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2012-2013 Catalog 
    
2012-2013 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

APU Student Handbook


2012-2013 Student Handbook, Dean of Students Office

This guide contains information about some of the resources available to APU students, as well as a listing of non-academic policies. The Dean of Students’ office, the Campus Life office, and the Associated Students of Alaska Pacific University (ASAPU) develop this publication. These policies and procedures provide the framework for much of student life at APU.  

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WELCOME
ACADEMICS
  • Academic Dean’s Office                                                           
  • Academic Support Center                                             
  • Graduation                                                                   
  • Transcripts                                                                   
RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS
INVOLVEMENT           
  • Alumni                                                                         
  • Associated Students of Alaska Pacific University                      
  • Clubs and Organizations                                                           
  • Campus Ministry                                                                      
  • Eco League Exchange Program                                                
  • Leadership Awards Program                                         
  • Visions and Ideas Program                                           
SERVICES AND OFFICES
  • Banking                                                                                   
  • Campus Safety                                                            
  • Campus Store                                                              
  • Career Services                                                            
  • Dean of Students Office                                                           
  • Dining on Campus                                                        
  • Disability Support Services                                           
  • Housing on Campus                                                     
  • International Student Services                                       
  • Library                                                                         
  • Mailroom                                                                     
  • Outdoor Programs                                                       
  • Recreation Programs and Facilities                               
  • Recycling                                                                     
  • Registration                                                                 
  • Student Activities                                                         
  • Student Financial Services and Financial Aid                             
  • Student Identification Cards                              
  • Technology at APU                                                      
POLICIES AND INFORMATION
  • Access and Release of Student Information/Records                                                                  
  • Alcohol                                                                        
  • Dogs on Campus                                                         
  • Equal Opportunity                                                        
  • Harassment and Discrimination 
  • Title IX                                   
  • Internet Communications                                                           
  • Marijuana
  • Parking                                                                        
  • Rights and Responsibilities of Students
  • Smoking                                                                      
  • Speaker Policy for Off-Campus or Outside Speakers     
  • Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act                       
  • Weapons Free Campus                                                            
BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS
CAMPUS PHONE DIRECTORY

Mission Statement

Alaska Pacific University is an intentionally small, private, independent university devoted to innovative teaching and learning, where students receive personal attention in small classes and acquire leadership capabilities, moral character, and self-direction through active learning. To achieve these educational goals Alaska Pacific University:

  • Nurtures spiritual and moral values consistent with the university’s Christian heritage while respecting the religious convictions of all;
  • Emphasizes personal growth through student-centered, experiential education using Alaska, the Arctic, and the Pacific Rim as laboratories for learning;
  • Develops leadership for active service to society by encouraging openness to positive change, environmental awareness, innovation, and individual initiative;
  • Promotes international and multicultural education while welcoming learners of all ages: from Alaska, with a special commitment to Alaska Natives; from other states of the United States; and from the international community;
  • Maintains academic excellence by combining the breadth, integrative understanding, and critical thinking of the liberal arts with practice and focused knowledge for professional careers.

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A Welcome from the Dean of Students

This is an amazing University community. APU graduates climb towering mountains in central Asia and they manage caribou herds in wild areas of western Alaska. A few paddle tiny rafts through vast wilderness areas of remote national parks. Other graduates manage Native corporations, organize international non-profit companies, and they provide counseling services in a dozen different agencies throughout Alaska. Some teach or write or create works of art or research the implications of climate change while contributing to their communities throughout the world. Most care deeply about the environment. You are joining a learning community that profoundly shapes many of our students and sends them venturing into the world to do great work.

Anonymity is not easily possible at Alaska Pacific University.   This small university provides educational experiences where your professors and staff not only know your first name, we often know the name of your best friend, parent, and high school mentor. Alaska Pacific University has a highly personal environment where you matter more as a person than as an extension of your student identification number. You will emerge from APU with a rich network of relationships that will help you meet your goals after college. The faculty and staff are deeply dedicated to providing our students with the best education in the world. 

This Handbook describes some of the ways you can be involved and make APU a terrific place to learn and grow. The expectations of the community are expressed here as well. If you have a great idea that would make this place even more powerful, APU staff are open to your suggestions on how to make student experiences even more enriching. Come by my office in Atwood Center at any point to discuss your ideas, express your concerns, or find new ways of being involved. 

Kelly O’Brian Smith, Dean of Students
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A Welcome from the ASAPU President

 

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Academics

ACADEMIC DEAN’S OFFICE
564-8261

Each student is assigned an academic advisor during orientation. This assignment is based on a student’s area of study, special needs, interests, and personal preference. If you do not have an advisor, check with the Department Chair in your field of study or the Academic Dean’s Office if you are undecided.

Your academic advisor is a great source of information about course selection, graduation requirements, academic progress, study skills and how to succeed at APU. All students meet with their advisors during fall orientation to plan their fall schedule and regularly during the semester as needed. Graduate students are advised by their graduate program director. A change of advisor form is available from the Registrar’s Office or through APU’s Intranet.
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ACADEMIC SUPPORT CENTER (ASC)
564-8280

The purpose of the ASC is to provide APU students, faculty, and staff with the tools and resources necessary to promote student success. The ASC offers the following areas of service:

Computer Labs
Atwood ASC open lab (2nd floor Atwood Center): An open lab during ASC hours with 18 Windows and 4 Macintosh computers. In addition to the standard installation of Microsoft Office software the lab includes Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Acrobat Standard, JMP, and SPSS. A limited number of the computer have ArcGIS software installed. Scanners and copiers are available for student use. See below for printing services. ASC hours of operation are available on the Community page of My APU.

Carr Gottstein (room 228) “Mac Lab”: This lab includes 11 Macintosh and 2 Windows XP computers used by two or three classes during the semester. In addition to the standard installation of Microsoft Office software the lab includes; Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Acrobat Standard and JMP. Although this is a regular classroom it is also available for supervised student use when not occupied by other classes. Contact your class instructor to coordinate supervised access.

Grant Hall (room 308) GIS Lab: This lab has 18 Windows computers. In addition to the standard installation of Microsoft Office software the lab includes; ARCGIS software and limited copies of other advanced scientific software. It is used for classes and occasional training sessions but serves as an open lab for student use the remainder of the time. A schedule of availability is posted in the lab. Scanners and a variety of printing options are available for students.

Grant Hall (room 300) CHEM Lab: Located in the Chemistry classroom, this lab has 10 Windows computers. ARCGIS software is available in this lab on a limited number of computers. Although it is a regular classroom it is also available for student use when not occupied by other classes. Contact your class instructor to coordinate supervised access.

Grant Hall (room 301) BIO Lab: Located in the Biology classroom, this lab has 6 Windows computers. Although it is a regular classroom it is also available for student use when not occupied by other classes. Contact your class instructor to coordinate supervised access.

Printing
Printers are available for printing student assignments. The ASC has color and black/white printers for printing student class assignments. Students may print one copy of the assignment for the professor and one copy for themselves using a color printer. Any additional printing using color printers (including student activity notices)has to be cleared through the IT Department. For questions regarding printing or to report printer problems, please contact a lab aide or call the IT Helpdesk at 564-8350.

Media Services
The ASC has audio/visual equipment for on-campus use by faculty and staff.  Audio/visual equipment includes Document Cameras, Overhead projectors, TV/VCR/DVD/BlueRay combinations, Digital camcorders, Laptop/LCD projectors, and Kodak Slide projectors. Students who need AV equipment for a classroom presentation should have the professor of the class schedule it with the ASC.

Classroom Technology
Classrooms are equipped with a computer and projector for classroom presentations.

Writing Center
564-8291
The Writing Center tutors use the Academic Support Center in Atwood Hall for writing assistance. The Writing Center is staffed between 15 and 20 hours per week with a tutor who can assist with writing form, structure, and content.  Online writing tutorials are also available online. Hours of operation are found on the Academics page of My APU. Contact the Liberal Studies department for more information.

Math Tutors
564-8207
Math tutors use the Academic Support Center in Atwood Hall. Math Tutors are available approximately 12 hours per week to assist with math lessons. Contact the Environmental Sciences Department for more information.

Distance Education Support Center
The Distance Education Support Center serves as a location to monitor APU’s distance delivered classes. It also serves as a faculty training area and as a lab for teachers to evaluate and experiment with new aspects of educational technology.
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Graduation
Registrar’s Office: 564-8210

To be eligible for graduation, a graduating student must submit an Application for Graduation (with a $50 fee) to the Registrar’s Office. Deadlines are July 1st for Fall graduation; November 1st for Spring graduation; March 1st for Summer graduation. For academic recognition, semester honors, and academic grading policies, please refer to the Policy Section of the Academic Catalog.
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Transcripts
Registrar’s Office: 564-8210

The Registrar’s Office provides students with copies of official and unofficial transcripts of all course work taken at APU. To obtain information on transcripts call 564-8210, stop by the Registrar’s Office in Grant Hall, or visit the Registrar’s Office site on the Intranet.

Transcript Fees: 
Official copy: $5 each
Unofficial copy: $2 each
Expedited copy: $10 for the first copy                                      
Transcript Evaluation Fee: $10 (if separate from Admissions process)
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 Resources for Students

Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Dean of Students Office: 564-8287

APU recognizes that alcohol and illegal drug dependence create serious health and public safety issues. The abuse of alcohol often contributes to incidents of violence, vehicle collisions, acquaintance rape, vandalism, and risky behaviors that can lead to accidental injury and death. In recognition of these issues and in support of federal, state and local laws, the APU policy governing alcohol and illegal drugs is located within this handbook.

Community Resources for Drug and Alcohol Abuse:

Poison Control (800) 222-1222
STAR Rape Crises Line (907) 276-7273
Alcoholic Anonymous (907) 272-2312
Narcotics Anonymous (907) 277-5483
Adult Children of Alcoholics (907) 276-6646
Alaska Human Services (907) 561-4535
North Star Behavorial Health System (907) 258-7575
Salvation Army, Clitheroe Center (907) 276-2898
Starting Point (907) 562-6116

Throughout the academic year, student clubs and offices sponsor workshops and seminars to educate students on the latest information on substance abuse. On-campus referral services and counseling are available through the Dean of Students Office (564-8287) or the APU Counseling and Wellness Center (564-8232) in Atwood Center.
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Counseling and Wellness Center
564-8232/564-8345

The Counseling and Wellness Center, in the Atwood Center, is a place where you can go to find someone to talk with no matter if your issue concerns a silly disagreement with a friend or something more deeply troubling. School, relationships, work, family, and daily life concerns, all the way to the most major issues of your life are appropriate for counseling. The Counseling and Wellness Center can also provide referrals to outside resources.

The service is free for any member of APU’s student body, faculty, staff and their families. All services offered through the Center, from individual to couples to family counseling are confidential. Sessions are arranged with APU graduate students in the MS Counseling Psychology program who are completing their supervised training or the supervising Professional Counselor/Director of the Counseling and Wellness Center. To make an appointment, call 564-8232 or stop by the office in the Atwood Center.

The Counseling and Wellness Center also organizes educational activities designed to promote campus wellness, including movie nights, speakers and presentations, and co-hosting activities with other campus departments.

Anchorage Community Counseling Resources:

Abused Women’s Aid in Crises, Inc.   (907) 272-0100
Alaska Women’s Resource Center (907) 276-0528
Emergency Services V/TTY (907) 563-3200
Identity (Gay/Lesbian) Help Line (907) 258-4777
STAR Rape 24-Hour Crisis Line (907) 276-7273
STAR Rape TTY Line (907) 278-9988

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Emergency Student Loans
Dean of Students Office: 564-8287 

APU has a set of funds for use as loans to students who find they require emergency assistance on a short time basis. Students may apply through the Dean of Students Office for loans up to $1,000. Emergency loans are for short-term crises like emergency travel due to illness or death of an immediate family member, medical emergencies, rent, food, childcare, financial aide emergencies, or utility expenses.  Students on academic probation, disciplinary probation/suspension, or financial aid probation cannot apply for this loan program.  To apply for a loan, contact the Dean of Students Office.
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Employment on Campus
Career Services: 564-8287

Students seeking part-time employment at APU should apply at the Career Services Office, first floor, Atwood Center. Students can work up to 20 hours per week on campus when classes are in session and 40 hours per week during holidays and breaks. Hours, duties, and work schedules vary with each position. Both College Work-Study (CWS) and Federal College Work Study positions are available. Check the main bulletin boards in the lobby of Atwood Center for weekly listings and full job descriptions.

You can also find on-campus employment applications as well as listings of jobs and internships on the Career Service page in the “My APU portal”.
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Health Insurance and Healthcare
Dean of Students Office: 564-8287 

Student Health Insurance is mandatory for students living within APU housing, international students and students enrolled in courses with foreign travel components. Information on health insurance plans for students is available through the Dean of Students Office. The insurance requirement will be waived if a student can show proof of existing coverage. Two acceptable forms of existing insurance coverage include:

  • A written letter from a student’s parent(s) or guardian indicating the student is covered under an existing policy (dated and signed);
  • Copy of policy under which the student is covered (i.e., Military, Alaska Native Services).

All material regarding proof of existing coverage for resident students should be sent to the Campus Life Office or made available prior to moving onto campus. International students enrolled at APU are required to obtain the NAFSA Medical Insurance. Contact the Dean of Students Office in Atwood Center.

Many students take advantage of a health insurance program managed by the American College Student Association.  This group offers both short term and annual policies for reasonable rates.  APU does not directly offer this service, but we do refer students to the ACSA program regularly.  The website is:  http://www.acsa.com

The University is surrounded by medical facilities and offices offering state of the art care. Although APU does not have an on-health facility, the Dean of Students Office and his staff have considerable experience working with students and health care clinics in the area.  Low cost and emergency care is available in Anchorage.

Anchorage Community Healthcare Resources:

Alaska Native Medical Center (907) 563-2662
Alaska Regional Hospital (907) 276-1131
Anchorage Health and Human Service (907) 343-6718
Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center (907) 257-4600
Community Health Services (907) 343-4605
Crisis Pregnancy Center (Anchorage) (907) 337-9292
Providence Family Practice Center (907) 562-9229

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Sexual Violence
Dean of Students Office: 564-8287
Title IX Coordinator: 564-8265

APU cares about the safety of all students, faculty, and staff and encourages their participation in educational programming to promote awareness of rape, acquaintance rape and other sex offenses.  Awareness programs are scheduled through the Dean of Students office and the Housing and Residence Life Office.

The term, ‘Sexual Violence”, is defined as physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent. A number of acts fall into the category of sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.  APU’s Student Code of Conduct prohibits the following conduct:  Sexual misconduct including acquaintance rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse, harassment, exploitation and/or coercive sexual behavior, inducing incapacitation with the intention of sexual assault or rape.   

Sexual assault, other forms of sexual violence, and sexual harassment are all considered forms of sex discrimination.  The University prohibits these types of actions and behaviors not only on campus, but also in off campus settings and on field trips.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), 20 U.S.C. Sec. 1681, et seq., prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity.  

APU’s Title IX Coordinator is:

Human Resources Coordinator
Grant Hall, Account and Finance Office
4101 University Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99508
564-8265
rmoe12@alaskapacific.edu

What Do You Do If You Are Sexually Assaulted?
If you are sexually assaulted, your immediate concern will be in obtaining proper medical and psychological help.  If you feel comfortable, contact a member of the University staff and seek assistance directly from the Dean of Students office.  There is also help available from a number of other sources. Regardless of whether you plan to press charges, call the police immediately! Police sensitivity to the trauma of the victim, as well as police procedures for investigating sexual assaults, has improved greatly in recent years (Anchorage Police Department 786-8500 or 911).

If you don’t feel comfortable calling the police, contact S.T.A.R. (Standing Together Against Rape) 24-hour Rape Crises Line  276-7273. A “victim advocate” will contact you and offer objective professional advice about the situation to help you decide how to proceed.  What is important is that you tell someone what happened.

Intervention & referral services available on campus:

Counseling and Wellness Center 564-8232
Dean of Students 564-8287
Housing and Residence Life 564-8238
Campus Safety 564-8888

Community Sexual Assault Resources:

Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis (907) 272-0100
Men and Women’s Center (907) 272-4822
S.T.A.R Rape Crises (24-Hour Crisis Line)    (907) 276-7273

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Sexually Transmitted Infections and Diseases
Counseling and Wellness Center: 564-8232

Information about HIV/AIDS, genital herpes, syphilis, and other sexually transmitted diseases is available from the APU Counseling and Wellness Center, Dean of Students office or the Campus Life office. For those who want an off-campus connection, there also are community organizations that work with students on topics related to STI’s. These organizations offer free services to students or have sliding fee scales that are based on the ability to pay.

Anchorage Community Sexual Health Resources:

Planned Parenthood of Alaska
www.plannedparenthoodalaska.org

(907) 563-2229
AIDS Education and Prevention Project (907) 278-5019
Four A’s (907) 263-2050
AK Native Health Board HIV/AIDS Project (907) 743-6108
Emergency Contraception Resources (907) 343-4623

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Transportation
Dean of Students Office: 564-8287

People Mover Rideline: 343-6543  
The People Mover bus system in Anchorage is free with a valid APU identification card issued by the Information Technology office.  Buses run on a regular schedule posted at the stops newly installed across the campus.

Community Transportation Resources:

People Mover Bus Schedule (907) 343-6543
Access Alaska (907) 248-4777
Anchorage Share-a-Ride (907) 562-7665
Yellow Cab (907) 272-2422

APU vans are booked online through the Moseley Sports Center
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Involvement 

Alumni
University Advancement Office: 564-8250

The University Advancement Office at APU coordinates the APU/AMU Alumni Program, which provides former students with an opportunity to participate in ongoing APU services and programs, including career exploration, recreational opportunities, social activities and academic support.

Alumni can stay involved at APU by joining the Alumni Association ($37 per year), contributing to the APU/AMU Alumni Scholarship Fund, or participating in a variety of volunteer opportunities.  Our university alumni take part in the promotion, growth and development of APU.  For more information, please contact, University Advancement.
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Associated Students of Alaska Pacific University
564-8283

The Associated Students of Alaska Pacific University (ASAPU) is the student government of APU. ASAPU is run by a group of nine elected student representatives. Members are elected each spring from the campus community including officers, class representatives, and non-traditional students. ASAPU is a great place to come for assistance or to find a pathway to involvement. For more information, drop by the ASAPU office or the Dean of Students office in Atwood Center.

ASAPU programs and services include:

Policy Development
ASAPU frequently represents student interests in advising the college leadership and faculty about important campus issues.
Budget Development and Oversight
ASAPU allocates and oversees the student fee budget process that allocates thousands of dollars each year in support of student programs and initiatives.

Activities
ASAPU sponsors more than 15 clubs and organizations that offer a variety of opportunities for students to pursue their special interests.  Activities are designed to meet the entertainment and recreational needs of the entire campus community.  Programs provide the opportunity for students, faculty, staff and alumni to come together and get to know the people who live and work at APU. 
Vending Machines
ASAPU manages many of the vending machines on the APU campus.  Money collected from this operation is controlled by the ASAPU Assembly and used to sponsor campus events.
APU Committee Representation
ASAPU leaders and representatives sit on the following university committees: Student Affairs Team, Library Committee, Graduation Committee, Graduate Studies Committee, Undergraduate Studies Committee, University Appeals Board.
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Clubs and Organizations
ASAPU Office: 564-8283

To find out about an existing APU club, how to get involved, or to start a new club, contact the ASAPU Office in Atwood Center.

Current clubs include:

APU Journal: The APU student newspaper is published by the students for the campus community featuring the latest news of the campus. College credit is available to students wanting to take a class associated with producing the Journal.

Art Club: A group of students, staff and faculty getting together to make artistic expression more accessible on campus. 

Basketball Club: Involvement includes APU community games, UAA intramurals, and outreach to kids in the Anchorage community.

DGC (Disc Golf Club): Students play on the university disc golf course as well as use other courses around Anchorage bowl.  Spring semester they
put on a campus wide tournament.

Dive Club: If diving is one your passions join the club for the opportunity to dive in the Prince William Sound, enjoy great slide shows and invitationalspeakers.

Newman Club:Provides students from all religious denominations the support and services needed to compliment academic life.

Nordic Ski Club: A group dedicated to the promotion of Nordic Skiing activities.

Orbicular Club: Is an environmental club focused on sharing with the university community creative ways to recycle and reuse.

Photography Club:  Organizes art shows and supports the work of students and staff with a strong interest in photography.

Production Guild:  This new club is dedicated to working closely with the University Liberal Studies Department to provide the APU community with live theater productions featuring student work.

Spectrum: An organization committed to expressing diversity through the power of education.  The club also acts as a culturally supportive pro-active group for students who identify as GLBT on the APU campus.

Trail Running Club: Join a club that enjoys the beautiful trails of the university campus.

Each year students initiate new clubs to meet their interests.  Often supported financially by the Associated Students or Student Affairs departments, new clubs are a great way to expand the opportunities available to students.
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Campus Ministry
564-8386

APU’s Chaplain is available to all members of the APU community, regardless of faith. Scheduled religious services, religious education, retreats, and other events are aimed at increasing awareness of religious values and their impact on society. Whether it’s spiritual direction, faith exploration, individual guidance, consulting, or just to talk, the chaplain is there to help. Drop by and get acquainted in the Atwood Center Chapel.

The student Campus Ministry club also meets regularly for community service activities, prayer and meditation and school activities. Get involved by contacting the student president of Campus Ministry in the ASAPU office Atwood Center.
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 ECO LEAGUE EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Academic Dean’s Office: 564-8261 

APU is a member of an inter-college exchange group called The Eco League.  The Eco League is composed of five colleges and universities, all small, all with strong programs in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Marine Biology, Outdoor Studies, and similar programs.  Through this program, APU students in their sophomore or junior years may elect to spend up to two (non-consecutive) semesters studying at one of the other four Eco-League member institutions as part of their academic program.  For more information on how to participate, please contact the Academic Dean’s Office.
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Leadership Awards Program
Dean of Students Office: 564-8287

The Student Leadership Awards program was established in 1990. The program’s intent is to recognize and show appreciation for the time and energy which students devote to enhancing campus life. APU has a tradition of student involvement and initiative.  Awards are non-need based and are renewable.  Each spring the majority of the clubs/organizations listed on campus hold elections. In some cases positions are filled by selection rather than election. When a vacancy occurs during the course of the academic year, it must be publicized to the entire university community.

Criteria for Student Leadership Awards
1.     Must be enrolled with 12 credits (Undergraduate), 9 credits (Graduate and Degree Completion students) and hold a valid APU I.D. during his/her term.
2.     Maintain a 2.5 cumulative G.P.A.
3.     Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and request Financial Aid Transcripts (FAT) when appropriate
4.     Must be elected/selected to serve in the position

Administration of Awards
1.     Awards are applied toward tuition remission only. The faculty/staff advisor is responsible for informing the Dean of Students Office as to those students receiving awards for a given semester.
2.     Students will only receive tuition remission for up to two leadership positions in the same year.
3.     To hold more than two leadership positions a special consideration needs to be submitted, in writing, to the Dean of Students
4.     One half of the total award is awarded during fall semester. The second half is awarded during spring semester.
5.     Before leadership awards are added to your Awards Letter a plan of activities and club meetings must be submitted to the Assistant to the Dean of Students by the beginning of the session.
6.     A report of accomplishments must be completed by each recipient receiving the Leadership Award and submitted to the Dean of Students Office by December 10th for fall semester and April 1st for spring semester.
7.     A review of each position must be completed in December with the Dean of Students Office and the Vice Chair of ASAPU in order for the spring semester funds to be released.
8.     If a student fails to complete his/her responsibilities due to voluntary departure or at the request of the advisor/governing body, the award will be revoked for the current semester. In effect, the student will owe the amount initially awarded for that block and session.
9.     Recommendations for changing the amount, criteria of an award, or additional awards can be initiated by the club/organization. Written proposals should be turned into the Dean of Students Office. They will be considered each April.
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Vision and Ideas Program
Dean of Students Office: 564-8287

The Visions, Ideas Program (VIP) provides the opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to access funds for proposals or projects that benefit the educational goals of APU. Grants of up to $500 are offered. Funds are issued on a first come, first serve basis. Students may apply for VIP money by submitting a proposal to the Dean of Students Office. The Student Affairs Committee will consider the request and will select proposals for funding that are based on viable project concepts, community focus, potential impact on the APU community, and demonstration of leadership. For more information, contact the Dean of Students Office in Atwood Center.
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Services and Offices

Banking

The Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union has an ATM machine in the lobby of Grant Hall. A number of banks and credit unions are located within a couple miles of the APU campus providing a wide range of services to our community.
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Campus Safety
24 Hour Number: 564-8888 Office: 564-8311

APU employs Campus Safety Officers (CSOs) and Campus Safety Assistants (CSAs)  to help establish and maintain safety for all students, faculty, staff and visitors on campus. The CSO serves as a first responder at night by monitoring campus safety issues including building security, incident response, and oversight of campus visitors. CSOs also serve as a member of the Student Affairs Team collaborating with other offices to support student success.
APU safety policies and services are intended to protect the campus and assure the safety and well-being of its community members. Whenever you are in need of a Campus Safety Officer, please call: 564-8888. For major emergencies or to report criminal incidents the following numbers are useful:

   Ambulance/Police/Fire                                                911
   Anchorage Police Dept. (non-emergency)                   (907) 786-8500
   Anchorage Fire Dept. (non-emergency)                      (907) 267-4950

Procedure for Reporting a Criminal Action:
All suspected crimes should be reported as soon as possible. Verbally notify the Campus Safety Office (564-8888) or the Campus Life Office (564-8238) via phone or in person in the Atwood Center. A staff member will do an initial investigation and complete an “Incident/Observation Report Form”. When completed, this information is used in the investigation and further reporting of the incident in question.
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Campus Store
564-8218

The APU Campus Store is located on the first floor of Atwood Center. Required course material, school supplies APU clothing, drinks, snacks, frozen foods, toiletries, graduation regalia and announcements are all available through the store. The store also has a small selection of Alaska camping and kayaking books.
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Career Services
564-8345 

The Career Services Office provides career development guidance and job search assistance to students searching for off-campus employment and internships. Student employment on-campus is handled by the Human Resources office in Grant Hall. Career planning services include:

One-on-one Career Counseling - offered free to APU students. Find a career that fits with your interests, skills, values and academic major.

Career Development Document Preparation - Writing and critiquing of Resumes, Cover Letters, Applications- start from scratch orbring by a version to be edited. Available to students, alumni and staff/faculty.

Internships/Practicum Assistance - get help seeking, setting up, and applying for internships, both volunteer and paid.

Job and Internship Postings – Bulletin boards located in the Atwood Center Lobby and updated weekly.

Workshops and Fairs - Schedules vary throughout the year. Topics include informational and job interviewing, conducting a job search, self-marketing techniques, resume writing, MBTI (Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator).

Career Follow-Up - Graduates are contacted annually through this office so APU can keep in touch and we can learn about the career choices achieved by our graduates.
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Dean of Student Office
564-8287 

The Dean of Students Office located on the 1st floor of the Atwood Center coordinates much of the vibrant, out-of-classroom opportunities that are central to the college experience at Alaska Pacific University. 

APU students are deeply engaged in creating a special community of scholars that features active learning, personal involvement, adventure, and purpose. Throughout the year our students journey into remote Alaskan wild areas on outdoor program adventures. They work with residence hall students organizing retreats and social happenings. Others organize leadership conferences, music celebrations, and community service events.
 

The Dean of Students’ office is deeply involved in creating opportunities for APU students to learn, grow, and test their abilities and personal limits.  Some of the student services that are managed from the Dean’s office include:

  • Student Health Insurance
  • Student Leadership Awards
  • Student Grievances
  • Convocation & Honor’s Assembly Coordination
  • Student Conduct System
  • Emergency Student Loans

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Dining On Campus
564-8230

APU offers eat-in dining services on the 2nd floor of the Atwood Center for both a full meal plan and individual meal purchases.  Our student meal plan offers flexibility and convenience in the dining experience. In this plan, you can enjoy an “all-you-care-to-eat” format at every regularly scheduled breakfast, lunch and dinner. In addition, with advance notice, the dining staff can prepare “meals to go” for students who will be doing field work or otherwise cannot be in the dining room during the regular meal hours.  

The meal plan begins on the day the residence halls open and ends on the last day of class of each block or session. The housing and food contract does not include nor require the provision of food during holidays or vacation periods. Students not living on campus may also purchase individual meal plan cards by contacting Student Financial Services or through Food Services directly.
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Disability Support Services
564-8345

The Career Services Office coordinates support services for students with disabilities. Students requesting accommodations must provide documentation verifying the disability condition (i.e., diagnostic report of learning disability, doctor’s statement noting visual acuity, etc.). General services available to all students who experience disabilities include:

  • Pre-admission and pre-enrollment planning
  • Liaison with the Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Specialized individual or group orientation to campus as needed
  • Advice on classroom accommodations and liaison to faculty
  • Assistance from faculty and staff to help them effectively work with students who experience disabilities
  • Instructor notification of students who experience disabilities (only with student’s permission)
  • Tutorial assistance
  • Counseling services in order to process and problem-solve the challenges of university requirements.

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Housing On Campus
564-8238, housing@alaskapacific.edu

The Campus Life Office manages student housing on campus. Housing for traditional-aged undergraduate students is available at two locations: South Atwood and North Atwood.  Housing for upperclassmen and graduate students is available at three locations: University Village, North Atwood, and Segelhorst. To apply for housing, please contact the Campus Life Office or apply online: http://www.alaskapacific.edu/oncampus/housingresidencelife/application 
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International Student Services
564-8238 (Admitted APU Students)
564-8248 (Applicants)

Once admitted through the Admissions Office, The Campus Life Office provides immigration advising and resource identification for international students at APU. The office provides encouragement and addresses the unique needs and requirements of our international students for successful transition to APU from their home countries. International students receive additional orientation to US immigration laws and life in the US. We also provide academic counseling, financial aid and scholarship information, employment and tax services. 
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 UAA/APU Consortium Library
786-1848
http://consortiumlibrary.org  (library link is available on My APU)

The mission of the Consortium Library is to provide and maintain collections and resources that support the educational and research programs of the University of Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Pacific University.  Its collection consists of more than 930,000 volumes, 425,000 government documents from the US Government Printing Office, 20,000 videos and films, and subscriptions to more than 3,840 journals and other periodicals.

Some of the special collections and partners of the Consortium Library include the Alaska Collection, Alaska Digital Archives, Alaska Medical Library (AML), Alaska Moving Image Preservation Association (AMIPA), Alaska Resources Library and Information Services (ARLIS), Anchorage Public Library, Learning Resource Center (LRC), Listen Alaska, Justice Center, and SLED Alaska’s Virtual Library. In addition, the library is a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center, New York.

To use the Consortium Library - Materials are available free of charge to APU students but a library number is required for all users and is assigned by the IT Department. Obtain your APU ID card and library number from the IT Helpdesk on the APU campus (Grant Hall, first floor). Once assigned, your library number will not change. Library privileges are based on enrollment in the current term and will be updated regularly. The library website can be accessed from My APU. Please be aware that some library services require students to create an additional login.

An actual APU ID card is not necessary to access online resources though you must know your library number and APU Student ID number. APU students wishing to check-out materials in person at the Consortium Library must have an APU ID card with a Consortium Library number printed on the back. In addition, the Interlibrary Loan process offers pickup and drop off at the Academic Support Center (ASC) on the APU campus. See the library website for further instructions or ask about it at the ASC or IT Department.

The Consortium Library is within walking distance of the APU campus. If, however, you choose to park on the UAA campus, please review the parking policy that applies to all UAA and APU students. (http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/parking/index.cfm)

It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of all library policies. Additional information is available on the library website.
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Mailroom
564-8255

Located in the rear of the Campus Store of Atwood Center, The APU mailroom services the community with intercampus mail delivery, metering mail posting packages up to 70 lbs and stamp sales. Fed-Ex and UPS are additional services offered for pick up after the sender has contacted the company for service. The mailroom does not accept COD items, sell money orders or postmark mail.

Current students in good standing with the university are eligible for a private campus mailbox.  Mail boxes are available in the entry of North and South dorms for a $10 deposit. The fee is refunded when the box is closed and the key is returned.  When closing a box, USPS forwarding forms are available for students wishing to forward their mail off campus. 

Graduates may retain their mailbox for a period of 6 months after the date of their graduation from the University.  APU has the right to cancel student mailboxes at any time with proper notification.
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Outdoor Programs
564-8292

Learn to sea kayak, rock climb, canoe, ice climb, backpack or ski through APU’s Outdoor Program located in the basement of Atwood. Recreational classes and outings are offered for a nominal fee to APU students, staff and faculty. Stop by the Outdoor Programs Center for our most current schedule of activities or see our calendar of events on the web:
http://www.alaskapacific.edu/oncampus/recreation/outdoorprograms/Pages/Default.aspx

This is a great way to get out and explore Alaska on a student’s budget.

Equipment Rental
Rent outdoor equipment and skis through the APU Outdoor Program equipment room in the basement of Atwood Center. Canoes, backpacks, tents, stoves, skis and snowshoes and more can be rented for a day, a week or a weekend for a very low fee.  Equipment can be picked up from the OP Equipment Rental Center in the basement of Atwood. Call 564-8614 to find out about the center hours.
Indoor Climbing Wall
In the basement of Atwood Center is the Lynn Salerno Climbing Wall.  The facility is open to students, staff and faculty.  Lessons and formal classes are available as well as, equipment rental. The Climbing Wall can be reserved for special functions. Call 564-8292 for the facility hours.
Outdoor Leadership Program
The Outdoor Leadership Program is for inexperienced and experienced students alike. Students will have the opportunity to learn new technical and leadership skills while gaining experience in leading the outdoors. Utilize the newly acquired skills to work for Outdoor Programs as a student leader on trips or clinics. This is an excellent opportunity to gain professional experience working in the field with the OP professional staff. Leadership skills can also be a great resume builder and apply to many areas in life. For more information about the OLP program contact op@alaskapacific.edu or stop by the OP office in the basement of Atwood.
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Recreation Programs and Facilities
564-8314

Recreation Programs at APU includes the Outdoor Program and a comprehensive lineup of aquatic, fitness, sports, outdoor trips and clinics, and wellness activities. Most of the services are provided at no charge to students and at greatly reduced rates for APU faculty and staff, alumni and their families.

Recreational facilities include the Moseley Sports Center, a 25-yard swimming pool and a full court gymnasium.  The APU Climbing Wall, is located in the Atwood Center basement along with the APU weight room with cardiovascular machines. These facilities are available to all ASAPU funded groups and APU departments for special events at no charge. Stop by the Moseley Sports Center for more information, or for the most current schedule of events and hours.

There are 5 kilometers of groomed cross-country ski trails that make up the Jim Mahaffey Trail System. This system connects with the city wide Municipality of Anchorage Trail System and gives our students access to the mountains and the ocean by ski trail. This system is accessible year round and is used by runners, walkers, and mountain bikers during non-snow months.

Student employment opportunities at the Moseley Sports Center: front desk assistants; ski trail groomer; climbing wall and weight room assistants; assistant pool tech; lifeguards; swim instructors and Outdoor Program Trip Leaders.
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Recycling
Dean of Students Office: 564-8287

The APU Student Recycling Coordinators makes it easy for you to be environmentally friendly. On most floors in each building there are recycling bins. These bright colored bins are easily recognizable and labeled to collect materials including: mixed paper, aluminum, plastic, and newspaper. Volunteers are always welcome to help with recycling drop offs!
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Registration
Registrar’s Office: 564-8210

Dates and times for Registration are listed in the academic calendar located in this handbook and in the online Academic Calendar within the Intranet. To be eligible to register, students will need to meet with their advisor before registering online or through the Registrar’s Office. 
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Student Activities
564-8238

The Associated Students of Alaska Pacific University (ASAPU), the Campus Life Office, Outdoor Programs & the Moseley Sports Center are the “driving forces” behind student activities at APU. Student activities are designed to meet the entertainment and recreational needs of the entire campus community. The Campus Life Office provides many opportunities for active learning students.  From attending leadership retreats to a showing of the newest released movie in the Student Center, we give students the chance to learn outside of the classroom in exciting and entertaining ways.  Please visit the MyAPU Student Activities Calendar to see what events are happening this week! If you have ideas for Student Activities or would like to help plan events stop by the Campus Life Office in Atwood Center.
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Student Financial Services (SFS) and Financial Aid
564-8341

STUDENT ACCOUNTS
Due Dates for payment are posted in the SFS Office and on the university website under ADMISSIONS/FINANCIAL AID/STUDENT FINANCIAL SERVICES.  If you are enrolled in a combination of terms, your due date is the published date. 
Students are required to have one or a combination of the following in place prior to the due date:

  • Paid in full
  • On a payment plan with Tuition Management Systems (TMS)
  • Have COMPLETED ALL financial aid paperwork and are waiting for your loan funds for Federal Stafford; Federal PLUS and any Private Alternative loans and it is sufficient to cover all cost (this doesn’t mean just a completed FAFSA)

If you fail to have one or more of the above payment arrangements in place prior to the due date, your student account will be put on hold and a late fees will be applied to you account according to university policy.  Please refer to the billing policy in the APU catalog and on the Student Financial Services website. For additional information on APU payment plans available through TMS, please visit www.afford.com or call 1-800-722-4867.

STATEMENT OF RESPONSIBILITY:  By completing the registration process, electronically or by allowing a university professional to complete  the process on your behalf; you, the student, agree that you have read and understand all applicable institutional policies, inclusive of  “student account policies and procedures concerning financial obligations”  incurred at APU.

All federal, state and private grants and scholarships are received by Student Financial Services and credited to student accounts.  Some private scholarship checks require student signatures.  Check your APU student email on a regular basis.  Remember:  APU student email is to official form of communication between Student Financial Services and students.  If you plan to add a class or drop a class and are receiving any type of student financial assistance please contact Student Financial Services regarding the action that will be reflected on your student account and how your transaction will affect your financial aid eligibility. 

Student Financial Services encourages you to visit our office.  Information is available regarding eligibility for book vouchers, eligibility for refunds, payment options, dropping or adding classes, withdrawing from the university, satisfactory academic progress, filing the FAFSA, summer school eligibility and many other topics.

FINANCIAL AID
APU offers financial aid through a variety of institutional, state, and federal programs. Financial aid is available to supplement your college tuition and expenses through scholarships, grants, and loans. 

You can apply for federal student financial assistance through the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  Our school code is 001061.

Questions concerning federal eligibility for federal grants, work-study and direct federal loans should be directed to Student Financial Services.

The University Scholarships include but are not limited to:

  • APU Benefactor Scholarships – awarded by departments, SFS and/or Admissions.  Varies depending on scholarship criteria and donor wishes.
  • Atwood Distinguished Student Scholarship - See chart on university website (Admissions).
  • Presidential Scholarship - See chart on university website (Admissions).
  • Trustee Scholarship – See chart on university website (Admissions).
  • Transfer Scholarship – See chart on university website (Admissions).
  • Graduate Assistantships
  • Student Leadership Awards – awarded by the Dean of Students office.
  • International Student Scholarships
  • United Methodist Scholarships– awarded by the Methodist Scholarship Organization and requires students to complete an application.

Financial Aid is one of the services offered by the Student Financial Services office and provides additional information, policies and requirements for obtaining scholarships and graduate assistantships.  Visit the Student Financial Services website for additional information on scholarships under Other Resources and/or Resources for Alaskans.  Scholarship information is updated continually.  Students applying for scholarships should be aware of procedures and deadlines. 

It is the responsibility of all students receiving federal financial aid to familiarize themselves with university policies and to insure that the standards are met.  Failure to meet the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress standards may place a student’s financial aid in jeopardy.  The SAP Policy is available in the University Catalog and on the university website under Student Financial Services

The office is located on the first floor of Grant Hall room 125. Student Financial Services Director, Jo Holland, invites you to stop by for a visit during office hours, Monday-Friday.
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Student Identification Card
IT Department: 564-8350
ithelpdesk@alaskapacific.edu

The university supplies all students with a picture ID at no cost. This card is needed for participation in various educational and social events associated with student life. It also serves as a bus pass for the Anchorage People Mover and is needed to access the resources of the Consortium Library. To use as a bus pass you must obtain a new card every term. If not being used as a bus pass the card need only be issued once a year, as library access is based on active enrollment.

Students may obtain their ID card from the IT Department located in Grant Hall. On-campus resident students must have their ID card coded for access to the dorms. This process is completed by Campus Life.
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Technology at APU
IT Department: 564-8350
ithelpdesk@alaskapacific.edu

MY APU
New and returning students are provided with a username and password in order to access the My APU online information portal. My APU is your gateway to all of the online services and information you will need as a student at APU. APU has a single sign-on solution that makes it possible to access the majority of our web services using one username and password from any computer in the world with Internet access.

Access requires regular password resets every 90 days to ensure the security of your personal information. The system will notify you during the login process when your password requires a reset. The My APU homepage has several components, including:

Student WebPortal: The student portal is used to register for courses, view textbook information per class, see your grades, financial aid awards, account balances, unofficial transcripts, and other student information. The Student WebPortal (Course Management section) will also be used by instructors for course assignments, announcements and other important communication.
    
Student Email: Every student is assigned an APU email account. Your email account will be used for all official University communication. It is critical that you routinely check your APU email so as not to miss important announcements, deadlines and class correspondence from your faculty.
In addition to checking your email, any university communications should be generated from your APU email account. Your email address is your APUusername@alaskapacific.edu.

Blackboard: APU utilizes Blackboard as your online learning management system. Blackboard can be accessed from My APU or directly at apu.blackboard.com/webapps/login Use your APU username and password for your Blackboard login.

Schedule of Classes: Provides a complete listing of current classes and schedules. Information includes course name, credits, faculty, dates, times, location, and fees associated with the class.

Calendars: Several calendars are available including a Student Calendar for Student Events and Activities, Academic deadlines, and Campus Community events open to all.
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Computers Use On Campus & Wireless Connections
IT Department: 564-8350

ithelpdesk@alaskapacific.edu

The Academic Support Center (ASC) includes a computer lab available to the APU community and is located on the second floor of the Atwood Center. The ASC offers print services for student work. Other labs on campus are reserved for class use and may not otherwise be available. In addition to the labs there are Internet kiosks available throughout the campus.

Classroom technology is available throughout the campus for use during class. This includes Macintosh and PC processing, Internet access, USB flash drive, overhead projector with speakers, and basic office suite software. Video conferencing services are also available upon request.

Classroom technology is used with faculty supervision only.

Wireless Internet is available in all classrooms, student areas, and most green spaces directly around university buildings. The system will allow you to connect to the “Student” wireless network using your APU login and password.
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Online Courses at APU
IT Department: 564-8350
ithelpdesk@alaskapacific.edu

APU utilizes Blackboard and Blackboard Collaborate as your online learning management systems. To participate in an online course you will need access to a relatively new computer (not more than 2 years old) with reliable internet access, preferably broadband; and, a headset with microphone to participate in live chat sessions. You must possess at least basic computer skills in order to access the required software and complete assignments. For more specific requirements please visit the websites listed below.

Blackboard can be accessed from the My APU Home Page or directly at apu.blackboard.com/webapps/login/ To logn in use your APU network username and password. The APU Blackboard site has user information and tutorials available to prepare for your first course. Any course that is utilizing Blackboard will automatically display when you log in.
 
Collaborate is used for weekly live chat sessions which are a required component of any online course. Collaborate is available via a shortcut on your Blackboard site or can be accessed directly at apu.blackboard.com  Logging onto Collaborate is a separate process that is managed by the IT Department. Watch your APU email for notification of your Collaborate access. Blackboard.com has excellent tutorials available and will also show you how to test your access prior to the start of class.

More in-depth training is provided during the Orientation Sessions prior to the start of class. If you need further assistance please contact the IT Helpdesk.

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Policies and Information

Access and Release of Student Information/Records
Registrar’s Office: 564-8210

Information regarding access and release of student records is available in the Registrar’s Office. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 protects the privacy of educational records, establishes the rights of students to inspect and review their educational records, and provides guidelines for the correction of inaccurate data. Students have the right to file complaints with the FERPA office concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with the Act. Information on FERPA is available from the US government at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html

APU may release, without consent, certain directory information (name, photograph, major, dates of attendance, and credentials awarded). No one outside the institution shall have access to, nor will APU disclose any other information from a student’s educational record without the written consent of the student, except to personnel within the institution on a need-to-know basis; to officials of other institutions in which a student seeks to enroll; to persons in compliance with a judicial order; and to persons in an emergency in order to protect the health or safety of the student or other persons; or as otherwise permitted under the FERPA Act.
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Alcohol
Dean of Students Office: 564-8287

Alcohol abuse is a major concern for most colleges and universities including APU. The University is committed to providing a learning and residential environment that supports the intellectual and personal development, safety, and welfare of all members of the community. While some supervised consumption of alcohol can be formally permitted on campus, the rules against unauthorized possession, serving, consumption or selling of alcohol are strict and enforced by penalties that can range from warnings to dismissal.

The rules governing alcohol at Alaska Pacific University:
1.     The possession, serving, consumption, or selling of alcohol is prohibited on campus without the written permission of the President.
2.     The possession, serving, consumption, or selling of alcohol is prohibited at Alaska Pacific University events off campus without the written permission of the President. Such events include:
   a.     Events sponsored by APU clubs or APU organizations of any kind;
   b.     Travel Courses led or sponsored by Alaska Pacific University personnel
3.     Being intoxicated on campus is prohibited.
4.     Drinking on campus by people under the legal age (21) is prohibited.
5.     Serving alcohol to or buying alcohol for people under the age of 21 is prohibited both on and off campus.
6.     Hosting, allowing, or attending unauthorized gatherings on campus where alcohol is served is prohibited.

How to Initiate a Permitted Alcohol Event: Each year, a number of events will receive Presidential permission to have alcohol available to those 21 years and older. Typically a group or department sponsors the activity and assumes responsibility for managing alcohol use during the event. For activities offered to students, the Dean of Students meets with the sponsors and establishes guidelines designed to manage liability risks for the University and prevent the violation of state and federal laws. 

A sponsor requesting permission for an event at which alcohol will be served must fill out a form obtained from the Dean of Students office which requests the following types of information:

  • Expected attendance numbers
  • Presence of underage students
  • Presence of individuals with previous history of alcohol abuse
  • Presence of individuals seeking to be served while already intoxicated
  • Quantity and quality limitations
  • Server qualifications
  • Secure storage of alcohol before and after the event
  • Potential for attendees to consume alcohol prior to or following the event
  • Event timeline including last call
  • Venue restrictions such as beer garden designations
  • Sponsoring group student staffing during and after the event
  • Professional staff or faculty attending the event as advisors
  • Safety considerations applicable to the event, transportation back to campus, and environmental conditions.

Intoxication on Campus: Students on campus identified by University officials to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs violate University alcohol or drug policies whether or not the substances were consumed on or off campus. The University is primarily concerned about student behaviors in these situations. Indications of being intoxicated include but are not limited to: Individuals who are stumbling or incoherent; those who vandalize facilities and equipment; those driving a vehicle erratically; individuals or groups that are abnormally and obnoxiously loud; those who pass out, are ill, or require medical attention due to alcohol consumption.

Students who drink off campus who return to campus typically are not cited for alcohol violations unless they create a community disturbance or exhibit other signs of intoxication. 

Community members are encouraged and expected to assist any person on the APU campus who is dangerously intoxicated. Leaving an intoxicated person alone, allowing someone to drive while intoxicated, or watching someone perform risky activities while drunk is dangerous. Call an RA or Campus Safety if you have concerns about a person being dangerously intoxicated.

Determining Consequences for Alcohol Violations:  APU has a strong commitment to creating an educational environment that encourages the development of personal character and citizenship. An important element of this commitment involves helping students develop ethical values, personal independence, and acceptance of consequences that result from personal actions and decisions.

The Student Conduct System has been developed to address incidents where students have violated the rules governing alcohol at Alaska Pacific University. The System is designed to ensure that disciplinary matters are handled fairly and in ways that honor student rights and responsibilities. APU views all student conduct proceedings as educational opportunities.

With most alcohol policy violation cases, an incident report is filed by a member of the APU community or the police.  The Dean of Students or his designee organizes a meeting with the students involved. These meetings are not legal proceedings, but an educational opportunity for a student to present information relevant to allegations included in the incident report.

It is also important to recognize the value placed on respect and civility should you be involved in an alcohol incident. Staff, including student resident advisors, are authorized to check on a party or incident possibly involving alcohol and drugs. Cooperation is expected from all those involved. In situations where students are hostile or threatening to staff, the consequences become more serious.

The Dean of Students or his/her designee is responsible for overseeing sanctions imposed for violating the rules governing alcohol at Alaska Pacific University.

The following are examples of sanctions that may be imposed for violating the rules governing alcohol at Alaska Pacific University:

  • Warning: A verbal or written warning designed to explain and clarify expected conduct with a stipulation that further similar or related behaviors will result in disciplinary action.
  • Disciplinary Reprimand: A written notification from a University official to a student is kept on file in the Dean of Students office. Further violations of the Code of Conduct will result in additional consequences.
  • Monetary Sanction: A fine or requirement for repayment may be imposed. Charges will be placed on the student’s account.
  • Educational Sanction: The student may be required to complete an activity or attend a related event in the campus community to become more educated on a particular subject. Examples include enrollment in an anger management course for cases involving violence or an online alcohol education course for cases involving the abuse of alcohol. The cost associated with educational sanctioning will be placed on the student’s account.   
  • Disciplinary Probation: A student is given the opportunity to demonstrate they can be a responsible and important member of the APU community by agreeing in writing to abide by the Code of Conduct and remain a student with restrictions on activities.

Examples include:

  1. The student may not serve in student leadership roles or represent the institution at meetings, conferences, or other formal events;
  2. Students may be given specific guidelines governing student activities or restriction to certain areas of campus.
  • Suspension from Residence: Serious infractions or repeated violations of university regulations, rules, and guidelines may lead to revocation of a student’s ability to live on campus. The sanction letter specifies the amount of time allowed before a student is required to leave campus. The housing contract/agreement is typically cancelled and payment for room and meal plan is not returned. Residence Hall Council fees are not refundable and housing deposits may be withheld.  
  • Suspension from the University: A student suspended from the university is no longer an APU student and may not participate in any university-sponsored event/activity/class or in activities sponsored by university recognized entities such as student organizations and ASAPU. In addition, he/she is denied all other rights and privileges accorded to students in good standing including access to facilities. APU I.D. cards are voided. Grades are determined in accordance with established withdrawal policies. Fee refunds are determined on the same basis as a semester voluntary withdrawal (exceptions noted above). A meeting with the Dean of Students is required before a student can be re-admitted to the university.
  • Dismissal:   Serious or repeated violations of the Student Conduct Code or the rules governing alcohol at Alaska Pacific University can lead to dismissal from the university. All tuition paid is forfeited, the student is removed from university housing (if applicable) and prohibited from entering the campus. The ex-student suffers the other losses imposed for suspended students, and is not eligible to apply for admission at any time.

Case Studies of violations of the rules governing alcohol at Alaska Pacific University:

Mild Incident: In the most simple cases where two or three students, 21 years of age or older, are found to be drinking beer in the living room of their University apartment, noisily enough to elicit a complaint from other students, but without other more serious factors, first incidents will likely result in a warning or small fine – typically $50. 

Serious Incident: In a first incident case where a party involving a dozen people is being hosted, where underage students are present, where hard alcohol is available, and when confronted the students involved are cooperative – typically a fine of $200-$300, community service obligations, and for underage students the possibility of informing parents for the incident.

Very Serious Incident: In a situation where many people are present, some students flee the scene, underage students have access to alcohol, hard alcohol is present, and serious outcomes occur such as someone being arrested for drunk driving following the incident or an assault occurs, serious consequences result even for students who have never previously had a conduct violation. 

Hosts providing space for the gathering, providers of alcohol, those fleeing the scene, students who are hostile to University officials, and those who are arrested can expect fines between $400 and $1,000. 

Additional consequences for a serious incident such as this one could result in some students being asked to leave the University residences forfeiting deposits, fees, and in many cases housing scholarships. In very serious incidents students have been suspended from the University. Students simply attending a very serious incident without complicating factors such as a previous history of disciplinary violations can expect more moderate fines, community service requirements, probation, and parent notification requirements for some underage students.

Appeal Process: Students have five business days to appeal decisions to the University Appeals Board. Unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Dean of Students office, sanctions begin immediately while the appeals process proceeds. Appeals of decisions/sanctions are to be submitted in writing to the Dean of Students office, and include a specific, recognized basis for the appeal.

These reasons are limited to the following:

  • New relevant evidence not previously available
  • A flawed disciplinary process
  • An excessive disciplinary punishment

The University Appeals Board convenes when a case is referred from the Dean of Students. The University Appeals Board is comprised of one faculty representative appointed by the Academic Dean, one staff representative appointed by the President, and one student member appointed by the Associated Students of Alaska Pacific University.

As a backup, a second alternate representative is identified for each position for circumstances when one or more of the members cannot hear an appeal or refuses due to conflicts of interest or involvement with a particular incident. One representative from each segment of the college community is required when considering an appeal. 

The Appeals Board determines collectively their internal rules of procedure and identifies one representative as the chair.

After receiving and considering the written appeal, the Appeals Board may:

  • Reject the appeal on procedural grounds;
  • Consider the issues in the case and support the Dean’s decision.
  • Consider the issues in the case and meet with the Dean of Students to recommend altering the original decision. In cases where the University Appeals Board and the Dean of Students cannot reach agreement, the case can be referred to the President or the President’s designee for a final decision. 

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Dogs On Campus
Dean of Students Office: 564-8287

General Statement of Responsibility:  Dog owners are responsible for the behavior and care of their animals on all properties owned by Alaska Pacific University.  Dogs must be on leashes and under control at all times on the APU campus.  Owners of pets brought to campus are directly responsible for injuries and damages caused by their animals.  Alaska Pacific University reserves the right to prohibit any animal from campus property.

Licensing and Registration:  All dogs are required to be licensed with the Municipality of Anchorage.  All students, staff, faculty, and visitors must register their pets to make it possible to match animals with owners.  Registration can be accomplished by visiting the Grant Hall Information Desk during business hours. 

Cleaning Up:  Pet owners must clean up after their dogs.

Animals in Campus Buildings:  Pets are prohibited from campus buildings with the exception of animals needed to assist people with disabilities.  Pets are not allowed in student housing units.  Exceptions to this policy require the approval of the President’s Council.

Humane Treatment:  Owners are expected to treat pets humanely at all times while on campus. 

Ski trails: From April 1st through October 1st dogs will be allowed on the A.P.U. Jim Mahaffey Ski Trail system.  From October 1st through April 1st dogs are prohibited from trails designated for skiers only.  Dogs are allowed on designated multi-use trails.

Consequences:  Violations of the pet policy may result in warnings, requests for immediate removal of a pet from the campus, or referral of the pet to actions by the MOA.

 

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Equal Opportunity
Registrar’s Office: 564-8210

APU, in accordance with federal and state law does not discriminate against any individual due to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, Vietnam era or disabled veteran status, physical or mental disability, changes in marital status, pregnancy, or parenthood.

Decisions affecting individuals shall be based on the individual’s qualifications, abilities, and performance, as appropriate.

It is the goal of APU to foster a campus climate that promotes the values outlined in the educational goals of APU’s Mission Statement, the ideals of civility, and an appreciation for each unique member of our community. Intellectual honesty, mutual respect, and freedom from discrimination, intimidation, harassment, and violence against persons or property are central to our mission.
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Non-Discrimination Policy
Dean of Students Office: 564-8287

Alaska Pacific University is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment, activities, and its academic programs. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, ethnic or national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, membership in uniformed services, gender identity, or sexual orientation in the administration of any of its education policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletics, and other school-administered policies and programs, or in its employment related policies and practices. APU is firmly committed to adhere to the letter and spirit of all federal and state equal opportunity and civil rights laws, including but not limited to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and their implementing regulations. Alaska Pacific University complies with the Student-Right-to-Know Act, the Campus Security Act and Clery Act, the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA), and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Discrimination is strictly prohibited by the University and will not be tolerated. Treating an employee or student differently in the terms or conditions of his or her employment or education on the basis of the protected statuses listed above or any other protected status constitutes discrimination.  Further, retaliation against any individual for making a complaint of harassment or of any unlawful discrimination, or for assisting in the investigation of such a complaint, will not be tolerated.
 

Harassment
Dean of Students Office: 564-8287

All APU community members are entitled to learn and work in a satisfying environment free of discrimination and any form of harassment that is based on race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, disability, marital or other protected status. APU employees are not to discriminate in the provision of employment opportunities, benefits or privileges, to create discriminatory work conditions, or to use discriminatory evaluative standards in employment if the basis of that discriminatory treatment is, in whole or in part, the person’s race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability status, gender, sexual orientation, or marital status.

The definition of harassment is: verbal or physical conduct designed to threaten, intimidate or coerce. Also, verbal taunting (including racial and ethnic slurs) which, in the employee’s opinion, impairs his or her ability to perform his or her job.

Offensive physical, written or spoken conduct, including conduct of a sexual nature, is prohibited on campus or while representing or participating in APU activities off campus. It is a violation of this policy for any employee, supervisor or manager, student, male or female, to engage in the acts or behaviors categorized below;

(1) Verbal: Comments which are not flattering regarding a person’s nationality, origin, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, body disability, or appearance. Epithets, slurs, negative stereotyping.

(2) Non-verbal: Distribution, display or discussion of any written or graphic material that ridicules, denigrates insults, belittles, or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual, or group because of national origin, race color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, appearance, disability, marital or other protected status.

In order to ensure compliance we ask each of you to report any violations of the policy as soon as they occur. If you believe you have been harassed by a college employee, member of the faculty, or other students are urged to contact the Dean of Student’s office, the Academic Dean, or the Chief Financial Officer (564-8365). These specially trained college employees will work with a student complainant to determine whether an informal or formal process is necessary to correct the problem.

Detailed Information: More detailed information is available in both the staff or faculty handbooks or directly from the Dean of Student’s office.
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Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) prohibits discrimination based on gender in educational programs which receive federal financial assistance.  Areas of the institution where Title IX may have application include athletics, student recruitment and admissions, financial aid, scholarships, course offerings and access, employment, and housing and residential services. Title IX also protects students and employees, both male and female, from unlawful sexual harassment in school programs and activities, as well as sexual assault, which are both forms of unlawful discrimination under Title IX. 

Alaska Pacific University has established a committee of Title IX Coordinators each of whom have specific knowledge to respond to concerns in all areas described herein.  Inquiries related to this policy can be directed to the Controller, who serves as chair of the Title IX Coordinating Committee and is the University’s central Title IX Coordinator.

 

Individuals may also contact the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education.

 

Internet Communications
Dean of Students Office: 564-8287

 

Communications through online forums such as Facebook, MySpace, Xanga, LiveJournal, though logins are often required, are considered open and public communication. As with other public arenas, information found on internet sites such as these is admissible as evidence in APU conduct meetings and other proceedings. Information that is admissible will be, but not limited to the following: wall postings, journal entries, blog postings, pictures, comments, and other openly accessible communications.

Messages between individuals can also be used in the Student Conduct System. Harassing communications can involve instant messages, text messages, email, Facebook messages or comments, and other electronic forms of communications.

Students should be aware that the internet is considered a public forum and information posted on the internet can be viewed by anyone. Please be cautious of the information you make available. 
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Marijuana
Dean of Students Office: 564-8287

 

APU strives to provide a healthy and safe environment for students, staff, faculty, and visitors to our campus. It is the University’s policy to prohibit the use, distribution, and/or possession of marijuana on campus or in off-campus locations while participating in APU sponsored activities and classes. Marijuana is outlawed by federal officials in Alaska although possession of less than an ounce has been decriminalized in the state. Medical marijuana is legalized under Alaska state law, but the federal statutes still prohibit its possession and usage. Crossing an international border or attempting to take marijuana with you on an airplane can be particularly problematic – even in Alaska. Students reliant on federal or APU financial aid need to realize that a drug conviction can result in denial of all or a portion of future financial aid.
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Parking
Campus Safety Office: 564-8311, 24 Hour Number: 564-8888

 

Campus parking is FREE! All APU students, staff and faculty are required to register their vehicles and place an APU Parking Decal on their vehicle windshield. Decals are available during registration or from the Campus Safety Office located in the Atwood Center and from Grant Hall Information Desk in the IT office. Faculty and Staff Hanging Tags are available only in the Campus Safety Office.

 

Alaska Pacific University assumes no responsibility for any damages, theft, or personal injury involving vehicles parked in University lots. Efforts will be made to contact vehicle owners to inform them of vehicle break-ins, hit and run damage, headlights left on or situations in which moving your vehicle is necessary (snow plowing, construction, etc.) Handicapped parking is available for each building. Electrical outlets are provided for block or circulating car heaters in the Atwood Center parking lot. Vehicles being left on-campus for an extended period of time should have prior permission from the Campus Safety Office. Parking regulations and violations are enforced by the Campus Safety and Dean of Student’s offices. Consequences for parking violations include warnings, fines, vehicle boots, towing, and/or other disciplinary sanctions.
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Smoking
Dean of Students Office: 564-8287

 

APU promotes a safe and healthy environment for working and learning. Smoking is not permitted in APU buildings, including University Village and the Residence Halls. Campus buildings have “No Smoking” signs posted to notify visitors that it is a non-smoking campus environment. Smoking within 50 feet of building entrances is prohibited. Designated smoking areas are located under the overhangs in front of Carr Gottstein and in back of Atwood Center.
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Speaker Policy for Off-Campus or Outside Speakers
Dean of Students Office: 564-8287

 

Any member of the student body, or any individual who is sponsored by a recognized student organization may address any group on campus, subject only to reasonable regulations for time, place, and manner. No absolute right exists on the part of any organization to invite, assemble or hear a speech on the APU campus. Sponsoring organizations are encouraged to weigh the interests of exposing listeners to the widest possible range of topics with the University’s interest in the orderly administration of APU activities. While the content of the speaker’s message will not be prohibited, behavior of the invited speaker, sponsoring group, or audience members which incites violence that results in the destruction of property or disruption of regularly scheduled APU classes or activities will be held accountable under existing city and state laws.

Outside Speakers Participating in the Classroom
Special guest lecturers may, however, speak before classes, seminars, or other academic meetings solely at the invitation of the faculty member responsible for the academic content of the occasion.

Speakers are subject to all state and federal laws and all APU rules and regulations by them accepting an invitation to speak on the APU campus. The speaker assumes full responsibility for any violation of the law or APU rules committed by them while on campus.

Sponsoring organizations are subject to all state, federal laws and APU rules and regulations. Violations will be handled in accordance with the procedures outlined by the Student Conduct System and Faculty / Staff Handbooks.
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Student Rights and Responsibilities

Within the basic philosophies, goals, and guidelines of APU, the student shall have the right to pursue educational, recreational, social, cultural, and residential activities    The student shall have the right to a campus environment characterized by safety and order The student shall have the right to organize and join associations to promote interests held in common with other students The student shall have the right to services of the faculty, administrative offices, and counseling agents of APU The student shall have the right to fair and impartial academic evaluations The student shall have the right to have APU maintain and protect the confidential status of his or her personal and academic records as set forth in the Family Educational Rights to Privacy Act (FERPA) The student shall have the right to participate through representatives in the formulation of regulations affecting student affairs The student shall have the right to dissent, to protest, or to demonstrate peaceably on APU property in opposition to APU, municipal, state, or national policy, provided such behavior does not infringe on the rights of others, or cause damage or injury to persons or to real or personal property The student shall have the right not to be discriminated against in employment or educational pursuits based upon the student’s religious affiliation, sex, skin color, ethnic or racial background, national origin, age, physical or mental handicap, marital status, change in marital status, pregnancy or parenthood

APU is regulated by Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title XI of the 1972 Amendments to the Higher Education Act, Sections 799A and 845 of the Public Health Service Act, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Family Leave and Medical Act of 1993 and other applicable federal regulations.
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Weapons Free Campus
Dean of Students Office: 564-8287

 

Alaska Pacific University is strongly committed to maintaining a safe collegiate environment.  Central to this commitment is a campus wide ban on firearms, ammunition, weapon parts, explosives (including fireworks), and other weapons that may include, but are not limited to:  guns, pellet guns, AirSoft guns, bow & arrows, mace, machetes, martial arts weapons, knives with folding blades over four inches (kitchen knives exempted), and other similar devices. 
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Behavior Expectations

 

Academic Integrity: 
Academic Dean’s Office 564-8261

 

Policy on Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
Academic Integrity is the term used to refer to some of the most important values of the university community. We hold high standards and expectations for the quality and honesty of our own work, and for the work of other members of the academic community. We rely on one another to live up to these standards because the quality and value of our own academic work depends on the trustworthiness of the work done by our colleagues. Academic work is like building blocks as the work of one academic builds upon another; therefore, it is imperative that we acknowledge and properly document the sources of information that we are using. This will also ensure that others can locate the original information if they want to know more.

The reputation of our academic work is founded on whether others can use it with confidence and feel confident that their own contributions will be acknowledged. Similarly, the reputation of our University and respect for the value of the qualifications we gain from it are earned and maintained through the integrity of our work.

Definition of Plagiarism: Plagiarism is a major form of academic dishonesty involving the presentation of the work of another as one’s own.  Plagiarism includes but is not limited to the following:

The direct copying of a written or electronic source, whether published or unpublished, in whole or in part, without proper acknowledgment that it is someone else’s;  Copying of a written or electronic source, in whole or in part, with only minor changes in wording or syntax, even with acknowledgment;  The paraphrasing of another’s work without proper acknowledgments; Submitting as one’s own work a report, examination, paper or other assignment that has been prepared by someone else. This includes research papers acquired from any other person or agency; Submitting as one’s work the contents of a computer file prepared by another person.

Academic Integrity: Plagiarism and Cheating
 

 

Instructor’s Role: A conference between the student and instructor is the first and may be the only step in addressing alleged violations of the Policy on Academic Integrity. Once the instructor contacts the student (within a reasonable timeframe), the instructor will inform the student of the details of the alleged violation and will give the student a copy of the Policy on Academic Integrity. It is up to the instructor to present evidence of the violation. The student will be given the opportunity to respond and may explain any misconduct.

The instructor has the authority to:
1.     Require the student to revise or replace the work. (Faculty may assign a deferred grade)
2.     Require the student to complete another assignment.
3.     Reduce the grade on the assignment or course:
    a.     Assign a grade of F or zero on the assignment.
    b.     Assign a final grade penalty for the course.
    c.     Assign a failing grade for the course.
4.     Refer the matter to the Academic Dean

Appeal of an Informal Proceeding: A student sanctioned for violation of the Academic Integrity Policy may appeal the instructor’s decision that a violation has occurred, and/or the sanction. The appeal must be submitted in writing to the instructor and academic dean within 10 working days of the notification of sanction, if notification is received prior to the last week of the term. If notification is sent after the term is over, the written statement of appeal must be submitted no later than the end of the first week of classes in the next semester. The written statement of appeal must state:

1.     Name of the person appealing
2.     The basis of the appeal
3.     The instructor making the decision
4.     The remedy the person appealing is requesting from the dean

Academic Dean’s Role in an Appeal: As soon as practical, the dean will convene a meeting to hear the appeal and to make a recommendation. The student making the appeal may have an advisor of the student’s choice present at the hearing. The faculty involved will attend the meeting and may ask their department chair to attend.   The purpose of the meeting is to decide if the findings of the instructor were so incorrect that the decision should be changed. The student and instructor will present their sides of the case along with any evidence.   After receiving all of the information, the dean will either sustain or deny the appeal.   The dean’s decision will be in writing and will state the findings of fact and conclusion as to whether there has been a violation of policy or a decision that the instructor is to hold another conference with the student. The dean will not impose a more severe sanction than the one recommended by the instructor, unless such severe sanction is deemed appropriate by the dean based on documented repeat violations by that student. 
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Grievance Policy and Procedures
Dean of Students Office: 564-8287

 

The Student Grievance Procedure is designed to assist students who have a complaint with a college employee. Grievance procedures are not designed to resolve disciplinary situations handled under the terms of the Student Conduct System. The following actions can be grieved:

Wrongful or erroneous fines or penalties; Wrongful or erroneous withholding of payments or deposits, or failure to honor refund policies; Failure to amend erroneous behavioral records; Discrimination or other unfairness in the evaluation of his/her academic performance.

Procedure:
Step One: An aggrieved student must first attempt to resolve all complaints informally with the APU employee directly involved in the action.

 

Step Two: If the aggrieved student cannot resolve the grievance through efforts exerted in Step One, a written grievance must be filed with the Dean of Students Office. The grievance must state:

The nature of the grievance and the circumstances out of which it arose; The date of the occurrence; The requested remedy or correction being sought; The efforts taken to resolve the matter pursuant to Step One, and the result of those efforts; The filing date and signature of the grievant; Current contact information for the grievant; Grievances must be filed within 15 calendar days from the date of the occurrence. Failure to submit a grievance within such periods shall constitute a bar to further action on the grievance; The Dean of Students will arrange for an informal conference with the affected parties to discuss the grievance.

Step Three: If the grievance cannot be resolved pursuant to efforts taken in Step Two, the Dean of Students Office will refer the grievance to the President. The President or his authorized representative will convene a meeting of the University Appeals Board. Within five working days after the grievance is referred to the President, the President or his authorized representative shall provide all parties with a notice of hearing.

 

The notice shall contain:

The time and place of the hearing; The names of the presiding officer and committee members, as well as the person authorized by APU to issue a final order; A statement of the authority and jurisdiction under which the hearing is to be held; A statement that the hearing is being held at the request of the grievant.

Following the hearing, the University Appeals Board will issue a final decision within thirty calendar days of the hearing. If a student is still dissatisfied after following designated APU grievance procedures, student may appeal a decision to the Alaska Commission on Post Secondary Education.
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Student Conduct Code
Dean of Students Office: 564-8287

 

The Conduct Code establishes the basic expectations of student life at Alaska Pacific University:

APU students are responsible for complying with University rules and regulations, as well as municipal, state and federal laws; APU students are responsible for conduct that helps to create and maintain a learning atmosphere in which the rights, dignity, and worth of every individual are respected; APU students are responsible for their guests while on university-controlled property.

The following actions and behaviors are considered prohibited conduct that may lead to disciplinary sanctions:

1.   The obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary procedures, or other institutional activities, including the institution’s public service functions or other authorized activity on institutionally owned or controlled property.
2.   Obstructing or disrupting pedestrians or vehicles from moving freely on institutionally owned or controlled property.
3.   Possessing or using firearms, pellet guns, paint guns, knives with blades over 6”, switchblades, martial arts weapons, explosives, fire works, dangerous chemicals, or other dangerous weapons on institutionally-owned or controlled property. Exceptions are limited to equipment owned, used or maintained by APU or firearms housed in accordance with current campus housing regulations.
4.   Misconduct involving a vehicle that may include driving above speed limits, negligent driving, the unauthorized use of college vehicles, and parking in unauthorized locations.
5.   Malicious damage or misuse or theft of institutional property, or the property of any other person where such property is located on institutionally owned or controlled property, regardless of location, in the care, custody, or control of APU.
6.   Refusal by any person while on APU property, to comply with an order of the APU President or appropriate authorized official or officials, to leave such premises because of conduct constituting a danger to personal safety and/or property.
7.   Sexual misconduct including acquaintance rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse, harassment, exploitation and/or coercive sexual behavior, inducing incapacitation with the intention of sexual assault or rape.
8.   Furnishing or withholding information from staff or faculty with intent to deceive.
9.   Forging, altering, or misusing APU documents, records, or identification cards.
10. Possession, consumption, being under the influence of alcohol, or furnishing of alcoholic beverages on APU owned or controlled property, or at college sponsored or supervised functions, unless authorized by the President.
11. Possession, consumption, being under the influence of illegal drugs, or furnishing of illegal drugs on APU-owned or controlled property, or at college sponsored or supervised functions.
12. Indecent conduct: this includes actions or expressions defined as lewd, indecent, or obscene on APU property.
13. Misconduct that directly and significantly interferes with the university’s subsidiary responsibilities of protecting the health and safety of persons in the APU community.
14. Detaining or abusing any person with the intention of threatening physical, emotional, or mental harm. Hazing in any form is prohibited. 
15. Gambling on APU property or at a sponsored event.
16. Non-compliance with the policies of the Housing and Residence Life Office as listed on the Housing Contract or in the Residence Life Handbook. 
17. Violating published APU regulations and policies and/or the violation of the terms of any disciplinary sanction properly imposed under this or other duly authorized code.
18. Unauthorized entry to or use of APU facilities, which includes the residence halls, University Village houses, buildings, and grounds.
19. Harassment or abuse of members of the college community is prohibited. This includes intimidation, harassment, or abuse on the basis of religion, ethnic origin, disabilities, sexual preferences, gender, or political affiliation.
20. Violation of state or federal laws and/or municipal ordinances may lead to APU disciplinary proceedings even in cases where the violation occurs away from APU property or sponsored events.
21. Campus dog policy violations.
22. Violations of the APU Acceptable Use of Technology Policy as outlined by the University.
23. Misuse or illegal use of college computer, telephone, network and software resources including hacking, identity theft, harassment, and the unauthorized commercial use of college owned infrastructure. The installation and use of non-university owned or licensed software on college computers requires the prior approval of the IT Department.
24. Engaging in acts of academic dishonesty (cheating or plagiarism). All cases of academic dishonesty are handled by the Academic Dean’s Office in keeping with APU Academic Policy. 
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Student Conduct System
Dean of Students Office: 564-8287

 

APU has a strong commitment to creating an educational environment that encourages the development of personal character and citizenship. An important element of this commitment involves helping students develop ethical values, personal independence, and acceptance of consequences that result from personal actions and decisions.

APU views all disciplinary cases as educational opportunities. Anyone living, working or studying within the APU community has the right to bring charges against individuals who they believe are in violation of the Conduct Code. Disciplinary cases are administered through the Dean of Students Office.

The Student Conduct System has been developed to address incidents where students are alleged to have violated the expectations of the Conduct Code. The System is designed to ensure that disciplinary matters are handled fairly and in ways that honor student rights and responsibilities. APU views all student conduct proceedings as educational opportunities. 
The following elements comprise the System.

1. Administration: The Dean of Students office is responsible for disciplining students who have violated the Student Conduct Code with the exception of cases of Academic Dishonesty which are overseen by the Academic Dean. Any member of the Dean of Students office or other members of the university community may file an incident report alleging a violation of the Conduct Code. An incident report can be filled out online at My APU/ On-Campus/Housing and Residence Life/Campus Safety.

2. Student Rights: Student(s) charged with Conduct Code violations can expect the following:

The student(s) charged will be advised in writing of the allegations, the Conduct Code elements alleged to have been violated, and the nature of the evidence supporting the charges. The student(s) will be given an opportunity to meet with a member of the Dean of Students office to discuss alleged violations of the Conduct Code. In these meetings students have the right to present witnesses and share their perspective on the incident. Any disciplinary action resulting from this process may be appealed to the University Appeals Board.

3. The Disciplinary Process: 
The Dean of Students office will investigate the incident and arrange a meeting with student(s) alleged to have violated the Conduct Code. Students are given at least 72 hours advance notice of the meeting unless there are pressing considerations of public health and safety involved and/or further serious allegations of misconduct.

Students may present witnesses and present their side of the story. If the accused student does not respond to a meeting request, the case will be considered without the student present.  Following the investigation and meeting with the student, the Dean or his designee will make a decision.   In cases where a Conduct Code violation is determined to have occurred, disciplinary actions are decided by the Dean of Students office.  The Dean’s office informs the student(s) in writing regarding the outcome of the process.

 4. Disciplinary Actions: The Dean of Students or his/her designee is responsible for overseeing sanctions imposed in disciplinary situations.

 

The following are examples of sanctions that may be imposed:

Warning: A verbal or written warning designed to explain and clarify expected conduct with a stipulation that further, similar or related behaviors will result in disciplinary action.

Disciplinary Reprimand: A written notification from a University official to a student that is kept on file in the Dean of Students office. Further violations of the Code of Conduct will result in additional consequences.

Monetary Sanction: A fine or requirement for repayment may be imposed. Charges will be placed on the student’s account.

Educational Sanction: The student may be required to complete an activity or attend a related event in the campus community to become more educated on a particular subject. Examples include enrollment in an anger management course for cases involving violence or an online alcohol education course for cases involving the abuse of alcohol. The cost associated with creative sanctioning will be placed on the student’s account.

Disciplinary Probation: A student is given the opportunity to demonstrate they can be a responsible and important member of the APU community by agreeing in writing to abide by the Code of Conduct and remain a student with restrictions on activities.

Examples include:

The student may not serve in student leadership roles or represent the situation at meetings, conferences, or other formal events; Students may be given specific guidelines governing student activities or restriction to certain areas of campus.

Suspension from Residence: Serious infractions or repeated violations of university regulations, rules, and guidelines may lead to revocation of a student’s ability to live on-campus. The sanction letter specifies the amount of time allowed before a student is required to leave campus. The housing contract/agreement is typically cancelled and payment for room and meal plan is not returned. Residence Hall Council fees are not refundable and housing deposits may be withheld.  

Suspension from the University: A student suspended from the university is no longer an APU student and may not participate in any university-sponsored event/activity/class or in activities sponsored by university recognized entities such as student organizations and ASAPU. In addition, he/she is denied all other rights and privileges accorded to students in good standing including access to facilities. APU I.D. cards are voided. Grades are determined in accordance with established withdrawal policies. Fee refunds are determined on the same basis as a semester voluntary withdrawal (exceptions noted above). A meeting with the Dean of Students is required before a student can be re-admitted to the university.

Dismissal: Serious or repeated violations of the Student Conduct Code or the rules governing alcohol at Alaska Pacific University can lead to dismissal from the university. All tuition paid is forfeited, the student is removed from university housing (if applicable) and prohibited from entering the campus. The ex-student suffers the other losses imposed for suspended students, and is not eligible to apply for admission at any time.
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University Appeals Board
Dean of Students Office: 564-8287

 

Students have five business days to appeal decisions to the University Appeals Board. Unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Dean of Students office, sanctions begin immediately while the appeals process proceeds. Appeals of decisions/sanctions are to be submitted in writing to the Dean of Students office, and include a specific, recognized basis for the appeal.
These reasons are limited to the following:

New relevant evidence not previously available A flawed disciplinary process An excessive disciplinary punishment

The University Appeals Board convenes when a case is referred from the Dean of Students. The University Appeals Board is comprised of one faculty representative appointed by the Academic Dean, one staff representative appointed by the President, and one student member appointed by the Associated Students of Alaska Pacific University. 

As a backup, a second alternate representative is identified for each position for circumstances when one or more of the members cannot hear an appeal or refuses due to conflicts of interest or involvement with a particular incident. One representative from each segment of the college community is required when considering an appeal. 

The Appeals Board determines collectively their internal rules of procedure and identifies one representative as the chair.

After receiving and considering the written appeal, the Appeals Board may:

Reject the appeal on procedural grounds; Consider the issues in the case and support the Dean’s decision. Consider the issues in the case and meet with the Dean of Students to recommend altering the original decision. In cases where the University Appeals Board and the Dean of Students cannot reach agreement, the case can be referred to the President or the President’s designee for a final decision.

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DIRECTORY
Area Code 907

Academic Dean 564-8261 Academic Support Center 564-8280 Admissions 564-8248 Alumni Relations 564-8250 APU Journal 564-8297 Art Exhibits 564-8220 ASAPU (Student Government) 564-8283 Bookstore 564-8218 Business Administration Department 564-8324 Cafeteria/Dining Food Services 564-8230 Cardinal Newman Chair 564-8274 Career Development (Student Employment Assistance) 564-8345 Chaplain 564-8386 Climbing Wall/Weight Room 564-8308 Conferencing & Facility Rentals 564-8323 Consortium Library (APU/UAA) 564-1848 Counseling and Wellness Center 564-8232 Counseling, Psychological Studies, & Human Services 564-8225 Credit for Prior Learning Coordinator 564-8800 Dean of Students 564-8287 Degree Completion Program 564-8324 DeWolf-Kellog Farm (Palmer) 907-746-2700 Development Office 564-8250 Disability Support Services 564-8345 Early Honors 564-8815 Education Department 564-8378 Environmental Science 564-8207 Equipment Rental 564-8614 Facilities, Operations, Maintenance 564-8320 Financial Aid, Student Financial Services 564-8341 G.I.S. Lab 564-8395 Housing and Residence Life 564-8238 Human Resources 564-8265 Information Desk/Switchboard 1-800-252-7528 Information Technology Help Desk 564-8350 Insurance, Students 564-8287 KSKA, Public Radio/KAKM, Public TV 563-7070 Liberal Studies Department 564-8291 Mailroom 564-8255 Moseley Sports Center 564-8314 Nordic Ski Center 564-8328 Outdoor Programs 564-8292 Outdoor Studies 564-8207 President’s Office 564-8201 Psychology and Human Services 564-8225 Registrar’s Office 564-8210 (RANA) Distance Education 564-8222 Safety and Emergency Response 564-8888 Student Affairs 564-8287 Students Activities 564-8238 Student Employment 564-8345 Swimming Pool, Moseley Sports Center 564-8314 Climbing Wall, Monitor Desk 564-8292 Writing Center 564-8291

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SELECTED FAX MACHINES on Campus

Admissions Fax 563-8317 Atwood Center Fax 564-8806 Business Administration Department Fax 563-8255 Carr Gottstein - 2nd Floor Fax 564-8396 Grant Hall Fax 562-4276 Registration Office Fax 563-9640

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Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education.
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Alaska Pacific University is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment, activities, and its academic programs. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, ethnic or national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, membership in uniformed services, gender identity, or sexual orientation in the administration of any of its education policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletics, and other school-administered policies and programs, or in its employment related policies and practices. APU is firmly committed to adhere to the letter and spirit of all federal and state equalopportunity and civil rights laws, including but not limited to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and their implementing regulations. Alaska Pacific University complies with the Student-Right-to-Know Act, the Campus Security Act and Clery Act, the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA), and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Discrimination is strictly prohibited by the University and will not be tolerated. Treating an employee or student differently in the terms or conditions of his or her employment or educationon the basis of the protected statuses listed above or any other protected status constitutes discrimination. Further, retaliation against any individual for making a complaint of harassment or of any unlawful discrimination, or for assisting in the investigation of such a complaint, will not be tolerated.