Off-Campus and Commuter Services is committed to providing resources and services to support commuter students and their experiences.
Off-Campus and Commuter Services’ vision is to enrich and advocate for an exceptionally constructive, cooperative, and engaging commuter student experience.
Off-Campus and Commuter Services values the following tenets for commuter students and their experience. Programs and services provided by Off-Campus and Commuter Services will align and foster these values.
ability to apply principles of financial management and use technology to access pertinent information in order to make informed decisions
ability to manage accountability and expectations from the university and the community in which they reside
ability and desire to connect, participate and contribute to the community in which they reside
positive association with the university and the community in which they reside
ability and desire to connect, participate, and contribute to the university
Through the services and programs offered by Off-Campus and Commuter Services, students will:
- Be able to apply principles of financial management to budgetary circumstances that are impacted when living in non-residential facilities. [Practical Competence]
- Be able to use technology to effectively research off-campus housing options and access information regarding renting rights and responsibilities, student code of conduct jurisdiction, and other relevant off-campus and commuter student aspects as well as social and developmental opportunities. [Practical Competence, Social Responsibility and Service]
- Be able to critically examine rental properties, leasing agreements, utility contracts and other undertakings in order to make informed decisions. [Practical Competence]
- Be able to advocate for their needs and desires for off-campus and on-campus spaces and resources that will positively impact their off-campus and commuter student experience. [Communication and Student Engagement]
- Be able to interpret and demonstrate the University of Tennessee’s standards of conduct and principles of civility in order to make informed decisions regarding their off-campus behavior. [Social Responsibility]
- Be able to, through the commuter liaison/neighborhood ambassadors program and other outlets, assist peers with conflicts and concerns that negativity impact the off-campus and commuter student experience as well as create opportunities for engagement that will positively impact the off-campus and commuter student experience. [Leadership]
Assessment & Accreditation
Collect data to understand the characteristics, needs, and experiences of off-campus and commuters students and encourage Off-Campus and Commuter Services institutional expansion.
Coordinate commuter appreciation initiatives to improve the commuter student experience and provide opportunities to offer support for off-campus and commuter students.
Communicate with off-campus and commuter students to provide an Off-Campus and Commuter Services website and supplemental resources in order to increase student access to: off-campus living arrangements, information regarding renting rights and responsibilities, student code of conduct jurisdiction, and other relevant off-campus and commuter student considerations as well as social and developmental opportunities.
Provide educational and developmental opportunities to impact informative decision making for off-campus and commuter students to achieve independence and establish autonomy.
Coordinate, assess, and revise the UT to West Tennessee program in order to provide assistance to current University of Tennessee students in need of transportation to west Tennessee during Thanksgiving, Winter, and/or Spring Breaks.
Revise and coordinate orientation and Welcome Week sessions and programs to specifically address the needs, resources, and engagement of off-campus and commuter students.
Community Outreach and Service Delivery
Comprise opportunities for student interaction through commuter liaison/neighborhood ambassadors, cohorts, and other instituted student groups that place value on positively impacting student engagement and success for off campus and commuter students.
Service Delivery, Community Outreach, and Staff Engagement
Establish a collaborative communication system and/or forum to promote to off-campus and commuter students opportunities for engagement, interaction with university faculty, staff, peers, as well as highlight community corporations that meet students’ off-campus services such as, but not limited to, utilities, grocery, automobile maintenance, banking and finance, and health services.
Provide a forum for off-campus and commuters students to remain connected to the University of Tennessee by establishing a relationship with off-campus residential properties to promote the integrity of the student experience.