligible for two years from the date of the first conviction, and indefinitely for the second offense. Those who lose eligibility can regain eligibility by successfully completing an approved drug rehabilitation program.

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)3540 Summer Avenue, Suite 104, Memphis, TN 38122
8 901-454-1414 (24 Hour Helpline)

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

Mid-Town Mental Health Center
427 Dr. ML King Jr Ave, Memphis, TN 38126
901-577-0200, ext. 370

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

Southeast Mental Health Winchester Center (Alliance Healthcare Services)
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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Good Neighbor Policy

Rhodes College values all community members, including those outside our gates. The College strives to build positive, respectful, and civil relationships with our community neighbors to ensure positive, open streams of dialogue.

Complaints involving excessive noise and/or trash reported by community neighbors will result in an investigation led by the Office of Community Standards. The following are possible sanctions for community violations involving noise and/or trash.

  • Warning
  • Disciplinary Probation

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Emergency Preparedness

Rhodes engages in 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. You may view the complete plan at

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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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Immunization Requirement Policy

Influenza Vaccination Requirement

Beginning in August 2021, Rhodes College will require that all students to be fully vaccinated for Influenza and submit proof of vaccination to come to campus. Those who are not fully vaccinated and plan to be on campus for any reason must have an approved exemption for medical or religious reasons.

Tennessee Department of Health Requirements

The Tennessee Department of Health has immunization requirements for those who attend college. The requirements can be found in the Tennessee Department of Health Rules.

The state’s immunization requirements follow the current schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).  A brief summary of the required immunizations for colleges is listed in the TN Immunization Requirements Summary Table.

Full-time Tennessee college students are required to submit records for the following vaccines:

  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (2 doses of each, normally given together as MMR): if born on or after January 1, 1957 only.
  • Varicella (2 doses or credible history of disease): if born on or after January 1, 1980 only. 
  • Hepatitis B (HBV) – only for health science students expected to have patient contact (before patient contact begins).
  • Meningococcal - At a minimum of 1 dose given at 16 years of age or greater if enrolling in public institution for the first time and under 22 years of age and living in on-campus housing; private institutions set their own requirements for this vaccine. 

Tennessee follows published CDC guidelines. For vaccines with critical minimum age requirements (e.g., MMR, varicella) or minimum dose intervals, doses are considered valid if given up to 4 days before the minimum age or dose interval.  Doses administered more than 4 days early are considered invalid and should be repeated as recommended.

A positive serology (year of test documented) is acceptable as an alternative to immunization for measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis A, hepatitis B or varicella.  For varicella, documentation of provider diagnosed varicella or provider-verified credible history of disease given by a parent or guardian also is acceptable. By documenting a history of disease, the provider is asserting that he or she is convinced that the child has had chickenpox.

All students should review the information at Tennessee Department of Health, College Immunizations.

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Inclement Weather

Rhodes' extreme weather procedures provide for making decisions to cancel classes or to delay the start of classes at the College when weather conditions warrant. These procedures will be used only if Rhodes’ schedule is altered.

The decision will be communicated through the following College communication avenues

  • Rhodes College Alert Text
  • Rhodes College Website –
  • Email
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Twitter

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Memphis ordinance prohibits the use of fireworks in the city. Possession or use of fireworks is prohibited on the Rhodes College campus. 

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As an educational institution, Rhodes College is committed to maintaining an environment in which its college employees and students 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 college employees and students is an essential ingredient in the educational process and the greatest care must be taken that it not in any way be eroded. For the purposes of this policy, students include graduate and undergraduate students.

Virtually all college employees 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 college employees 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 college employee, 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 a college employee works 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. For the purpose of this policy, student employees will be treated as 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. These 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 network user account.

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

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, unaddressed virus or malware infections, and any other type of use that would cause congestion or security risk 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 Rhodes College 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 to their computer (e.g. via 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. We also require that all students, faculty, and staff use multi-factor authentication to validate password submission, providing a second layer of protection to your account credentials.

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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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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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 Dean of Students Office.
  • All on-campus organizations must receive prior approval to post from the Student Activities Coordinator or Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life.
  • 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.
  • Posters are not allowed to be posted on entrances to the Refectory, Burrow Hall, Briggs Hall, BCLC, Robertson Hall, Barret Library, and lamp posts.
  • Chalking is limited to sidewalks only.
  • No mention of alcohol should be on fliers.

Violations of the posting policy may be sanctioned by the Community Standards 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

This policy does not apply to faculty. 

Social media at Rhodes extends existing communication efforts to raise the profile and manage the reputation of the College. “Social media” as referenced in this policy refers to any website, platform or application that allows users to create and share content or participate in digital social networking. Participating in social media sites on behalf of Rhodes College is not a right, but a privilege and should be taken seriously and with respect to the broader community. Social media platforms develop and change at a rapid pace, and the policy may be revised from time to time as new platforms are developed and new concerns are identified. The lack of explicit reference to a specific site does not limit the extent of the application of this policy.

Use at Work

  • College employees seeking to represent Rhodes via social media outlets, including departmental accounts, must do the following:
    • Observe all obligations, policies and requirements of Rhodes College concerning privacy and confidentiality. 
    • Conduct themselves at all times as representatives of the College, and accordingly, adhere to all College standards of conduct and observe conventionally accepted protocols and proper decorum.
    • Identify themselves as an employee of the College.
    • Refrain from using language or images that are obscene, sexually explicit, threatening, intimidating, or harassing; or language that ridicules, harasses, maligns, disparages, or otherwise expresses bias against any person(s) on account of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, or any other protected characteristic.
    • Respect the intellectual property rights of others.
    • Do not combine your personal social media account with the social media account you maintain on behalf of Rhodes. 
    • At Rhodes’ request, promptly take down any posts or other information deemed to violate this policy.
  • College employees using social media on College-provided devices must not:
    • Circulate or post commercial, personal, religious or political solicitations, chain letters, spam or promotion of outside organizations unrelated to the business of Rhodes College.
    • Use working time to post on social media unless part of an employee’s job duties.

Personal Use

Rhodes recognizes the important part social media may play in the personal lives of its employees. However, in this interconnected world, an employee’s personal social media presence may affect the reputation of Rhodes College. For this reason, Rhodes expects employees to observe the following rules for the personal, off-duty use of social media:

  • Employees engaged in the personal use of social media, whether it be the employee’s own sites, the sites of others, media pages, professional sites or other information exchange forums, must not state or imply that they are speaking or acting on behalf of Rhodes or presenting or representing the interests of the College. 
  • Employees may not post, transmit, or otherwise disseminate any confidential or proprietary information such as student information, social security numbers, personal health information, business strategies, future planning, or attorney-client communications to which they have access as a result of their employment. 
  • Employees may not display the College’s name, seal, or logos on their personal web pages in such a manner as to give the appearance of an official site of the College. 
  • Employees must refrain from using language or images that are obscene, sexually explicit, threatening, intimidating, or harassing; or language that ridicules, harasses, maligns, disparages, or otherwise expresses bias against any person(s) on account of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, or any other protected characteristic.
  • Rhodes employees should expect that any information created, transmitted, downloaded, exchanged, or discussed in a public online forum may be accessed by the College at any time without prior notice.
  • Rhodes employees should recognize the importance of maintaining professional boundaries between Rhodes employees and Rhodes students when communicating with students on social media platforms. 

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Smoking Policy

Certain areas of the campus are designated as non-smoking. Specifically, all interior spaces of all buildings and all exterior space within 50 feet of all buildings are designated as "No Smoking." 

In order for Rhodes to have an environment that is relatively free of pollutants or other substances that may be hazardous to one’s health, members of the campus community are encouraged to direct those who choose to smoke to do so in exterior locations at least 50 feet away from all buildings. 

This policy includes e-cigarettes, which are not permitted for use in any buildings. A violation of the smoking policy is also a violation of the fire safety policy.

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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.

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.  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 needs 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 organizations must use the Events Management System to:

  • Reserve the location (indoor, outdoor, and off-campus) 14 days prior to the event start date. If coordination with other departments listed below, arrangements are needed at least seven days in advance.
  • Arrange catering through Bon Appetit 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 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.
    • 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 Student Activities Coordinator or the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, and the Dean of Students for student groups
  • 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

  • Bon Appetit 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 Bon Appetit.
  • In compliance with the National Collegiate Athletic Association, possession and consumption of alcohol is prohibited at National Collegiate Athletic Association athletic events.
  • In planning of events where alcohol is anticipated, the host will work with 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. 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.

Tennessee Law on Alcohol

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 up to 11 months and 29 days jail time, one (1) year suspension of license, $350 -$1,500 fine, and participation in an alcohol treatment program.
  • The second DUI offense (.08 or higher BAC) is punishable by 45 days up to 11 months and 29 days jail time, two (2) year suspension of license, $600 - $3,500 fine, and an alcohol and drug treatment program may be required.
  • The third DUI offense (.08 or higher BAC) is punishable by 120 days up to 11 months and 29 days jail time, three (3) to ten (10) year suspension of license, $1,100 - $10,000  fine, and an alcohol and drug treatment program may be required.
  • The fourth DUI offense (.08 or higher BAC) is a Class E Felony punishable by 150 straight days minimum jail time, five (5) year suspension of license, $3000 - $15,000 fine, and 1 to 6 years’ probation or parole, and an alcohol and drug treatment program may be required.

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 email.

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. 

All requests must be entered and approved through the Event Management System.

Any requests for solicitation on campus for recognized student groups should be presented to Student Life (Presence).

The College Events office can assist with locations available for any solicitations approved by the college.

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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

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

Community Standards Council

Community Standards Council via Director of Community Standards

CSC Appeals Committee via Director of Community Standards


Director of Community Standards

Dean of Students


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 Coordinator

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

Director of Community Standards

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 Life. 
  • 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 federal government or the State of Tennessee and their respective agencies to determine the course of action. Complaints can be filed with the following agencies:
    • 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]).
    • Allegations regarding noncompliance with accreditation standards, policies, and procedures may be made to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (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 complaint 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. The complaint policy, procedure and complaint form may be found at

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Student Organizations

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In General

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

  • Officer(s) of Student Organization (President, Chair, etc.)
  • Student Activities Coordinator and, Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Director of New Student Programs and Leadership

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

  1. 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.

  1. 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 the Allocations and Student Organization Commission. Please familiarize yourself with the privileges/benefits listed below 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.

  1. Benefits of being a Registered Student Organization

All organizations must maintain an active, up to date profile with the Office of Student Activities on Presence. Failure to register annually will result in denial of privileges or deactivation of organization. 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:

  • Reserve space on campus for meetings and approved activities.
  • Conduct approved fundraising projects on campus.
  • Coordinate activities with other student organizations and participate in events such as: Homecoming, Welcome Week, and organization fairs.
  • Have university mail collected by a student organization leader and the use of a mailing address at Rhodes College.
  • Apply for funding through the Allocations and Student Organizations Commission (if eligible) for all campus projects and programs.
  • Be considered for Campus Life and College awards.
  • Have an Organizational Site on Presence.
  • Have the ability to advertise via flyers and other mechanisms on campus.

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Student Organization Recognition

An organization seeking College recognition should first contact the Student Activities Coordinator. The organization must submit a New Student Organization Proposal form on Presence. The completed online registration packet which includes a questionnaire, roster of at least 11 members, a president and treasurer, and a signed adviser agreement, will be reviewed by the Allocations and Student Organizations Commission (ASOC). Once approved by ASOC, the organization leaders will be asked to submit a Constitution. The Constitution will be reviewed by the Student Activities Coordinator, and once approved will be submitted to the Dean of Students for final approval on 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 Allocations and Student Organizations Commission Vice Commissioner or Office of Student Activities 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 ASOC may be appealed in writing to the Office of Student Activities, and then the Dean of Students if necessary.

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 Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student Activities Coordinator, nor the Allocations and Student Organizations Commissions controls or is responsible for actions taken by student organizations.

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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. Events taking place on the last day of class in the spring semester will be approved on a case-by case basis.

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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 email

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Organization Accounts and Equipment

Student Organizations will be approved for funding on a case-by-base basis. It is the responsibility of the organization's President and Treasurer to monitor expenditures and income per event. Approved funds can be used three ways. For more information, reach out to your ASCO Representative or the Office of Student Activities.

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.

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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

. 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 Student Activities Coordinator or Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life.

Each organization will submit to the Student Activities Coordinator 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 ASOC to determine that chapter policies are in keeping with college and ASOC policies. 

ii. Hazing

As required by T. C. A. § 49-7-123, hazing, which is any intentional or reckless act, on or off the property of Rhodes College by one (1) student acting alone or with others that is directed against any other student, that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of that student or that induces or coerces a student to endanger the student’s mental or physical health or safety.   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.

Every year at orientation, time will be set aside to specifically discuss this hazing policy and its ramifications as a criminal offense and Rhodes College’s penalties that may be imposed. 

iii. 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 Student Activities Coordinator or Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life. 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 Vice President for Student Life, 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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Please see the College Handbook Weapons Policy page.

Rhodes College strictly prohibits possession of weapons of any type by students, employees or visitors on all College property, including but not limited to firearms, B-B guns, pellet guns, bows and arrows, hunting knives, explosives or any other object that could be used as a deadly weapon. (Weapons are defined in the Tennessee Code Annotated.)

Violators (including those individuals with valid Tennessee gun carry permits) are subject to suspension, expulsion, termination, or any combination of appropriate sanctions.

The sole exception to this policy is that Rhodes College complies with Tennessee Code Annotated § 39-17-1313.

In accordance with TCA § 39-17-1313,  a person who has a valid enhanced handgun carry permit or concealed handgun carry permit or who lawfully carries a handgun pursuant to § 39–17–1307(g) may, unless expressly prohibited by federal law, transport and store a firearm or firearm ammunition in the person’s motor vehicle if:

  1. The person’s vehicle is parked and located where it is permitted to be;
  2. The firearm or ammunition being transported or stored in the vehicle:
    • Is kept from ordinary observation if the person is in the vehicle;
    • Is kept from ordinary observation and locked within the trunk, glove box, or interior of the person’s motor vehicle or a container securely affixed to the vehicle if the person is not in the vehicle.

Any violation of this policy should be reported immediately to Campus Safety at 843-3880. Prohibition of such weapons extends to the property and/or vehicles controlled by an individual while on College property if that individual is not in compliance with TCA § 39-17-1313. Questions regarding this policy should be directed to the Director of Campus Safety or the Chief Human Resources Officer.

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