Information for Students during COVID-19
What to Expect this Fall
• Masks required in campus buildings
• Have symptoms? Get tested, fill out the COVID-19 reporting form
and quarantine for 14 days
• Class types: face-to-face, online and high-flex
• Maintain social distancing
• Classrooms reduced to 33-50% capacity
• Face-to-face components to end by Thanksgiving holiday
• Dining to offer more online ordering, pickup and delivery options
• Residence halls will provide quarantine rooms for sick students
• Faculty and staff will remain flexible to students during this time
• Plans may change, but the University is ready with a
What to Expect this Fall
Class Delivery Options
Our faculty members have worked hard this summer modifying classes to ensure several delivery options for our students. Thanks to their efforts, the University can accommodate students who prefer classes on campus, online or a blend of options. Students can now decide which learning format best fits their personal situation.
To better serve all members of the APSU community during this pandemic, we’ve divided these delivery options into four categories. Those categories include:
- Traditional face-to-face classes.
- Traditional online courses offered in an asynchronous format (no specific days or times).
- Online courses to be delivered in a synchronous format (scheduled days and times).
- Hybrid courses with differing levels of face-to-face interactions and remote delivery modes.
Faculty and students participating in any face-to-face interactions must wear masks and adhere to social distancing requirements, as outlined by the CDC. Some classrooms will be reduced to 33-50% capacity, to allow for social distancing, while other classes will take place in larger venues to allow a full class to meet and be socially distant. Other classes may meet in-person for every session, while some instructors might incorporate recorded lectures and/or online components. Not all classes will be taught in the same manner, and instructors will employ the best approaches to achieving the goals of the course.
We encourage all students to go online and explore these increased options. If you need assistance registering for fall classes, please go to https://www.apsu.edu/welcome/ to sign up for a registration day or to contact an admissions counselor or contact your advisor. Confirmation of classes begins on July 15, and classes are filling quickly so don’t wait to register. For additional instructions on how to confirm your classes, go to https://www.apsu.edu/student-account-services/your-account/confirm_pay.php.
As the start of the semester draws closer, we will make additional announcements about hybrid class details that will be specific to the discipline, instructor and classroom size. If you have any questions about the schedule of classes, feel free to reach out to the department or your advisor for additional questions.
Changes to Academic Calendar
One of the biggest changes coming this August will be to the Clarksville campus’ Fall 2020 Academic Calendar. In-person and online classes will still begin on Aug. 24, but under this new calendar, classes also will meet on Oct. 12-13 – previously designated as Austin Peay’s Fall Break – with the semester’s last day of face-to-face instruction being Wednesday, Nov. 25.
After the Thanksgiving holiday, the University will transition fully to remote learning for the semester’s final assignments and exams. The University will remain open and completely operational as normal until the end of the semester on Dec. 11. This will allow students their normal access to academic buildings, the library, student services and other programs during this time.
These changes do not apply to the Fall I or Fall II terms at Austin Peay’s Fort Campbell Center.
Dining venues will be open but will change to more online ordering, pickup and delivery
options. Some amenities, like the salad bar and other cafeteria items, will no longer
See housing information below.
Housing will offer options for single and multiple-occupancy rooms and provide quarantine areas for students who test positive for COVID-19 and can’t return home.
Currently, football games and other sporting events are being planned, but they will have reduced capacity crowds. However, specifics are still to be determined based on NCAA and OVC decisions.
You need to reach out to your faculty member or supervisor immediately. Our faculty, staff and administrators know this is a challenging time for everyone, and they will help you through this by providing the appropriate accommodations.
You need to get tested and inform APSU Health Services by filling out the COVID-19 reporting form. You should also quarantine for 14 days or until you are symptom-free with a negative test result. Once you are symptom-free, you will need to fill out the COVID-19 reporting form to update your status. Why? This will provide important information to key staff and administration to help them manage the spread of COVID-19.
Our goal is to complete the semester as previously described, finishing face-to-face components by Thanksgiving and completing the last couple of weeks online, including finals. However, the University does have a comprehensive plan, allowing us to easily adjust operations should a mandate from state or federal authorities force us to change operations.
Most materials will be in D2L, but your professor may elect to meet through Zoom or
other voice/video mediums. Please contact your professor for specific information.
More information about online classes can be found here.
Here are more resources to help you with online classes:
Introduction to online learning – https://www.apsu.edu/online/current-students/index.php
FAQ for online learning – https://www.apsu.edu/online/introduction/online-faq.php
How to use D2L BrightSpace – https://www.apsu.edu/online/technology/d2l.php
How to use ZOOM? – https://www.apsu.edu/online/technology/zoom.php
Woodward Library Access (updated Aug. 24, 2020)
Woodward Library is open seven days a week except during holidays and intersessions. The library’s hours of operation vary and can be found on the library website calendar. Due to COVID-19 restrictions the library is open to APSU employees and currently enrolled students only. Everyone entering the library must swipe in with their APSU ID card.
Face masks must be worn at all times while using the library, and social distancing protocols must be followed. Seating is limited and students should use the library only for research, checking out and returning materials, and computer access. Research assistance is available online via email, text, chat, or Zoom. Students may make appointments for in-depth online research consultations with librarians. In-person research assistance is not available.
Please visit the Woodward Library website for additional information and operational changes.
Check with your professor regarding laboratory classes.
Art + Design instructors have been working hard since March to design their classes and assignments to go online or hybrid without interruption to student learning. Please contact your instructor for details.
Graduation ceremonies have been delayed and a new date is being researched. Students also have the opportunity to attend August or December commencements. Please visit www.apsu.edu/commencement for information regarding commencement updates.
There will be summer classes, but they will all be online.
Summer 2020 classes include Maymester, Summer I, II and III, and Full Summer terms.
Housing & Campus
Yes. We will be offering double-occupancy rooms, and single-occupancy rooms. If you have not applied for housing https://www.apsu.edu/housing/, we encourage you to do this ASAP. Spaces are filling up fast for fall.
This has no effect on your room assignment. You may stay in your room and enjoy the benefits of study spaces, internet connections and access to campus resources. There is no additional charge to stay over Thanksgiving or Winter Break. If you have a Spring 2021 assignment, you may remain in your assignment until May 2021.
All public areas will be cleaned daily with proper cleaning techniques to help reduce risk of any viruses. All study rooms, elevators and other hard services will be cleaned as needed.
All rooms will be deep cleaned prior to your arrival on campus, but once you move in, the cleaning of your room and bathroom area is your responsibility.
We do not offer community-style bathrooms or showers. Instead, we have suite-style and hotel-style rooms. Suite-style rooms share a bathroom with another room, while hotel-style rooms have a bathroom attached to the individual room. We also offer apartment-style housing in which students share restrooms and common spaces with the occupants of that apartment. We have a maximum occupancy of 4 students per apt. We never have more than 2 students per bedroom.
We will be doing several things to help with this.
- All public areas will be cleaned on a daily basis or more if needed.
- Hand sanitizers will be placed in all public areas for easy access for your use.
- Our common areas such as study rooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and lobbies will remain open; however, we will be limiting occupancy to promote social distancing.
All housing staff and personnel on campus will be wearing masks at all times when in contact with students. Students will be encouraged to wear masks in common areas such as lobbies, laundry rooms, study rooms, kitchens, and hallways. One important aspect of reducing risk will be YOUR participation. We can provide guidelines, but you as the student will have to help us out by following all social distancing and CDC recommendations. Have a heart Govs, stay six feet apart.
We will be expanding Move-In to ten days to promote social distancing. Furthermore, you will be asked to pick a move-in appointment, as this will help promote social distancing and mitigate large crowds and traffic issues. You will receive an email with instructions to pick your move-in appointment in the next few days.
In Dining, we are currently working on implementing new mobile ordering, pickup, and delivery options at some of our Dining venues. This is designed to help reduce congestion in our high-traffic areas and increase speed of service. We are also working with Dining Services to modify our current waiting lines and customer seating areas to further facilitate social distancing in our Dining venues.
The student will have a choice. They can either go home or stay on campus. Our recommendation is for the student to go home. However, we are prepared to assist if the student choses to stay or cannot return home. We will provide that student a quarantine room on campus to limit the exposure to others. This room will be deep cleaned prior to move in and immediately after they return to their original room.
We feel the environment we can provide on campus is at lower-risk than other housing options. The cleaning protocols, educational programming, staff assistance with CDC guidelines, access to campus resources, health services access, and overall attention to details will assist you living on campus.
Yes, we are going to ask students to log on to the LiveSafe App each morning to report their current health. This will assist campus in helping to lower the risk for all students and the entire university community.
Yes, but they will need to follow all currents and updated CDC guidelines. The mask policy and social distancing will be in force.
Yes, we are planning on having all campus services open following CDC guidelines.
As we comply with the CDC’s recommendations for social distancing, APSU’s Dining has
condensed operations for students who require continued, on-campus dining. We understand that each student
purchased a meal plan with certain expectations pertaining to your campus dining experience.
However, now students may be unable to use their meal plans and Plus Dollars for the
duration of this academic term.
As we strive to serve our students in the best manner possible, we will offer a refund for the unspent Plus Dollars. Additionally, we are diligently working on a pro-rated refund for meal plans. We will provide that information as soon as we complete the calculation. Please follow the survey link below to indicate your intentions pertaining to continuation or cancellation of your current meal plan.
For any questions related to this email, please email Cecil Wilson, Assistant Director of Housing/Residence Life and Dining Services, at email@example.com.
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Follow this link to the Survey:
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Your meal plan will continue to work at the dining venues available until your check-out date.
Your meal plan will continue to work at the dining venues available until your check-out date, at which point we will calculate a pro-rated refund. We
expect to issue this refund at the same time as housing refunds. If you remain on
campus, your meal plan will remain active.
Beginning March 29, Dining Services will reduce dining hours and availability based on the remaining on-campus residential student population.
Your meal plan will continue to work at the dining venues available until your check-out date, at which point we will calculate a pro-rated refund. We expect to issue this refund at the same time as housing refunds. If you remain on campus, your meal plan will remain active.
Student Workers and Employees
Austin Peay State University is working to ensure that all student employees are paid – regardless if they are able to return to work or not – during this current COVID-19 pandemic. Since there are several different classifications of student employees, all students who work for the University should contact their supervisor about whether they should return to work.
- Scholarship students. Students who work on campus to fulfill their scholarship service hours do not need to return to their positions. You will not lose your scholarship by not returning to work. Contact your supervisor for more details.
- Federal Work Study students. These students do not need to return to their positions. The Department of Education has authorized that Federal Work Study students may continue to be paid for the remainder of the semester. This will be based on the number of hours the student was scheduled to work each week. For example, if a student’s schedule was Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2-4 p.m., they will continue to log six hours and be paid at their regular rate of pay. Contact your supervisor so they can work with you on logging in the hours you’ve already worked to ensure you are paid.
- General Campus employees. Employees who are non-essential to the functioning of Austin Peay will continue to be paid, but they do not need to report to their positions for the rest of the semester. This will be based on the number of hours the student was scheduled to work each week. For example, if a student’s schedule was Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2-4 p.m., they will continue to log six hours and be paid at their regular rate of pay. Essential student employees – tutors, Help Desk workers, etc. – need to find a way to resume their work, either remotely or on campus. Contact your supervisor for information.
- Veterans Affairs Work Study. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is still determining if it will compensate VA students during this situation. The University is currently developing plans to pay these students if the VA is unable to reach a decision soon.
- Interns. Student interns should contact their professors or supervisors to find out if they can work remotely for the remainder of the semester.
- Graduate Assistants. Graduate students should contact their supervisor to discuss their GA positions.
If you do not see your employee classification above (or are unsure of your classification),
contact your supervisor for more information.
APSU COVID-19 Task Force
Federal Work Study students and General Campus employees must continue to log their scheduled hours to get paid. For example, if a student’s schedule was Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2-4 p.m., they will continue to log six hours and be paid at their regular rate of pay. Contact your supervisor so they can work with you on logging in the hours you’ve already worked to ensure you are paid.