APSU Code of Ethical Conduct
All University Components
AAUP'S "Joint Statement on Government of Colleges and Universities" is the centerpiece of the suggested "Code of Conduct." This statement, recognizing the necessary interdependence of all components of a university/college in decision-making, is a blueprint for constructive joint thought and action. The involved components are the governing board, the president (the president, appointed administrators and professional/support staff); the faculty; the students. (Note: Although administrators are not mentioned in this document, they serve at the pleasure of the president under his/her administration. Likewise, professional/support personnel serve as part of his/her administration.) Several statements presently in the "Austin Peay State University Policies and Procedures Manual" are recommended for inclusion in the "Code of Conduct" because they ensure ethical behavior relative to all University personnel. They are sections: 1:017 (Grievance and Complaint Procedures for Employees), 5:029 (Discipline Procedures for Non-Faculty Employees), and 6:004 Discrimination and Harassment Complaints based on Protected Categories other than Sex-Complaint and Investigation Procedures.
Relative to the ethical treatment and conduct of faculty "Personnel Policies and Procedures for Faculty," policy numbers 1:025, 2:063, 2:051 and 2:052 in the "Austin Peay State University Policies and Procedures Manual" are recommended for inclusion in the suggested "Code of Conduct". Special attention is directed to policy number 2:052 Section I (General), which reads, “APSU endorses the 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure of the American Association of University Professors’ as revised and refined since 1940, and also the Statement of Professional Ethics of the same organization, insofar as these statements are not limited by State law or the policies of the Board of Regents of the State University and Community College System of Tennessee.” The University also regards the AAUP's POLICY DOCUMENTS & REPORTS (1984), as a useful philosophic and practical guide to academic rights and responsibilities.
The Code of Student Conduct is contained in APSU Policy 1:013, Student Code of Conduct. Additionally, the Code of Student Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook and Calendar furnished by the Division of Student Affairs and on the Student Affairs website. APSU students are citizens of the state, local and national governments or are citizens of other countries, and of the academic community, and are, therefore, expected to conduct themselves as law-abiding members of each community at all times. If a student’s violation of such laws or ordinances also adversely affects the institution’s pursuit of its educational objectives, the University may enforce its own regulations regardless of any proceedings instituted by other authorities. A violation of any section of the Code of Student Conduct may subject a student to disciplinary measures by the institution. Students who have non-academic complaints may follow the due process steps contained in APSU Policy 3:002, Student Non-Academic Grievance Committee Guidelines. For matters involving racial, sexual, or other forms of harassment or discrimination, individuals may go to the Office of Access Equity & Inclusion.. See APSU Policy 6:004: Discrimination and Harassment Complaints based on Protected Categories other than Sex-Complaint and Investigation Procedures.