Civility News

From the Chancellor: Continued Aggression Toward Our LGBTQ+ Community

This semester, the Bias Education and Response Team has received reports of four separate incidents at the Pride Center, including acts of vandalism and harassment. Additionally, other incidents of intimidation and violence have recently been directed at members of the LGBTQ+ community on our campus and in the local community. These continued acts of aggression

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Because We’re Vols

As Vols, we take pride in creating a culture that respects every member of our community. The university upholds ten principles of civility and community: respect, dialogue, collegiality, inclusivity, knowledge, integrity, learning, awareness, diversity, and response.

Governors Haslam, Bredesen, and Sundquist Talk About Civility at UT Forum

Today’s elected officials could learn a lot from Senator Howard H. Baker Jr. Tennessee governors—sitting Governor Bill Haslam and his two predecessors, Phil Bredesen and Don Sundquist—concurred on this point Thursday when they met at the Baker Center for a discussion about civility, and the lack of it, in political discourse.

Communications and Marketing Office Wins Top Awards

The university’s Office of Communications and Marketing has won several large-scale awards for its work over the past year. The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education presented six awards, including one top award, at its conference earlier this month. The office also won an international Telly award for the video “A Call for Civility.”

Princeton Review Names UT Knoxville a ‘Best Value’ College

College students and their families know very well the value of a dollar. UT Knoxville does too, and provides strong educational value for every tuition dollar, according to The Princeton Review’s “150 Best Value Colleges for 2012” list released today. The list ranked UT among the seventy-five best values in public higher education, and for the first time, noted UT’s commitment to diversity and civility.

UT Hosts First OUTstanding Conference Discussing LGBTIQ Issues

A group of faculty, staff, and students at UT Knoxville and Knoxville community members have organized a conference to focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning (LGBTIQ) issues. “OUTstanding: A Seminar Exploring LGBTIQ Diversity” will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 22, at the Black Cultural Center on the UT campus. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

National Leaders to Debate Same-sex Marriage at UT on October 10

As legislators and voters around the country grapple with whether and how to recognize same-sex relationships, Maggie Gallagher and John Corvino—two of the nation’s leading and opposing voices on this issue—will bring clarity and civility to this otherwise divisive topic during a debate at UT Knoxville on Monday, October 10. The event is free and open to the public.

UT Kicks off Campus-wide Civility and Community Initiative

Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek hosted a crowd of faculty, staff, students, and alumni in celebrating civility and community on the UT campus Friday. The day marked the formal launch of a campus-wide effort to ensure that civility is an integral part of the UT Knoxville community and what it means to be a Tennessee Volunteer. The event was part of UT’s annual International Festival.

Tell Us: What Does Civility Mean to You?

Today kicks off a campus-wide effort to ensure that civility is an integral part of the UT Knoxville community. The Celebration of Civility and Community takes place at 11:30 a.m. today on the Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center Plaza, as part of the twenty-sixth annual International Festival.