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Policies & Procedures

  • Official Communication: AP Mail is the official means of communication at APSU. Correspondence between the university and students will be sent to the students' AP Mail account; other email accounts will not be utilized. Students are encouraged to check their AP Mail account on a regular basis.
  • Academic Dishonesty: The Student Code of Conduct states that "Academic dishonesty may be defined as any act of dishonesty in academic work. This includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism, the changing or falsifying of any academic documents or materials, cheating, and giving or receiving of unauthorized aid in tests, examinations, or other assigned work. Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. Penalties for academic misconduct will vary with the seriousness of the offense and may include, but are not limited to, a grade of "F" on the work in question, a grade of "F" in the course, reprimand, probation, suspension, and expulsion."
  • Misconduct: Actions such as hazing, harassment, disorderly conduct, and endangering any person's health are considered acts of misconduct which may subject the offending individual or organization to disciplinary sanctions.
  • Student Complaint Resolution Procedure: An online student who desires to resolve a grievance should first follow Austin Peay's Procedures for Appeals and Complaints.  If a resolution cannot be found, the student may file a complaint with one or more of the following:

                    Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR)
                    Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC)
                    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

A student residing outside of Tennessee may also contact the agency designated for handling complaints in his or her home state.  Click here for a list of states and corresponding agencies.

  • Out of State Online Students: To deliver distance/online education outside of Tennessee, Tennessee Board of Regents Institutions, to include Austin Peay State University, must comply with each state’s requirements for legally offering distance education to its residents.  Authorizations vary from state to state.  Austin Peay has demonstrated a “good faith” effort to comply with other states’ regulations and has obtained approvals from many states.  Click here to see if your state is on the approval list.  If your state of residence is not on the list, please consider enrolling in another distance education program that has been approved by your state.
  • Distance Education Privacy Procedure: The APSU Center for Extended and Distance Education (CEDE) takes student privacy seriously by following federal, state, local, and institutional (Tennessee Board of Regents and Austin Peay State University) laws, regulations, policies, and guidelines. Specifically, members of the CEDE team are routinely updated and trained on any new privacy laws and policies, and part of an on-boarding process for new employees in the unit includes an orientation on student privacy. The university bulletins, student handbook, and official policies of the Tennessee Board of Regents and Austin Peay State University serve as guiding documents on privacy issues for the CEDE and should be consulted by students as a guide to their rights and responsibilities. 

Anyone with concerns about student privacy may directly contact the office of the CEDE at 931-221-7816 or the office of Student Affairs.