Jul 19, 2024  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Programs of the University


Academic Support Services

Web Address: www.apsu.edu/asc/index.php

Academic Support begins when students are admitted to APSU and continues until the goal of graduation is met.

Academic Advising

Web Address: www.apsu.edu/asc/index.php

Deliberate and intentional academic advising at Austin Peay State University guides students in making responsible academic and career choices, setting goals, and developing education plans to realize those goals. Effective advising fosters critical thinking and informed decision making which supports meaningful living in a global society.

Freshman Advising. Academic advising is an element of academic support that begins at the time of initial enrollment at APSU through graduation. During the registration, orientation and welcome, undergraduate students meet with faculty to discuss career goals and to plan a schedule for their first semester. Students who have declared a major are assigned to permanent faculty advisors during their first semester. Students who are still deciding on a major will be assisted in choosing an Academic Focus and appropriate core courses by student succedss coordinators in the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Regular Academic Advising. Each semester students are expected to schedule an appointment with their assigned faculty advisor(s) for the purpose of discussing academic progress and planning a schedule for the following semester. The role of faculty advisors is to help students clarify goals, career options, courses of study, program requirements, and educational needs, and to identify University resources that support the academic goals. Faculty advisors regularly interact with their advisees in order to coordinate educational experiences and monitor student progress throughout the year. While, in the final analysis, academic choices rest with the student, faculty advisors assist students by helping them identify and assess the alternatives and the sequences of academic decisions.

Academic Support Center

Location: Marks Building
Phone: 931-221-6550
Web Address: www.apsu.edu/asc/index.php

Peer tutoring and Structured Learning Assistance are offered to currently enrolled students through the Academic Support Center. In addition, the University provides a small writing lab in the Center to assist students in improving their writing skills. Detailed information may be found on the website. Students may make appointments for tutoring either by personally visiting the center or by calling 931-221-6553.

Academic Alert

Website:  http://www.apsu.edu/asc/alert/index.php

Academic alert is the web-based system which faculty may use to warn students who are in academic jeopardy and in danger of failing in their classes. Students are referred to the office of Academic Support for consultation. Academic alerts for students living in campus housing will be submitted to the associate director of housing in addition to the Academic Alert Coordinator.

Structured Learning Assistance

Website:  https://www.apsu.edu/asc/sla/faq.php

Students who are required to enroll in enhanced sections of ENGL 1010 , MATH 1010   or MATH 1530  must participate also in Structured Learning Assistance (SLA) workshops two days a week. SLA student leaders who have demonstrated academic excellence conduct the workshops in computer laboratories in the Marks Building.

Office of Career Services

Web Address: www.apsu.edu/careers

The Office of Career Services is located in the Morgan University Center, Room 210. The office assists students in each stage of the career development process. Services include choosing a major, writing a resumé and/or cover letter, developing interviewing skills, searching for a job, and applying to graduate school. A variety of workshops are offered regularly, and full-and part-time jobs listings are posted daily. Visit the Office of Career Services website or call 931-221-4637 for more information.

Testing Center

Web Address:  www.apsu.edu/testing

The Testing Center is located in the Ellington Building, Room 207. The center offers a variety of tests, which includes: COMPASS, ACT-Residual, CLEP, DANTES, and MAT for correspondence courses taken through other universities. Testing information about PRAXIS, GRE, and the national ACT is available at the testing center. For more information or to schedule a testing session, call 931-221-6269.

First-Year Experience

The University recognizes there are many differences between high school and college. The significance of the first year of college in making a successful transition is addressed with the First-Year Experience.

Govs Row

Admitted students are invited to campus to meet with a faculty member for academic advising and to enroll in classes. Students are introduced to University expectations and services and campus resources.

New Student Orientation (All Freshmen)

This program is a 2 1/2 day program beginning with Freshman convocation which precedes the beginning of classes and begins with Freshman convocation. All freshmen are required to participate; transfer students must participate if they enter with fewer than 12 credit hours (university level) wish to do so. The focus of the activities is to teach students how to use the services available to them, to complete any testing requirements, and to complete other orientation activities that are a part of APSU 1000 . Normally the orientation will be held on Friday and Saturday before the first day of classes.

APSU 1000

APSU 1000  is an interdisciplinary course which provides students with a foundation for success.  Emphasis is placed on student engagement, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic planning.  This course is mandatory for students with less than 12 hours of academic transfer credit but recommended for all new students.

Distance Education

Location: McReynolds Bldg., 216
Phone: 931-221-6625
Email:  online@apsu.edu
Website: www.apsu.edu/online

Family obligations, work commitments, gas prices–there are countless reasons why online learning could be a smart option for you.  Whether you start your journey at Austin Peay State University online initially, take an assortment of online and on-ground courses or move to fully online over time, the department of Distance Education will be here to support you.

Distance Education enables the University to reach beyond the traditional campus classroom.  We are continually striving to improve the quality of our online courses while increasing the options available to you.  Our mission is to assist with the offering of high quality online programs through various services including the administration of Desire2Learn (D2L) and the D2L help desk, online resources, online proctoring service, and online student support as well as instructional technology, multimedia and course development assistance for faculty.

Austin Peay State University’s online courses offer an interactive approach to education combine with a user-friendly online platform.  Even if you have never taken an online class before, you will find our online format easy to learn, navigate, and manage!  Online students access D2L (https://elearn.apsu.edu) and interact with instructors and classmates online in an interactive, asynchronous format.  It is important to know that online courses are not self-paced; courses begin and end on specific dates and class work has assigned deadlines.  Advising, library services, student support, and other forms of student assistance are avilable to online students.

APSU participates in the TN eCampus partnership which provides comprehensive education programs and courses through a coordinated network of Tennessee Board of Regents colleges, universities, and colleges of applied technology.  Courses taken through the TN eCampus partnership are online and completely transferable among the participating institutions which are all fully accredited.  In order to graduate from APSU when participating in the TN eCampus partnership at least 25% of the courses taken within the degree for undergraduate students and one-third of the courses taken within the degree for graduate students must be taught by APSU faculty.  Students requesting enrollment in a TN eCampus course must meet with advisor.

Additional information about Distance Education and our services are available online at www.apsu.edu/online or by contacting the department directly at online@apsu.edu or 931-221-6625.

Student Services

English as a Second Language

Location: McReynolds Bldg., 202
Phone: 931-221-6270
E-mail: esl@apsu.edu
Website: www.apsu.edu/esl/index.php

The ESL Institute offers a diversified and intense program of instruction and study in English for international students who desire to raise their level of proficiency for the purpose of gaining admission to APSU or another university. Additionally, the Institute offers community members the opportunity to study English in order to prepare for professional careers, advanced education, and participation in the global community. Courses integrate multiple skills, such as reading, conversation, writing, grammar, vocabulary, and TOEFL exam preparation in a friendly and personal classroom setting.

Noncredit and Customized Training

Continuing Education
Location: McReynolds Bldg., 119
Phone: 931-221-7816
Website: www.apsu.edu/continuing-education/

Continuing Education provides noncredit classes, short courses, and seminars in both traditional classroom and convenient online formats. Courses include certificate programs, classes and seminars in personal and professional development, software use, foreign languages and culture, test preparation and visual arts. CompTIA® Microsoft® Certification, and Cisco certification preparation training for IT professionals is available online. Career development certificates in a variety of fields are also available online. In partnership with the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, the Center provides business-related seminars focused on the needs of small businesses. Customized contract training programs for businesses and other groups are also available. A schedule of noncredit classes is published twice a year. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are awarded for most courses. For more information, call 931-221-7816 or send us an email at continuinged@apsu.edu.

Tennessee Small Business Development Center

Location: McReynolds Bldg., 111
Phone: 931-221-1370
E-mail: tsbdc@apsu.edu
Website: www.tsbdc.org/apsu/

The Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) offers assistance to help business owners grow and develop successful, thriving businesses. The center assists business owners and managers by providing one-on-one counseling for management and technical business problems and issues such as business planning, sources of capital, marketing, record keeping, location analysis, and government procurement.

Grants and Sponsored Programs

(TRiO Student Support Services)

Location: Ellington Student Services
Building, 337
Phone: 931-221-6142
Website: www.apsu.edu/sss

The TRiO Student Support Services Program is designed to assist students whose parents did not attend or complete a four-year college and/or whose family income may hinder them from remaining in college. Currently enrolled students who are registered with Disability Services at APSU are also eligible. Students who meet one or all of these conditions are encouraged to apply for program participation. Students will develop an individualized plan of services with the program counselor, which may include the following benefits: orientation to the program, ongoing academic advisement and GPA monitoring, interaction with the Student Financial Aid Office, graduate and/or professional school advisement, career counseling, content area tutoring, small group workshops, personal counseling, and participation in cultural activities.

Funding by the U.S. Department of Education for TRiO Student Support Services at APSU is $244,735 or 100% for 2012-2013. The services are free and can accommodate 180 qualified students.

The federal TRiO programs were established in 1965 to provide postsecondary educational opportunities to the economically disadvantaged in the United States. The programs target students and adults whose annual income/parental income makes them eligible for grants and need-based assistance. TRiO programs also target potential first-generation college students. TRiO programs are funded by the federal government and based on college campuses nationwide. Austin Peay State University hosts four TRiO programs:

Tri-County Upward Bound
Location: McReynolds, 210
Phone: 931-221-6410

TRiO Student Support Services
Location: Ellington, 337
Phone: 931-221-6142

Educational Opportunity Center
Location: Ellington, 333
Phone: 931-221-7481

Office of Study Abroad and International Exchange

Office: Miller Hall, Room 223
Phone: 931-221-6851
Website: www.apsu.edu/study-abroad-exchange

The Office of Study Abroad and International Exchange prepares APSU students to be knowledgeable about the world, experienced with intercultural communication, and equipped with an international skill set necessary to support our future community needs in an increasingly global society. The Office of Study Abroad and International Exchange also serves incoming international students and scholars. The mission of Austin Peay State University’s Office of International Education is to support and engage all students with diverse global opportunities. APSU study abroad program coordinators are:

  • Antigua, Dr. Amy Thompson & Dr. Antonio Thompson
  • APSU Goes Global (PELP), Dr. Matthew Kenney
  • Argentina, Dr. Osvaldo Di Paolo Harrison & Dr. Katherine Honea
  • Austria, Dr. Norbert Puszkar
  • Belize, Dr. Sergei Markov
  • Cooperative Center for Study Abroad programs (CCSA), Dr. Mickey Wadia
  • France/Belgium, Dr. David Snyder
  • Galapagos Islands, Dr. Osvaldo Di Paolo Harrison & Dr. Katherine
  • Greece, Dr. Tim Winters
  • International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), Dr. Marissa Chandler
  • Italy, Professor Ken Shipley
  • Italy (Rome), Dr. Tamara smithers and Prof. Paul Collins
  • Japan, Dr. David Rands & Dr. David Major
  • Kyungpook National University Exchange Program (South Korea), Dr. Kathy Lee Heuston
  • Magellan Exchange, Dr. Marissa Chandler
  • Mid-Sweden Exchange Program (Sweden), Professor Tracy Nichols
  • National Changhua University Exchange Program (Taiwan), Dr. Chin-Zue Chen 
  • Quebec, Dr. Karen Sorenson & Dr. Christophe Konkobo
  • Taiwan/China, Dr. Chin-Zue Chen & Dr. Ling Wang
  • Poland, Dr. Steinberg
  • Russia, Dr. Sergei Markov
  • Spain, Dr. Miguel Ruiz
  • Spring Break Ireland, Dr. Christopher Wright.
  • Spring Break London (COMM), Professor Tracy Nichols
  • Spring Break London (ART), Dr. Jennifer Snyder
  • Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS), Dr. Marissa Chandler
  • Université d’Orléans Exchange program (France), Dr. Karen Sorenson & Dr. Christophe Konkobo
  • Université du Québec à Chicoutimi Exchange Program (Canada), Dr. Karen Sorenson & Dr. Christophe Konkobo
  • University of Klagenfurt Exchange Program (Austria), Dr. Norbert Puszkar
  • University of Pardubice Exchange Program (Czech Republic), Dr. Andriy Kovalskyy

APSU students can also benefit from international programs by participating in the Bridge Program. The Bridge Program is a peer-mentor group which consists of both international and domestic students enrolled at APSU. It is designed to help international students explore American culture and history while teaching First Friends (domestic students) about the culture and history of their countries.

Find out more about our programs, advising sessions, scholarships, and the experiences of student participants by visiting  www.apsu.edu/study-abroad-exchange

President’s Emerging Leaders Program (PELP)

Click here to view for more information.

Student Life

website: www.apsu.edu/student-life/

Whatever you choose to take on at Austin Peay, we’ll encourage you to push yourself and experience all this place has to offer, both in and outside the classroom. Growth and discovery here aren’t bound by academic buildings.

Our mission — and specifically the mission of the Office of Student Life and Engagement — is to connect these experiences for you in such a way that it creates a diverse, interactive, and responsive learning community.

Let’s make the most of it.

Wilber N. Daniel African American Cultural Center

website:  www.apsu.edu/aacc/index.php

The Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center is an important University entity dedicated to providing knowledge and programming about the historic and contemporary contributions, achievements, and social perspectives of African Americans and other people of African descent. The Center’s mission is intertwined with the University’s goals relative to the creation of a collaborative, integrative learning community that fosters critical thinking inquiry and self-reflection necessary in a global society. The primary purpose includes aiding in the retention of African American students, and educating and motivating all students to be highly aware and appreciative of the diverse cultures that define the contemporary world.

Through its provision of many student-centered and student-oriented programs, events, and special services, the Center plays a vital role in assisting African American students to incorporate in their educational and social aspirations a commitment to serve their communities; and that they are highly motivated to take their rightful place as professionals and other social leaders in American society, specifically, and in the global world, generally.

Fraternity and Sorority Affairs

website: www.apsu.edu/greek-life/

The social fraternities and sorority organizations are members of the National Pan-Hellenic Conference, the National Panhellenic Council or the North American Inter-Fraternity Conference. Campus chapters are members of representative governing bodies that promote leadership development, excellence in scholarship, community service, and positive inter-Greek relationships.

Social fraternities and sororities organizations are active participants in University programs, activities, and special events, and are well known and respected for their many volunteer, service, and fundraising contributions to the local community and national philanthropies. A high percentage of campus student leaders are members of sororities and fraternities at Austin Peay. Membership in social fraternities and sororities organizations is the result of a selection process known either as “Intake” or “Recruitment.”

Hispanic Cultural Center

website:  www.apsu.edu/student-life/hcc/

The Hispanic Cultural Center is an important University entity dedicated to providing knowledge and programming about the historic and contemporary contributions, achievements, and social perspectives of Latino and Hispanic Americans. The Center’s mission is intertwined with the University’s goals relative to the creation of a collaborative, integrative learning community that fosters critical inquiry and self-reflection necessary in a global society. The primary purpose includes aiding in the retention of Hispanic and Latino students, and educating and motivating all students to be highly aware and appreciative of the diverse cultures that define the contemporary world.

The Hispanic Cultural Center also serves as a place where Hispanic and Latino students can connect meaningfully with and take great pride in their heritage in a nurturing environment. Through its provision of many student-centered and student-oriented programs, events, and special services, the Center plays a vital role in assisting Hispanic and Latino students to incorporate in their educational and social aspirations a commitment to serve their communities; and that they are highly motivated to take their rightful place as professionals and other social leaders in American society, specifically, and in the global world, generally.

Intercollegiate Athletics

website:  www.letsgopeay.com/

Austin Peay State University competes at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I level in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Athletic Department sponsors men’s teams in football, basketball, baseball, golf, tennis, and cross country; and women’s teams in volleyball, basketball, tennis, cross country, softball, golf, indoor and outdoor track, and soccer.

National Alumni Association

website:  www.alumni.apsu.edu/s/1806/17/home.aspx?gid=2&pgid=61

The National Alumni Association of Austin Peay State University is an organization designed for the purpose of promoting the welfare of the University through the development of a program of mutually beneficial relations between the alma mater and its alumni. The association was founded in 1936 and became a national association in 1990. Its membership consists of graduates, former students, and friends of the University. It is governed by a Board of Directors elected from its membership. The mission of the organization is to serve the University by providing an association for interaction among alumni, students, faculty, and administrators; and to encourage financial support for the academic programs, student scholarships, and general development of the University, as well as provide assistance in the recruitment of new students.

The headquarters of the APSUNAA and the Alumni Relations Office is located in the Pace Alumni Center at Emerald Hill.

Student Government Association

website:  www.apsu.edu/sga/

The three branches of the Student Government Association consist of the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial bodies. The purpose of the Student Government Association is to be the voice of all students by connecting students to other students, faculty, staff, and administration in order to improve the quality of student life and strengthen the Austin Peay State University community.

The Executive Committee is comprised of the President, Vice President, Executive Secretary, and Chief Justice. The legislative power of the SGA is the Senate that consists of representation from each class and college. The Judicial branch is the Student Tribunal and serves as the highest student court. The Student Government Association is advised through the Office of the Student Affairs.

Student Organizations

website:  www.apsu.edu/student-life/organizations/

More than 100 honor, professional, departmental, social, service, and special interest groups are available to Austin Peay students. Information on these organizations and membership requirements are maintained in the Student Life and Leadership Office. Austin Peay State University registers student organizations through the Student Life and Leadership Office. The missions, activities, programs, and expressed opinions of such organizations do not necessarily represent the official viewpoint or opinion of the University.

The Govs Organization Council serves as a liaison between student organizations for the purpose of planning and implementing programs and events. The council enhances communication and cooperation within the APSU campus community by promoting unity among organizations.

Govs Programming Council

website:  http://www.apsu.edu/student-life/gpc/

The Govs Programming Council or “GPC” is the major student programming organization on campus. It is made up of committees that allow students to give input into the recreational, social, and co-educational programming. Students gain hands-on experience with the planning and implementation of campus-wide events. General membership in the GPC is open to any undergraduate APSU student, while executive members must meet a GPA requirement, as well as have experience with the organization as a general member.

Student Publications

The All State and The Monocle

The All State is the APSU student newspaper and is housed in the Office of Student Publications along with The Monocle Yearbook and the Student Handbook and Calendar. Since 1929, The All State has served as APSU’s campus newspaper. The All State is published weekly and is a publication for the expression of student opinion and a medium for dissemination of timely news relevant to the campus community. The Monocle continues the yearbook tradition first established at Austin Peay in 1946. The Monocle preserves memories of the year in hundreds of brilliant color photos and stories and recounts important events of the year. Both publications are produced and managed by students with the guidance of the Coordinator for Student Publications. The Office of Student Publications is in the Morgan University Center. Writing, photography, design, advertising and editing positions are open to qualified students of any major on The All State and The Monocle staffs. For more information, call (931) 221- 7376, e-mail theallstate@apsu.edu or themonocle@apsu.edu or stop by the Student Publications newsroom.

University Recreation

The vision of University Recreation is to provide the APSU community with opportunities to develop and enhance all aspects of wellness through quality recreational programs and services.

In January 2007, the Foy Fitness and Recreation Center opened, featuring a 3-court multipurpose gymnasium, indoor walking track, climbing wall, a cycling studio, modern fitness studios, and locker rooms. The Drew Simmons Fitness Center, now housed within the Foy Center, is a state-of-the-art fitness space with a full array of cardio, pin-selected and free weight equipment as well as other fitness accessories and tune-in televisions. In spring 2008 an outdoor swimming pool opened with lap lanes and ample lounging space was added, and in fall 2009, Blondie’s, a popular local eatery, began operations in the café offering gourmet coffee, smoothies, a variety of sandwiches, soups, and more.

We offer a variety of informal, educational, and competitive activities to meet and expand the interests of our constituents. We regularly facilitate fitness and nutrition workshops, organize intermural sports leagues and tournaments, and help students organize and operate sport clubs. Our group fitness schedule is exceptionally diverse, including dance, martial arts and general fitness classes for all abilities. Adventure recreation takes the opportunities off-campus to great state and regional locations, and Junior Govs Summer Camp keeps kids 5-12 busy all summer. Operating hours, facility reservation/rental information, personal training details, a full group fitness schedule, dates and times for specific events and other information can be found on our Website at www.apsu.edu/recreation, or call us at (931) 221-7564 for more information.

Participation in all activities is voluntary, and each individual assumes the associated risks. Participants are strongly urged to consult a physician prior to engaging in any activity, and health and medical insurance are strongly recommended as well.

Honors and Awards

website:  www.apsu.edu/governance/committees/honorsawds.php

Each year, the University recognizes outstanding students at Academic Honors Day and Awards Day ceremonies and at Commencement. Some of the awards presented are listed below.

Academic Honors and Awards Ceremony

This ceremony, produced by the Honors and Awards Committee, recognizes all students holding a 3.65 GPA for undergraduates fully enrolled (12 units or more in all classes except freshman, where a minimum of 16 units are required) and a 3.85 GPA for graduate students fully enrolled (eight hours or more). The student must be fully enrolled in the previous fall term and fully enrolled per the criteria for the current spring term. The student receives a certificate/instruction letter in the mail as well as an invitation is sent to the student(s) family. The student is given individual recognition and an “Honor Student” gift bag for their distinguished achievement. It is a yearly program given in the month of April. The ceremony also showcases recipients of departmental awards, senior student awards and outstanding faculty awards culminating in a reception.

Drane Award

The William McClure Drane Award is conferred upon an outstanding member of the graduating class chosen by the faculty of the University on the basis of character, scholarship, leadership, and service to the University. Preference is given to a student with four years of residence in the University. Miss Myrtle Drane and Mrs. Maud Drane Buckner established the award in 1950 in memory of their father, William McClure Drane, prominent citizen of Clarksville and patron of education.

Halbert Harvill Civitan Citizenship Award

The Halbert Harvill Civitan Citizenship Award is given to the member of the graduating class selected by the faculty for having made an outstanding contribution to good citizenship during his or her college career. The award is given to the student who has made the best use of his or her abilities and has worked unselfishly for the betterment of fellow students and the school community. It is not based on popularity, athletic prowess, or scholastic achievement.

Academic Discipline Awards


James D. Hamilton Award is given annually by Delta Tau Alpha Agriculture Honor Society to the most outstanding freshman Agriculture major as chosen by faculty in Agriculture.


Jennie H. Jordan Memorial Award recognizes academic excellence in a senior-level student that is a member of Beta Beta Beta National Honor Society for Biology. Traditionally, this award has been presented to the graduating member of Tri-Beta with the highest GPA. The Eta Pi Chapter of Tri-Beta will announce the recipient during the Student Awards Day Ceremony in the spring semester. The award is honorary, and no monetary award is made.

College of Business

The graduating senior with the highest achievement in the major field of business receives an award given by the Wall Street Journal.

Computer Science and Information Technology

Outstanding graduating seniors are chosen by the department’s faculty members from all areas of Computer Science and Information Technology.


The George M. Rawlins, Jr. Chemistry Award is granted to the member of the graduating class who has the highest GPA among chemistry majors. The winner of the George M. Rawlins, Jr. Chemistry Award receives a certificate from the chemistry department and his or her name engraved on the Chemistry Department plaque.

The Harvey Blanck Physical Chemistry Award

… honors Dr. Harvey Blanck for his more than 30 years of service to APSU as professor of physical chemistry and thus recognizes the outstanding physical chemistry student who has completed the one-year P-chem sequence. The award is a current edition of the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics.

Engineering Technology

The graduating senior with the highest achievement in the major field of engineering technology is elected by engineering technology students.


The Mathematics Award is given to the graduating senior voted most outstanding by the faculty in the major field of mathematics. This award is given by the Clarksville Kiwanis Club. The Award Trophy will be awarded to the best sophomore mathematics student voted most outstanding by faculty in the department.

Military Science

The Military Science Awards are given annually to outstanding cadets in the ROTC program by various organizations at the national, state, local, and University level.


The following awards are given to graduating seniors: Distinguished Senior Award by the Nursing Alumni Association, four awards by the faculty for Academic Excellence, Outstanding Senior Nursing Student, Nu Phi Student Achievement, and R.N.-B.S.N. Leadership.

Political Science

The John Burgess Award is given to the graduating senior with the highest grade point average.

Robert F. Sears Physics/Astronomy Award

Established in 1999 by family and friends of the late Dr. Robert Sears, a $500 award and commemorative plaque are presented to an outstanding student in physics or astronomy at the annual awards day ceremony. The recipient must closely identify with the legacy of Dr. Sears and be enthusiastically committed to a lifelong dedication to the sciences.


The W.E.B. Du Bois award is given to the graduating sociology major with the highest GPA.

Honor and Professional Organizations

The following organizations recognize and honor students for their academic achievements, leadership qualities, and service. Membership offers students the opportunity to associate and interact with others who have similar goals and interests. Go to www.apsu.edu/sll for a complete list of recognized groups and organization information.

Professional Organizations

  • Alpha Kappa Psi (Business)
  • APSU Philosophy Club
  • APSU Society for Technical Communication (STC)
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • Beta Beta Beta – Tri Beta (Biological Sciences)
  • Chi Epsilon Mu (Chemistry)
  • Collegiate Music Educators National Conference
  • Del Square Psi (Physics)
  • Eta Sigma Phi (Classics)
  • Galois Math Club
  • Geo Club
  • Health and Human Performance Club
  • History Club
  • Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)
  • Lamdba Tau (Medical Technology)
  • National Art Education Association
  • National Broadcast Society
  • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Music – Males)
  • Pi Sigma Alpha
  • Pre Law Society
  • Psychology Club
  • Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)
  • Sigma Alpha Iota (Music – Females)
  • Social Work Club
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Sociology Club
  • Student Art League
  • Student Tennessee Education Association
  • Wildlife Society

Honor Societies

  • Alpha Lambda Delta (Freshmen)
  • Alpha Psi Omega
  • Beta Iota Gamma
  • Gamma Beta Phi (top 20% of class)
  • Kappa Delta Pi (Education)
  • Lambda Nu (Radiological Sciences)
  • Laurel Wreath
  • Omicron Delta Kappa (Leadership)
  • Order of Omega (General Leadership)
  • Phi Alpha (Social Work)
  • Phi Alpha Theta (History)
  • Phi Kappa Phi (Interdisciplinary)
  • Psi Chi (Psychology)
  • Sigma Delta Pi – Pi Nu (Spanish)
  • Sigma Tau Delta (English and Literature)
  • Sigma Theta Tau (Nursing)
  • Tau Sigma National Honor Society (Transfer Students)

Student Right to Know

Code of Student Conduct

APSU students are citizens of the local community, state, nation, and academic community.

They are, therefore, expected to conduct themselves as such at all times. Admission to the University carries with it special privileges and imposes special responsibilities apart from those rights and duties enjoyed by non-students. In recognition of the special relationship that exists between the institution and the academic community which it seeks to serve, the Governing Board of Trustees to take such action as may be necessary to maintain campus conditions and preserve the integrity and educational environment of the institutions.

Pursuant to this authorization and in fulfillment of its duty to provide a secure and stimulating atmosphere in which individual and academic pursuits may flourish, the University has developed the Code of Student Conduct, APSU Policy 3:013, contained in the STUDENT HANDBOOK, which is intended to govern student conduct at Austin Peay State University.

In addition, students are subject to all national, state, and local laws and ordinances. 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.

Conversely, violation of any section of the Code of Student Conduct may subject a student to disciplinary measures by the institution whether or not such conduct is simultaneously in violation of state, local, or national laws.

Generally, through appropriate due process procedures, institutional disciplinary measures shall be imposed for conduct which adversely affects the University’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 University or University-controlled property. In addition, disciplinary action may be taken on the basis of any conduct, on or off campus, which violates University policies for Student Organizations or poses a substantial threat to persons or property within the University Community.

When students are unable to pursue their academic work effectively, when their behavior is disruptive to the normal educational process of the University or is detrimental to themselves or others, due to drug and/or psychological disturbance, they may voluntarily withdraw, or be temporarily suspended from the University.

The University Academic and Non-Academic Grievance Policies are designed to afford students a due process opportunity for expressing their complaints. These policies are published in the STUDENT HANDBOOK.

University Rights

The University shall have such rights and responsibilities as are necessary and desirable for the University to achieve its purposes. The Board of Trustees specifically confirms the following rights of the University:

  1.  To establish regulations concerning the use and abuse of University property and to assess students with claims of damage for such abuse;
  2. To withhold grades and transcripts of credit until all claims have been paid;
  3. To dismiss, in the absence of specific regulations, any student, at any time, for cause deemed by the University to be in the best interest of the student’s emotional or physical safety or the well-being of the University community;
  4. To establish standards of dress, manners, and conduct on the campus within the range of convention and good taste;
  5. To establish traffic regulations on campus, provide for registration of all vehicles using the campus, and enforce such regulations as are established. Automobile Restrictions: All cars to be parked on campus must be registered with the Office of Public Safety/campus police;
  6. To control and regulate the housing of students on campus;
  7. To establish or institute honor systems and ethical practice codes;
  8. To supervise the scheduling of meetings, events, and activities of student organizations; and
  9. To enter, inspect, and search for contraband, stolen articles, and such in the room of any student in University-owned housing facilities, when probable cause is established.

The list is not intended to be all-inclusive and in no way limits the rights, responsibilities, and authority which the University now has. It is simply a reiteration of some of the rights, responsibilities, and authority which have been and are now vested in it.

Confidentiality of Student Records

It is the policy of the Austin Peay State University Board of Trustees and Austin Peay State University to comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) also known as the “Buckley Amendment” and, in so doing, to protect the confidentiality of personally identifiable educational records of students and former students. The student has the right to access, to request amendment, and to file a complaint concerning his/her education records in accordance with APSU Policy 3:024. Appointments to review education records are scheduled through the Office of the Registrar at least 72 hours in advance.

If the student is indebted to the University, a copy of the education records will not be made. Except as provided by the policy, the University may disclose directory information to any person requesting it without consent of the student. Directory information includes the student’s name, permanent address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, enrollment status, degrees and awards received, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student. The University provides each student the opportunity to refuse to allow disclosure of designated directory information through the Offices of the Registrar, Ellington Building, Room 303 and the AP Center at Fort Campbell Information Window. The student may execute this at anytime and will be notified of their FERPA rights at the beginning of each academic year. The student has the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC, 20202-4605.

Annually, students are informed of their rights through APSU email account and the STUDENT HANDBOOK. A complete copy of the policy shall be made available upon request at the Office of the Registrar (free of charge) and the University library (at a nominal per-sheet charge).

Student Right to Know Act

Statistics for all crimes are publicized and distributed to employees and students on an annual basis, in the time frames required by Federal/State law, and are available to applicants for enrollment or employment upon request from the Office of Public Safety. The graduation rate is 35.6 percent. For information on the law and University policy and statistics, contact the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness at 931-221-6184.

Drug-Free Schools and Communities Amendments Act

All currently enrolled students are required to read the University’s Drug-Free Schools and Communities Amendments Act Statement. This statement outlines policy, legal sanctions (federal, state, and University), health risks, and assistance programs related to the use of alcohol and/or other drugs on the Austin Peay State University campus. The statement is in the STUDENT HANDBOOK.

Smoking and Clean Air

All smoking is prohibited on the APSU campus, except in designated campus parking lots (APSU Policy No. 3:032). APSU promotes an environment free from tobacco smoke in buildings and vehicles where students, faculty, and staff are working, conducting seminars, research, discussions, etc. Regardless of whether classes are in session, this policy prohibits smoking 24 hours-a-day year-round. Those choosing to use smoke-free tobacco products may do so 30 feet from each building entrance and exit. (See STUDENT HANDBOOK.)

University Liability

Austin Peay State University’s liability for personal property damages is governed by the Tennessee Claims Commission Act, T.C.A § -8-307 et seq. The University is responsible for actual damages of up to $300,000 per claimant and $1,000,000 per occurrence caused by the negligent acts or omissions of its employees falling within certain statutorily defined categories.  Employees of Austin Peay State University are personally immune from liability for state law claims for money damages unless their actions are willful, malicious, criminal, or for personal gain.  Claims for damages may be initiated against the University by giving written notice to the Division of Claims Administation, Tennessee Department of Treasury, http://treasury.tn.gov/ClaimsAdmin/Tort.html

Purpose of the University Bulletin

The course offerings and requirements of the institution are continually under examination and revision. This Bulletin presents the offerings and requirements in effect at the time of publication, but does not guarantee that they will not be changed or revoked. Indeed, we are sure that students desire that the University continue its efforts to strengthen and improve its programs. Changes are always made with that intent. However, adequate and reasonable notice will be given to students affected by any changes. This Bulletin is not worded in contractual terms and does not constitute a contract between the student and the institution. The institution reserves the right to make changes as required in course offerings, curricula, programs of study, academic policies, and other rules and regulations affecting students, to be effective whenever determined by the institution. These changes will govern current and formerly enrolled students, and enrollment of all students is subject to these conditions. Current information is available from the following sources:

Admission Requirements Office of Admissions
Course Offerings Department Offering Courses
Degree Requirements Office of the Registrar
Fees and Tuition Student Account Services & Cashier’s Office

Austin Peay State University provides the opportunity for students to increase their knowledge by providing programs of instruction in various disciplines by faculty who, in the opinion of the University, are trained and qualified for teaching at the college level. However, the acquisition of knowledge by any student is contingent upon the student’s desire to learn and his or her application of appropriate study techniques to any course or program. Thus, Austin Peay State University must necessarily limit representation of student preparedness in any field of study to that competency demonstrated at that specific point in time at which appropriate academic mea-surements were taken to certify course or program completion. The instruction, of course, cannot warrant that any student who completes a course or program of study will necessarily acquire skills or knowledge, or will be able to successfully pass any specific examination for course, degree, or license.

The University provides opportunities for learning and encourages learning; it is only the student who can do the learning.

Student Services

Web Address: www.apsu.edu/student_affairs/; www.apsu.edu/records/

AP OneStop

Students may apply, register, pay fees, obtain grades, order student transcripts, and obtain information on admissions, financial aid, veteran services, housing, and testing by accessing AP OneStop at http://onestop.apsu.edu/.

Book and Supply Store

Website: www.neebo.com/austin-peay-state-university

The APSU Book and Supply Store provides the books and materials needed as part of the educational process for students. Items available include textbooks (new and used), supplies such as notebooks and folders, APSU gift items (sweatshirts, T-shirts, baseball caps, class rings and various APSU logo items), and graduation regalia. The Book and Supply Store is located in the Catherine Evans Harvill Building and can be reached at 931-221-7655.

Child Learning Center

The Child Learning Center (CLC), a department of the Division of Student Affairs, serves children ages 2 1/2 to 5 years in the preschool program. The Child Learning Center is the recipient of the National Association for the Education of Young Children accreditation. Children of APSU students, staff, and faculty, as well as alumni and members of the community who meet the age requirements are eligible to attend. The Child Learning Center is located in the Sexton Building on Eighth Street, an easily accessible part of the campus. The trained and caring staff takes pride in the facility and in the developmentally appropriate curriculum. Call 931-221-6234, Monday through Friday, during regular business hours for more information.

Health Services

The University provides health services guided by standards set by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and American College Health Association. The A.R. Boyd Health Services, located in Ellington Building, room 104, is an outpatient clinic on the campus, with either a Board Certified Family Practice Physician or Board Certified Family/Adult Nurse Practitioner on site. Services are provided for APSU students, staff, and faculty. Students are assessed a health service fee each semester enrolled. Staff and faculty seeking services through the clinic are required to pay a visit co-pay. Minor illnesses may be treated in the clinic without additional expense except for medications, certain procedures/exams, and laboratory tests. Major illnesses are referred to the patient’s family doctor or to the staff of consultants and specialists at Clarksville Gateway Hospital, an institution approved by the American Hospital Association. Medical care or related services obtained off campus is at the patient’s expense. Services available at Boyd Health Services include visits with medical staff for illness and/or injury, gynecology and family planning services, well-patient physical examinations, allergy injections, immunizations and tuberculin testing, laboratory and phlebotomy services, and health education.

No medical services will be provided until a medical history is completed, signed, and filed. In addition to this initial record, the University and Boyd Health Services reserves the right to require additional examinations and/or immunizations during any time the student is enrolled at the University.

Service may be denied to patients who are noncompliant with the recommended treatment plan or whose illness is outside the scope of clinic services.

Student Counseling Services

The office of Student Counseling Services is located in ARD Building. Services are provided to promote student learning through cultural, emotional, social, intellectual, and spiritual development. Personal counseling sessions may be scheduled for a variety of issues which include adjustment to college, marriage preparation, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, stress management, low self-esteem, alcohol and drug abuse, grief, and sexuality. The primary counseling staff is made up of licensed professionals. Services are provided to students at no additional cost. Students may call 931-221-6162 for an appointment.

Govs ID Card

The Govs Card is the official identification card for every student, faculty, and staff member at APSU. It offers a convenient, easy, and safe way to make purchases and utilize campus services. The card can also be used as a library card, meal plan card, meal money (Gov Bucks), admittance to athletic events and other campus activities, access to residence halls and the student recreation center, in vending machines, and as a U.S. Bank ATM/Debit Card. Information about the Govs ID Card is available at the Morgan University Center Information Desk, or by calling 931-221-6617.

Sickness and Accident Insurance

The Tennessee Board of Regents has contracted to provide, on a voluntary basis, sickness and accident insurance. The plan, including hospital and accident benefits, is available to full-time and part-time students and their family members at a reasonable cost. Students may obtain more information about this plan at Boyd Health Services in Ellington Student Services Building or at Student Affairs in the University Center, Room 206. Students are strongly encouraged to have comprehensive health insurance during their time of enrollment at the University.

Students with Disabilities

APSU welcomes students with disabilities and is committed to meeting their needs. Major renovations in the form of ramps and elevators have been made to classroom buildings, the library, and administrative buildings. Some specially adapted housing units are available for students with curb cuts, ramps, etc. Parking for students with disabilities is provided at strategic locations throughout the campus. APSU’s commitment to and concern for students with disabilities is further evidenced by a permanent committee designated as the Accessibility Committee, whose objectives are to:

  1. Develop policies related to the services and activities on campus for students, faculty, and staff with disabilities;
  2. Monitor questions relative to procedures and access; and
  3. Make recommendations directly to the President.

This committee, in addition to other University personnel, works closely with state agencies which have programs to help students overcome difficulties they may encounter on campus as a result of their disabilities. Students with ambulatory disabilities are encouraged to visit the campus prior to enrollment and assess the physical environment for accessibility. Potential or currently enrolled students with disabilities are required to provide current documentation to substantiate a need for appropriate accommodations. For more information, students should contact the Office of Disability Services at 931-221-6230 Voice or 931-221-6278 TTY.

Public Safety – Campus Police

The APSU Campus Police station is open and staffed 24 hours a day, and is located in the Shasteen Building. Officers patrol the campus by automobile, electronic chariots, and on foot. The cadre of police officers attends a state police academy and are otherwise certified and trained to state standards.

The jurisdictional area extends to all facilities owned, operated, and leased by the Board of Trustees, as well as public roads and right-of-ways contiguous to that property. They are armed and empowered with the same arrest authority as city and county officers. Campus officers work closely with local and state police and emergency officials, and share a common radio network. Police officers are augmented on campus by security officers and by the Student Patrol, which assist in parking and traffic control and in security during special events, and provide a security escort service for students during evening hours. Other crime prevention programs run throughout the year, including crime prevention briefings and a program for recording and engraving serial numbers on valuable items of property. Public Safety is also responsible for coordinating homeland security efforts and APSU’s Emergency Preparedness Plan. For more information, contact Campus Police at 931-221-7786. For emergencies, dial 4911.

Traffic and Parking Regulations

Students who desire to park and/or drive vehicles on the APSU campus are required to register with the Office of Public Safety in the Shasteen Building. All vehicles must display a proper parking decal and must be operated in accordance with state laws and University Traffic and Parking Regulations, distributed by the Office of Public Safety.

University Center

The Morgan University Center is the center of campus life at Austin Peay. The Center is the home to the University’s food service operations, featuring the cafeteria and food court. In addition, the following offices are located in the facility: Student Affairs, University Facilities, Student Life and Leadership, Career and Advisement Center, Disability Services, Career Services, Student Publications (The All State student newspaper), and the Student Government Association. Besides the offices listed, the Morgan University Center includes a coffee shop and meeting rooms. In the Morgan University Center you will find regular events and programs scheduled throughout the day, as well as a location to relax and refresh from your academic studies.

University Housing

Web Address: www.apsu.edu/housing/

The University believes that life in campus housing provides students with an essential part of the educational experience. Living in a residence hall/apartment affords students opportunities for involvement in learning communities, campus activities, shared responsibilities and community experiences. Since the majority of students’ study and involvement patterns are formed early, the University requires that all full-time single freshmen students under 21 years of age, not residing with their parents or legal guardians, must reside in University housing and participate in a University meal plan while in University housing.

The University has accommodations for approximately 1,500 students. Single students are housed in residence halls, generally two to a room, or Meacham Apartments and Hand Village, four to an apartment, under the supervision of professional and student staff. Also available are Honors housing in both Harvill Hall and Blount Hall, as well as designated learning communities for first-time freshmen. Learning-living communities are located in buildings 300 and 400 of Hand Village. Rooms in Harvill Hall and Blount Hall are available to all classifications with a 3.0 GPA or higher. Incoming freshmen must have a minimum ACT score of 21 on file with the University to qualify for reservation in Harvill Hall and Blount Hall.

All resident students must provide their own bed linens, towels, and other personal accessories. Students are responsible for the care and cleaning of their rooms. Laundry facilities are available in all residence halls/apartments. Internet, cable, and in-house movie/information channel are provided. All residences are smoke free. (One, two, and three bedroom apartments are available for married students, single parents with dependent children, or single students age 23 or older with no dependents.)

Application for University Housing should be made online at www.apsu.edu/housing. Housing contracts are for the full academic year (fall and spring semesters) and renewed annually. Please refer to Housing Licensing Agreement for fee adjustment policies and deadlines.