In conjunction with regular meetings of the Board of Trustees, an opportunity will be provided for students, employees, and members of the public to address the Board, or a committee of the Board, concerning items on the meeting agenda or other issues germane to the responsibilities of the Board.  The agenda for committee and Board meetings will be published on the Board website approximately one week prior to the meeting. The Board will not hear speakers on grievances or appeals specific to individual students or employees or on pending or threatened litigation involving the University or University officials.

The Board’s Standing Rule Governing Requests to Address the Board describes the procedures, terms, and conditions that govern requests to address the Board.


If you wish to address the Board of Trustees at an upcoming meeting, you must pre-register by completing a request form and submitting it to the Board of Trustees Office. Requests for the Annual Meeting of the Board will be accepted until 5 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 20.


Submit Form Online

Request to Address the Board


Submit Form by Mail

Address to:

University of Tennessee Board of Trustees
ATTN: Secretary
505 Summer Place
UT Tower #1235
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Forms submitted electronically will be considered submitted as of the date and time of electronic receipt by the Board of Trustees Office. Forms submitted by mail will be considered submitted as of 5:00 p.m. EDT on the day the form was received by mail in the Board of Trustees Office.

Persons who have preregistered to speak on permissible subjects will be scheduled on a “first come, first served” basis, except that no more than four (4) speakers will be scheduled to speak on the same subject, and the total time allotted for addresses to the Board during each regular meeting will not exceed 30 minutes.  Each speaker will be permitted to speak for a maximum of five (5) minutes.  Therefore, it is anticipated that a maximum of six (6) speakers will be permitted to speak at each regular meeting.  A speaker may not combine his/her five (5) minute allotment with another speaker, and a speaker is not allowed to give all or any part of his/her time to another person.

The Board of Trustees Office will notify registrants whether they will be scheduled to speak at the meeting and, if so, the specific time and place of their presentations.  Scheduled speakers must be physically present to address the Board. Scheduled speakers who are unable to attend the meeting may not send a substitute.