COVID-19 and Austin Peay State University Dual Enrollment
As of March 23, 2020, Austin Peay State University moved all instruction online for the remainder of the semester in cooperation with the State of Tennessee Coronavirus outbreak response. Most school districts have also delayed the return to school. This is a reminder that any course you were receiving dual enrollment credit for should be moving online until the end of your high school’s academic year.
We want to ensure that you are aware of all the supports available to you as an Austin Peay State University dual enrollment student. We want you to be successful and feel confident in shifting to online instruction. We understand that you are working harder than ever to complete this semester which suddenly has unbelievable challenges. We do not want you to feel like you are alone in this! We are here to help. We are including answers to frequently asked questions, a revised semester calendar, and a list of support services available to you. For the most up-to-date information, always reference APSU's main coronavirus communications page.
Should you have any questions about this information, please contact your dual enrollment instructor or the Office of Dual Enrollment at 931-221-7175. You may also e-mail us at email@example.com.
APSU Spring 2020 Academic Calendar, Revised
|March 23||All classes resume online|
|March 24||Last day to receive a 25% fee adjustment|
|April 3||Last day to withdraw with an auto W|
|April 29||Last day of classes|
|May 1 - 7||Final exams|
|Postponed||Commencement has been postponed. For updated information, visit apsu.edu/commencement.|
All classes will be online during Summer 2020.
Frequently Asked Questions
APSU will consult with the school district to establish alternative arrangements for high school students enrolled in a dual enrollment course to ensure options are viable and equitable for all high school students. Most often, participation will be advised through online coursework in an online learning platform of the teacher’s choice.
Yes, and they should. Even though the teacher is employed by the school district, the teacher is also on contract with APSU to teach the course. Therefore, the school district and APSU, in consultation with the teacher, should support the teacher to continue teaching the course in an online format.
It is specified in APSU Policy that a student enrolled in dual enrollment coursework must have access to the same academic and support services available to tuition-paying postsecondary students. This includes access to tutoring, library services, computer labs, and any other service made available to students by APSU. If a school district is closed, APSU will take steps to ensure students are made aware of available support and instructional delivery formats (on-campus, online, etc.).
A student may drop a dual enrollment course according to the established withdrawal policies of both the school district and APSU (see our revised academic calendar above). The student should consult with their dual enrollment teacher, high school counselor, and/or principal to ensure the student is on track to complete all high school graduation requirements. The student should consult with the Office of Dual Enrollment to determine how withdrawing will affect their postsecondary academic record and Dual Enrollment Grant funding formula.
If a student with an IEP voluntarily continues to participate in a dual enrollment course, the student should contact the APSU Office of Disability Services to review documentation including the IEP to ensure that the necessary accommodations, supports and services can continue to be provided. If they cannot, the Office of Disability Services and high school IEP teams should collaborate to determine alternate accommodations, supports, and services that can be provided so that the student can continue to participate in the dual enrollment course.
Course withdrawals, incompletes, and failing grades can impact future TN Dual Enrollment Grant eligibility. A student should consult the APSU Office of Dual Enrollment regarding the impact of course withdrawals on future TN Dual Enrollment Grant eligibility. As a reminder, students must maintain a 2.75 college GPA to continue to receive TN Dual Enrollment Grant funding from semester-to-semester.
It is highly recommended students speak with their school counselor/administration on how this option could potentially impact their HS GPA prior to declaring pass/fail as this decision cannot be reversed.
Students can complete the OneStop form to change to the pass/fail grade option between April 20 and May 6, 2020. Between now and the opening of the form on April 20, we encourage interested students to review the important FAQ, learn how this may impact them, and consult with their assigned advisors in all areas before finalizing their decision to convert to a Pass/Fail grade.
- Students must “opt in” to be awarded a pass/fail (The deadline to opt-in is May 6, 2020).
- This decision will occur on a course-by-course basis. Students may select one, some, all, or none of their classes to become pass/fail classes.
- Choosing pass/fail does not change the course requirements or the grading scale outlined in individual instructors’ syllabi which will be the basis of all final grade determinations.
- Pass/fail does not impact a student’s overall college GPA; however F grades will remain an F and will be calculated accordingly.
- A pass/fail course(s) still counts towards attempted and earned hours.
- Selecting pass/fail does not impact the student’s Spring 2020 Dual Enrollment Grant award. Students will still receive all Dual Enrollment Grant funding for which they are eligible. A pass/fail course does count as a course in the student’s grant sequence if grant funding is applied towards the course’s tuition cost.
- There are some circumstances APSU cannot control such as the future admissions requirements of other programs, information requested by potential employers, and documentation required to maintain good academic standing for certain scholarships.
- It is highly recommended students speak with their school counselor/administration on how this option could potentially impact their HS GPA before declaring pass/fail as this decision cannot be reversed.
APSU Student Support Services
Some student support services have reduced their hours of face-to-face operation or have transitioned to remote assistance. Please find the websites of commonly used offices below. Each page lists contact information and guidance for accessing these services at this time.
The S.O.S. Food Pantry supports Austin Peay State University's students through troubling times by helping fight hunger. The campus community supports and supplies the food pantry through donations. Students who find themselves in need can fill out the request form (https://www.apsu.edu/volunteer/sos-food-pantry/index.php) and arrange to pick items up at 322 Home Avenue (the Center for Service-Learning & Community Engagement) during hours of operation. Students will need their APSU student identification card to receive food.
The University Advancement Office has established the Govs Give Back Fund to provide urgent financial assistance for students, faculty and staff who suffer from economic, medical or similar hardships. Several University donors have already contributed to this new initiative. To apply for this fund, please visit https://www.apsu.edu/volunteer/sos-food-pantry/sosfunds.php.
Austin Peay State University’s Distance Education Office is now loaning a limited number of MiFi tablets for students in rural areas with limited or no internet access at no cost to APSU students. A MiFi is a wireless router that acts as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. If you are an APSU student living in a rural area and in need of internet access, you may check out a MiFi tablet at the Woodward Library lobby. The library lobby is open on Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. When visiting the lobby, please remember to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines of maintaining at least six feet between you and other individuals. If you live more than 60 miles from campus or are unable to come to the library, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 931-221-7582 to request that a device be mailed to you.
With all APSU classes now online for the remainder of the spring and summer, some students in rural areas are having difficulty accessing the internet. The University originally partnered with several sites in rural counties that offered free internet access, but those locations have closed as the new coronavirus has spread. The University’s MiFi tablets now provide a way for students to continue their studies at APSU.
If you will be continuing as a dual enrollment student in the Summer or Fall, be sure to complete your Returning Student Form. Classes fill quickly!Complete the Returning Student Form
If you will be continuing as a dual enrollment student in the Summer or Fall, be sure to complete your Tennessee Dual Enrollment Grant Application through the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) Portal.Complete theTN Dual Enrollment Grant