Student Handbook

Policies on Non-Discrimination

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology is an AA/EEO institution/employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, age (as applicable), status as a covered veteran, genetic information, and any other category protected by federal or state law or regulation or by Tennessee Board of Regents policy with respect to employment, educational programs and activities sponsored by the College. Procedures for filing complaints of discrimination of any type are found through the links provided below and in the Office of Student Services. Further information can be found at the following links:

Sexual Discrimination/Harassment/Misconduct 

Non-Discrimination Statement: 

TCAT Policies and Guidelines:

Title IX

The TCAT Murfreesboro complies with the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq. ("Title IX"). Title IX prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities, including with respect to admission and employment. Prohibited forms of sex discrimination include sexual harassment; sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, stalking, dating or domestic violence; and discrimination against pregnant/parenting students. TCAT Murfreesboro also prohibits retaliation because an individual filed a complaint of sex discrimination or participated in an investigation related to sex discrimination.

Information about the College's policies and procedures that prohibit sex discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, may be found in the Student and Employee Handbooks, from the Student Services Office, on the TBR website at Sexual Discrimination/Harassment/Misconduct | and on the TCAT Murfreesboro website at Inquiries or complaints concerning Title IX and/or the Title IX regulations may be referred to the College's Title IX coordinator 24/7 in person, by phone, and/or email at:

Cheryl Williams
Title IX Coordinator
1303 Old Fort Parkway
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
(615) 898-8010 ext. 207
Or the Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education,
Office for Civil Rights (800) 421-3481 or


Pregnant Students

TCAT Murfreesboro complies with Title IX as the law applies to pregnant/parenting students and is committed to their success. Students may:

  • Continue to participate in classes and extracurricular activities even though pregnant and/or
  • Request reasonable accommodations.

TCAT Murfreesboro will work with pregnant students to provide options for continuing in a program of study through excused absences or medical leave. Absences due to pregnancy or childbirth are excused absences when medically necessary. For detailed information or assistance see the TCAT Murfreesboro Title IX Coordinator, or Student Services Coordinator.

Title VI

The TCAT Murfreesboro complies with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. §2000d et seq. ("Title VI"). Title VI is a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on race, color, or national origin in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance. As a recipient of federal funding (e.g. Title IV financial aid for students), the TCAT Murfreesboro is required to comply with the non-discrimination provisions of Title VI in its educational and federal grant-funded programs. Title VI is enforced by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U.S. Department of Education. The Title VI regulations define the forms of discrimination covered by statute, including, but not limited to; racial harassment, school segregation, denial of language services to students of non-U.S. nationality who are limited in English language proficiency, and retaliation for filing an OCR complaint or for advocacy for a right protected by Title VI.

The TCAT Murfreesboro will respond promptly and effectively once informed about an allegation of race, color, or national origin-based discrimination or harassment and will take immediate action to eliminate the harassment, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. Upon receipt of a complaint, the TCAT Murfreesboro will promptly investigate to determine what occurred and then take appropriate steps to resolve the situation. TCAT Murfreesboro's procedures for filing complaints of race, color, or national origin discrimination are available from the Title VI Coordinator, in the Student and Employee Handbooks, from the Student Services Office, on the TBR website at and on the TCAT Murfreesboro website at Inquiries or complaints concerning Title VI may be reported to the College's Title VI coordinator:

Valerie Scollon
Title VI Coordinator
1303 Old Fort Parkway.
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Or the Office for Civil Rights:

U.S. Department of Education,
Office for Civil Rights
(800) 421-3481 or

American with Disabilities Act

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology is committed to providing program access and accommodations for all academically qualified students with disabilities. This commitment is consistent with the College’s obligation under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Qualified students are defined as individuals who, with or without reasonable modifications and accommodations, meets the essential eligibility requirements for the program services and activities offered by the College. A disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities.

In order to obtain reasonable accommodations in relation to a qualifying disability, a student should contact Student Services prior to enrollment, or as the need arises, and provide current documentation of the disability. Documentation is defined as a written summary from a professional who is licensed to practice in the field appropriate for diagnosing and/or treating the disability in question. The Tennessee College of Applied Technology will engage in an interactive process with the student to determine appropriate and reasonable accommodation(s) in relation to the documented disability and program requirements. A request form for disability assistance is available by contacting Student Services. The form along with medical documentation of the qualifying disability must be submitted to initiate the interactive process. 

Disabled Students

Disability Services Contact

Teresa Colbert
Financial Aid Coordinator