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Faculty-Student Expectations

Faculty should consult the latest editions of the Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletins for information about grading, dropping students from class, reporting grades and other relevant student-faculty relationships. Much of the information presented in this section of the Handbook is abstracted from the Undergraduate Bulletin.

The matter of class attendance is in the purview of the teaching faculty. At the beginning or early in each term, faculty members will inform students verbally and in printing of policies applicable to each class. At the Fort Campbell campus, accurate attendance records must be kept. Regular student absence reports are not required, but an accurate record of class attendance is needed since some students must prove class attendance in order to collect certain benefits from federal and state agencies. (See APSU Policy 5:004, Employee Attendance during Inclement Weather/National Disasters).

The instructor should announce that, when students are forced by circumstances beyond their control to be absent from announced tests and examinations, they should consult the instructor concerning possible make-up of missed assignments. At the discretion of the instructor, an “I” (Incomplete) or a grade of “F” will be recorded.

When a student officially drops a course or withdraws from the University not later than the last day for withdrawing from a course with a mark of “W,” as stated in the University Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletins, the student will automatically be awarded a grade of “W”. Faculty members should refer to information listed in the Schedule of Classes.

A student who drops a course after the official last day for withdrawing from a course and before the mandatory grade of “F” date as shown in the University calendar in the Bulletins will receive a “W” or a grade of “F” at the discretion of the instructor. A grade of “F” should be given when the student is failing at the time of withdrawal. (See "Faculty Responsibilities & Procedures" for explanation of "FA" and "FN.")

The instructor has the primary responsibility for control over classroom behavior and maintenance of academic integrity and can order the temporary removal or exclusion from the classroom of any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct inconsistent with the general rules and regulations of the institution. Faculty are only allowed to exclude a student for one class period and must contact the Dean of Students office for further action. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom or further disciplinary action can be effected only through appropriate procedures established by the Division of Student Affairs.

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.

A student accused of academic misconduct will be advised of the substance of the conduct violation and his/her right to a hearing; however, if a student’s grade is to be lowered as a result of academic misconduct, procedure outlined in Policy 3:005 must be followed. The student may accept the instructor’s finding, grade reduction, and/or other sanction and waive his/her hearing right. If a student believes he/she has been erroneously accused of academic misconduct, he/she may request a hearing. Hearings will be conducted pursuant to the procedures set forth in the Student Code of Conduct. Should the hearing source absolve the student of academic misconduct, no penalty may be imposed.

The names of all students referred for academic misconduct will be maintained in a database in the Office of Student Affairs.

Institutional disciplinary policy permits faculty to lower a grade to any extent including a grade of F on a paper, an assignment, or for the course as a sanction for academic misconduct. While no one can force a faculty member to change a grade that he or she has assigned, this policy addresses situations and procedure to be followed by APSU faculty where a student has received a lower grade or other discipline as a sanction for academic misconduct. Faculty are not required to change the grade of students in academic misconduct cases; however, should a student appeal the faculty member’s grade and the hearing source subsequently absolve the student of the allegations of academic misconduct, the faculty member will reassess the student’s grade based upon the hearing source’s finding.

Students accused of academic misconduct have a right to due process. The due process procedure at Austin Peay State University is detailed in the Student Code of Conduct and, at a minimum, requires: 

  1. Notice to the student in writing of the conduct violation
  2. Notice to the student of the time, date, and place of the hearing allowing a reasonable time for preparation
  3. The right of a student to present his or her case
  4. The right of a student to be accompanied by an advisor
  5. The right of a student to call witnesses and to confront witnesses against the student
  6. The right to be advised of the method and time limitations for appeal

For specific instructions on filing an academic misconduct complaint, refer to APSU Policy 3:005 Student Academic and Classroom Misconduct.

Disruptive behavior in the classroom may be defined, but is not limited to, behavior  that obstructs or disrupts the learning environment (e.g., offensive language, harassment of students and professors, repeated outbursts from a student which disrupts the flow of instruction or prevents concentration on the subject being taught, failure to cooperate in maintaining classroom decorum, etc.), and the use of any electronic or other device which disturbs or interrupts the concentration of others (e.g., disturbing noises from tablets, cell phones, laptop computers, games, MP3 players, etc.).

If the faculty member feels that temporary exclusion from the classroom is necessary due to academic misconduct or disruptive behavior, a statement to that effect must be provided to the student. The appropriate complaint forms are available online through the Office of Student Affairs. Permanent exclusion can only be implemented through appropriate due process procedures and in consultation with the Office of Student Affairs. The Office of Student Affairs has also developed a Faculty Resource Guide for Disruptive Students, which can be found on the Student Affairs website, under the judicial affairs tab: https://www.apsu.edu/student-affairs/dean-of-students/student-conduct/judicial2.php Additionally, university personnel meet routinely as part of the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) to discuss students of concern. Should you have a student that exhibits behavior that you find disturbing or of concern, please contact the Dean of Students to assist with intervention efforts.

Class attendance and punctuality requirements are contracted between the faculty and the students through specific expectations for attendance and punctuality and specific consequences that are outlined by individual faculty members in the printed syllabus for each course. Students are expected to attend class regularly and on time and are responsible for giving explanations/rationale for absences and lateness directly to the faculty member for each course in which they are enrolled. In cases where student absences are the result of emergency circumstances (e.g., death in the family, a student's serious injury or incapacitating illness), and the student is unable to make immediate contact with faculty, the student may contact the Office of Student Affairs for assistance in providing such immediate notification to faculty. However, the student remains responsible for reporting and verifying the emergency circumstances to faculty and for discussing arrangements with faculty for completion of course work requirements. The Dean of Students frequently makes contact with faculty in emergency situations regarding student attendance.

All University offices will remain in operation and classes and regular services will continue despite adverse weather conditions that may affect transportation and utilities. The continuation of all essential activities is important to meeting the needs of our students, especially for the students that reside on campus. While emergency closings are rare, all University employees are required to report to work, even in times of inclement weather conditions, unless the University has officially announced a closure. In reaching a decision concerning the possibility of a delay or closing during the day, careful attention is given to the expected intensity and duration of the situation.

The University has several employees and students commuting from outside the Montgomery County area where weather conditions can be drastically different. With that in mind, it is up to individuals to use their own judgment for commuting to campus when the weather may be hazardous in the area in which they reside. However, unless the campus officially closes, employees will be required to take appropriate leave if they decide to not report to work or leave early due to weather or dangerous conditions that may prohibit travel in the area in which they reside. Pay decisions for employees who continue to work after closure or employees who reside and commute from outside Montgomery County will be communicated by the APSU director of human resources so that the practices are done in a consistent and fair manner.

For comprehensive information about weather related closings, please visit:

https://www.apsu.edu/police/emergency-alerts.php or https://www.apsu.edu/student-affairs/weather-related-closings-and-information


A delay in opening or a closing after an overnight storm will be announced by an alert posting at http://www.apsu.edu, through APSU Alert text messaging system, email and area radio and television stations. Multiple sources are used in the event of outages in extreme situations.

Only the Public Relations and Marketing Office personnel are authorized to post emergency messages about closures or schedule changes, after being notified by the president, the provost and vice president for academic affairs, the vice president for finance and administration or the campus police chief.

If a decision is made to close campus during the day (an early closure) the information will be disseminated using the same methods above.

The Austin Peay Center at Fort Campbell may be closed due to the Army post closing even though the Clarksville campus may continue a normal schedule. If Austin Peay’s Clarksville campus closes, then the APSU Center at Fort Campbell is closed as well.

Media outlets include: 

Television (Nashville/Clarksville)

  • Channel 2 (WKRN)
  • Channel 3 (WKAG)
  • Channel 4 (WSMV)
  • Channel 5 (WTVF)
  • Channel 17 (WZTV – FOX)

AM Radio

  • 1400 (WJZM)
  • 650 (WSM)
  • 1510 (WLAC)
  • 1370 (WJMR)
  • 540 (WDXN)
  • 1230 (WHOP)
  • 1480 (WHVO)
  • 1070 (WEKT)

FM Radio

  • 95.5 (WSM)
  • 98.7 (WHOP)
  • 89.3 (WNKJ)
  • 101.1 (WJZC)
  • 102.5 (WPRT)
  • 102.9 (WBUZ)
  • 105.9 (WNRQ)
  • 107.5 (WRVW)
  • 107.9 (WCVQ)

** Radio and television stations have limitations on the information that can be posted. For the most up-to-date information, check the website or your campus e-mail for detailed information. For immediate notification, sign up for APSU Alert at https://www.apsu.edu/student-affairs/weather-related-closings-and-information

AP Alert, powered by RAVE Mobile Safety, provides text messaging, e-mail messages, social media and other messaging forms to subscribers. AP Alert is the official messaging system used by the University for emergency communication.