Community Standards

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

In order to promote social distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19, under the University’s Safer at Home directive the Dean of Students’ Office and Community Standards is currently operating remotely. Our commitment to serving our students and the greater university community continues. We will update this information as our circumstances change. If you have additional questions after reading this page, please contact us at and one of our staff members will do their best to assist you.

Is the Dean of Students’ office still open?

The Dean of Students' office in the Bishop’s Common is closed. Although staff may be working remotely, our work continues. Staff members are available as usual during normal business hours, but reachable only by email.

My conduct case is still open and unresolved. What will happen?

We are conducting meetings by Zoom. We appreciate your understanding as we adjust our processes to meet these ever-changing circumstances. You will receive a link for your meeting in the letter outlining the meeting date, time and reason.

I have sanctions due soon. What should I do?

We understand that other circumstance may be affecting our students’ ability to complete their sanctions on time. As of March 31, 2020 each student with overdue or upcoming deadlines should have received an individual email with instructions and a new deadline. Please follow those instructions. Should you need to request an extension, please develop a plan to complete your sanctions and send that plan via email to Each request will be considered individually. There is not currently a plan to extend deadlines for conduct forgiveness hours.

I need to report an incident or make a complaint. What should I do?

As always, we ask you to submit an incident report or complaint through our online forms here. Our first concern is the safety and well-being of our students. Please be aware, these forms are not monitored outside of university business hours. If you are reporting an immediate danger to the health and safety of yourself and/or others, please dial 911 for SPD assistance.

I need to request my student conduct records. What should I do?

Our office can process your request virtually. Please refer to the online request form here. We will not be able to respond to faxed or physically mailed requests or to send responses via fax or physical mail until further notice. Government agencies interested in having a conduct/disciplinary check completed for security clearance should email

I called the main telephone number (931-598-1229), but no one answered. What should I do?

The best way to contact our office is via email, either or by emailing our staff directly. While we are monitoring the main phone number, staff may not be able to answer when you call. We’ve found that students are often hesitant to leave a voicemail and instead prefer to call back frequently until a staff member is able to answer the phone. A better strategy is leaving a voicemail message with the following information: (1) your full name, (2) your student ID number, (3) a callback number, and, (4) the reason for your call.

Refer to the site linked here for official updates regarding the University of the South’s response to COVID-19.



Ecce Quam Bonum (EQB) is the University motto and describes our highest aspiration for community, lived out in expectations for our students. Our code of conduct is named for and based on the principles from Psalms 133:1. 

"Behold how good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!"
-Psalm 133:1

All students are expected to read and commit to the EQB Guide for Living in Community, which is updated annually.  In this guide, the code of student conduct and process for adjudicating cases involving misconduct are outlined in detail, along with sanctions.  The guiding principles of the guide are the Community Commitments.


EQB The Guide to Living in Community 2019-2020
(pdf version | last revision August 15, 2019)

Annual Report Community Standards 2018-2019
(pdf version)

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