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2021-22 Student Handbook & Calendar

 

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Academic Services

The Academic Services section includes the following:

 

Academic Affairs, Browning 109, 931-221-7676

The Office of Academic Affairs provides leadership, professional development, services, and resources to promote a dynamic teaching and learning environment, grounded in academic excellence. Under the leadership of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Office of Academic Affairs focuses its efforts on the achievement of the goals and objectives set forth in the University’s strategic plan. Ultimately, the office strives to enhance student success at Austin Peay through the quality of our academic programs, the distinction of our faculty, and the innovation of our academic support services.

The office oversees the University’s colleges and academic programs including College of Arts and Letters; College of Behavioral and Health Sciences; College of Business; Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education; College of Graduate Studies/Research; College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); Austin Peay Center at Fort Campbell; Felix G. Woodward Library; Enrollment and Student Achievement; Academic Strategic Initiatives and Foundation Engagement; Center for Extended and International Education; and Office of Senior Vice Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.

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Academic Alert, Miller 205 and 207, 931-221-6555

Academic Alert is a web-based, early-alert system used to notify students on how to address problems they may be having in class. Alerts are submitted by faculty members who are concerned that a student is in academic jeopardy due to issues such as poor class attendance, tardiness, lack of participation, incomplete assignments and/or poor performance on quizzes and tests. Alerted students are notified through APSU email and asked to contact the Academic Recovery Office to discuss the alert; students may also receive a phone call, a letter or additional emails from the Academic Recovery staff. Recommendations to support and enhance the opportunity for academic success of alerted students may include tutoring, improving study skills and/or personal counseling. For questions regarding an academic alert, please stop by Miller 205/207, call (931) 221-6555 or email AcademicAlert@apsu.edu.

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Academic Honesty

Austin Peay State University strives to promote values and attitudes that are reflective of solid academic character and integrity. All students are expected to complete their own work, conduct research and author assignments independently of others (unless specifically authorized to work together by your respective faculty). Academic integrity is the cornerstone of any student’s educational experience. When students participate in behavior that is considered academic misconduct, the scholarly value of their education is diminished.

Academic misconduct is defined as the following:

Students should be aware that a violation of the University’s Academic Misconduct Policy can result in disciplinary action which could include failure for an assignment, failure for an entire course, probation, suspension or expulsion from the University. If students are not certain whether a practice would be considered academic misconduct, they should always consult their instructor.

For additional information, see Student Academic Misconduct Policy: 3:005.

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Appealing University Decisions

Any student may appeal the assessment, application, calculation, collection or interpretation of any University fee, charge, deposit or refund. Please refer to the appeals section of this book for processes on filing an appeal.

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APSU Ann R. Ross Bookstore, 328 College Street, 931-221-6705

Operated and managed by Barnes & Noble College, the bookstore provides course materials and other items to support students’ academic career, including study guides, notebooks, backpacks, electronics, spirit items, apparel and much more.

Services Offered:

The Clarksville campus bookstore includes a Barnes & Noble café serving Starbucks, close parking options, visitor parking, traffic light/crosswalk, and other general services. The bookstore also provides services at the SSG Glenn H. English Jr. Army Education Center at the Fort Campbell Center.

For more information, please visit www.apsubookstore.com.

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Cancellation and Withdrawal from Class, 931-221-7150

Not attending class does not remove the student from the class, relieve students from their financial obligations or entitle them to a refund. Students who withdraw before the first day of class will not incur tuition liability. Students receiving financial aid should meet with the financial aid counselor prior to withdrawal. Students will be responsible for charges in accordance with the refund schedule on the academic calendar.

Students who confirmed their registration must withdraw officially from the University if they decide not to attend APSU. Official withdrawals must be completed online in AP OneStop. For questions regarding withdrawals, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 931-221-7150.

Withdrawal from the University may require repayment of financial aid, loss of lottery scholarship eligibility and loss of VA benefits. Official withdrawals are completed online in OneStop. 

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Class Attendance

Students are expected to attend class regularly, to participate in class and to be prepared with assignments. The University requires all faculty to report students who have never attended or who stopped attending class. The impact of class attendance on the final grade is at the discretion of the teaching faculty, and faculty will inform class members of their attendance policies through a course syllabus distributed at the beginning of the semester or term. Irregular attendance may result in a referral to the Office of Academic Alert.

Students who miss an exam due to extenuating circumstances must request approval from the faculty member. Unless the student is officially representing the University off-campus, the discretion of the faculty member determines the action regarding missed exams or work. To view policy 2:041 University Excused Absences for Students, visit www.apsu.edu/policy.

Class absenteeism that results in the grade of “FA” (failure: stopped attending) or “FN” (failure: never attended) may affect the student’s enrollment status, financial aid repayment and/or veteran’s benefits.

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Class Load

The basic unit of all college work is the “semester credit hours.” For undergraduate students, twelve (12) semester hours for Fall or Spring semester is a full-time load in determining such things as veteran status, financial aid, and insurance eligibility.

To determine your eligibility for Clarksville campus and our Fort Campbell campus, please visit the Financial Aid website at www.apsu.edu/financialaid. However, the usual load for a full-time undergraduate student is at least 15 semester hours. Because the summer term is approximately one-third the length of the semester, the workload for one course is three times as heavy. APSU strongly recommends students register for no more than six (6) semester hours in each summer term. Graduate students who enroll for eight (8) hours during the semester are considered full-time.

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Computers and Printing

For a listing of computer labs and information visit this link. Computers are available for use in the Woodward Library. The Pharos Print Center in the Woodward Library enables students to send print jobs quickly and securely from any computer or mobile device to any library printer. Students have two hours to retrieve the print job once it has been submitted. To release the print job on the print station, students will need their Govs ID. Students have limited, preloaded funds for printing on their Govs ID each semester. For information refer to the Pharos Printing Guide in the Library.

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Dean’s List

At the end of each specific semester/term a list of honor students, known as the Dean’s List, is published.

To qualify for this distinction, the student must earn at least 12 credit hours with a minimum semester/term GPA of 3.50 in an individual term OR any combination of consecutive Spring terms OR any combination of consecutive Fall terms.

Courses taken on the Pass-Fail grading system will not be included in hours earned for purposes of the Dean’s List.

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Distance Education (Online Classes, Technology, Learning), McReynolds 216, 931-221-6625

Distance Education supports learning, teaching, and technology in the online environment which impacts all courses – online, hybrid, face-to-face, etc. Our staff manages and provides resources and training on several technologies used while learning at APSU including the D2L online classroom, Tutor.com online tutoring, Zoom web conferencing, Examity online proctoring, YuJa media management, SmarterMeasure Learning Readiness Indicator, and Turnitin academic writing integrity tools.* Students may encounter one or more of our supported tools in any course. Besides direct support to students, we also collaborate with faculty to improve course quality, technology integration, and design.  

Distance Education staff can assist you with any of the technologies listed above or with general questions about online learning. Our support desk, Distance Education Support, can be reached Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at online@apsu.edu, 931-221-6625, or in McReynolds 216. Please call before visiting. Additionally, our Distance Education website, www.apsu.edu/online, has a wealth of information including an introduction to online courses guide, technology training resources, laptop and MiFi loan programs, FAQ, helpful tips, and much more. 

Important Tips to Get Started

Traditionally, online courses are available in the D2L online classroom beginning the first day of classes as posted on the academic calendar. The University may announce an earlier course access date on a term-by- term basis. Log into your online courses the first day and continue to check them daily. Online courses are not self-paced; courses begin and end on specific dates and class work has assigned deadlines. Refer to the course syllabus posted within each course for more information about the course format and deadlines. Stay up-to-date on assignments. As an online learner, it is your responsibility to manage your time and keep track of assignment due dates. Reach out to faculty or use academic support resources as much as needed to stay successful in your courses. Stay connected with APSU and your online classes by downloading the Peay Mobile and D2L Pulse apps.

*Turnitin notice and information for students: Turnitin provides instructors with the tools to prevent plagiarism, engage students in the writing process, and provide personalized feedback. Individual instructors determine whether Turnitin is used in their courses and for which assignments. When used, Turnitin is integrated into the D2L online classroom and processes assignments that are submitted through the Dropbox. All required papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to Turnitin for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the Turnitin.com reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers. Use of the Turnitin.com service is subject to the Usage Policy posted on the Turnitin.com site. If you have general questions about Turnitin, please contact Distance Education at online@apsu.edu. If you have questions about the use of Turnitin within a course, please contact the instructor. 

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Graduate School/College of Graduate Studies, McReynolds 119, 931-221-7662

Austin Peay State University offers numerous graduate degrees and certificate programs that afford greater career opportunities and global reach. Across the country, graduate degrees are increasingly becoming commonplace expectations for highly sought-after careers. APSU’s graduate programs will empower students with knowledge and skills for an aggressive and entrepreneurial mindset for ever-changing industries.

Advantages to consider: Many online programs can be completed in one year; no specific undergraduate degree requirement for some graduate programs; no GRE or GMAT requirements for selected programs; some programs offer eightweek sessions; small class sizes allow for personalized learning; quality faculty members are committed to ensuring student success and graduate students enjoy collaborative relationships among peers while pursuing educational and professional goals. Graduate programs of study include Executive Certificate, Master of Arts, Master of Science, Professional Science Masters, Certificate and Doctoral degrees.

Financial opportunities are available to reduce the cost of investing in your education, including the Diversity Fellowship Grant and Graduate Assistantships. In addition to participating in valuable teaching, research and work opportunities, graduate assistants receive tuition assistance and stipends. For more information on graduate programs and financial assistance, visit www.apsu.edu/grad-studies.

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Graduation, Registrar’s Office, Ellington 316, 931-221-7150

Students who will complete all degree requirements must apply for graduation. Visit www.apsu.edu/commencement for detailed information about graduation and application for degree deadlines.

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Honors Program, Honors Commons, Room 142, 931-221-7403

The Honors Program is designed to challenge students with an interdisciplinary curriculum, and provide opportunities for creative exploration and intellectual development as well as friendship with high-achieving peers. The program requires motivated students to fulfill a minimum of 25 hours of honors designated courses, as well as a senior thesis. There is also a non-thesis option. Admission to the program requires a 3.5 GPA and 26 ACT score. Students in the Honors Program must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25.

Honors Program students have some scholarship opportunities, 24 hour a day access to the Honors Commons which includes computers, a printer, study areas, a classroom, an Honors Library, and areas for students to meet and socialize. For more information, visit www.apsu.edu/honors or contact Tim Winters at honors@apsu.edu or 931-221-7118.

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Learning Resource Center/Tutoring, Marks 124, 931-221-6550

The Learning Resource Center focuses on helping students succeed. The center offers the following free support to APSU students: peer tutoring on most core courses (undergraduate), technology assistance with the software most frequently used on campus, Academic Alert to coordinate intervention for students who may need assistance, and workshops on select topics. Additionally, test-preparation workshops are offered to help students considering the GRE, TEAS or other standardized tests.

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Library, Information and Checkout Desk: 931-221-7346

The Woodward Library provides services and support for all your information needs. Students can log in to the library from any location with internet access. Students have access to computers in the Library Information Commons and computers in the Library Instruction Room when it is not in use for instruction.

The library has laptops and MacBooks for use in the building. Other services available are free book checkout, reserves, group study rooms and study space, interlibrary loan, document delivery, self- service photocopiers, microfilm/ fiche copiers and specialty collections, such as the Dorothy Dix Collection and Clarksville photographs. The library also offers a lactation room for mothers and houses the Writing Center, Printing Services and Starbucks.

Librarians can help you find, evaluate and use information necessary for completing papers and research assignments. Research assistance is available in person (appointments recommended), via online chat and email and on the phone. Student instruction is a major focus of the library’s services that include LILT (an online, self-paced information literacy tutorial), library instruction classes and one-on-one instruction. The library provides access to a wealth of print and electronic information via the library website at library.apsu.edu.

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OneStop, onestop.apsu.edu

Students may register, pay fees, add or drop classes, obtain grades, check APSU email, request student transcripts and obtain information on admissions, financial aid, veteran services, housing, testing, opportunities, important dates, official communication and more by accessing OneStop. To log in, go to onestop.apsu.edu and enter your APSU username and APSU password. Students may access Self Service through OneStop by clicking on the “Web Self Service” tab.

If you have trouble logging in, contact the GOVSTECH Help Desk at govstech@apsu.edu or call 931-221-4357 (HELP). Please check OneStop regularly for important Austin Peay announcements and information.

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Program Licensure Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2020, the Department of Education has enacted Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v) requiring colleges and universities to disclose licensure program eligibility in all U.S. States and Territories. A comprehensive listing of licensure programs offered at APSU and the appropriate state licensure information and supporting links can be found at the web address at the end of this section. 

Students should be aware that licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state and are subject to change. Licensing agencies or boards also may have requirements in addition to an earned degree. A determination has not been made on whether APSU’s programs will meet all of the licensure and certification requirements in each US state or territory. APSU recommends that students who are not Tennessee residents or who plan to seek licensure or certification outside the state of Tennessee contact the appropriate licensing agency or board before they enroll in an academic program designed to lead to licensure or certification and discuss their plans with an adviser.

Students seeking a degree in one of the APSU programs found at the following link need to disclose any updated address information to the University within 14 days of relocation. This disclosure will allow APSU to update information in student records and notify the student about licensure or certification requirements relevant to the student’s new state or territory of residence.

For additional information please visit: https://apsu.edu/program-licensure-disclosures/index.php

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Registrar’s Office, Ellington 316, 931-221-7150

The Office of the Registrar, located in the Ellington Building, maintains student academic records (courses, grades, GPA, transcripts, course substitutions, change of majors, etc.) and coordinates registration. They offer a variety of student services, including: registration assistance, verification of enrollment, loan deferments, transcript services, address and official name changes, questions related to graduation and course transfer equivalency. If you have any questions or comments, please contact them at registrar@apsu.edu or call 931-221-7150.

The Office of the Registrar is also responsible for the following:

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Registration and Advisement

Students are assigned a faculty or professional adviser at the time of initial enrollment. Students can see their academic adviser’s name in OneStop on the academic advising page. The adviser helps students clarify personal goals, career options, courses of study, program requirements and educational needs. While the adviser assists the student to identify and assess the alternatives and the consequences of academic decisions, academic choices rest with the students. Each department and college has policies specific to advisement. Students who have not declared a major will be assisted in choosing an academic focus and appropriate core courses by student success coordinators. Freshmen will be assigned to a professional academic advisor, either in their College or with Student Success. Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors will be advised by the department of their declared major.

Currently enrolled students may use this checklist as a brief summary of registration requirements. During or before the designated preregistration period:

Type of Hold Office to Contact
Financial Aid debt Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships
Balance due to the University Student Account Services
Graduate maximum hours Student’s Graduate College Coordinator
Health Services fees due Student Account Services
Library fines/overdue books Library
Traffic fines Student Account Services
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Student Success, McReynolds 102, 931-221-6643

Student Success offers advising to all incoming and current freshmen except Business and Nursing majors. Student Success also oversees the Peer Leader program. Peer Leaders are upperclassmen that are assigned to APSU 1000 and PASS 0900 courses to assist students with the transition to college life. Students with questions or concerns regarding APSU 1000 classes may reach out to their Peer Leader or contact Student Success.

Student Success is located in McReynolds Room 102 and can be reached at (931) 221-6643 or studentsuccess@apsu.edu.

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Student Research and Innovation, McReynolds 118, 931-221-7625

The mission of the Office of Student Research and Innovation is to support the incorporation of research training in the areas of business, education, humanities, social sciences and STEM into the APSU experience as a means to engage, retain and promote students and their success. For more information about research opportunities, visit www.apsu.edu/osri.

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Study Abroad and International Exchange, International White House, 325 Drane St., 931-221-6851

The Office of Study Abroad and International Exchange prepares APSU students to be knowledgeable about the world, experienced with intercultural communication and equipped with skills necessary to succeed in an international society. The office also serves incoming international students and scholars.

Studying abroad is an opportunity to explore the world and gain resume-building experience while earning college credits. These experiences allow students to acquire knowledge of the world and to grow both academically and personally. Programs range from one week to a full year and can take place in the fall, winter, spring, and summer semesters. Students can participate in faculty-led, consortium, third-party, or exchange programs.

Students will earn between three to eight APSU credit hours on short-term programs (1-6 week programs). Students will earn at least 12 credit hours if studying abroad or away (U.S. exchange program) for a semester. Some programs offer service-learning or volunteering opportunities.

APSU students can also benefit from international programs by participating in the Bridge Program. The Bridge Program is a peer-mentor group that consists of both international exchange and domestic students enrolled at APSU. It is designed to help international exchange students explore American culture and history while teaching First Friends (domestic students) about the culture and history of their countries.

Find out more about our programs, scholarships and the experiences of student participants by visiting www.apsu.edu/study-abroad-exchange or by emailing internationaled@apsu.edu.

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Testing Services, Ellington 207, 931-221-6269

The Academic Testing Center offers a variety of tests, including Accuplacer, ACT On Campus, CLEP, MAT, and TEAS. The center is also a fully funded DSST test center, offering DSST exams for free for eligible active-duty military members. Information regarding other tests not offered at APSU such as Praxis, GRE LSAT and MCAT is available at the testing center. For more information or to schedule a testing session, visit www.apsu.edu/testing.

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Transcripts, Ellington 316, 931-221-7150

Students may request their academic transcript online through AP OneStop at onestop.apsu.edu, by mail, or in person at the Office of the Registrar, Ellington building, room 316. An electronic PDF transcript may be requested directly through Parchment. For more information, please visit www.apsu.edu/registrar.

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TRiO Student Support Services, Ellington 337, 931-221-6142

TRiO Student Support Services is a federally funded program established to provide Pell Grant eligible, first-generation and/or disabled college students with individual academic services and a supportive environment. In order to participate in TRiO Student Support Services, one or more of the following must be met based on the legislative requirements of the U.S. Department of Education: family income meets published federal guidelines (Pell Grant eligible), neither parent earned a four-year college degree (first generation), referred by the Office of Disability Services (disabled) or the student must demonstrate an academic need for services and must have the potential to benefit from the services.

Application forms are available in the Ellington Building, Room 337, or visit www.apsu.edu/sss to download an application. All services of TRiO Student Support Services are free to eligible participants.

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Tutoring, 931-221-6550

The Learning Resource Center provides FREE tutoring to currently enrolled APSU students. Email learningctr@apsu.edu or call 931-221-6550 to schedule a time with a tutor. The Learning Resource Center has partnered with Distance Education to offer free online tutoring to all undergraduate students. Online tutoring is available 24/7 for all students. Visit www.apsu.edu/onlinetutoring for more information.

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