Part 4: Disciplinary Sanctions
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 www.apsu.edu/policy.
- Austin Peay State University (APSU) shall adopt and publish a policy, providing notice of potential disciplinary sanctions applicable to both individuals and organizations. The policy may include any appropriate sanction subject to prior review by the APSU Office of Legal Affairs and approval by the Board of Trustees. Upon a determination that a student or student organization has violated any of the disciplinary offenses set forth in these rules, disciplinary policies, or the general policies, disciplinary sanctions may be imposed, either singly or in combination, by the appropriate school officials. (Note: Final results of disciplinary proceedings for violations that include violent acts or non-forcible sex offenses, as defined by Tennessee law, may be released without permission of the student perpetrator.)
- Definition of Sanctions. The following provides a non-exhaustive list of possible sanctions with corresponding
- Restitution. Restitution may be required in situations which involve destruction, damage, or loss of property, or unreimbursed medical expenses resulting from physical injury. When restitution is required, the student or student organization is obligated by the appropriate judicial authority to compensate a party or parties for a loss suffered as a result of disciplinary violation(s). Any such payment in restitution shall be limited to actual cost of repair, replacement or financial loss;
- Warning. The appropriate APSU official may notify the student or student organization that continuation or repetition of specified conduct may be cause for other disciplinary action;
- Reprimand. A written or verbal reprimand or censure may be given to any student or student organization whose conduct violates any part of these rules and provides notice that any further violation(s) may result in more serious penalties;
- Restriction. A restriction upon a student’s or organization’s privileges for a period of time may be imposed. This restriction may include, but is not limited to, the following: denial of the right to represent APSU in any way, denial of the use of APSU facilities and/or parking privileges, restriction of participation in extracurricular activities, restriction of organizational privileges including registration, and restriction of the transfer of academic credit from another institution;
- University Probation. Continued enrollment of a student or student organization on probation may be conditioned upon adherence to these rules. Any student or organization placed on probation will be notified of such in writing, either in hard copy or electronic, and will also be notified of the terms and length of probation. Probation may include restrictions upon the extracurricular activities of a student or organization. Any conduct in violation of these rules while on probationary status or the failure to comply with the terms of the probationary period may result in the imposition of a more serious disciplinary sanction;
- Suspension. If a student or student organization is suspended, he/she or the organization is separated from APSU for a stated period of time with conditions for readmission stated in the notice of suspension;
- Expulsion. Expulsion entails a permanent separation from APSU. The imposition of this sanction is a permanent bar to the student’s readmission, or a student organization’s recognition to APSU. A student or organization that has been expelled may not enter APSU property or facilities without obtaining prior approval from an appropriate campus official with knowledge of the expulsion directive;
- Interim or Summary Suspension. As a general rule, the status of a student or student organization accused of violations of these rules should not be altered until a final determination has been made in regard to the charges. Interim or Summary suspension may be imposed upon a finding by the appropriate APSU official that the continued presence of the accused on campus constitutes an immediate threat to the physical safety and well-being of the accused or of any other member of the APSU community or its guests, destruction of property, or substantial disruption of classroom or other campus activities. In any case of interim suspension, the student, or student organization, shall be given an opportunity at the time of the decision, or as soon thereafter as reasonably possible, to contest the suspension;
- Housing Probation. A resident or student organization placed on housing probation is deemed not to be in good standing with the housing community, and his/her continued residence is conditioned upon adherence to these rules and the Housing Contract. Any resident placed on probation shall be notified in writing of the terms and length of the probation. Probation may include restrictions upon the activities of the resident, including any other appropriate special condition(s). Any conduct of a similar or more serious nature in violation of the probation shall result in suspension from housing;
- Housing Suspension and Forfeiture. A resident or student organization suspended from housing may not reside in, visit, or make any use whatsoever of a housing facility or participate in any housing activity during the period for which the sanction is in effect. A suspended resident shall be required to forfeit housing fees (including any unused portion thereof and the Housing deposit). A suspended resident must vacate the housing unit within forty-eight (48) hours. Housing suspension shall remain a part of the student’s disciplinary record;
- Service to the University. A student or student organization may be required to donate a specified number of service hours to APSU, by way of performing reasonable tasks for the appropriate APSU office or official. This service shall be commensurate to the offense the student is guilty of violating (i.e., service to maintenance staff for defacing APSU property);
- Special Educational Program. A student or student organization may be required to participate in any special educational programs relevant to the offense, to attend special seminars or educational programs or to prepare a project or report concerning a relevant topic;
- Smoking and Clean Air Policy Violation. There will be graduated fines imposed for violation of the Smoking and Clean Air
- First Offense: $25
- Second Offense: $50
- Third Offense or more: $100 and referral for additional Disciplinary Charges;
- Interim or Summary Suspension from Campus Housing. Though as a general rule, the status of a student or student organization accused of violations of these regulations should not be altered until a final determination has been made in regard to the charges against him or her, interim suspension from campus housing may be imposed upon a finding by the appropriate APSU official that the continued presence of the accused in Austin Peay State University housing constitutes an immediate threat to the physical safety and well-being of the accused, or of any other member of the APSU community or its guests, or the destruction of property. A final determination of the charges against any student or student organization summarily suspended from campus housing shall be made through appropriate hearing procedures within seven (7) class days of such housing suspension during which time the accused shall forfeit the right to reside in or visit campus housing facilities. The accused student shall be permitted to attend classes during this interim period.
- Referral for Intervention, Assessment and/or Counseling. The student is mandated to visit the appropriate APSU official for an initial intervention and assessment which may be followed by required participation and a prescribed plan of action or treatment plan. Parents or legal guardians may be notified;
- Fines. Penalties in the form of fines may be enforced against a student or an organization whenever the appropriate hearing officer(s) or hearing body deems necessary. The sanction of fines may be imposed in addition to other forms of disciplinary sanctions. Failure to pay fines to the Business Office within two weeks of the decision will result in further disciplinary action;
- Letter of Apology. A student or student organization may be required to write a letter of apology to APSU or its guests, another student or student organization, faculty or staff member, or any other constituent affected by the behavior for which the student or student organization has been found responsible. The letter shall be written and sent within seven (7) class days of notification of sanction and copies to the appropriate hearing body or official;
- Revocation of Admission, Degree, or Credential; and,
- Any alternate sanction deemed necessary and appropriate to address the misconduct at issue.