Campus Life & Community
Housing, Residence Life & Dining Services
The Housing, Residence Life & Dining Services office provides a quality living and learning environment for students housed in the University residence hall and apartment system. Housing staff are responsible for the oversight and management of residence services, campus food services, residence hall facilities and educational programming. The staff provides many opportunities for the development and enhancement of human relation skills, personal value systems and leadership skills. Living on campus includes academic and personal support, convenient location, Public Safety patrol 24/7 and live-in residence hall staff.
Resident students may also reside and participate in Living and Learning Communities, which are designed to bridge academics and campus living. Students should check the website to see available communities for the 2019-20 academic year. For more information, call (931) 221-7444 or visit www.apsu.edu/housing.
The University Residency Policy requires all single freshmen students younger than
21 years old not residing with their parents or legal guardians must reside in University
housing and participate in a University meal plan. All freshmen younger than 21 who
choose to live off campus will need to complete a Freshman Residency Webform and return
it to Housing/Residence Life and Dining Services no later than move-in day.
Student Life & Engagement
The Office of Student Life & Engagement (SLE) strives to connect academic and out-of-class experiences through programming and leadership development creating a diverse and interactive learning community. The department sponsors a multitude of programs such as Family Weekend, Homecoming, Unity Celebration, Student Organization and Leader Awards, as well as diversity and awareness programs. Leadership programs are offered to meet the needs of every student. Students gain resume worthy experiences through involvement and leadership experience. Applications, information, and dates are on PeayLink, a tool students use to connect to student organizations and events. The office is in the Morgan University Center, Room 211.
SLE provides leadership development programs for students at all levels of experience and interest. Leadership skills are in demand from employers and contribute to the overall development of successful students. SLE staff work with students, departments and organizations all over campus on leadership skill building, communication skills, teamwork and personal development, and offer numerous opportunities to get students involved. For information, visit www.apsu.edu/student-life.
Leadership opportunities include:
- GOVS LEAD (Leadership Education and Development) connects students to leadership opportunities, educates on theory, builds skills and offers opportunities for leaders to showcase their strengths and experiences.
- Leadership Series: There is a workshop for everyone! From getting leadership experience started with a solid foundation to rounding it out with development and reflection, an opportunity is available. The full calendar is on the website.
- Fall Leadership Experience: An immersive one-day leadership experience where students learn about themselves as a leader, are introduced to impactful leadership practices and gain an understanding of the huge opportunity to make a difference. Space will be limited. Applications will be available during the first week of classes on PeayLink and the website.
- Leadership Certificate: Our Leadership Certification program recognizes students demonstrating a dedication to developing leadership skills through participation in a variety of seminars, workshops, opportunities to serve and roles on campus. Four active participation levels can be achieved. Students with challenging schedules or those completing their education entirely online, have the option of a self-directed certificate.
- Ziegler Leadership Forum: Each spring, SLE hosts a campus-wide leadership forum planned by a committee of students. Each forum includes an impactful professional speaker and multiple breakout opportunities. Students also have the chance to present on their experiences and ideas.
SLE involvement opportunities include:
- Student Organizations promote leadership development, community spirit, activism, public service and social and cultural interaction. Organizations are student initiated and completely student led. There are more than 130 registered student organizations including honor societies, professional and service organizations, religious/faith-based groups, social fraternities and sororities, sport clubs and many more. Students gain resume-worthy experiences through involvement and leadership roles.
- Govs Programming Council is a student-led organization that plans, promotes and executes entertainment and educational programs such as performances by comedians, lecturers and musicians, as well as movie showings, open mic nights, game shows and many other social activities. Members have the opportunity to develop leadership and organizational skills, meet a variety of people with diverse backgrounds, and host a variety of national and local entertainers while building their resume.
Fraternity & Sorority Affairs
Fraternity & Sorority Affairs oversees and supports the social fraternities and sororities on campus and promotes an experience focused on academic achievement, student involvement, community service and lifelong friendships. Individual chapters elect officers to manage the day-to-day operations of the organization, and these officers are assisted by alumni whose organization offers support, advice and direction through paid professional staff and regional volunteers. Each fraternity or sorority is also held accountable by one of three governing councils: Interfraternity Council (IFC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) and College Panhellenic Council (Panhellenic). Financial obligations differ among individual chapters. Financial information is shared during the recruitment process.
APSU has a zero-tolerance hazing policy that is consistent with Tennessee laws regarding hazing. If you have concerns about
hazing, please contact the Fraternity & Sorority Affairs office at (931) 221-6570
to make a confidential report.
Student Government Association
The Student Government Association (SGA) serves as the voice for all students and is the liaison between students and the faculty, staff and University administration. The SGA is composed of the executive board, senate and Student Tribunal (judicial board). Additionally, students are recommended by the SGA Executive Board to serve on numerous standing University committees.
SGA Senate designates five freshmen to be elected each fall semester. Applications will be available the first day of class at www.apsu.edu/sga. SGA meets weekly at 4 p.m., Wednesday, in the Morgan University Center, room 307. The first 10 minutes of every senate meeting are open to any/all students who have concerns or want to ask SGA to act on a concern.
SGA also sponsors a variety of programs and events held annually. Some of these include:
- MudBowl: A campus tradition! It’s a fun time for students to get down and dirty playing volleyball in the mud!
- Homecoming: In cooperation with Student Life & Engagement, SGA is one of the co-sponsors of events held throughout the week.
- G.H.O.S.T.: Once a year Austin Peay becomes a G.H.O.S.T. town. “Greater Halloween Options for Safe Trick-or-Treating” is a longtime tradition sponsored by SGA. Originally intended for the children of students, faculty and staff, G.H.O.S.T. also draws children from the local community and provides a welcome environment for children to trick-or-treat on the Clarksville campus.
- The Big Event: The Big Event is a city-wide service project centered around students giving back to the Clarksville community.
Austin Peay Athletics is a huge part of campus life. A member of the Ohio Valley Conference since 1963, Austin Peay has compiled 40 regular-season championships in 12 sports. In addition, the Govs have claimed 22 tournament championships in six sports. Admission is free for all Clarksville Campus students to all regular season home events with a valid Govs ID. Families are encouraged to follow the Austin Peay Athletics social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest information. Tickets and additional information can be found at www.letsgopeay.com.