Part 2: Disciplinary Offenses
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Part 2: Disciplinary Offenses

This section of the APSU Student Handbook & Calendar includes important information about official campus rules, regulations, student rights, policies and guidelines that impact the academic and personal life of all APSU students. This listing may NOT include some regulations or policies that are unique to specific departments, programs, student organizations or student groups. However, this collection represents an attempt to provide students with a reference to these documents in one central location.

It is the responsibility of ALL students to read and become familiar with the expectations that Austin Peay State University has for every student. Failure to abide by these regulations and policies may result in formal disciplinary actions, as outlined in the “Code of Student Conduct.” To view a full policy list, visit

  1. Generally, through appropriate due process procedures, APSU disciplinary measures may be imposed for conduct which adversely affects APSU’s pursuit of its educational objectives, which violates or shows a disregard for the rights of other members of the academic community or which endangers property or persons on APSU, or APSU-controlled property.
  2. Individual or organizational misconduct which is subject to disciplinary sanction shall include but not be limited to the following examples:
    1. Conduct dangerous to self or others. Any conduct, or attempted conduct, which poses a direct threat to the safety of others or where the student’s behavior is materially and substantially disruptive of APSU’s learning environment;
    2. Hazing. Violations of this section include any act of hazing on or off the Austin Peay State University campus or APSU-controlled property, by an Austin Peay State University individual, group of individuals or registered student organization. Hazing means any intentional or reckless act on or off the property of any higher education institution by one (1) student acting alone or with others which is directed against any other student, that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of that student, or which induces or coerces a student to endanger such student’s mental or physical health or safety. Hazing does not include customary athletic events or similar contests or competitions, and is limited to those actions taken and situations created in connection with initiation into or affiliation with any organizations;
    3. Discrimination or Discriminatory Harassment. Any individual or group act against another individual or group in violation of Board of Trustee policies, as well as federal and/or state laws prohibiting discrimination and discriminatory harassment, including, but not limited to, APSU Policy 6:004;
    4. Disorderly Conduct. Any individual or group behavior which is abusive, obscene, lewd, indecent, violent, excessively noisy, disorderly, or which unreasonably disturbs or may reasonably provoke other groups or individuals (this may include, but not be limited to verbal abuse, nonverbal gestures and inappropriate behavior resulting from the use of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs), etc.;
    5. Obstruction of or Interference with APSU Activities or Facilities. Any intentional interference with or obstruction of any APSU program, event, or facility including, but not limited to the following:
      1. Any unauthorized occupancy of APSU or APSU-controlled facilities or blockage of access to or from such facilities;
      2. Interference with the right of any APSU member or other authorized person to gain access to any APSU or APSU-controlled activity, program, event or facility;
      3. Any obstruction or delay of a campus security officer, public safety officer, police officer, firefighter, EMT, or any University official in the performance of his or her duty;
      4. Any form of disruptive behavior in the classroom, during any campus event or;
      5. Activity or at any location on campus;
    6. Misuse of or Damage to Property. Any act of misuse, vandalism, malicious or unwarranted damage or destruction, defacing, disfiguring or unauthorized use of property belonging to APSU or property being used, rented, owned or leased by a student, group of students or officially registered student organization not owned by APSU;
    7. Theft, Misappropriation, or Unauthorized Sale. Any act of theft, misappropriation, or unauthorized possession, use or sale of APSU property or any such act against a member or organization of the APSU community or a guest of APSU;
    8. Misuse of Documents or Identification Cards. Any forgery, alteration of or unauthorized use of APSU documents, forms, records or identification cards, including the giving of any false information, or withholding of necessary information, in connection with a student’s admission, enrollment or status at APSU; failure to carry the APSU ID card at all times or to show it upon proper request;
    9. Firearms and Other Dangerous Weapons. Any possession of or use of firearms, dangerous weapons of any kind on APSU property. Firearms or dangerous weapons include, but are not limited to: rifles, handguns, replica/toy guns, BB guns, pellet guns, stun guns, non-culinary knives with a blade greater than four (4) inches, martial arts equipment, paint ball guns, water guns, bows and arrows, etc., or other objects with the intent to cause bodily harm, including mace and/or pepper spray;
    10. Explosives, Fireworks, and Flammable Materials. The unauthorized possession, ignition or detonation of any object or article which would cause damage by fire or other means to persons or property or possession of any substance which could be considered to be and used as fireworks;
    11. Alcoholic beverages. The use and/or possession of alcoholic beverages and/or public intoxication on APSU-owned or controlled property, violation(s) of any local ordinance or state or federal law concerning alcoholic beverages, on or off campus, or a violation of the terms of the Austin Peay State University Drug-Free Policy Statement. It shall not be a violation for students twenty-one (21) years of age or older to consume alcohol within areas designated by the president where alcohol is permitted to be served.  In addition, officially registered student organizations that sponsor events off campus, where alcoholic beverages are present and available for consumption, must adhere to all local, state and federal laws concerning alcoholic beverages and must follow APSU’s Risk Management Guidelines for Student Organizations;
    12. Drugs. The unlawful possession or use of any drug, controlled substance or drug paraphernalia (including, but not limited to, any prescription drug, stimulant, depressant, narcotic or hallucinogenic drug or substance, or marijuana), or sale or distribution of any such drug or controlled substance, or a violation of any terms of the APSU Drug-Free Policy Statement;
    13. Gambling. Participation in any gambling or gambling-related activities on campus or on APSU-controlled property or property being used, rented or leased by a student, group of students or officially registered student organization not owned by APSU that have not been approved and/or administered in accordance with the laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee. Any permitted gambling or gambling-related activity, e.g. raffles, must also be operated under the auspices of the APSU’s Foundation.
    14. Financial Irresponsibility. Failure to promptly meet financial responsibilities to APSU including, but not limited to, knowingly passing a worthless check or money order in payment to APSU or to a member of the APSU community acting in an official capacity;
    15. Unacceptable Conduct in hearings. Any conduct at an APSU hearing involving contemptuous, disorderly behavior, or the giving of false testimony or other evidence at any hearing;
    16. Failure to Cooperate with University Officials. Failure to comply with directions of APSU officials acting in the performance of their duties;
    17. Violation of general rules and regulations. Any violation of the general rules and regulations of the University as published in an official APSU publication, including the intentional failure to perform any required action or the intentional performance of any prohibited action;
    18. Attempts and aiding and abetting the commission of offenses. Any attempt to commit any of the offenses listed in this document, or the aiding and abetting of the commission of any of the offenses (an attempt to commit an offense is defined as the intention to commit the offense coupled with the taking of some action toward its commission);
    19. Violations of state or federal laws. Any violation of state or federal laws or regulations proscribing conduct or establishing offenses, which laws and regulations are incorporated herein by reference;
    20. Violation of imposed disciplinary sanctions. Intentional or unintentional violation of a disciplinary sanction officially imposed by a APSU official or a constituted body including, but not limited to, sanctions contained herein;
    21. Violations of APSU Residence Hall or Apartment policies or regulations. The violation of any policies or regulations which appear in printed materials distributed to resident students (i.e., housing license agreements, handbooks for resident students, etc.);
    22. Sexual Battery/Rape. Any act of sexual battery or rape as defined by state law;
    23. Sexual Misconduct. An offense including acts of sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence and/or stalking as defined in APSU Policy 6:001. All matters involving allegations of sexual misconduct will be governed by the procedures set forth in APSU Policy 6:001;
    24. Tobacco. Smoking, inclusive of electronic smoking devices and vapors, in all APSU buildings, grounds and state-owned vehicles is prohibited (except in otherwise designated areas as provided in APSU policy 5:002). Regardless of whether classes are in session, smoking is prohibited in all buildings, grounds and state-owned vehicles twenty-four (24) hours a day, year round. Students who want to use smoke-free tobacco products may do so thirty (30) feet from each building exit and entrances. Smoke-free tobacco product use is prohibited in APSU buildings and state-owned vehicles.
    25. Pets. With the exception of service animals, emotional support animals, and animals used for academic research purposes, animals are prohibited on campus except in designated housing areas. Students are required to provide the Office of Disability Services with medical documentation in requesting an accommodation for an emotional support animal.
    26. Filing a false complaint or statement. Any behavior whereby a student knowingly submits a false complaint or statement alleging a violation of these regulations by a student or organization or APSU employee.
    27. Academic Misconduct. Plagiarism, cheating, fabrication or collusion. For purposes of this section the following definitions apply:
      1. Plagiarism. The adoption or reproduction of ideas, words, statements, images, or works of another person as one’s own without proper attribution.
      2. Cheating. Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or aids in any academic exercise or test/examination. The term academic exercise includes all forms of work submitted for credit or hours.
      3. Fabrication. Unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise.
      4. Facilitation or Collusion. Assisting or attempting to assist another to violate a provision of APSU’s student code of conduct regarding academic misconduct.
    28. Unauthorized Duplication or Possession of Keys. Making, causing to be made or the possession of any key for an APSU facility without proper authorization.
    29. Litter. Dispersing litter in any form onto the grounds or facilities of the campus;
    30. Abuse of Computer Resources and Facilities. Misusing and/or abusing computer resources including, but not limited to the following:
      1. Distribution or use of a student and/or another person’s identification to gain access to APSU computer resources,
      2. Use of APSU computer resources and facilities to violate copyright laws, including, but not limited to, the act of unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials using institutional information technology systems,
      3. Unauthorized access to a computer or network file, including but not limited to, altering, using, reading, copying, or deleting the file,
      4. Unauthorized transfer of a computer or network file,
      5. Use of computing resources and facilities to send abusive or obscene correspondence,
      6. Use of computing resources and facilities in a manner that interferes with normal operation of the APSU computing system,
      7. Use of computing resources and facilities to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member, or APSU official,
      8. Violation of any published information technology resources policy,
      9. Unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing;
    31. Unauthorized Access to APSU Facilities and/or Grounds. Any unauthorized access and/or occupancy of APSU facilities and grounds is prohibited, including, but not limited to, gaining access to facilities and grounds that are closed to the public, being present in areas of campus that are open to limited guests only, being present in academic buildings after hours without permission, and being present in buildings when the student has no legitimate reason to be present;
    32. Unauthorized Surveillance. Making or causing to be made unauthorized video or photographic images of a person in a location in which that person has a reasonable expectation of privacy, without the prior effective consent of the individual, or in the case of a minor, without the prior effective consent of the minor’s parent or guardian. This includes, but is not limited to, taking video or photographic images in shower/locker rooms, residence hall rooms, and men’s or women’s restrooms, and storing, sharing, and/or distributing of such unauthorized images by any means;
    33. Rollerblading/Skateboarding. Rollerblading/skateboarding and other coasting devices must comply with APSU Policy 4:012.
  3. Disciplinary action may be taken against a student for violations of the foregoing rules which occur on APSU-owned, -leased or otherwise controlled property, or which occur off-campus when the conduct impairs, interferes with, or obstructs any APSU activity or the missions, processes and functions of APSU. In addition, disciplinary action may be taken on the basis of any conduct, on or off campus which violates local, state or federal laws, which violate APSU policies for student organizations, or which poses a substantial threat to persons or property within the APSU community. Each student shall be responsible for his/her conduct from the time of application for admission through the actual awarding of a degree including periods prior to or between semesters. Conduct occurring while a student is registered or enrolled at APSU, but not discovered until after the awarding of a degree is actionable under these provisions and may result in the retroactive application of a disciplinary sanction. Should a student withdraw from APSU with disciplinary action or academic misconduct action pending, the student’s record may be encumbered by the appropriate APSU office until the proceedings have been concluded.