Policies and Procedures

Criminal Records Checks

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center employment application requires applicants to answer whether or not they have been convicted of any criminal offense other than a minor traffic citation. Employment decisions are based upon the overall record of the applicant, and a criminal record, if relevant to the job in question, can be consideration.

Sex Offender Registry

In accordance with the “Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act” of 2000, which amends the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Police Department is providing a link to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) Sex Offender Registry.  This act requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement information provided by the State concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained.  It also requires sex offenders, already required to register in the State, to provide notice to any institute of higher education in this State at which the person is employed, carries a vocation, or is a student. In the State of Tennessee, those convicted as sex offenders must register with a Law Enforcement Agency as required by law.

The TBI Sex Offender Registry information shall be used for the purposes of the administration of criminal justice, screening of current or prospective employees or volunteers or otherwise for the protection of the public in general and children in particular. Unlawful use of the information for purposes of intimidating or harassing another is prohibited and willful violation may make the violator subject to criminal and/or civil/university sanctions.

The TBI is responsible for maintaining the TBI Sex Offender Registry which is also accessible from the UTHSC Campus Police Web Site beneath the Clery Act Link.

TBI:  the Tennessee Sexual Offender and Violent Sexual Offender Registration, Verification and Tracking Act of 2004, was established in TCA 40-39-201 et. seq., and became effective August 1, 2004.  All persons who meet the definition of sexual offender or violent sexual offender, and who live, work, attend school or establish a physical presence in Tennessee must register with the appropriate registering agencies as defined by law.

Sexual Assault

The definition of sexual assault includes rape, fondling, exposure to or forced participation in pornography, exhibitionism, and attempted rapes.

What to Do If You Have Been Sexually Assaulted:

  1. Go to a safe place and seek campus assistance through: University Health 448-5630 or after 5:00 p.m. 541-5654 Student Behavioral Health 448-5064 or after 5:00 p.m. 541-5654 Campus Police 448-4444 Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center (MSARC) 272-2020 Memphis Police Department 911
  2. Do NOT take a shower, douche or change clothes.
  3. You must make an informed decision of whether or not to report the sexual assault.

CONS - If you report a sexual assault to campus administration, UT Police or the Memphis Police Department, such a report will become public record.

PROS - If you decide to report a sexual assault, this will

  • allow the police to assist you in obtaining medical services.
  • assure you immediate safety.
  • allow the police to pursue the perpetrator more efficiently.
  • allow police to gather physical evidence from the assault.
  • provide increased security for others on campus.

PLEASE NOTE: Reporting an incident is a separate step from choosing to prosecute. When you file a report, you are not obligated to continue with legal proceedings or university disciplinary action.


  • University Health Services can be of service by calling 448-5630 (day time) or 541-5654 (evening/weekends).
  • Student Behavioral Health at 448-5064 (daytime) or 541-5654 (evenings/weekends).
  • Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center (MSARC) at 272-2020 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Or you may choose to consult a private physician or go to an emergency department of your choice. However, emergency departments are required to report aggravated assaults. An aggravated assault is defined as a sexual assault which involves a weapon.

If You Choose to Report a Sexual Assault

Call UT Police who will assist in providing security for you, will contact Student Mental Health, and make arrangements for you to be seen at the MSARC.

A sexual assault victim should seek medical treatment and/or counseling to:

  • minimize emotional and physical trauma
  • facilitate collection of evidence
  • test for sexually transmitted diseases
  • obtain treatment of possible injuries
  • provide a pregnancy prophylaxis if desired

Services provided through MSARC:

  • emotional, legal and medical support
  • collection of physical and material evidence
  • emotional support to family members
  • equitable access to the criminal justice system
  • court escort service

Student Mental Health Services can provide emotional support for the victim as well as maintain confidentiality. A counselor is available at all times. Medical and psychological follow-up is available as long as needed.

Contact Us

740 Court Avenue
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-4444
Email: utpolice@uthsc.edu