From the 2011-2012 UTK Graduate Catalog:
“Registration for Course 600 and Continuous Registration
Course 600 is reserved for doctoral research and dissertation hours. Initial registration for 600 should be determined by each department and generally corresponds to the time at which a student begins work actively on dissertation research. From this time on, students are required to register continuously for at least 3 hours of 600 each semester, including summer term. A minimum total of 24 hours of course 600 is required.
A student who will not be using faculty services and/or university facilities for a period of time may request leaves of absence from dissertation research up to a maximum of six terms (including summer terms). The request (form found online at http://gradschool.utk.edu/forms/leaveofabsence_reader.pdf) should be completed by the student and then sent to the major professor (advisor) for endorsement. The completed form is then submitted to Graduate School for review and processing.”
UTK Graduate Catalog
Academic Policies and Requirements
for Graduate Students