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Dear Campus Community:

As I indicated in a message earlier this month, effective July 1, 2016, full-time employees of the University of Memphis who possess a valid Tennessee handgun carry permit will be allowed to carry handguns on our campuses. We have received a final copy of the law (Public Chapter No. 1061) and are in the process of studying the law’s requirements, as well as discussing its application here at the university. While our review is not yet complete, the following section addresses some of the questions and concerns that have come to our attention.

  • Prior to July 1, 2016, the UofM will develop and disseminate policies and procedures establishing rules for possessing and carrying firearms on UofM campus(es) that will include the requirements for the notification-registration process.
  • Beginning July 1, 2016,  full-time UofM employees who elect to carry a handgun pursuant to the law must provide written notification to UofM Police Services before carrying a handgun on campus. The information provided to Police Services will remain confidential.
  • Handguns must be concealed at all times. They cannot be visible to ordinary observation.
  • Handguns will still be prohibited in stadiums, gymnasiums and auditoriums during school-sponsored events; in meetings involving disciplinary matters or tenure issues; in offices where the primary services are medical or mental health services; and at K-12 schools (e.g., Campus School) and childcare centers.

Additional information will be made available once our review is complete and the notification process and policy are approved. A copy of Public Chapter No. 1061 can be found on the UofM Police Services website at:


M. David Rudd
President | Distinguished University Professor

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The Spring 2016 issue of the University of Memphis Magazine is now online at

This issue includes an exquisite photo essay on live Tiger mascot TOM III and features our new Tiger football coach Mike Norvell; the 20th anniversary of the Hooks Institute for Social Change; new Memphis Mayor Jim Stickland (UofM alumnus); a Memphis student, Kevin Brooks, who won big at the Sundance Film Festival; and exciting research by UofM professor Brian Waldron, whose work may help Memphis' water provide an economic boom to the region.


M. David Rudd | President

Dear UofM faculty and staff:

With the end of the spring semester, I would like to personally thank you for the work you’ve done over the past academic year. This has been an eventful year with many successes to celebrate. Last weekend we awarded a total of 2,416 degrees, including 57 doctorates. University of Memphis faculty, students, staff, alumni and community partners provided 602,904 hours of community service last year, exceeding the goal of 500,000 hours for our Year of Service initiative. The project earned $500,000 in scholarships for UofM students. We continue to create new initiatives to help students accelerate their progress to degree completion. We recently announced several important community partnerships including the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, St. Jude, and the Memphis Crime Commission.

While much has been accomplished, much more remains to be done. I am proud to have the opportunity to serve with all of you. As we prepare for the transition to independent governing boards with the FOCUS Act, we will continue to focus on the reasons we’re here – student success, knowledge creation, research innovation and community service.

Thank you for upholding academic quality and high programmatic standards at the UofM. Your dedication is reflected as outcomes continue to rise, students continue to achieve their goals, and our scientific and creative contributions help make our world better. Also, many thanks for your ongoing support of our University’s mission. Together you shape the caring culture that results in Tennessee becoming a national leader in higher education.

Best wishes for an enjoyable summer. I look forward to sharing many accomplishments in the next academic year.

M. David Rudd
President | Distinguished University Professor


Technology has changed the way in which we communicate, work and play. It is also changing the way in which we think about how we care for ourselves. At the UofM's first National Institute of Health (NIH) Center of Excellence — the Mobile Sensor Data-To-Knowledge Center, faculty and students are working on a mobile platform to provide individuals with sensor data that enables them to monitor and participate in the management of their own health conditions.

I have included a link to a video that describes the cutting-edge technology and research that we are using to help individuals better understand their sources of stress and how it impacts their health and their daily lives. The UofM is dedicated to making the world a better place with timely, cutting-edge research that makes a global difference. At the UofM, we believe that Doing is Researching.


M. David Rudd | President

Campus  Community:

Effective July 1, 2016, new legislation will allow full-time employees of the University of Memphis to carry handguns on our campuses if the employee has a valid Tennessee handgun carry permit. I opposed this legislation as I do not believe the presence of more weapons will make our campus safer. The University of Memphis campuses have consistently been among the safest in the state, which is critical to student success. We believe our exemplary safety record is due in part to guns being prohibited with the exception of those carried by highly-trained police officers.

Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Interim Chancellor David Gregory issued a message yesterday containing the following statement:

“TBR strongly and consistently opposed the legislation to allow guns on our campuses . . . Our police chiefs and public safety officers will face greater challenges when responding to emergency situations with the complexity this law adds to their responsibilities. That said, it is now incumbent upon us and our institutions to ensure the guidelines are clearly articulated and do all we can to help our campuses remain safe for all.”

The UofM is studying the legislation and will provide guidance to comply with the new laws. More information will follow upon completion of our campus discussions.

M. David Rudd | President

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