2019-20 Student Handbook & Calendar
Part 1: Institutional Policy Statement
- Austin Peay State University (“University” or “APSU”) students are expected to conduct
themselves as law-abiding members of each community at all times. Admission to APSU
carries with it special privileges and imposes special responsibilities apart from
those rights and duties enjoyed by nonstudents. In recognition of the special relationship
that exists between APSU and the academic community which it seeks to serve, the APSU
Board of Trustees (the Board) has authorized the President (the President) to take
such action as may be necessary to maintain campus conditions and preserve the integrity
of APSU and its educational environment.
- Pursuant to this authority and in fulfillment of its duties to provide a secure and
stimulating atmosphere in which individual and academic pursuits may flourish, the
Board has developed the following regulations, intended to govern student conduct
on the APSU campus. The University under the jurisdiction of the Board is directed
to implement policies subject to, and consistent with, these rules. In addition, students
are subject to all federal, state, and local laws and ordinances. If a student’s violation
of such laws or ordinances also adversely affects APSU’s pursuit of its educational
objectives, APSU may enforce its own regulations regardless of any proceedings instituted
by other authorities. Conversely, violation of any section of these rules may subject
a student to disciplinary measures by APSU whether or not such conduct simultaneously
violates state, local or national laws.
- For the purpose of these rules, a “student” shall mean any person who is admitted
and/or registered for study at APSU for any academic period. This shall include, but
not be limited to any period of time following admission and/or registration, but
preceding the start of classes for any academic period. It will also include any period
which follows the end of an academic period through the last day for registration
for the succeeding academic period, and during any period while the student is under
suspension from APSU. Finally, “student” shall also include any person subject to
a period of suspension or removal from campus as a sanction which results from a finding
of a violation of the policies, rules, and regulations governing student conduct.
Students are responsible for compliance with rules and policies including, but not
limited to the Policies on Student Conduct and with similar APSU policies at all times.
- Disciplinary action may be taken against a student for violation of the policies,
rules, and regulations which occur on APSU owned, leased or otherwise controlled property,
while participating in international or distance learning programs, and off campus,
when the conduct impairs, interferes with, or obstructs any APSU activity or the mission,
processes, and functions of APSU. The University may enforce their own rules regardless
of the status or outcome of any external proceedings instituted in any other forum,
including any civil or criminal proceeding.
- These rules, and related material incorporated herein by reference, are applicable
to registered student organizations as well as individual students. Registered student
organizations are subject to discipline for the conduct and actions of individual
members of the organization while acting in their capacity as members of, or while
attending or participating in any activity of, the organization.
- Confidentiality of Discipline Process. Subject to the exceptions provided pursuant
to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) and/or the Tennessee
Open Records Act, a student’s disciplinary files are considered educational records
and are confidential within the meaning of those Acts.