I am deeply committed to creating and sustaining a living, learning, and working environment at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, that is free from sexual misconduct, relationship violence, and stalking. Today, I am writing to inform you about two developments related to those issues.
I am pleased to tell you that the State of Tennessee’s Benefits Administration is now accepting and processing insurance applications from same-sex married couples. This change applies to all eligible UT faculty and staff and is the result of the Supreme Court ruling on the constitutional right to same-sex marriage.
Improving faculty and staff pay and rewarding quality performance are critical to our goal of becoming a top public research university, so I’m pleased that this is the fifth year we’ve been able to provide funding for salary increases.
Spring commencement is the busiest and most exciting time at Rocky Top. I enjoy slowing down just long enough to hear from our graduating students about their next steps.
Earlier this month we opened the first phase of the Student Union. Soon-to-be Volunteers and their families quickly filled the building—eating, shopping, and gathering during new student orientation.
Here’s a list of faculty, staff, and students who have made headlines for their accomplishments in recent months.
The Board of Trustees has approved the 2016 budget, which includes raises for eligible employees and a 3 percent increase in in-state undergraduate tuition.
Students in our dual-enrollment Volunteer Bridge program can get their associate’s degree from Pellissippi State with a single mouse click once they’ve completed the required coursework.
We are honoring several accomplished alumni by naming two buildings in their honor and memory.
Each spring, we celebrate the achievements of our students, faculty, and staff at our annual honors banquet.