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Community Care and Standards

Welcome to Austin Peay State University! The Division of Student Affairs is excited that you have joined our university family and look forward to working with you to make the most of your collegiate experience. We encourage you to get involved on campus and truly make a difference. In collaboration with student leaders, the Division of Student Affairs aims to enrich the lives of students through meaningful engagement in student organizations, service learning, campus activities, community and civic engagement, recreation, and leadership development.

Our office seeks to facilitate the integration of the academic experience of students with all aspects of the university’s student life. We encourage interactions among other students, faculty, and staff to promote a campus climate which supports your academic success and your personal and professional development. Our office is also committed to a vision of diversity and inclusion that fosters the academic and personal growth of all students.

We also serve as an advocate for student concerns and respond to emergency and crisis situations should they arise. Don’t hesitate to contact my office for assistance. Our top priority is to enrich your experience as a student at Austin Peay State University. I’m sure that you will see why we think this is a special place!



 Resources for Students

Austin Peay State University’s fundamental purpose is to produce educated men and women equipped to use their abilities productively and wisely. The curricula and extra-curricular activities of the University are routes to intellectual maturity and means to the development of ideas, insights, values and competencies which form a permanent, personal capacity for thought and action. The University strives to provide an environment for students to construct their own education and to acquire the means of making self-education the rewarding enterprise of a lifetime, enabling them to become effective agents of social change. An environment free of the illegal or abusive use of alcohol or other drugs by members of the academic community encourages this educational development. Therefore, Austin Peay State University is committed to having a campus that is free of alcohol and other drug use.

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Austin Peay State University encourages any member of the APSU community who has experienced sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking or knows of another member of the community who has experienced sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking to report the incident to the University.

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Students should be aware that, should they have concerns or complaints about their program or their financial aid, this institution has a complaint procedure. (See Academic and Non-Academic Grievance Procedure contained herein.) To the extent possible, students should seek a resolution of such matters through the institution’s complaint procedure before involving others. Under Tennessee’s open records law, all or parts of complaints will generally be available for review upon request from a member of the public. Complaints of fraud, waste or abuse may be made by calling the Tennessee Comptroller’s Hotline for Fraud, Waste and Abuse at 1-800-232-5454. Students or prospective students who which to file a complaint related to accreditation may contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The Commission is to be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support an institution's significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.

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For information about the procedures used at APSU in processing complaints about student violations of APSU Regulations (the “Code of Student Conduct”), student rights and responsibilities, and University policies and guidelines, see the following resources. The Code of Student Conduct is presented in sections in the Student Handbook.

The Code of Student Conduct should be read in it's entirety.

Please note: The information contained herein was the most up to date at the time of publication and is subject to change. Failure to read the Code and the contents of the Student Handbook does not exempt students from following regulations, requirements, procedures and policies described herein.

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“Austin Peay State University strives to promote values and attitudes that are reflective of solid academic character and integrity.” All students are expected to complete their own work and conduct research and author assignments independently of others (unless specifically authorized to work together by your respective faculty). 

Academic integrity is the cornerstone of your educational experience. “When students participate in behavior that is considered academic misconduct, the scholarly value of their education is diminished.” 

Academic misconduct is defined as the following:
  • Plagiarism: The adoption or reproduction of ideas, words, statements, images or works of another person as one’s own without proper attribution.
  • 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.
  • Fabrication: Unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise. 
  • Facilitation or Collusion: Assisting or attempting to assist another to violate a provision of the institution’s student code of conduct regarding academic misconduct. 

For more information, visit the Academic Honesty & Integrity section of the website.

The APSU Student Handbook is available online. A PDF version is available for download.


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  • Numerical Index of Policies
  • Policy Administration

    Click on the Numerical Index of Policies (above) to view the following policies
  • Governance, Organization, and General Policies (1:001 - 1:027)
  • Academic Policies (2:001 - 2:065) 
  • Student Policies (3:001 - 3:007)
  • Business and Finance Policies (4:001 - 4:042)
  • Personnel Policies (5:001 - 5:044)
  • Nondiscrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policies (6:001 - 6:002)
  • Advancement and Communications Policies (7:001 - 7:011)
  • Athletic Policies (8:002 - 8:003)
  • University Policy Committee