2:035 APSU Bulletin Policy
|Austin Peay State
|APSU Bulletin Policy
|| May 4, 2017
||Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
It is the policy of Austin Peay State University to provide official university bulletins
adhering to commonly accepted standards in higher education.
The following policy is hereby adopted to establish certain minimum standards concerning
the publication and contents of APSU bulletins.
- Bulletins primarily serve as the publications which provide a comprehensive description
of the educational services of the university.
- Limitations and Reservations on Scope
- Each bulletin should clearly reflect the academic terms to which it is applicable
and no bulletin should cover a period in excess of two (2) academic years, including
- Each bulletin should clearly express the effective period during which the degree
requirements set forth in the catalog shall remain in effect, subject to changes as
provided herein, which period shall not exceed seven (7) years from the beginning
of the first academic term covered by the catalog in question.
- Each bulletin shall contain a statement providing that the course offerings and requirements
of the institution are continually under examination and revision. The bulletin is
not intended to state contractual terms and does not constitute a contract between
the student and the institution.
- Each bulletin should contain the calendar for each academic term to which it is applicable,
which should include, but is not limited to: the period of registration, the beginning
of classes, the last dates to add and drop courses, holidays and the last date to
withdraw from the institution, dates for applications for degrees, the period of final
examinations and the commencement date.
- The calendar should contain a statement that the calendar is subject to change at
any time prior or during an academic term due to emergencies or causes beyond the
reasonable control of the institution, including severe weather, loss of utility services,
or orders by federal or state agencies.
- Listing of Administrators, Faculty and Staff
- The bulletin should contain an appropriate listing of the chief administrators, the
faculty and appropriate members of the professional staff of the institution.
- The listing of faculty should reflect the department, academic rank and the appropriate
degree or degrees by year of each faculty member.
- Listing of Degree Programs
- Each bulletin should contain a concise listing of all degree programs and majors offered
by the institution which have been approved by the Board of Trustees and by the Tennessee
Higher Education Commission in the case of programs and majors developed after its
- No program or major for which approval is pending shall be printed in the bulletin.
- Admission and Transfer Credit
- The bulletin should contain the general admissions policy for the University and any
special admissions policies for specific programs of the institution.
- The policy of the University on the acceptance of transfer credit should be clearly
stated in the bulletin.
- Academic Retention and Readmission
- Each bulletin shall contain the academic retention standards of the University and
the policy on readmission of students who have been dismissed or suspended.
- Academic Regulations
- The bulletin should contain the general academic regulations of the institution, including
policies concerning class attendance, classifications of students, full-time and maximum
course loads, withdrawals, and alternative methods of obtaining credit.
- Course descriptions may be published in the bulletin or in any other format appropriate
for distribution to students and other interested persons.
- All course descriptions should clearly and accurately describe the contents of courses,
and should not contain any representations of the result to be expected from enrollment
in the courses.
- The bulletin and other published materials concerning all institutional offerings
on and off campus should accurately and honestly reflect the academic resources of
- Degree Requirements
- The degree requirements of the institution for all programs should be included in
- Each degree program in the bulletin should reflect an orderly and identifiable sequence
of courses with an adequate number of hours required in courses above the elementary
level, with an appropriate system of prerequisites.
- The bulletin should define a major or field of concentration, with a stated minimum
and maximum of hours required.
- There should be limitations on the number of hours allowed in specialized areas and
provision should be made for electives.
- Financial Aid
- The bulletin should contain information concerning financial aid policies and programs
offered by or through the institution. The financial aid policies of the institution
should be clearly expressed and openly published, and should contain both general
and specific requirements.
- The bulletin need not contain information concerning financial aid programs required
by federal laws and regulations, provided such information is available upon request
by any student.
- The bulletin shall contain the policies and procedures of the University developed
to implement the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and the regulations
- The bulletin shall contain appropriate statements concerning the policies of the institution
against discrimination consistent with federal laws and regulations.
APSU Policy 2:035 – Issued: May 4, 2017
President: signature on file