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UT Office of Diversity and Inclusion revises holiday guidelines

(WBIR - KNOXVILLE) The University of Tennessee's Office of Diversity and Inclusion revised its guidelines for holiday parties amid a number of federal and state lawmakers' criticisms of the original guidelines.

The original web post has been replaced on the UT Office of Diversity and Inclusion's website.

State and federal lawmakers called for UT Chancellor Jimmy Cheek's resignation in the wake of the original holiday guidelines.

Cheek said the original version "did not accurately convey our message," according to a news release from UT.

Members of the executive council and past presidents of the UT Faculty Senate held an emergency meeting Tuesday to draft a resolution designed to support Cheek and Vice Chancellor Rickey Hall.

Oversight of the UT Office and Diversity and Inclusion's website has been reassigned to Vice Chancellor for Communications Margie Nichols.

Cheek also met with students Tuesday afternoon. Faculty and students have demonstrated support for him in recent days.

Jimmy Cheek's statement

Last week, U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. blasted a post on UT's Diversity and Inclusion's page about "Holiday Office Party Guidelines" in a national news interview.

Duncan, a UT alum, called the original post "ridiculous" and an "extremist directive."

The Faculty Senate met 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 132 at the College of Law.


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