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My Guide to College Success 2016 - 2017

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Message from Dr. Sandra Massey Chancellor Welcome to Arkansas State UniversityNewport, one of the fastest growing two-year colleges in the state, and congratulations on your smart decision to attend college.  We are in the business of helping students transform their lives and look forward to your personal success! Each student is a unique individual with varied needs, interests, skills, preferences, and dreams.  It is our goal to provide a wide range of academic, social, and personal development resources so that every student will have the opportunity to succeed in college and beyond.   ASUN takes pride in the excellence portrayed by our faculty and staff; there is a balance between their knowledge and skills and the powerful supportive environment they create.  Students and families brag on the genuine kindness and responsiveness encountered while on campus.  If you have questions, are confused, or just need someone to walk you through a process, please don’t hesitate to reach out.  We are all here to assist and commit to helping you meet your goals whether that is graduation leading to a good paying job or developing a solid foundation to transfer to another institution.   This handbook is a guide which will assist you as you navigate and shape your college experience.   Read it and refer to it often so you will understand how college works and can plan accordingly.  Carl Jung once stated “I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” Dare to explore new possibilities for your future. Sandra Massey, Ed.D. Chancellor

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TABLE OF CONTENTS MY BEGINNINGS

Message from the Chancellor............................................................................................ 3 Table of Contents................................................................................................................. 4 Campus Department Quick Reference............................................................................ 6 My Academic Calendar..................................................................................................... 7 Mission/Vision/Values......................................................................................................... 10 Accreditations.................................................................................................................... 11 Certifications....................................................................................................................... 11 Family Education Rights and Privacy (FERPA)................................................................ 12

MY EDUCATIONAL GOALS

How to Enroll....................................................................................................................... 13 How to Apply for Financial Aid......................................................................................... 13 Felony Application Procedure......................................................................................... 15

MY EDUCATIONAL KNOWLEDGE PLAN

Career Plan Checklists....................................................................................................... 16 Degree and Certificate Options at ASUN....................................................................... 17 College Catalog/Course Catalog Information............................................................. 17 Transfer Resources.............................................................................................................. 18

MY COLLEGE SUCCESS

Course Selection................................................................................................................ 19 Time Management............................................................................................................ 19 Email Communication....................................................................................................... 19 Identification Cards........................................................................................................... 19 Goal Setting........................................................................................................................ 20 Personal Records................................................................................................................ 20

MY RESOURCES FOR SUCCESS

Advising Services................................................................................................................ 21 Computer Services............................................................................................................ 21 Career Services.................................................................................................................. 22 Adult Education................................................................................................................. 22 Disability Services............................................................................................................... 23 Library.................................................................................................................................. 23 Tutoring Services................................................................................................................. 25 Center for Academic Retention and Success............................................................... 25 Ten Points to Student Success........................................................................................... 26

MY ACADEMIC PROCEDURES FOR SUCCESS

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Class Attendance.............................................................................................................. 28 GPA Worksheet................................................................................................................... 28 Satisfactory Academic Progress...................................................................................... 29 Academic Warning........................................................................................................... 29 Academic Suspension....................................................................................................... 29 Early Alert System............................................................................................................... 30 Academic Clemency........................................................................................................ 30 Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP Policy)................................................................. 31 Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy (SAP) for Clock Hour Programs...................... 35 Intent to Graduate............................................................................................................ 45 Commencement............................................................................................................... 46


MY MONEY MATTERS

Tuition Fee Schedule.......................................................................................................... 47 Drop and Withdrawal Process.......................................................................................... 48 Refund of Tuition and Fees Schedule.............................................................................. 50 Scholarships........................................................................................................................ 51 Eligibility Criteria for State Aid........................................................................................... 54

MY STUDENT LEADERSHIP

Leadership Organizations and Opportunities................................................................. 57 Special Interest Student Organizations............................................................................ 58

MY STUDENT RIGHTS, RESPONSIBILITIES AND CONDUCT

Americans with Disabilities Act, Equal Access................................................................ 61 Campus Safety/Security/Reporting................................................................................. 61 Children on Campus......................................................................................................... 62 Campus Security (CLERY) Annual Reporting Procedure............................................... 62 Disclosure for Students Pursuing Health, Human Services, and Related Programs.... 63 Counseling and Services................................................................................................... 63 Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action............................................................................. 64 Student Complaints Log.................................................................................................... 64 Sexual Misconduct Grievance Procedure...................................................................... 65 Report of Sexual Discrimination........................................................................................ 66 Title IX Coordinators Response......................................................................................... 66 Sexual Discrimination Hearing Committee Composition.............................................. 67 Sexual Discrimination Hearing Committee Functions.................................................... 68 Sexual Discrimination Hearing Committee Findings...................................................... 69 Document Collection........................................................................................................ 69 Sexual Harassment............................................................................................................. 69 Sexual Misconduct............................................................................................................. 70 Resources for Victims of Sexual Assault........................................................................... 70 Tobacco Usage Policy....................................................................................................... 71 Student Code of Conduct................................................................................................ 72 The Academic Responsibilities of the Student............................................................... 73 The Academic Rights of the Student............................................................................... 74 Academic Misconduct..................................................................................................... 74 Sanctions for Academic Misconduct.............................................................................. 76 Procedures for Handling Student Academic Grievances............................................ 77 College Hearing Committee............................................................................................ 78 Non-Academic Student Misconduct Systems and Code of Conduct....................... 80 College Jurisdiction........................................................................................................... 82 Inherent Authority.............................................................................................................. 82 Interim Suspension.............................................................................................................. 82 Student Contact Information........................................................................................... 83 Modifying the Standards of Student Conduct............................................................... 83 Policy Interpretation........................................................................................................... 83 Standards of Student Conduct........................................................................................ 83 Non-Academic Misconduct Standards of Student Conduct...................................... 83 Procedures for Resolving Non-Academic Conduct Charges for Violations of the Standards of Student Conduct...................................................... 90 Appeal Process.................................................................................................................. 93 General Policies and Information.................................................................................... 97

COLLEGE TERMINOLOGY TERMS.................................................................. 106 CAMPUS DIRECTORY........................................................................................... 110 5


CAMPUS DEPARTMENT QUICK REFERENCES Department

All Campuses

Newport

Marked Tree

Jonesboro

General Information

800-976-1676

870-512-7800

870-358-2117

870-932-2176

Academic Affairs

870-512-7813

870-512-7844

870-358-8619

870-680-8715

Academic Deans Dean for General Education

870-680-8725

Dean for Applied Sciences

870-512-7710

Dean for Distance Learning

870-512-7864

Dean for Nursing, Allied Health and Community Services

870-512-7747

Academic Support Center

870-512-7867

Admissions

800-976-1676

Admissions FAX

870-512-7825

Adult Education

870-512-7824

Bookstore

870-512-7806

870-512-7877

Business Office

870-512-7802

870-358-8620

870-680-8720

Campus Police

870-512-7866 870-217-1347 870-217-1348

870-358-2117

870-217-1347

870-512-7856

870-358-8615

870-680-8731

Career Pathways

866-454-4686

Dean of Academic Success

870-358-8636

Dean for Enrollment Services

870-512-7813

Dean of Students

870-512-7890

Disability Services

870-512-7742

Enrollment Services/ Registrar

870-512-7725

Financial Aid

870-512-7835

Financial Aid FAX

870-512-7876

Library

870-512-7706

870-358-8624

Student Success Coordinator Cheryl Cross

870-512-7742

Mary Houchin

870-358-8612

Ronda McGrew

870-680-8728

Seth Thompson

870-680-8734

Student Affairs Specialists Testing Services

870-512-7867

Transcript Request

870-512-7894

Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs

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870-512-7838

870-512-7838

870-358-8643

870-680-8740


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MY ACADEMIC CALENDAR 2016 - Calendar 2017 Academic

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Fall 2016

Summer/Fall Registration Opens ARNEC Courses Begin 9-month Faculty Return to Campus

April 11 August 8 August 15 – August 19

Convocation for Adjuncts

August 20 & August 22

Flex I Term Courses Labor Day Holiday (Campus Closed)

September 5 September 5 September 23

Final Exams Flex I Term Courses

October 7

Grades Due Flex I Term Courses

October 10

Mid-Term Grades Due

October 10

Flex II Term Courses Spring Registration Opens Last Day to Withdraw from Full Term & Flex II Term Courses Fall Break/Thanksgiving Holidays ARNEC Last Day

November 9

6 13 20 27

November 16 November 21 - 25 November 22 December 1

Last Day for Full Term Courses

December 5 December 7 - 13

Final Exams Flex II Term Courses

December 13

Last Day for 9-month Faculty

December 14

Grades Due in Admissions for Full Term & Flex II Term Courses

December 14

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October 11 – December 13

ARNEC Commencement Final Exams

2 9 16 23 30

August 22 – October 6 September 1

Last Day to Withdraw Flex I Term Courses

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August 22

Intent to Graduate Forms due for December Graduates Census Date

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Convocation Week for Full Time Faculty Full Term Fall Courses Begin

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MY ACADEMIC CALENDAR 2016 - Calendar 2017 Academic

Spring 2017

Spring Registration Opens ARNEC Orientation ARNEC Courses Begin 9-month Faculty Return to Campus Convocation Week for Full Time Faculty Convocation for Adjunct Faculty

Su November 9 January 6 January 11 January 11 January 11 - 13 January 12 & 14

Martin Luther King Day Observed

January 16

Spring Full Term Courses Begin

January 17

Flex I Term Courses Census Date Last Day to Withdraw for Flex I Term Courses

January 17 – March 3 January 31 February 17

Final Exams Flex 1Term Courses

March 3

Grades Due for Flex I Term Courses

March 6

Mid-Term Grades Due

March 6

Flex II Term Courses Spring Break

Intent to Graduate Forms due from May and Summer Graduates

March 20 - 24 April 1 April 10

Last Day to Withdraw for Full Term & Flex II Term Courses

April 20

Final Exams

Su 5 12 19 26

March 7 – May 9

Summer/Fall Registration Opens Last Day for Full Term Courses

5 12 19 26

May 1 May 3 - 9

Final Exams Flex II Term Courses

May 9

Post Session for Full Time Faculty

May 10-11

Grades Due in Admissions for Full Term and Flex II Term Courses

May 10

Last Day for 9-month Faculty

May 12

Newport Commencement

May 12

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MY ACADEMIC CALENDAR 2016 - Calendar 2017 Academic

Summer I 2017

ARNEC Courses Begin First Summer Term Applied Science/Allied Health Courses Last Day to Register for First Summer Term Courses First Summer Term Courses Begin Census Date Academic Memorial Day Holiday Observed Calendar Last Day to Withdraw from Summer I Term Courses Summer I 2017 Last Day for Summer I Term Courses FinalCourses Exams ARNEC Begin FirstJonesboro Summer Term&Applied Science/Allied Health Courses Marked Tree Commencement Last Day to Register for First Summer Term Courses Grades Due in Admissions First Summer Term Courses Begin

May 30

May 29

June 2017

May 9 May 15 – June 29 May 23 May 23 May 30

May 29 June 15 June 28 June 29

Summer II 2017

Grades Due in Admissions

Last Day to Register for Second Summer Term Courses

June 29 June 30

Second Summer Term Courses Begin Census Date

Summer II 2017

Last Day to Withdraw from Summer II Term Courses

Last Day to Register for Second Summer Term Courses

LastSummer Day for Summer II Term Courses Second Term Courses Begin Census Date Final Exams

Last Day to Withdraw from Summer II Term Courses

Grades Due in Admissions

Last Day for Summer II Term Courses

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ASU-Newport is closed on the following recognized holidays: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Ye

ASU-Newport is closed on the following recognized holidays: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Independence Memorial Day, Day, Day, Thanksgiving and additional as ofdesignated by the Governor Day,Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day,Labor Thanksgiving and additionalDay, days as designated by thedays Governor Arkansas or College Officials. Some holidays not observed on the day they actually occur because fall on occur a Saturday or Sunday. Thefall on a Saturd Officials. Some are holidays are not observed on the day they they actually because they schedule will be adjusted accordingly.

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OUR VISION

ASU-Newport will be the driving force that revitalizes the Delta and restores the American Dream in the communities we serve.

OUR MISSION

ASU-Newport provides an accessible, affordable, quality education that transforms the lives of our students, enriches our communities and strengthens the regional economy.

OUR VALUES

• Community • Diversity • Innovation • Integrity • Student-Centeredness • Trust

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ACCREDITATIONS

ASU-Newport is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 Chicago, IL 60604-1413 www.ncacihe.org National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships, Inc. (NACEP) 126 Mallette Street Chapel Hill, NC 27516 www.nacep.org National Board of Surgical technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education programs 1361 Park Street Clearwater, FL 33756 www.caahep.org

CERTIFICATIONS

Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services Division of Medical Services Office of Long Term Care Nursing Assistant Training Program PO Box 8059; Slot S405 Little Rock, AR 72203-8059 Arkansas State Board of Nursing University Tower Bldg., Suite 800 1123 South University Avenue Little Rock, AR 72204 Arkansas State Board of Cosmetology 4815 West Markham, Slot 8 Little Rock, Arkansas 72205 Arkansas Department of Health Section of EMS & Trauma Systems 5800 West 10th Street, Suite 800 Little Rock, AR 72204 Air Conditioning Contractors of America 2800 S Shirlington Road, Suite 300 Arlington, VA 22206 American Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers (AACRAO) PO Box 37097 Baltimore, MD 21297-3097 11


FAMILY EDUCATION RIGHTS AND PRIVACY (FERPA) The information contained in student records is generally regarded as private and confidential. Public information is an exception and is given to any inquirer unless the student requests nondisclosure for the enrollment period.

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MY EDUCATIONAL GOALS Getting Started – Admissions Checklist

SO I’M ENROLLED. NOW WHAT? You’ll need to think about paying for your courses and purchasing textbooks. The moment you enroll, you will acquire a student account and a bill for tuition and fees. Tuition and fees are due on the first day of class. You may set up a payment plan with the business office. You may also apply for financial aid in the form of a Pell grant or student loan. ASUN’s priority deadline for Fall 2016 is May 1, 2016 and the priority deadline for Spring 2017 is September 15, 2016! HOW DO I APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID? It is easy to apply! Just complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov! You must be fully admitted as a degree-seeking student in a degree or certificate program offered through ASUN to qualify to receive financial aid!

Make certain to submit all admissions documents. 1. You will need to get a FSA ID. Go to fsaid.ed.gov to “Create a New FSA ID.” Write down your FSA ID. Don’t lose it! 2. Once you have a FSA ID; you may apply! Click the START A NEW FAFSA button to begin your application. It is helpful to have your tax forms handy when completing the FAFSA. Your FAFSA application has to be submitted online on the FAFSA website with the ASUN federal code 042034 included. This is always the first step in completing the financial aid process, whether you are applying for Pell Grants, student loans, or scholarships.

**Once you submit your FAFSA, the information you entered online will be sent to the schools you requested (when you entered school codes). A Student Aid Report (SAR) will be sent to the email address you entered on the FAFSA.  Review the SAR carefully and make any corrections quickly! You may also receive an email from the financial aid office at ASUN regarding necessary items needed to process and package your application for student aid.   Since financial aid is processed first come first served, submit any requested documents as soon as possible. Be sure to check your email often. ** 13


THEN WHAT? If you are a transfer student, quickly provide official copies of ALL of your college transcripts to the admissions office. If you are selected by the federal government for VERIFICATION, you may be asked for a variety of documents. These may include IRS Tax Return Transcripts; proof of number in your household; Tax Exempt Interest Income; other income based documents.

Check with the ASUN Financial Aid Office to see what additional documents will be needed to complete the process of filing for financial aid through ASUN.

ARE THERE OTHER WAYS TO PAY FOR SCHOOL? Apply for the Arkansas Lottery Scholarship? Go to www.adhe.edu and click on the YOUniversal link. June 1, 2016 is the deadline for state scholarships offered by Arkansas Department of Higher Education Apply for ASUN Scholarships? Complete applications available online at www.asun.edu/ financial_aid. NEXT ENROLLMENT STEPS I. ASSESS & PLAN If you have not successfully completed Freshman English I and College Algebra and you cannot provide ACT or COMPASS® scores less than 5 years old, please schedule a time to take the COMPASS® exam on one of the ASUN locations.

• If you are a first time student at ASUN, attend a new student orientation session. • Take a career/interest inventory. • Meet with your advisor to assess your career plans and educational goals. • Submit application and required items to specific programs (Practical Nursing; Surgical Technology; High Voltage Lineman Technology; Cosmetology)

IV. ENROLL Enroll in the classes that you and your advisor select via the CampusConnect tab on your ASUN Portal account. 14


V. ARRANGE PAYMENT Your enrollment is not considered complete until you arrange for payment of tuition and fees. Remember, financial aid is not guaranteed. Ultimately, students are responsible for payment of tuition and fees. You may set up a payment plan by logging into your Portal account; select CampusConnect>Account Info> Review/Pay Account! FELONY APPLICATION PROCEDURE The existence of a felony conviction does not necessarily mean that a student will be denied admission to ASUN. However, failure to provide complete, accurate, and truthful information will be grounds to deny or withdraw admission, or to cancel enrollment.

1. Applicants who answer YES to the questions located under JUDICIAL INFORMATION are immediately placed on a pending application status that prevents them from enrolling in courses at ASUN or one of its locations. 2. The applicant is sent a letter informing him or her of this status and requesting the following information. Most applicants who mark YES do so unintentionally. These students are allowed to write a letter explaining their error and are admitted based upon admissions policies outlined in the catalog. Those who mark YES intentionally provide documents requested in letter. • Complete written description of the facts/circumstances concerning the conviction • Copies of all court records • Indictments • Pleas • Sentences • Criminal History Check 3. The applicant should include a personal letter detailing personal, educational, or professional goals and how enrollment at ASUN will assist in achieving these goals. The applicant may submit letters of reference. 4. Once the requested documents arrive, a committee meets to review documents and consider the application for admission. 5. A letter is sent notifying the applicant of the committee’s decision. 6. If the committee denies admission to the applicant, he or she may appeal to the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs.

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MY EDUCATIONAL KNOWLEDGE PLAN Who am I? Where am I going? How do I get there?

Gather the information necessary to develop a successful educational plan by following the first and second semester lists. MY CAREER PLAN CHECKLIST – FIRST SEMESTER • Research academic major/programs to determine degree requirements and admission criteria. • Meet with faculty to solicit their insights about major/ programs. • Meet with an academic advisor to discuss your academic plans. • Make a decision about your academic major. • Meet with your academic advisor to discuss the necessary coursework. • Create a term-by-term plan of required academic coursework. • Join campus clubs or organizations that relate to your career path. Use the following resources to help you learn the educational level needed for a particular career. Occupational Outlook Handbook produced by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. (www.bls.gov/oco/) MY CAREER PLAN CHECKLIST – SECOND SEMESTER • Take a career assessment to assess your skills, interests, personality and values. • Conduct job market research on various occupations to determine work environment, average salary, job outlook, education requirements, and licensing/certification requirements. • Talk to people who work in career fields that interest you to gather information and gain insights about the career. • Engage in job shadowing of people and work settings you are considering. • Attend career events, workshops, and career fairs to gather information. • Participate in volunteer service projects relevant to your skills and interests. • Establish mentor relationships with people in your fields of interest.

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DEGREE AND CERTIFICATE OPTIONS AT ASUN Associate of Arts

Prepares you to transfer to a college or university  to complete a B.A.

BACHELOR’S

Associate of Science

Prepares you to transfer to a college or university to complete a B.S.

BACHELOR’S

Associate of Applied Science

Prepares you to enter a specialized career field. With careful academic planning, you may be able to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the same field by transferring to a specific university.

WORK AND/OR BACHELOR’S

Technical Certificate

Prepares you to enter a specialized career field or upgrade your skills for job advancement. Credits earned can often be applied to a related A.A.S.

WORK AND/OR ASSOCIATE

Certificate of Proficiency

Prepares you to enter a specialized job field. Credits earned can often be applied to a related Technical Certificate.

WORK

CAN YOU ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS?

What level of education/degree is needed to be successful in my career choice? _________________________________________________ I need to major in _______________________ to reach my career goal. I know that _________________________________ (college/university) offers my chosen major. I know that the _______________________program/certificate at ASUN is the best choice for my career choice and educational goals. COLLEGE CATALOG / COURSE CATALOG One useful tool for creating an educational plan is the annual College Catalog. It is available online, and contains important information for whatever program of study you choose. It provides course descriptions, the academic credits to be earned, and which term each course is offered. The catalog also lists the many resources available to students, such as tutoring, financial aid, and additional resources that can contribute to success. To access the electronic version of the College Catalog, visit here. In order for you to be considered a candidate for a degree or certificate, you must have completed all the requirements for that degree as described in the official College Catalog in effect at the time you enrolled in the program leading to that degree or 17


certificate. Once you know all the requirements for your degree or certificate, you’ll want to develop a term-by-term plan of the required courses you will take and when you will take them. This is often referred to as your Plan of Study or Degree Plan. TRANSFER RESOURCES The Arkansas Course Transfer System (ACTS) contains information about the transferability of courses within Arkansas public colleges and universities. Students are guaranteed the transfer of applicable credits and equitable treatment in the application of credits for admissions and degree requirements. Students may complete specified general education courses anywhere in the public system as well as many courses in the degree/major that have been preidentified for transfer. To see a list of ASUN courses that transfer to other colleges and universities in Arkansas, visit acts.adhe.edu/studenttransfer.aspx. To see a list of current Articulation Agreements, visit www.asun.edu/ programs/basics. RESEARCH SCHOOLS If you are enrolled in a transfer degree program at ASUN, the process of researching schools needs to occur early in your educational journey because the information is helpful in developing your best educational plan at ASUN. Gather answers to the following questions: • What are the features, such as size, cost, and location, of the institution? • What is the process for admission? When is the admission application deadline? • Are there special admission requirements for my major? • What are the specific degree requirements for my major? What are PROGRAM or MAJOR specific application deadlines? • Who will my advisor be, and how should I contact that person? Take Action • Know the college/university deadline dates. • Gather and submit all necessary paperwork for the college/ university. ASUN transcript information can be found at www.asun.edu/ transcripts. Although you may send a current transcript (which includes courses you are currently taking), be certain to send a complete transcript AFTER FINAL GRADES have posted. 18


MY COLLEGE SUCCESS Strategies for Success

COURSE SELECTION It is important to meet with your academic advisor each semester for guidance during the advising process.

• Study your degree plan.  It is the road map to earning your degree.  Know the courses needed and their prerequisites in order to complete your degree plan. • Assess whether or not your course load is realistic to your other life commitments. • Utilize available resources such as computer labs, tutors, and study groups.

TIME MANAGEMENT How you use your time can determine how successful you are.   Often, students underestimate the amount of time they will need to devote to their studies to be successful.  A promising student typically spends 2-3 hours per week for each credit hour he/she is enrolled.  For example, a student enrolled in 12 credit hours (fulltime student status) spends approximately 24-36 hours a week on his/her studies.  This does not include class time.  Math and science course typically demand more time, but each class varies based on course and instructor expectations. To find our Academic Success page, please visit the online ASUN Academic Support page at asun.edu/academic_support_center. There you can find workshops and aids to help in various student needs. If you need testing assistance, please visit the Testing Services page at www.asun.edu/testing_services. EMAIL COMMUNICATION A student email account is used to communicate information, updates, and announcements to students.  An email account is assigned at the time of registration.   Email is the official form of communication between school and student. IDENTIFICATION CARDS Student Identification Cards are made on each campus. This card must be shown for check cashing and to check out library materials. Student Identification Cards are property of the college and are subject to being revoked in the case of abuse. Students must present a valid driver’s license or state issued ID card and a copy of their current schedule to obtain an ASU-Newport Student Identification Card.

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GOAL SETTING Plan and evaluate your goals regularly.  Successful goal setting includes evaluation.  You can use your academic calendar to plan goal reviews.  You can review and assess progress on your short term goals each semester.  Long term goals should be checked at different milestones in your academic plan, such as after completion of developmental courses or admissions requirements. PERSONAL RECORDS It is important that you keep your personal records up to date.  Edits can be made by accessing Student Info and Demographic Data in the Campus Connect tab of the Portal.  

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MY RESOURCES FOR SUCCESS ADVISING SERVICES Every ASUN student, whether full-time, part-time, or visiting, has access to academic advising. As many studies in both college retention and completion have shown, academic advising plays a pivotal role in helping students complete their degree. Academic advising goes beyond helping students put together a semester schedule that puts students on a path of success and registering for class; academic advisers can help students use their preferred learning style, arrange necessary tutoring, design a study schedule, plan for their academic and professional goals beyond ASUN, etc. Full-time and part-time students are matched up with a faculty adviser according to the student’s degree / intended career goals. Faculty are specialized in certain academic areas and we want students to get the best possible advising while attending ASUN. ASUN also uses staff/professional advisers such as staff working in Admissions and/or Retention Specialists. Students should contact their academic advisor for help and questions to make their ASUN college experience as exciting and successful as possible. Advisors recommend that students set up advising appointments well in advance when it comes to registering for courses since that is the time when advisors are the busiest. From the website: To help students make early decisions about their career and academic goals, the Advising Center provides students with career and academic advising. The advisor encourages students to begin thinking of their academic goals in relation to their career aspirations. COMPUTER SERVICES With several computer labs across campus, you’re likely to find a computer when you need one. Some labs dedicated to a particular technology have limited access. General labs can be found in almost every building at our ASUN locations. COMPUTER LABS Newport Campus • Business and Transportation Building – BTT 111 • Walton Hall – WH128, Library Labs A through C, Library Circle, WH112 • White River Hall - WRH117 21


Jonesboro Campus • Room 201 • Room 204 • Room 217 • Room 418 • Room 302

Marked Tree Campus • Building D, Room 1, Room 2, Room 3, Room 4 • Building A, Academic Support Center • Building B, Lab • Building C, Room 105

• Room 303 • Room 502

COMPUTER MISUSE ASU-Newport expects that users of campus computing and network facilities will respect the rights of other users as well as the integrity of the systems and related physical resources. Misuse, abuse, and unauthorized use of computing resources, and/or use of computing resources for unauthorized purposes such as, but not limited to, destroying, modifying, accessing, or copying programs, records, or data belonging to the university or another user without permission. CAREER SERVICES The Division of Student Affairs offers a wide range of services to current students and alumni to assist them in career decision making, the job search process, and career advisement. Services include: Workshops: • Resume Writing • Business Etiquette

• Interviewing Skills • Job Search

Job Referrals: Job announcements are sent via student email accounts. Special Programs: Job Search Counseling For more information about Career Services, please contact 870-680-8734. ADULT EDUCATION The Adult Education department offers no-tuition courses in reading, math, and writing skills. These services are available to students who want to review before taking college entrance tests. Most courses are designed as hybrid plans (some direct instruction and some online instruction) to meet the scheduling needs of students.  Adult 22


Education also partners with some college programs to provide academic support services on a dual-enrolled basis. Call 870-5127824 or 870-512-7742 for additional information. DISABILITY SERVICES At ASU-Newport, we believe every student has the right to achieve their highest ability academically, socially and intellectually. Although ASUN does not offer a specialized curriculum for persons with disabilities or assume the role of a rehabilitation center, we offer a variety of support services so that students with disabilities are admitted and integrated as completely as possible into the university. Reasonable accommodations are provided on an individual basis and are determined from the student’s documentation and interview with the Office of Disability Services. To obtain reasonable accommodations, students must provide documentation of diagnosed disability to the Disability Services Coordinator. For more information, please call 870-578-7742 or email disabilityservices@ asun.edu before enrolling in courses at ASU-Newport. LIBRARY The Harryette M. Hodges and Kaneaster Hodges, Sr. Library on the Newport campus and the libraries on the Jonesboro and Marked Tree campuses serve as centers of learning for the institution. Library services are available to students, faculty, staff, and community members. In addition to print, electronic, and audio/visual materials, students, faculty, and staff can access Library Databases onsite and remotely. The ASU-Newport Library also offers InterLibrary Loan, which is a service that allows eligible users to request items that are not owned by the ASU-Newport Library from other libraries. InterLibrary Loan is available to our students, faculty, and staff. The ASU-Newport Library is a member of the ARKLink Consortium, which means students, faculty, and staff are eligible for an ARKLink card which will allow them to borrow materials from other consortium member libraries.

Library Resources EBSCOhost

EBSCOhost is a powerful online reference system accessible via the Internet. It offers a variety of proprietary full text databases and popular databases from leading information providers. Comprehensive databases range from general reference collections to specially designed, subject-specific databases for academic libraries.

Rittenhouse eBook Collection

Our Rittenhouse eBook Collection has titles that will help our nursing and surgical technology students accomplish their goal of successfully completing their respective program. These eBooks are full-text and can be accessed via the portal.

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Traveler Databases CLCD is a single source/single search resource for librarians, teachers,

parents and students from PreK through grade 12 and for Children’s Literature classes at the academic level. Users have access to over 2.5 million titles, non-fiction & fiction for PreK—12 grades with 42 quality professional review sources.

Learning Express provides digital access to materials to help with basic

skills, computer applications, test preparation and more. Adult Learning Center; Career Center; College Preparation Center; College Center; Computer Skills Center; High School Equivalency Center; Recursos para Hispanohablantes (Spanish Center); School Center (gr. 4 & up)

Pronunciator provides both guided and self-directed instruction for 80

foreign languages, and ESL for 50 non-English languages, along with a Course Designer which allows for the creation and deployment of custom courses by educators.

ProQuest Central [includes ABI/INFORM Complete; Accounting & Tax Periodicals; Banking Information Source; Canadian Newsstand Complete; Career and Technical Education; CBCA Complete; Hoover’s Company Records; OxResearch (part of ABI/INFORM Complete); Pharmaceutical News Index; ProQuest Asian Business and Reference; ProQuest Biology Journals; ProQuest Computing; ProQuest Criminal Justice; ProQuest Education Journals; ProQuest European Business; ProQuest Family Health; ProQuest Health and Medical Complete; ProQuest Health Management; ProQuest Military Collection; ProQuest Newsstand; ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source; ProQuest Political Science; ProQuest Psychology Journals; ProQuest Religion; ProQuest Science Journals; ProQuest Social Science Journals; ProQuest Sociology; ProQuest Telecommunications Research Library; Snapshot Series] ALSO AGRICOLA (AGRICultural OnLine Access); CultureGrams –Kids, Provinces, States, World; ProQuest eBooks Central; eLibrary Elementary; eLibrary Curriculum Edition; eLibrary Science; ERIC; Ethnic NewsWatch; HeritageQuest Online; LISA: Library and Information Science Abstracts; ProQuest African American Heritage; ProQuest Entrepreneurship; ProQuest Environmental Science Collection; ProQuest Research Companion; SIRS Issues Researcher World Book an engaging reference resource for students and adults

reading below grade level because of language or learning difficulties. In addition, a section of World Book Discover is devoted to life skills helps users negotiate financial, health, housing, and employment issues.

This project is made possible by a grant from U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Arkansas State Library under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. Additional state funds were provided by the Arkansas Department of Education.

Users must log onto the ASUN Portal and click on the Library tab to access Library Resources.

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TUTORING SERVICES

The Academic Support Center at ASU-Newport provides free support services to all students conducting homework, seeking tutoring or attending workshops. Developmental classes emphasized at the center include Math and English Fundamentals. Tutors work with students in all developmental classes as well as other course levels. Tutorial services include math and writing as well as study software which can be accessed for a variety of subjects including math, science, history and writing. The Center also has access to online practice and study exams in the areas of CDL truck driving, nursing prep, PRAXIS, ACT and SATs. For more information about the Academic Support Center, contact Christy Mann, Director, at (870) 512-7867 or christy_mann@asun.edu. CENTER FOR ACADEMIC RETENTION AND SUCCESS (CARS) The Center for Academic Retention & Success, incorporating high-touch retention strategies, including intrusive advising, case-management counseling, and an early alert system. For more information about the Center for Academic Retention and Success call 870-358-8612 or email cars@asun.edu.

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10 POINTS TO STUDENT SUCCESS 1. Your Advisor and/or Instructors—Advisors and Instructors are professionals at giving academic guidance; however, they are not mind readers. If you do not share your concerns, goals, and needs with them, then they cannot provide the best advice possible. Prepare questions and appropriate paperwork prior to meeting with them. Take the time to meet with an advisor or your instructor outside of the hectic registration period or class time. Share the good and the bad, listen to their advice, and accept responsibility for your own progress. 2. Your Catalog—We know that the college catalog will never appear on the best-seller list, but it does have a wealth of important information in it, particularly your degree requirements and prerequisites. For an exception to any policy, you should consult your catalog first and see what the published policies and procedures are and how they could affect you. If you do not have a catalog, request one from the office of the Dean of Students, or go to the website to access an electronic copy. 3. Directions and Documentation—Read all directions carefully and slowly before you begin. When given material such as curriculum guides, grade sheets or any official letter from the college read it carefully then create a file and bring the form with you if it pertains to your visit with an advisor, professor or other college employee. It is your responsibility to fill out all forms and review them for correctness and accuracy. 4. Deadlines and Due Dates—All academic institutions have official add/drop periods. Some also have late start and second half semester start classes. Make certain to write these on your calendar and adjust your schedule as needed within these time frames. Make special note of due dates for assignments and dates of final exams. 5. Your Grades—Your grade point average (GPA) can determine your eligibility for certain programs, the Dean’s list, financial aid, and scholarships. It can also determine your academic progress and actions like warning, probation, suspension, and dismissal. These are all serious actions and should not come as a surprise; nevertheless, students are often shocked to learn that they are ineligible to enroll in classes due to one of these actions. Talk to your advisor (#1) about your academic progress and review your catalog (#2) to make certain you understand how your GPA is calculated. 26


6. Your Body—Try to eat some healthy food, get some exercise, and sleep regularly. Most importantly notice when your body is talking to you. If you are falling asleep in class, losing your appetite, not leaving your room, or feeling depressed, then seek help immediately. Your mind cannot perform at its best when your body is being ignored. 7. Your Employment—Many students have to work at least parttime while attending college. Talk to your employer about your academic goals and see how much flexibility is available. If you are working full-time, be especially careful not to attempt a fulltime course load. You will likely end up missing a deadline and overstressing yourself physically and mentally. 8. Your Finances—Try not to get too deeply into debt. There are literally thousands of scholarship opportunities that students do not explore (due to lack of time, perhaps, or a lack of confidence). Attending school part-time and taking only the course load you can afford really can help you progress towards your degree. 9. Your Friends—Look out for each other and stay connected. When the end of the add/drop periods approach, for example, remind your friends to make adjustments and verify their own schedules. If you believe a friend is in trouble physically or emotionally, encourage him/her to get help as soon as possible. 10. The Internet—E-mail and the Web are valuable tools, but they are easily misused and can lead to misunderstandings. When e-mailing your advisor or professor, review your message for spelling and grammar, and never send an e-mail out of frustration or anger. When conducting research, keep in mind that anyone can publish his or her ideas on the Web, and that does not mean the information is well-written, truthful, or accurate. Think carefully about what you read and make certain to cite anyone else’s ideas. If you take an idea from the Web without giving that person credit, you have committed plagiarism. Source: College, P. G. (2015, July 7). Student Handbook. Retrieved from Prince George’s Community College: http://www.pgcc.edu/uploadedFiles/Resources/ pdf/Student_Handbook/StudentHandbook.pdf

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MY ACADEMIC PROCEDURES FOR SUCCESS

CLASS ATTENDANCE Students are expected to attend all of their scheduled classes. Official college attendance policies allow that after you have missed two times the number of scheduled class periods per week, the instructor has the right to issue you a failing grade, if they so choose. Some of our academic programs may have more rigorous attendance policies, based upon state and federal requirements for instructional hours. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the instructor to clarify the absence policy for his/her class. If a student decides to stop attending a class, it is important to officially withdraw from the class by completing a Request to Withdraw Form by the date published in the college catalog. If withdrawal procedures are not completed, a failing grade (F) will be issued for the class. If you receive a Pell grant, student loan, or scholarship, contact the Financial Aid Office to determine how the withdraw will affect your future awards/eligibility. GPA WORKSHEET 1.

How to calculate your grade point average (GPA):

Your GPA is calculated by dividing the total number of Quality Points you earned by the number of GPA hours you attempted in courses in which grades of A through F are assigned. Grades of AD, CR, I, IP, NC, S, T, U, and W do not have Quality Point values and are, therefore, not included in the GPA calculation. (NOTE: The first attempts of courses that have been repeated are excluded from the cumulative GPA.) 2. Add the GPA hours. 3. Determine your total Quality Points: For each course, multiply the number of GPA Hours for that course times the number of Quality Points indicated on the grading scale below. Example: ENGL 1010 is a 3.00 hours course. Multiply 3.00 hours X 3.00 (the Quality Points for a B); the product will be 9.00 Quality Points earned for ENGL 1010 Add the Quality Points for all courses 4. Divide the total Quality Points by the total GPA Hours to determine your GPA. Course Ex: ENGL 1010

Grade B

Grade Weight 3.00

GPA Credit Hours 3.00

Total:

Total:

TOTAL QUALITY POINTS ____________ ÷ TOTAL GPA CREDIT HOURS ____________  = ____________ GPA

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Quality Hours (Weight X Hours) 9.00

Grade Scale A 4.00

B 3.00

C 2.00

D 1.00

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SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS POLICY CREDIT AND CLOCK HOUR SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS (SAP) Federal regulations require all recipients of student financial aid to make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) towards an eligible degree or certificate program. Students applying for assistance through the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Work Study, Direct Subsidized Loan, Direct Unsubsidized Loan, Direct Parent PLUS Loan, and other programs as determined by the Financial Aid Office must meet the requirements listed below to determine initial or continued financial aid eligibility at ASU – Newport (ASUN), including the Jonesboro and Marked Tree locations.  Rules are applied uniformly to all students whether or not aid has been previously received. ACADEMIC WARNING

(NOTE:  Financial Aid Office has its own standards Warning & Suspension)

Students are placed on academic warning at the close of a Fall or Spring term in which their cumulative grade point average falls below 2.00. Placement on academic warning serves as an opportunity for students to confront academic challenges before suspension. Students will be removed from academic warning at the close of the enrollment period in which the cumulative grade point average is 2.00 or above and 67%. To raise grade point average while on warning, students are required to: • repeat courses in which they earn a D or F • meet with academic advisor regarding appropriate placement in courses • evaluate self-discipline and time management • evaluate work schedule • consider taking 12 credit hours or less • arrange to visit the academic success center for tutoring • meet with a retention specialist ACADEMIC SUSPENSION

(Note:  Financial Aid Office has its own standards Warning & Suspension)

Students are placed on academic suspension at the end of a Fall or Spring semester in which they have attempted 30 semester credit hours and their cumulative grade point average is below 2.00. Students who have been academically suspended will be notified by the Registrar and dropped from future term enrollments. Suspended students are encouraged to postpone enrollment for 29


one 16-week semester. Students who separate from ASUN for at least one 16-week semester or term will be automatically re-admitted to ASUN. A student who has been suspended for poor scholarship may petition for immediate readmission by submitting a completed Petition for Immediate Readmission packet, available in the ASUN Portal under the Admissions Tab, or in the Office of Enrollment Services/Registrar, to the Dean of Enrollment Services. Upon notification of decision, students who have been denied immediate readmission may appeal the decision of the Dean of Enrollment Services to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Visiting students must provide official transcripts showing good academic standing from the last college/university attended. Those who do not are encouraged to follow their home institution’s policy with regard to academic probation and suspension. Work completed at another institution while academically suspended may not be accepted for transfer by the home institution. EARLY ALERT SYSTEM The Early Alert System is a component of the Center for Academic Retention and Success (CARS). When a faculty or staff member observes behavior inside or outside of the classroom that could potentially impact your academic performance, they submit an electronic form noting the observed behavior. The form is sent to the Center for Academic Retention and Success as well as the student. A retention specialist contacts the student and discusses the form and discusses with them how to be successful in and outside of their courses. After the meeting/contact with the student, the retention specialist notifies the faculty/staff member who submitted the Early Alert about the details of the meeting. For more information, contact the Center for Academic Retention and Success at cars@asun.edu. ACADEMIC CLEMENCY Academic clemency is a one time, irrevocable recalculation of grade point average and credit hours toward graduation to be based only on work done after a 5 year separation from college. This provision is made for undergraduate students who have gained maturity through extended experience outside higher education institutions. Requirements to be satisfied by a student prior to requesting academic clemency toward an undergraduate degree are as follows: 30


Separation from all academic institutions for at least five years and then, formal application filed with the Dean of Enrollment Services/ Registrar. Upon approval by the Dean of Enrollment Services/ Registrar, the student will be granted academic clemency. The student’s permanent record will remain a record of all work; however, the student will forfeit the use (for degree purposes at ASUN) of any college or university credit earned prior to the five years separation indicated above. The date of the clemency will coincide with the date of reentry following the prolonged separation and the permanent record will note that a fresh start was made and the date of the fresh start. The record will also carry the notation, “Academic Clemency granted (date of fresh start).” The student will be considered a “first-time entering” student. Academic Clemency will not help a student regain compliance with the Financial Aid Office because the student still will have attempted what he or she previously attempted for Financial Aid calculations. However, Academic Clemency will reset the hours earned to 0. This will negatively impact quantitative / pace and maximum time frame requirements. See SAP Policy. SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS (SAP POLICY) Federal regulations require all recipients of student financial aid make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) towards an eligible degree or certificate program. Students applying for assistance through the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Work Study, Direct Subsidized Loan, Direct Unsubsidized Loan, Direct Parent PLUS Loan, and other programs as determined by the Financial Aid Office must meet the requirements listed below to determine initial or continued financial aid eligibility at ASU – Newport (ASUN), including the Jonesboro and Marked Tree campuses. Rules are applied uniformly to all students whether or not aid has been previously received. Satisfactory academic progress is based on meeting qualitative and quantitative requirements. 1. Qualitative Requirement Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better on a 4.0 scale. For the purpose of this policy, grades of “A”, “B”, “C”, “D”, and “S” are considered making satisfactory academic progress. Grades of “F”, “W”, “I”, and “U” are considered not making satisfactory academic progress. 31


2. Quantitative/Pace of Progress Requirement Students must successfully complete attempted courses: Students must successfully complete and pass 67 percent of all courses attempted. 3. Maximum Time Frame Students may receive financial aid up to 150 percent of the published credit hour length of their declared program. For example, 150 percent of a 60 hour credit hours AS degree is 90 credit hours (150% x 60 hours = 90 credit hours). a. Students are expected to complete their degree or certificate within a reasonable time frame. Taking extra courses not required in a student’s degree plan may exhaust financial aid eligibility prior to completion of a degree or certificate. b. Developmental/remedial course work is not included in the maximum time frame of 150% nor is the cumulative grade point average include in the qualitative requirement. Students can received financial aid up to 30 hours of developmental/remedial coursework. c. Students who enroll in courses that are not part of their degree plan are not included in the determination of enrollment status and are not eligible for financial aid, with the exception of developmental/remedial courses. d. Transfer credits are counted as attempted and earned credits in the evaluation of the pace of progress and in the maximum time frame. Failure to attend class does not automatically constitute withdrawal from a course. Should a student decide to withdraw from a course or courses, he or she can do so on the Portal at www.portal.asun.edu. Failure to officially withdraw from a course will result in a grade of “F”. 4. Period of Evaluation Satisfactory academic progress is evaluated at the end of each term of enrollment. The evaluation is based on the student’s earned cumulative grade point average and cumulative percentage classes attempted to those of successfully completed courses. 5. Financial Aid Warning Students who do not achieve satisfactory academic progress as defined by this policy are immediately place on Financial Aid Warning and are eligible to receive financial aid for the next term of enrollment. Students are required 32


to meet with a retention specialist to develop an academic plan. A copy of the signed plan is required by the Financial Aid Office. Students placed in a warning status are notified by email. 6. Financial Aid Suspension Students who are in a financial aid warning status and do not make satisfactory academic progress in their term of warning status, are placed on financial aid suspension. Students on financial aid suspension are not eligible to receive financial aid for their next term of enrollment. Students placed on suspension are notified by email. In addition, students who have a 0.0 GPA for the last term attended are placed on FA Suspension and are not eligible for financial aid. Students may, however, submit a SAP appeal to be considered for financial aid for one semester. Unless placed on academic suspension by the Registrar’s Office, students are allowed to continue enrollment without the benefit of financial aid until he or she meets the requirements of this policy. 7. Financial Aid Suspension for Maximum Time Frame Students who reach their 150% credit hour length of their program are immediately placed on financial aid suspension. 8. Financial Aid Suspension for Inability to Meet Program Requirements with Time Frame If determined by the financial aid office that a student cannot possibly raise their cumulative grade point average or rate of course completion within the maximum time frame, the student is immediately placed on financial aid suspension. A student who is placed on financial aid suspension has the right to submit a Suspension Review Request form to the Director of Financial Aid. The form along with any supporting documentation is forwarded to the Appeals Committee for review. Students are notified of the committee’s decision by email. The committee’s decision is final.

9. Reasons that may be Acceptable for an Appeal Personal injury, illness, physical disability or victim of a crime • • Death and/or illness of an immediate family member • Separation/Divorce • Fire or other catastrophic events • Legal problems • Other circumstances beyond a student’s control that occurred during the term for which a student lost eligibility 33


10. Re-entry upon Acceptance of an Appeal Student who re-enter based on an accepted appeal are awarded financial aid for their next term of enrollment and are placed on financial aid probation for that term. Students are required to meet with a retention specialists to develop an academic plan. A copy of the signed plan is required by the Financial Aid Office. If at the conclusion of the term the student is not making satisfactory academic progress in accordance with this policy, the student is placed on financial aid suspension. 11. Repeated Courses Federal student aid may only pay for one repeat of a previously passed course for a full-time student. All attempted hours are included in the evaluation under the maximum time frame. 12. Incomplete Classes Incomplete classes will result in a grade of “I”, and are considered the same as an “F” when evaluating SAP. A student MUST do the work to complete the class in order for the “I” to be changed to an actual letter grade (A, B, C, D, or F) by the last day to enroll in the following term. 13. Transfer Students Prior to the awarding of financial aid, students who attended other college(s) are required to submit all official academic transcripts to the financial aid office regardless if the student received financial aid at their previous college(s). Students whose academic transcript(s) report a cumulative grade point average below a 2.0 and/or is determined not meeting the requirements for pace for their last term of enrollment, are placed on financial aid warning for their first term of enrollment at ASUN. Pace is a quantitative measurement which determines the rate a student completes attempted courses. This measurement will establish if a student can complete their academic program within the allotted timeframe. At ASUN, a student must successfully complete and pass 67 percent of all courses attempted. Transfer students who have a 0.0 GPA for the previous term from the last college attended are placed on FA Suspension and are not eligible for financial aid. Students may, however, submit a SAP appeal to be considered to receive financial aid. An approved appeal will allow a student to receive financial aid for their first term of enrollment at ASUN. Academic 34


progress will be evaluated at the end of the term. If at the conclusion of the term the student is not making satisfactory academic progress in accordance with this policy, the student is placed on financial aid suspension.

14. Disbursement of Financial Aid Funds for Student in a Warning or Probation Status Students who are in either status are to receive their financial aid disbursement within the normal disbursement period which is approximately 14 days after census date. First time student loan borrowers will expect to receive their disbursement 30 days from the start date of the term. Revised 11/2016 Effective 1/2017 SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS POLICY (SAP) FOR CLOCK HOUR PROGRAMS Federal regulations require all recipients of student financial aid make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) towards an eligible degree or certificate program. Students applying for assistance through the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Work Study, Direct Subsidized Loan, Direct Unsubsidized Loan, Direct Parent PLUS Loan, and other programs as determined by the Financial Aid Office must meet the requirements listed below to determine initial or continued financial aid eligibility at ASU – Newport (ASUN), including the Jonesboro and Marked Tree campuses. Rules are applied uniformly to all students whether or not aid has been previously received. Satisfactory academic progress is based on meeting qualitative and quantitative requirements. 1. Qualitative Requirement Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better on a 4.0 scale. For the purpose of this policy, grades of “A”, “B”, “C”, “D”, and “S” are considered making satisfactory academic progress. Grades of “F”, “W”, “I”, and “U” are considered not making satisfactory academic progress. 2. Quantitative/Pace of Progress Requirement Students must successfully complete attempted courses: Students must successfully complete and pass 67 percent of all courses attempted. 35


3. Maximum Time Frame Students may receive financial aid up to 150 percent of the published credit hour length of their declared program. For example, 150 percent of a 60 hour credit hours AS degree is 90 credit hours (150% x 60 hours = 90 credit hours). a. Students are expected to complete their degree or certificate within a reasonable time frame. Taking extra courses not required in a student’s degree plan may exhaust financial aid eligibility prior to completion of a degree or certificate. b. Developmental/remedial course work is not included in the maximum time frame of 150% nor is the cumulative grade point average include in the qualitative requirement. Students can received financial aid up to 30 hours of developmental/remedial coursework. c. Students who enroll in courses that are not part of their degree plan are not included in the determination of enrollment status and are not eligible for financial aid, with the exception of developmental/remedial courses. d. Transfer credits are counted as attempted and earned credits in the evaluation of the pace of progress and in the maximum time frame. e. For financial aid purposes, grades of A, B, C, D, F, S, I, W, U, and AU are all considered attempted hours and will be counted towards the maximum time frame. Failure to attend class does not automatically constitute withdrawal from a course. Should a student decide to withdraw from a course or courses, he or she can do so on the Portal at www.portal.asun.edu. Failure to officially withdraw from a course will result in a grade of “F”. 4. Period of Evaluation Satisfactory academic progress is evaluated at the end of each term of enrollment. The evaluation is based on the student’s earned cumulative grade point average and cumulative percentage classes attempted to those of successfully completed courses. 5. Financial Aid Warning Students who do not achieve satisfactory academic progress as defined by this policy are immediately place on Financial Aid Warning and are eligible to receive financial aid for the next term of enrollment. Students are required to meet with a retention specialist to develop an academic plan. A copy of the signed plan is required by the Financial 36


Aid Office. Students placed in a warning status are notified by email. 6. Financial Aid Suspension Students who are in a financial aid warning status and do not make satisfactory academic progress in their term of warning status, are placed on financial aid suspension. Students on financial aid suspension are not eligible to receive financial aid for their next term of enrollment. Students placed on suspension are notified by email. In addition, students who have a 0.0 GPA for the last term attended are placed on FA Suspension and are not eligible for financial aid. Students may, however, submit a SAP appeal to be considered for financial aid for one semester. Unless placed on academic suspension by the Registrar’s Office, students are allowed to continue enrollment without the benefit of financial aid until he or she meets the requirements of this policy. 7. Financial Aid Suspension for Maximum Time Frame Students who reach their 150% credit hour length of their program are immediately placed on financial aid suspension. 8. Financial Aid Suspension for Inability to Meet Program Requirements with Time Frame If determined by the financial aid office that a student cannot possibly raise their cumulative grade point average or rate of course completion within the maximum time frame, the student is immediately placed on financial aid suspension. A student who is placed on financial aid suspension has the right to submit a Suspension Review Request form to the Director of Financial Aid. The form along with any supporting documentation is forwarded to the Appeals Committee for review. Students are notified of the committee’s decision by email. The committee’s decision is final.

9. Reasons that may be Acceptable for an Appeal • Personal injury, illness, physical disability or victim of a crime • Death and/or illness of an immediate family member • Separation/Divorce • Fire or other catastrophic events • Legal problems • Other circumstances beyond a student’s control that occurred during the term for which a student lost eligibility 37


10. Re-entry upon Acceptance of an Appeal Student who re-enter based on an accepted appeal are awarded financial aid for their next term of enrollment and are placed on financial aid probation for that term. Students are required to meet with a retention specialists to develop an academic plan. A copy of the signed plan is required by the Financial Aid Office. If at the conclusion of the term the student is not making satisfactory academic progress in accordance with this policy, the student is placed on financial aid suspension. 11. Repeated Courses Federal student aid may only pay for one repeat of a previously passed course for a full-time student. All attempted hours are included in the evaluation under the maximum time frame. 12. Incomplete Classes Incomplete classes will result in a grade of “I”, and are considered the same as an “F” when evaluating SAP. A student MUST do the work to complete the class in order for the “I” to be changed to an actual letter grade (A, B, C, D, or F) by the last day to enroll in the following term. 13. Transfer Students Prior to the awarding of financial aid, students who attended other college(s) are required to submit all official academic transcripts to the financial aid office regardless if the student received financial aid at their previous college(s). Students whose academic transcript(s) report a cumulative grade point average below a 2.0 and/or is determined not meeting the requirements for pace for their last term of enrollment, are placed on financial aid warning for their first term of enrollment at ASUN. Pace is a quantitative measurement which determines the rate a student completes attempted courses. This measurement will establish if a student can complete their academic program within the allotted timeframe. At ASUN, a student must successfully complete and pass 67 percent of all courses attempted. Transfer students who have a 0.0 GPA for the previous term from the last college attended are placed on FA Suspension and are not eligible for financial aid. Students may, however, submit a SAP appeal to be considered to receive financial aid. An approved appeal will allow a student to receive financial aid for their first term of enrollment. Academic progress will 38


be evaluated at the end of the term. If at the conclusion of the term the student is not making satisfactory academic progress in accordance with this policy, the student is placed on financial aid suspension.

14. Disbursement of Financial Aid Funds for Student in a Warning or Probation Status Students who are in either status are to receive their financial aid disbursement within the normal disbursement period which is approximately 14 days after census date. First time student loan borrowers will expect to receive their disbursement 30 days from the start date of the term. Revised 11/2016 Effective 1/2017 RETURN TO TITLE IV AID POLICY (R2T4) Due to various reasons, a student may decide to withdraw from all classes at ASUN. If this is the case, it is strongly encouraged for the student to contact their academic advisor and the financial aid office so there will be clear understanding as to the consequences of withdrawing from all classes. Federal student aid law specifies how your school must determine the amount of Title IV program assistance that you earn if you withdraw from school. The Title IV programs that are covered by this law are: Federal Pell Grants, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants, TEACH Grants, Direct Loans, Direct PLUS Loans, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOGs), and Federal Perkins Loans. ASUN does not award TEACH Grants or Perkins Loans. If a student withdraws before completing the semester/term, a portion of the funds received may have to be returned; this is called “unearned” financial aid. The portion of funds that ASUN and the student are allowed to keep is called “earned” financial aid. ASUN’s financial aid office staff will calculate by use of the federal R2T4 calculation the amount of financial aid to be returned to the Title IV federal programs according to the policies listed below. Return of Title IV Policy This policy applies to students who cease to be enrolled prior to the end of a term. For example, this policy applies to students who officially withdraw, unofficially withdraw, or are dismissed from enrollment at ASUN before the end of the term. 39


In addition, the requirements for the Return to Title IV program funds, when a student withdraws, are separate from any institutional refund policy that ASUN may have. Therefore, the student may still owe funds to the school to cover unpaid institutional charges. Title IV funds are awarded under the assumption that a student will attend for the entire semester/period for which the funds were awarded. When a student withdraws from all courses, regardless of the reason, he/she may no longer be eligible for the full amount of Title IV funds originally awarded.  The return of funds to the federal government is based on the premise that a student earns financial aid in proportion to the length of time during which he/she remains enrolled. The amount of assistance that a student has earned is determined on a pro-rata basis. For example, if you complete 30% of your payment period or period of enrollment, you earn 30% of the assistance you were originally scheduled to receive. ASUN must perform a R2T4 calculation to determine the amount of earned aid up through the 60% point of the period of enrollment. ASUN will use the U.S. Department of Education’s R2T4 guidance to determine the amount of Title IV funds the student has earned at the time of withdrawal. If a student withdraws after the 60% point of the period of enrollment, the student has earned 100% of the Title IV funds he or she was scheduled to receive during the period. Thus, there are no unearned funds. ASUN must still perform a R2T4 calculation to determine the student has earned all their Title IV aid and to determine whether the student is eligible for a post withdrawal disbursement. Official Withdrawal from ASUN (Notification Provided by the Student) A student is considered officially withdrawn on: 1. The date (from ASUN records) the student began the official withdrawal process 2. The date the student provides official notification of intent to withdraw, in writing or orally Financial aid recipients who are withdrawing from ASUN are required to complete the online withdrawal form (or paper form) through the Dean of Enrollment Services office. A student may withdraw from ASUN at any time from the first class day to the official last day to withdraw as indicated in the ASUN Academic Calendar. A student is allowed to rescind his notification, in writing, to the Dean of Enrollment Services and continue the term. 40


If the student subsequently drops, the student’s withdrawal date is the original date of notification of the intent to withdraw. In the event a student decides to rescind his or her official notification to withdraw, the student must provide a signed and dated written statement that he/she is continuing his or her program of study and intends to complete the current period of enrollment. Title IV assistance will continue as originally planned. If the student subsequently fails to attend or ceases attendance without completing the period of enrollment, the student’s withdrawal date is the original date of notification of intent to withdraw. The student is responsible for all ASU-Newport charges and federal overpayments resulting from an R2T4 calculation. Please note: Withdrawal from classes may affect the students future eligibility for financial aid due to satisfactory academic progress requirements and R2T4 balances owed. Unofficial Withdrawal from ASUN (No Official Notification Provided by the Student) There are two categories of these unofficial withdrawals for purposes of this calculation.

1. A student who withdraws or drop outs without official notification, and 2. A student who doesn’t earn a passing grade at the end of term

In either case, the withdrawal date is the midpoint of the term or the last date of an academically related activity in which the student participated. ASUN will use whichever date of withdrawal most accurately reflects the student’s last date of attendance. If a student earns a passing grade in one or more of his or her classes offered over an entire period, for that class, an institution may presume that the student completed the course and thus completed the period. If a student who began attendance and has not officially withdrawn fails to earn a passing grade in at least one course offered over an entire period, the institution must assume, for Title IV purposes, that the student has unofficially withdrawn, unless the institution can document that the student completed the period.

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For Students Enrolled in Modules Under the October 29, 2010, final regulations, for all programs offered in modules, a student is considered to have withdrawn, for Title IV purposes, if the student ceases attendance at any point prior to completing the payment period or period of enrollment, unless the school obtains written confirmation from the student at the time of the withdrawal that he or she will attend a module that begins later in the same payment period or period of enrollment. This confirmation must be obtained at the time of withdrawal even if the student is registered for subsequent courses in the term/period of enrollment. If a school obtains a written confirmation of future attendance in the payment period or period of enrollment, but the student does not return as scheduled, the student is considered to have withdrawn from the payment period or period of enrollment. The student’s withdrawal date and the total number of calendar days in the payment period or period of enrollment are the withdrawal date and total number of calendar days as of the student’s last day of attendance (those that would have applied if the student had not provided written confirmation of future attendance). If the student does not provide written confirmation of future attendance in the payment period or period of enrollment, a R2T4 calculation will be completed.  However, if the student does return in a later module in the same payment period, regardless of whether prior written confirmation was received, the R2T4 process will be reversed and the student will be awarded the funds that s/ he is eligible to receive at the time of return. If a student withdraws from a course in a later module while still attending a current module, the student is not considered as withdrawn based on not attending the later module.  However, a recalculation of aid based on the change in enrollment status may be required. Order of Return In accordance with federal regulations, unearned federal aid will be returned to the federal programs in the following order: • Federal Direct Loans: Unsubsidized • Federal Direct Loans: Subsidized • Federal Perkins Loan Program (ASUN does not participate in the Federal Perkins Loan Program) • Federal Direct Parent Loans • Federal Pell Grant • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant 42


• TEACH (ASUN does not participate in the Federal TEACH Grant Program) • Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant Withdrawal from a Clock Hour Program (Cosmetology & Cosmetology Instructor Trainee Programs) A student in a clock-hour program is considered to have withdrawn if s/he does not complete all scheduled clock hours and weeks of instructional time. At ASUN, attendance records are used to determine the withdrawal date. Instructors for the Cosmetology/ Cosmetology Instructor Trainee programs provide the student’s last date of attendance, the number of clock hours completed as of the last date of attendance, and the number of clock hours expected to have been completed as of the last date of attendance. Only scheduled hours are used to determine the percentage of the period completed by a student withdrawing from a clock-hour program. For a clock-hour program, the percentage of the period completed is determined by dividing the number of hours the student was scheduled to complete in the payment period or period of enrollment, as of the day the student withdrew, by the total number of clock hours in the same period. A student withdrawing from a clock-hour program earns 100% of his or her aid if the student’s withdrawal date occurs after the point that he or she was scheduled to complete more than 60% of the scheduled hours in the payment period or period of enrollment. Post-Withdrawal Disbursements If a student receives less federal student aid than the amount earned, the school must offer a disbursement of the earned aid that was not received. This is called a post-withdrawal disbursement. ASUN is allowed to automatically use all or a portion of your postwithdrawal disbursement of grant funds for tuition and fees. ASUN needs your permission to use the post-withdrawal grant disbursement for all other school charges. If you do not give your permission, you will be offered the funds. However, it may be in your best interest to allow the school to use the funds to reduce your debt at the school. If your post-withdrawal disbursement includes loan funds, ASUN must get your permission before it can disburse them. You may choose to decline some or all of the loan funds so that you don’t incur additional debt. If you do not give permission for the school to disburse enough loan funds to cover your school’s charges, you will 43


be responsible for paying the balance due on your account. There are some Title IV funds that you may have been scheduled to receive that cannot be disbursed to you, as a post-withdrawal disbursement, once you withdraw because of other eligibility requirements. For example, if you are a first-time, first-year undergraduate student and you have not completed the first 30 days of your program before you withdraw, you will not receive any Direct Loan funds that you would have received had you remained enrolled past the 30th day. If a student or parent is eligible for a post-withdrawal disbursement of a loan, ASUN financial aid staff will send notification of post-withdrawal disbursement eligibility within 30 calendar days after the student’s withdrawal. Students and/or parents will be given a minimum of 14 calendar days, from the date that the school sent the post withdrawal notification, to accept a post-withdrawal disbursement. If a response is not received from the student or parent within the allowed time frame, or the student/parent declines the funds, the school will return any earned loan funds that the school is holding, to the Title IV programs. For students who provide notification back to ASUN, prior to the post-withdrawal disbursement deadline, that they want the loan funds, ASUN will disburse the loan within three weeks of the receipt of the student acceptance. ASUN is required to return unearned federal funds within 45 days of the date the school determined the date of withdrawal. Time Frame for the Return of Title IV Program Funds In the event ASUN cannot locate the student (or parent) to whom a Title IV credit balance must be paid, ASUN business office personnel will notify ASUN financial aid personnel of any unclaimed credit balance that needs to be returned to the Title IV programs. ASUN financial aid staff must return the funds no later than 240 days after the date the school issued the check or 45 days after the EFT was rejected. Institutional Responsibilities ASUN’s responsibilities in regards to Title IV federal funds follow: • Providing students with information on this policy; • Identifying students who are affected by this policy • Completing the R2T4 funds calculation for students who have been determined as withdrawn • Returning any Title IV funds required to the correct Title IV programs. The institution has 45 days from the date that the 44


institution determines that the student withdrew to return all unearned funds for which it is responsible. • Within 30 days of determining that a student who withdrew must repay all or part of a Title IV grant, a school must notify the student that he or she must repay the overpayment or make satisfactory arrangements to repay it. • The school must report a student overpayment to NSLDS

Student Responsibilities • Any notification of withdrawal should be in writing and sent to the Dean of Enrollment Services office. • A student may rescind his or her notification of intent to withdraw. Submissions of intent to rescind a withdrawal notice must be filed in writing with the Dean of Enrollment Services. • These notifications, to either withdraw or rescind to withdraw, must be sent to the Dean of Enrollment Services office. • Student must repay any funds to ASUN that were disbursed to the student for which the student was determined to be ineligible for via the R2T4 calculation. Return to Title IV Questions If you have questions regarding Title IV federal funds after visiting with or emailing ASUN Financial Aid office personnel, you may call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-fedaid (800-433-3243). TTY users may call 800-730-8913. Information is also available at Student Aid on the Web at www.studentaid.ed.gov. NOTE:  This policy is subject to revision based on changes to federal laws and regulations.  If changes are made, the new policy will be published before the start of a new session. The student is held to the most current policy.  This statement is intended to provide an overview of policies and procedures related to a complicated and very encompassing regulation.  Additional information is available in the Financial Aid Office.

INTENT TO GRADUATE Students intending to graduate at the end of a fall semester (December) must complete an Intent to Graduate form, sign it and submit it to Office of Admissions/ Registrar NO LATER than October 1. Students intending to graduate in the spring semester and/or summer must submit the form NO LATER than March 1. The student should meet with his or her academic advisor for the evaluation of all course work completed, review of cumulative grade point averages, and review of courses for which he or she is registered the current semester to determine eligibility for graduation. The form is available online at www.asun.edu or in the Office of 45


Enrollment Services/Registrar at each campus. It can be mailed, faxed, or brought to the Admissions Office. Failure to submit the form on time may cause the student’s name to not be listed in the graduation program and result in delays of processing diplomas. Access the Intent to Graduate Form here: https://portal.asun.edu/ ICS/icsfs/Intent_to_Graduate_1-26-16.pdf?target=e886246a-421a47c6-b4c1-e736b053f745. COMMENCEMENT Commencement is held at the end of the spring semester for the Newport Campus and at the end of the first summer term for the Jonesboro and Marked Tree locations. The Office of Enrollment Services/Registrar will forward information on Academic Regalia and commencement to all graduate candidates.

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MY MONEY MATTERS 2016-2017 TUITION AND FEE SCHEDULE Tuition: In-State

$93 per credit hour

Out of State

$152 per credit hour

Off Campus (Prison And Concurrent)

$101 per credit hour

Required Fees: Online Course Fee

$25 per credit hour

Quality Improvement Fee

$9 per credit hour

Academic Excellence Fee

$7 per credit hour

Student Activity Fee

$2 per credit hour

Program Fees: Hospitality Program Surgical Technology Program Allied Health Fee Automotive Service Program Fee Commercial Driver Training Fee Commercial Driver Training Equipment Fee Culinary Program Fee

$50 per semester $225 per semester $70 per semester $100 per semester $1,550 per semester $300 per semester $100 per course

HVLT Program Fee

$400 per semester

Lab Fee

$35 per lab course

Cosmetology Program Fee

$250 per semester

PN Program Fee

$250 per semester

RN Program Fee

$275 per semester

Nursing Testing Fee

$100

Advanced Placement Fee

$45

TEAS-V Testing Fee

$50

ACT Testing Fee

$30

COMPASS Testing

$10

Returned Check Fee

$30

Payment Plan Fee Welding Certification Testing Fee Welding Program Fee

$30 $100 $150 per course

NACE I

$65

Non-student Proctoring Fee (Per Test)

$25

The University reserves the right to change or add fees at any time such action is deemed necessary.

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DROP AND WITHDRAWAL PROCESSES

ASUN uses the following classifications which enable students to discontinue enrollment in an individual course; multiple courses; or all courses. DROP

(from a single course; multiple courses; or all courses) = a complete cancellation of course enrollment that results in 100% refund of tuition and fees.

• A drop can only occur before the end of the 100% refund period • A dropped course will NOT appear on a transcript • A dropped course will no longer appear on a student’s schedule of courses • A drop makes the enrollment as if it never happened • A drop usually has zero impact on financial aid eligibility

TO DROP A COURSE Log into your ASUN Portal account and follow this path: >CAMPUS CONNECT >Registration >Add/Drop Courses Select the appropriate term. Notice the schedule that appears on the screen when clicking “Display Schedule & Available Courses.” Click the “Drop” button that appears to the immediate right of the course(s) you wish to drop. WITHDRAW

(from a single course or multiple courses, but not all courses) = a process signaling that a student will not complete a course or courses in which he or she is enrolled.

• A withdraw can only occur AFTER the 100% refund period ends • A withdraw WILL appear on a transcript with the letter “W” in the final grade column • A course from which a student has withdrawn WILL appear on a student’s schedule of courses • A student must pay for the course(s) – even though he or she will not complete them • A withdraw may impact continued financial aid and scholarship eligibility

TO WITHDRAW FROM A COURSE OR MULTIPLE COURSES Log into your ASUN Portal account and follow this path: >CAMPUS CONNECT >Registration >Schedule Select the appropriate term and notice the schedule that appears on the screen when clicking “Display Schedule.” Click the RED circular icon that appears to the immediate left of the course(s) you from which you wish to withdraw. 48


Students may also access an electronic version of the form at www. asun.edu, under the “Get Started” menu. See “Admissions,” then “Admissions Forms and Resources” for the “Withdrawal Request Form” which is the last menu option. Simply complete the form; print it; and submit it only to the Office of Admissions. COMPLETE WITHDRAW

= a process signaling that a student will not complete any courses in which he or she is currently enrolled

• A complete withdraw can only occur AFTER the 100% refund period ends • All courses WILL appear on a transcript with “W” in the final grade columns • All courses from which a student has withdrawn WILL appear on a student’s schedule of courses • A student must pay for the courses – even though he or she will not complete them • A complete withdraw usually impacts continued financial aid and scholarship eligibility

TO COMPLETELY WITHDRAW FROM ASUN Log into your ASUN Portal account and follow this path: >CAMPUS CONNECT >Registration >Schedule Select the appropriate term and notice the schedule that appears on the screen when clicking “Display Schedule.” Click the RED circular icon that appears to the immediate left of the course(s) you from which you wish to withdraw until you have clicked every red icon to the immediate left of all of your courses. Students may also access an electronic version of the form at www. asun.edu, under the “Get Started” menu. See “Admissions,” then “Admissions Forms and Resources” for the “Withdrawal Request Form” which is the last menu option. Simply complete the form; print it; and submit only to the Office of Admissions. PLEASE NOTE:

If you are seeking/receiving FINANCIAL AID or scholarships, you should contact financial aid personnel BEFORE officially withdrawing from ANY courses! Withdrawing from a course or semester does not relinquish financial obligations created by enrolling. In other words, you will still owe any unpaid tuition or fees associated with this course(s). Any forms received after the last day to withdraw as published in the current ASUN Catalog {available online at www.asun.edu} will not be processed. 49


CASHIERS AND STUDENT ACCOUNTING REFUND OF TUITION AND FEES SCHEDULE Any student who officially withdraws from the University during a semester shall be entitled to a refund, provided the withdrawal occurred during the refund period as outlined below.  Refunds must be claimed at the time of withdrawal though the Office of Enrollment Services/Registrar and the Business Office.   The refund applies to the total charges rather than the amount paid at the time of withdrawal.  The following refund schedule does not apply to the Commercial Driver Training program students. 1. Two-week up to five-week courses: A. First two days of class B. After second day of class

100 % No Refund

2. Five-week up to full term courses: A. First week 100 % B. No Refund No Refund 3. Full-Term (Fall and Spring) courses: A. First week 100 % B. Second or third week 50 % C. After the third week No Refund Commercial Driver Training students refund policy is: 100% refund if the student withdraws during the first 8 days of class. Thereafter, no refund will apply. ASUN offers a quality education at surprisingly affordable cost. However, many qualified students will need financial assistance in some combination of federal, state, institutional, and private sources of aid in order to attend. Each location is approved to offer financial aid to qualified students who want a higher education, but lack adequate financial means. Student financial aid makes it possible for students to realize their dreams of securing a higher education. Students requesting federal aid at ASUN must list the ASUN school code 042034 on the FAFSA.   Different types of aid (private scholarships, institutional, state, and federal) have different rules, called eligibility criteria, to determine who may receive the aid. 50


SCHOLARSHIPS

AMBASSADOR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM The ASUN Ambassador Scholarship Program stipulates that recipients must:        • Have demonstrated leadership abilities in high school        • Have a 3.25 GPA; and        • Enroll in the next academic year as a full-time ASUN student The scholarship is $1,000 per semester for a maximum of two semesters, and renewal is contingent upon fulfilling the recipient’s duties and responsibilities as follows: • Attend an on-campus orientation session; • Serve as an official representative of ASUN on and off campus for recruitment purposes; • Serve as an usher at Graduation; • Work a minimum of two hours per week in an assigned student affairs area; • Attend required meetings with an Ambassador Coach; • Maintain 12 or more credit hours at ASUN; • Enroll and successfully complete Leadership class during the Fall semester; • Attend Student Government Association (SGA) meetings; • Serve as an usher at noon Concert Lecture Series; • Participate in local Christmas parades, Hometown Days and Depot Days; • Assist with Spring Fling/Fall Blast; • Maintain a minimum 3.00 GPA; and • Maintain a portfolio of activities and submit it to the Ambassador Coach at the end of the Fall semester. GED SCHOLARSHIP The GED Scholarship is awarded to students who have scored an average of 170 or above on the Official GED Test. Those students will receive a $500 scholarship per semester to be pro-rated depending on enrollment. The scholarship is renewable for one semester. Recipients may not receive other ASUN institutional scholarships while receiving the GED Scholarship, and must be a first-time entering student. Additional conditions are as follows: • The scholarship is limited to a period of two semesters; • Renewal requires a 3.0 GPA for the first semester; • Application must be made prior to the first day of classes for the first semester; • Recipients must complete at least 67 percent of all attempted hours for renewal; and Scholarship awards are contingent on availability of funds. 51


ASUN ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP These scholarships, in the amount of full tuition of up to 15 hours, may be awarded to: • High school* valedictorians and salutatorians, who are firsttime entering students; • First-time entering students with a composite score, on the Enhanced American College Testing (ACT) program’s exam, of at least 24. The following conditions also apply: • The total amount (up to 15 hours) may not exceed an amount equivalent to in-state tuition; • Application must be made prior to the first day of classes for the student’s first semester; • Scholarship recipients must complete at least 12 hours per semester; • Scholarship awards are contingent on availability of funds, and are awarded in the order they are received. Other tuition-only scholarships may be applied before this scholarship; • Scholarships may be awarded for a period not to exceed four semesters, and the following GPAs must be maintained:         First Semester...........................................................3.00 GPA         Second Semester....................................................3.25 GPA         Third Semester.........................................................3.25 GPA *High School must be accredited by the Arkansas Department of Education. ASUN INCENTIVE SCHOLARSHIP This scholarship is awarded in an amount equal to one-half tuition for four semesters to: • First-time entering students who have a composite score of 22 or 23 on the Enhanced ACT; and • Who are not receiving any other ASUN institutional scholarship. Additional conditions apply: • Awards may not exceed four semesters, and a 3.0 GPA must be earned the first and all succeeding semesters; • Applications must be made prior to the first day of classes of the student’s first semester; • Recipients must complete at least 12 hours per semester; • Scholarship awards are contingent on availability of funds, and are awarded in the order they are received. Other tuitiononly scholarships may be applied before this scholarship. High school must be accredited by the Arkansas Department of Education.

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ASUN ACADEMIC PERSISTERS SCHOLARSHIP This scholarship is awarded in an amount equal to $500 per semester for two semesters to: • Continuing students who have completed 24 college credit hours at ASUN (Concurrent does not apply) • Earned a 3.50 Grade Point Average or Greater • Are Enrolled Full-Time • Who are not receiving any other ASUN institutional scholarship. Additional conditions apply: • Awards may not exceed two semesters, and a 3.0 GPA and Satisfactory Academic Progress must be earned to renew the second semesters; • Applications must be made prior to the deadline established deadline • Recipients must complete at least 12 hours per semester; • Scholarship awards are contingent on availability of funds, and are awarded in the order they are received. ASUN EDUCATION BENEFITS SCHOLARSHIP This scholarship is awarded to full-time employees of the Arkansas Department of Corrections and is fifty percent (50%) of tuition. Other scholarships may offset or void this award.         ASUN DRUG COURT SCHOLARSHIP Each academic year, Arkansas State University-Newport will award scholarships not to exceed a total of $6,000 per fiscal year to students who have successfully completed the Arkansas Drug Court Program. Award amounts are contingent on availability of funding and number of applicants per fiscal year. Admitted ASUNewport students who are eligible for Federal Financial Aid, making satisfactory academic progress, and who have completed the 2016-2017 FAFSA are eligible. Application requirements include: • Completed Student Information Sheet • Applicants must write an essay (200-250 words) about their goals beyond earning their credential(s) from ASU-Newport. (Note: Include the word count at the bottom of the essay.) • Recommendation letter from Drug Court Coordinator Renewal Requirements Students must have a 2.50 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and pass 67% of their courses (PACE). The scholarship is renewable for the length of the program as long as the required cumulative GPA and PACE are met. Academic progress will be verified at the end of each term of enrollment by the ASUN financial aid office. 53


ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR STATE AID

ACADEMIC CHALLENGE SCHOLARSHIP The Academic Challenge Program provides scholarships to Arkansas residents pursuing a higher education. Funded in large part by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, the Academic Challenge Scholarship is available to students regardless of their academic status, whether just graduating from high school, currently enrolled in college, enrolling in college for the first time, or re- enrolling after a period of time out of college. GOVERNOR’S DISTINGUISHED SCHOLARSHIP The Governor’s Distinguished Scholarship is the most academically rigorous scholarship program offered for those graduating seniors scoring 32 on the ACT or 1410 on the SAT, and a 3.50 academic grade point average, or are named National Merit Finalists or National Achievement Scholar. Pays tuition, mandatory fees, room and board up to $10,000 per year. HIGHER EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES GRANT (GO! GRANT) Provides $1000 grants to full-time and $500 grants to part-time students based on financial need. Students must be an Arkansas resident for at least 12 months prior to applying for the grant. Students also must meet the financial need criteria established for the GO! Grant and attend an approved Arkansas institution. Applicants complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the GO! Opportunities Grant application. LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS’ DEPENDENTS SCHOLARSHIP (LEO) OTHER LEO provides a waiver of tuition, fees, and room at any public college, university, or technical institute in Arkansas for dependents and spouses of Arkansas law enforcement officers, some Highway and Transportation Department employees, and other public employees, who were killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. MILITARY DEPENDENTS SCHOLARSHIP (MDS) - OTHER MDS provides a waiver of tuition, fees, room and board at any public college, university, or technical institute in Arkansas for dependents and spouses of Arkansans who were killed or missing in action or who were prisoners of war or who are totally and permanently disabled. SECOND EFFORT SCHOLARSHIP - OTHER Up to $1000 annually to the individuals with the top 10 scores on the GED exam during the previous calendar year. 54


SINGLE PARENT SCHOLARSHIP - OTHER Single Parent Scholarships (SPSF) are given to low-income single parents who are pursuing post- secondary education in preparation for skilled employment. Scholarship Funds are administered by affiliate organizations and volunteers in each county of Arkansas. Eligibility criteria and application requirements vary by county. To apply for a scholarship or to get involved, contact the affiliate SPSF serving the county you live in. STATE TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM (STEP) - TEACHERS STEP is a loan reduction program that offers yearly loan repayment grants to current educators teaching in a subject or geographic shortage area in an Arkansas public school. Teachers must reapply each year and are eligible for up to three years. STUDENT UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP (SURF) - OTHER Designed to allow undergraduate students to conduct in-depth research projects in their specific fields of study with the assistance of faculty mentors. WASHINGTON CENTER SCHOLARSHIP - OTHER A program that awards scholarships of up to $6000 to Arkansas students who are accepted to The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars located in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit the website for the Washington Center. WORKFORCE IMPROVEMENT GRANT (WIG) NON-TRADITIONAL STUDENTS WIG awards up to $2000 annually to students at least 24 years old based on financial need. Students apply using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and awards are made by the institution the student attends. Students may be enrolled part time. VETERAN AND MILITARY EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS Admissions/Registrar’s Office Larry N. Williams Student/Community Center For more information, call Christopher Cross, Veteran Certifying Official, at (870) 512-7877 or christopher_cross@asun.edu. If you think you are eligible for Veteran or Military educational benefits go to www.gibill.va.gov to sign up for the GI-Bill. You must apply for benefits at least six to eight weeks before your first semester of classes. If you are eligible for Federal Tuition Assistance you will need to www.goarmyed.com to apply for benefits.  This is for Army National Guard Members only.

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ASUN FEDERAL WORK STUDY PROGRAM The ASUN Federal Work Study program provides part-time jobs for students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses and gain valuable work experience. In addition, all positions provide a work schedule that is conveniently arranged around student‘s academic schedule. Although many students qualify, a work award is not offered to all eligible students because funding is limited. Examples of work study positions may include, but are not limited to Lab Assistants, Library, Financial Aid, Hospitality Services, PE and Wellness, Academic Affairs, etc. Visit https://portal.asun.edu/ICS/Financial_Aid/ for the online FWS application. For more information contact Ronda McGrew at 870-680-8728 or ronda_mcgrew@asun.edu.

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MY STUDENT LEADERSHIP CAMPUS INVOLVEMENT LEADERSHIP ORGANIZATIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES STUDENT AMBASSADORS Six Student Ambassador Scholarships are awarded every year for eligible students. Contact the Enrollment Services Office at 870-5127894 for further information. STUDENT LEADERSHIP/INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES Students are strongly encouraged to enhance their overall college experience through involvement in campus groups and activities. These groups offer opportunities for leadership, recognize scholarship, encourage citizenship, and provide social experiences. Leadership, Honorary, and Special Interest Groups/Organizations include the following: STUDENT PARTICIPATION IN COLLEGE COMMITTEES Student involvement is vital to the governance structure at ASUNewport. University committees provide many opportunities for individuals to serve the academic community in leadership roles by serving as a voice for all students. Eligibility for committee membership: Only full-time students who are not on academic or disciplinary probation may hold positions on college committees. Also, membership will consist of students who have attained a 2.00 or higher grade point average (semester and cumulative) and/or have no current pending conflict with assigned committee. STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION The Student Government Association is one way to be involved in the creation, planning, and implementation of student activities for the campus. SGA provides cultural, educational, recreational, and social programs for the college community, while giving student leaders a place to develop sound leadership skills through the process of programming. For more information, contact the Dean of Students at 870-512-7890 or visit the office located in Walton Hall, Room A on the Newport campus. PHI THETA KAPPA (P.T.K.) P.T.K. is the nationally-recognized 2 year college Honor Society. The Beta Nu Gamma Chapter at ASUN shares the national mission: “To recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and to provide opportunities for individual growth 57


and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship.” For more information, contact the Dean of Students Office at 870-512- 7890. PHI BETA LAMBDA (PBL) The purpose of PBL is to provide opportunities for post-secondary students to develop vocational competencies for business and office occupations and business teacher education. PBL is an integral part of the instructional program and in addition promotes a sense of civic and personal responsibility. The FBLA-PBL Mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The name of the post-secondary division of Arkansas FBLA-PBL, Inc. is “Phi Beta Lambda” and is referred to as “PBL.” PBL Goals • Develop competent, aggressive business leadership • Strengthen the confidence of students, in themselves and their work • Create more interest in and understanding of American business enterprise • Encourage members in the development of individual projects which contribute to the improvement of the home, of business and of the community • Develop character, to prepare for useful citizenship, and to foster patriotism • Encourage the practice of efficient money management • Encourage scholarship and to promote school loyalty • Assist students in the establishment of occupational goals • Facilitate the transition from school to work ASUN PBL chapter is on all three of the ASUN locations with advisers on each campus.

SPECIAL INTEREST STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS BIOLOGY CLUB The Biology Club sponsors science-related activities on and off campus, including Earth Day Celebration, Arkansas Department of Transportation Adopt-A-Highway Program, and campus Tree Planting Ceremonies. Participation is open to any interested students. Contact the Biology Department for further information. PHYSICAL EDUCATION MAJORS CLUB Physical Education Majors Club (PEM Club) mission is to broaden 58


students’ interest in health, physical education, recreation, and dance and advance the standards of a physical education profession. STUDENT PRACTICAL NURSING ASSOCIATION The Student Nurses’ Association’s philosophy is to promote the educational needs of a Licensed Practical Nurse as an important member of the health care team and concerned with health care standards for all people. STUDENT SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIST ORGANIZATION SSTO Mission Statement. We the members of the Student Surgical Technologist Organization of Arkansas State University-NewportMarked Tree, are dedicated to the service and betterment of the college, its surrounding community, and the career of Surgical Technologist. We will realize this mission by fostering and exhibiting university spirit, respect, responsibility, and honoring the accepted practices of the career of Surgical Technologist. STUDENT VETERANS ORGANIZATION The ASUN Student Veterans Organization provides student veterans and their dependents opportunities for social support, networking, and leadership development. It supports the educational mission of the college and promotes community service. Membership is open to all student veterans and their family members that are currently enrolled in a minimum of six hours at ASU-Newport, ASU-Newport Alumni, and veteran faculty/staff.

OTHER CAMPUS INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES WELLNESS CENTER ASU-Newport’s Wellness Center offers students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to maintain a healthy lifestyle by utilizing facilities and equipment that can lead to improved physical fitness and wellness. Facilities include a gymnasium (used for basketball, volleyball, and other indoor activities), a weight workout room, a softball field, and soccer/football fields. A locker room and showers are also available and lockers may be assigned each semester to those requesting a locker from the Wellness Center Director. Anyone using the facility should sign in prior to participating in an activity on the ASUN campus. Various types of equipment are available for checkout by students, faculty, and staff of ASUN. This equipment includes balls, bats, gloves, nets, and other items needed for use to participate in activities occurring on the ASUN campus. Additionally, wellness center hours are posted each semester so that students know when

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the wellness center is open to them. Finally, safety is the primary concern and the center is closed unless a staff member is present. The Wellness Center may not be used by students, faculty, or staff while it is being used by students participating in a course. No drinks or food should be in the Wellness Center and participants should always wear white-soled shoes. For more information please see a staff member in the Wellness Center gymnasium located in Walton Hall or call Dr. Allen Mooneyhan, Dean of Instutional Effectiveness and Academic Outreach at 870-512-7864 on the Newport Campus. VOTER REGISTRATION Establish and promote a campus-wide voter registration event, partnering with History faculty to assist with the process.  Additionally, any ASUN student can pick one up a form in the Dean of Students Office and/or their campus’ Financial Aid Office. Voters are encouraged to register at least 29 days before an election to ensure that they receive their voting materials.  Registration forms are available at most post offices, libraries, city and county offices, Department of Motor Vehicles, etc., or an on-line voter registration request form is available from the Secretary of State at the following website: http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections/ Pages/voterRegistration.aspx

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MY STUDENT RIGHTS, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND CONDUCT AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT EQUAL ACCESS In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Arkansas State University-Newport assures protection from discrimination and provides auxiliary aids and services to qualified students in all academic programs and university activities. It is the responsibility of all staff, faculty, and students to adhere to the philosophy of equal access to opportunities. CAMPUS SAFETY/SECURITY/REPORTING The Campus Police Department was authorized by the General Assembly of the State of Arkansas, Act 328 of 1967 and Act 498 of 2007. The Act authorizes state institutions to regulate traffic and parking and other areas of institutional property. ASUN encourages all students and employees to be responsible for their own security and the security of others. Please report any known criminal offenses occurring on campus to the school administration. In the event a sex offense should occur on campus, the victim should take the following steps: 1. Report the offense to the school administration. 2. Preserve any evidence as may be necessary to the proof of the criminal offense. 3. Request assistance, if desired, from school administration in reporting the crime to local law enforcement agencies. 4. Request a change in the academic situation if necessary. The Newport campus police department is staffed with two officers. Each police officer meets Act 452 of 1975 (complied Arkansas Statue Ann. 42-1009) as being certified by the State of Arkansas as a certified law enforcement officer. The department is located in Walton Hall 138. The Newport campus telephone number is 870512-7866 and the cell phone numbers are 870-217-1348 or 870-2171347. In case of an emergency, Marked Tree or Jonesboro campus students should contact the main directory phone number for the ASU-Newport campus in which they are located or local police. The Marked Tree police department can be contacted at 870- 358-2024 or Jonesboro Police Department at 870-935-5553.

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CHILDREN ON CAMPUS ASUN celebrates the presence of many children in the lives of our campus family and is committed to doing everything possible to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all children. As a general rule, because ASUN work is higher education, the campuses are not an appropriate environment for children unless they are enrolled in a program specifically designed for children and appropriately supervised by adults. As a result, parents or guardians who find it necessary to bring a child to campus must adhere strictly to these rules: • No child can be left alone on campus unattended, for any reason. • Children may not accompany ASUN students to class. • Personnel may not bring children to work, unless ASUN has specifically designated a time or place for staff children to be present. • Unless enrolled in a specific program, children may not be in the library, classroom, computer lab, vehicles, hallways or other common areas on the campus. CAMPUS SECURITY (CLERY) ANNUAL REPORTING PROCEDURE In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the school collects crime statistics as the basis for the Annual Security Report that is made available to students, employees, and applicants, for enrollment or employment. This information is available as a separate report on the website. Campus is defined as any building or property owned or controlled by the school within the same contiguous area used by the school in direct support of related to its educational purpose. The following criminal offenses, published October 1, of each year, include any crime statistics that occurred on campus, and other educational locations, during the previous three-year period. Current students can request a copy of this report at any time from ASUN’s Vice Chancellor of Strategic Initiatives, Jeff Bookout by calling: 870.358.8614. Currently enrolled students and employees will receive an updated copy of the Clery Consumer information no later than October 1, of each year that will included the three most completed years. You can also access and review the campus crime report any time by visiting the IPEDS website at: www.nces.ed.gov/ 62


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DISCLOSURE FOR STUDENTS PURSUING HEALTH, HUMAN SERVICES, AND RELATED PROGRAMS Students who are pursuing degrees or certificates leading to application for professional licensure or certification, and/or who will be participating in clinical placements, internships, practicums, or similar experience through their program, should be aware that ASUN may require a criminal background check, fingerprinting, or drug screening prior to placement or acceptance into such a program. Each student is responsible for paying for the background check or other screening process as required by the program. Should the background check indicate a conviction, the academic program will make reasonable efforts to place students. However, it will be up to the host facility to determine whether a student will be allowed to perform his/her clinical placement, internship, practicum, or similar experience at that facility. If it is unlikely that a placement can be found, the academic program may deny acceptance into the program of study. Students shall further be aware that a criminal record may jeopardize licensure by the state certification body even if the record has been expunged. Students should consult the licensing certification body corresponding with their intended occupation for details. Successful completion of a program of study at the college does not guarantee licensure, certification, or employment in the relevant occupation. Standards may change during a student’s program of study. COUNSELING AND SERVICES ASUN encourages students and employees to voluntarily seek help with drug and alcohol problems.  There are drug or alcohol counseling, treatment and rehabilitation facilities in our area where advice and treatment are available. The telephone numbers of these facilities may be found in your local telephone book or yellow pages under Drug Abuse and Addiction – Information and Treatment. If other help is required for rape counseling, or domestic violence contact Charter Medical Group 1710 Barton Road, Redlands, CA at 1-800 622-9299. There are national organizations that can be contacted for help. • The Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Hotline is open 24 hours daily, 1-800-252-6465. 63


• The Cocaine Hotline, 1-800-444-9999 is also open 24 hours. • The National Institute on Drug Abuse Hotline is available 8:00 AM to 2:00 AM, Monday through Friday and 11:00 AM to 2:00 Am on weekends, 1-800-662-4357.  

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION ASUN is an equal opportunity institution and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, or other unlawful factors in employment practices or admission and treatment of students. The facilities and services of ASUN are accessible to the handicapped. Any questions regarding this policy should be addressed to: Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, ASUNewport, 7648 Victory Boulevard, Newport, AR 72112, 870-512-7800. STUDENT COMPLAINTS LOG Arkansas State University - Newport has adequate procedures for addressing written student complaints and is proactive with respect to student concerns. The Student Handbook emphasizes the importance of communication as a first step in the resolution of issues and indicates that dialogue among parties is the first step in resolving disputes before initiating formal complaint procedures. The Student Handbook also provides an overview of rights and responsibilities inclusive of complaints or grievances associated with discrimination; disability accommodations; harassment; grade disputes; academic dishonesty; absences; and disciplinary actions. The College has formal written processes for filing academic complaints (e.g., grades, probation, dismissal, and distance education) as well as complaints relating to the Student Code of Conduct, alcohol and drug policy, Titles VI and IX, Americans with Disabilities Act, EEO, FERPA, and sexual harassment. These procedures are published in the Student Handbook and the Academic Catalog. College students are entitled to an accessible procedure for expressing dissatisfaction and communication with the administration to reconcile any college-related problems.  ASUN students have a formal avenue available to seek redress to academic and nonacademic problems.   The procedure provides specific guidelines for resolving problems, timelines for responses, as well as levels of appeals to which all members of the college community are expected to comply. Academic grievances are addressed by Academic Affairs as well as logged and maintained for the record.  Similarly, nonacademic grievances are handled by Student Affairs and logged and maintained for the record.  Recording of student complaints is a decentralized process whereby each campus division maintains 64


a log of complaints and grievances and provides them to the appropriate party upon request. In addition to the formal grievance procedures, any written complaint, whether submitted as an email or in some other written form will be accepted and acted upon as long as it contains the student’s name, contact information and a general description of the grievance. The resolution of grievances can be conducted with students in person, through phone or online via email.  Complaints received through the College’s Call Center are escalated to college personnel for resolution by the appropriate individual or department. These informal complaints are distributed to the proper department for response and assistance. Please refer to Standard Operating Procedure 4001.1 for more information about the Student Affairs Student Complaint Logs. SEXUAL MISCONDUCT GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE The Sexual Misconduct Discrimination Grievance Procedure applies to all allegations of sexual discrimination. Sexual discrimination includes Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, and Sexual Violence. Sexual Harassment is defined as unwelcome gender-based verbal or physical conduct that is severe, persistent or pervasive and occurs when: • Submission to, or toleration of, such conduct is made a term or condition of instruction, employment, or participation in other university activities; • Submission to, or rejection of, such conduct is used as a basis for employment or education decisions affecting the individual; or • Such conduct has the effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s education or employment performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive university environment. Sexual Assault occurs when a person is subjected to an unwanted sexual act by force or threat without consent. Sexual assault includes rape, sexual contact such as touching or fondling, and the forced performance of sexual acts involving bodily contact between the parties. Sexual Violence includes sexual assault but may also consist of an attempt to obtain a sexual act or sexual advances which do not result in a completed sexual act. Sexual violence includes all acts constituting sexual assault plus other acts such as exposure of sexual 65


organs, gender based stalking, and gender based bullying. Gender based stalking or bullying may be carried out in person or through communications systems including telephones, e-mails, and texting, Sexual acts occur without consent when they are perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to minority in age, intellectual impairment, or use of mind altering substances such as drugs or alcohol. REPORT OF SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION Any employee, student, or visitor who believes he or she has been subjected to sexual discrimination should report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator utilizing the grievance form available on the Human Resources or Student Conduct web sites. Employees with supervisory responsibilities and university police personnel must report incidents of sexual discrimination either observed by them or reported to them to the Title IX Coordinator. In the event the sexual discrimination allegation is against the Title IX Coordinator, the report form should be submitted to the Office of University Counsel. In order to ensure timely investigation and remedy, a sexual discrimination grievance should be activated within sixty (60) days from the time the events leading to the complaint occurred. All complaints are investigated; however, delay in reporting impedes the ability to achieve prompt resolution. All efforts will be made to honor a request for confidentiality but confidentiality cannot be ensured. Reports of sexual assault or sexual violence will be reported to law enforcement authorities. Criminal investigations by any law enforcement agencies or investigations conducted under the Faculty, Staff, or Student Handbooks may occur simultaneously with a sexual discrimination grievances and do not affect the grievance process. TITLE IX COORDINATOR’S RESPONSE Within twenty (20) working days after receipt of a written grievance form, the Title IX Coordinator, or designee, will conduct a full and impartial investigation including interviewing the complainant, the accused, and any witnesses identified as well as reviewing any documentary evidence submitted by either party. As early as possible in the investigation, the Title IX Coordinator should determine whether temporary remedial measures are warranted such as suspension from employment with or without pay, suspension from classes, and issuance of a no contact directive, reassignment of job duties, or changing class or classroom assignments. If immediate action is required to protect the complainant, the Title IX Coordinator shall work with the appropriate administrator to 66


implement temporary remedial measures. The past sexual history or sexual character of a party will not be admissible by the other party in the investigation or any subsequent hearing unless the party was found to be responsible, the previous incident was substantially similar to the present allegation, and the past actions indicate a pattern of behavior consistent with the current allegations. After studying all the pertinent facts and documents, carefully examining any policies involved, and discussing the issue with the parties and witnesses, the Title IX Coordinator shall either (1) propose an informal resolution to the parties which, if accepted, shall be documented in writing and shall conclude the investigation or (2) prepare a formal written report making a finding, based on the preponderance of the evidence, as to whether sexual discrimination occurred, and if so, recommending a remedy which will end the discrimination, prevent its recurrence, and remove its effects on the complainant and the university community. The report shall be transmitted simultaneously to the complainant and the accused and implemented immediately. If both parties agree with the report, the grievance shall be closed and the remedies continued. If either party does not agree with the finding of the Title IX Coordinator and desires to appeal, that party must submit, within five (5) working days of the date of the report, a written request to the Department of Human Resources for a hearing before the Sexual Discrimination Hearing Committee. The written request will detail the alleged error of the Title IX Coordinator and the requested remedy. The Department of Human Resources will provide the party not appealing with a copy of the request. Within five (5) working days of the date of the letter from the Human Resources Department, the party not appealing may submit a written response to the request for hearing countering any allegations in that document. Copies will be provided to the Title IX Coordinator for placement in the case file. Timelines may be extended by the Title IX Coordinator in extenuating circumstances. SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION HEARING COMMITTEE COMPOSITION The Sexual Discrimination Hearing Committee is composed of members selected by the Chancellor from the’ Academic Hearing Committee, the Student Conduct Hearing Committee, and the Staff Hearing Committee for that campus. The Sexual Discrimination Hearing Committee is composed of seven (7) members. When a student is the complainant, three (3) members of the committee shall be students, two (2) members faculty, and two (2) members 67


staff; when the complainant is a staff member the committee shall be composed of three (3) staff members, two (2) faculty members, and two (2)students; when the complainant is a faculty member the committee shall be composed of three (3) faculty members, two (2) students, and two (2) staff. The committee elects a chair once convened. The Sexual Discrimination Hearing Committee shall have specific training on sexual discrimination A member of Human Resources sits as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Sexual Discrimination Hearing Committee, offering technical assistance on procedural and policy matters. SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION HEARING COMMITTEE FUNCTIONS The Sexual Discrimination Hearing Committee reviews the findings of the Title IX Coordinator to determine, based on the preponderance of the evidence, whether institutional error has occurred and, if so, to recommend an appropriate corrective action. Institutional error occurs when no legitimate reason exists for the action taken. Decisions which require the exercise of judgment or discretion cannot constitute institutional error. The committee has twenty (20) working days to prepare a written response after it has received a complaint. All proceedings shall be in closed session. Because the committee will have received the entire file from the Title IX Coordinator including all witness statements, the hearing will not include the grievant, the party complained against, or other witnesses unless either (1) the Committee requests their oral testimony or (2) either party requests to testify and/or present witnesses. In the event that oral testimony is requested, the grievant and the party complained against may be present and question the witnesses. If the grievance is one alleging sexual assault or sexual violence, the parties will not question the other. Instead, the party testifying before the committee shall be screened so that they may be heard by the other party but not seen. The non-testifying party shall have the opportunity to provide written questions to the committee to be asked of the testifying witness based on his or her testimony. The committee may also question any person testifying. Each party may have an advisor present during the testimony who may provide personal consultation but may not actively participate in the hearing. The parties must disclose to the Chair of the Sexual Discrimination Hearing Committee the identity of any testifying witness or any advisor at least two (2) working days before any hearing. The Chair shall provide the list of witnesses to each party upon receipt. No audio or video recording is permitted. In reviewing a case two options are open to the Committee: 68


• It may find no institutional error has occurred and recommend that no further action be taken. • It may find that institutional error has occurred and recommend a remedy different than that proposed by the Title IX Coordinator.

SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION HEARING COMMITTEE FINDINGS In all instances the committee shall make a record of its findings, a statement of its conclusion, including the reason or policy criteria used in reaching a decision, and its recommendations for resolution of the grievance. The Committee decision shall be forwarded to the Chancellor of the campus for action. Copies will be filed with the Title IX Coordinator as a part of the complaint record and sent to the grievant and the accused. Within ten (10) working days of receipt of the Committee recommendation, the Chancellor will accept or reject the Committee recommendation in writing after review of all file materials. The Chancellor’s decision is final. A copy of the decision shall be provided to the Title IX Coordinator for distribution to both the complainant and the accused. The Department of Human Resources or Student Conduct (as appropriate) will coordinate the implementation of any remedies resulting from the grievance. DOCUMENT COLLECTION When a sexual discrimination grievance proceeding has been closed, all material relating to that case shall be retained on file by the Title IX Coordinator for seven years. Care will be taken to ensure that no incomplete or inaccurate information pertaining to the grievance is retained in the file. Sexual discrimination grievance proceedings are considered confidential and no person involved with the grievance may make the documents public except as required by law. SEXUAL HARASSMENT Unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal and physical conduct of a sexual nature when at least one of the following conditions is met: • Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly as a condition of an Individual’s employment, membership or education; • Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for evaluation in making employment, membership or academic decisions affecting the individual; 69


• Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work, academic or living environment.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT To constitute sexual misconduct, the sexual conduct must meet one of the following criteria: • The sexual conduct is not consensual; • The sexual conduct includes force, threat(s) or intimidation; • The sexual conduct occurs when the victim is mentally or physically impaired, such as when under the influence of alcohol or other drugs or when the victim is a minor. RESOURCES FOR VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT The Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act require that students be provided information concerning campus sexual assault programs and the procedures which should be followed once an offense has occurred. Although it may be difficult, it is always best to report a sexual assault (rape, attempted rape, or acquaintance rape) to a University official or the local law enforcement as quickly as possible. Crimes that occur on-campus will be referred to the ASUN Campus Police for jurisdiction purposes. ASUN’s Campus Police:............................................ (870) 512-7866 Newport Police.......................................................... (870) 523-2721 Jonesboro Police....................................................... (870) 935-5553 Marked Tree Police.................................................... (870) 358-2024 The complainant is encouraged to go to a hospital emergency room to receive appropriate medical care and/or evidence collection.  These important steps should be taken after a sexual assault: 1. Do not shower, bathe, douche, smoke, change clothing, urinate (if possible), brush your teeth or rinse your mouth, change bedding, or disturb the area where the assault occurred (if the assault occurred in your place of residence). Remember, it is important to preserve the evidence. 2. Tell someone. Call a friend, counselor, or anyone who can provide you with emotional support. 3. Seek medical attention. Go to a doctor or hospital as quickly as possible for evidence to be gathered and to be checked for injury. 4. Write down detailed information about the assault – where, when, who, etc. If the assailant is a stranger, try to remember his or her height, hair color, scars, and clothing. 70


If you believe you are a victim of sexual assault, you can and should seek out help and assistance from the following agencies: Who to contact to report an incident at ASU-Newport: ASUN Campus Police ............................................... (870) 512-7866 Student Affairs ........................................................... (870) 512-7838 Marked Tree............................................................... (870) 358-8614 Jonesboro................................................................... (870) 680-8717 Local Law enforcement agencies: Newport Police.......................................................... (870) 523-2721 Jonesboro Police ...................................................... (870) 935-5553 Marked Tree Police............................................. (870) 358-2024 Agencies and contacts in the ASUN area that can provide assistance: Unity Hospital, Inc. 1205 McLain Newport, AR 72112 (870) 523-8911 St. Bernard’s Regional Medical Center 224 East Matthews Jonesboro, AR. 72401 (870) 972-4288 Medical Center of NEA 3024 Stadium Blvd Jonesboro, AR 72401 479-273-9088             TOBACCO USAGE POLICY ASUN is dedicated to providing a healthful, comfortable, and productive work and study environment for all faculty, staff and students. In order to maintain this environment and to comply with all federal, state and local laws, the use of tobacco is not permitted on College Property, this includes, but is not limited to, the use all lighted tobacco and plant products including cigarettes, cigars, and pipes, smokeless tobacco, and vaping devices including electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes. Furthermore, smoking is strictly prohibited on all ASUN campuses, including in buildings, on the grounds and within college owned vehicles, all offices, hallways, waiting rooms, restrooms, dining rooms, meeting rooms, community areas, sidewalks, picnic areas, 71


sports fields, breezeways, parking lots, and inside vehicles on college property. Any person in violation of the smoking prohibition is subject to a fine. STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT PREAMBLE ASU-Newport is a community of scholars whose members include its faculty, staff, students, and administrators. It is a forum where ideas are discovered, discussed, and tested. The basic purposes of the college are the enhancement, dissemination, and application of knowledge. These are achieved through classroom instruction, research, special lectures, concerts, discussion groups, seminars, experimentation, out-of-class activities, and leadership development opportunities. The basis for achievement of these purposes is freedom of expression and assembly. Without this freedom, effective testing of ideas cease and teaching, learning, and research are rendered ineffective. Yet absolute freedom in all aspects of life leads to anarchy, just as absolute order leads to tyranny. Therefore, the college always must strive for that balance between maximum freedom and necessary order, which best promotes its basic purposes by providing an environment most conducive to many faceted activities of teaching, learning, and research. The student, as a member of the academic community, has both rights and responsibilities. The most essential right is the right to learn, and the college has a duty to provide for the student those privileges, opportunities, and protections that best promote the learning process. The student has a responsibility to other members of the academic community, the most important being to refrain from interference with the rights of others, which are equally essential to the purposes and processes of the college. Regulations governing the activities and conduct of student groups and individual students are not comprehensive codes of desirable conduct; rather, they are limited to meeting the practical, routine necessities of a complex community and to the prohibition or limitation of behavior, which cannot be condoned because it interferes with the basic purpose, necessities and processes of the academic community, or with rights essential to other members of that community. The student is not only a member of the academic community, but he/she is also a citizen of the larger society. The college will use 72


every method at its disposal to ensure that the campus environment is conducive to the learning process. It cannot condone those activities designed to disrupt and destroy the basic functions of the college. Each student has an obligation to the larger society, which is the responsibility of the legal and judicial authorities of the city, county, and state. The college cannot be expected to shelter a student from the reality of this obligation. The college, in its relationship to each student, recognizes the constitutional rights of freedom of speech and due process when the student’s right to continue as a student is in question. A student who feels that his/her constitutional rights have been violated and who has not found satisfactory relief within the college structure has access to the judicial process of the civil courts. In order to protect student rights, to facilitate the definition of student responsibilities, to preserve necessary order, and to provide avenues through which students may seek to effect change, the guidelines in the following pages are established. The freedom and effectiveness of the educational process depend upon the provision of satisfactory conditions and opportunities for learning. The responsibilities to secure, respect, and protect such opportunities and conditions must be shared by all members of the academic community. The faculty has the central role in the educational process and has the primary responsibility for the intellectual content and integrity of the college. It is the faculty’s role to encourage discussion, inquiry, and expression among students and to act as an intellectual guide and counselor. They should foster honest academic conduct and evaluate students fairly and accurately. They should not exploit students for private advantage, and they should respect the faculty/student fiduciary relationship. The establishment and maintenance of the proper faculty and student relationships are basic to the college’s function. This relationship should be founded on mutual respect and understanding and assumes a common dedication to the educational process. If problems arise in this relationship, both student and faculty should attempt to resolve them in informal, direct discussions as between well-intentioned and reasonable persons. THE ACADEMIC RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE STUDENT 1. The student is responsible for being informed about academic requirements, both general and specific, for 73


completing a degree program, as outlined in the College Catalog or Degree Plans. 2. The student is responsible for learning the content of a course of study according to standards of performance established by the faculty. 3. The student’s behavior in the classroom shall be conducive to the learning process for all concerned.

THE ACADEMIC RIGHTS OF THE STUDENT The student shall have the right to an academic environment that is accepting of all students without regard for race, national origin, gender, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, or religion. The student shall be free to take reasonable exception to data and views offered in the classroom, and to express differences of opinion without fear of penalty. The student has a right to protection against improper disclosure of information concerning grades, health, or character that an instructor acquires in the course of his/her professional relationship with the student. The student has a right to a course grade that represents the instructor’s professional judgment of the student’s performance in the course. The student has the right to accurate and clearly stated information in order to determine: A. The general requirements for establishing and maintaining an acceptable academic standing; B. his/her overall academic relationship with the college and any special conditions that apply; C. the graduation requirements for a particular curriculum and major. D. The student has a right to be governed by educationally justifiable academic regulations. E. The student has a right to competent instruction. Academic Misconduct ASU-Newport enthusiastically promotes academic integrity and professional ethics among all members of the ASU-Newport academic community. Violations of this policy are considered serious misconduct and may result in disciplinary action and severe penalties. Cheating in any form-including plagiarism, turning in assignments prepared by others, unauthorized possession of exams 74


may result in the student being dropped from the class with an “F” and/or being suspended from the College. Students who feel they have been unfairly accused of cheating may appeal to the Division Chair and the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. A. PLAGIARISM Plagiarism is the act of taking and/or using the ideas, work, and/or writings of another person as one’s own. 1. To avoid plagiarism, give written credit and acknowledgment to the sources of thoughts, ideas, and/or words, whether you have used direct quotation, paraphrasing, or just a reference to a general idea. 2. If you directly quote works written by someone else, enclose the quotation with quotation marks and provide an appropriate citation (e.g., footnote, endnote, and bibliographical reference). 3. Research, as well as the complete written paper, must be the work of the person seeking academic credit for the course. (Papers, book reports, projects, and/or other class assignments) Discipline Faculty members may respond to cases of plagiarism in any of the following ways: 1. Return the paper or other item for rewriting; the grade may be lowered. 2. Give a failing grade on the paper or other item or other item. (“F” if a letter grade is used or zero if a numerical grade is used.) 3. Give the student who plagiarized a failing grade in the course. 4. Recommend sanctions, including disciplinary expulsion from the college. B. CHEATING Cheating is an act of dishonesty with the intention of obtaining and/ or using information in a fraudulent manner. 1. Observing and/or copying from another student’s test paper, reports, computer files and/or other class assignments. 2. Giving or receiving assistance during an examination period. (This includes providing specific answers to subsequent examinees and/or dispensing or receiving information that would allow the student to have an unfair advantage in the examination over students who did not possess such information.) 75


3. Using class notes, outlines, and other unauthorized information during an examination period. 4. Using, buying, selling, transporting, or soliciting, in part or entirely, the contents of an examination or other assignment not authorized by the faculty member of the class. 5. Using for credit in one class a term paper, book report, project, or class assignments written for credit in another class with- out the knowledge and permission of the faculty member of the class. 6. Exchanging places with another person for the purpose of taking an examination or completing other assignments.

Discipline Faculty members may respond to cases of cheating in any of the following ways: 1. Allow the testing to progress without interruption, informing the offending student about the offense; and award a failing grade on the test of “F� if a letter grade is used or zero if a numerical grade is used. 2. Seize the test of the offending student and give a failing grade on the paper. 3. Give the offending student a failing grade in the course. 4. Recommend sanctions, including disciplinary expulsion from the college. Sanctions for Academic Misconduct Sanctions for Academic Misconduct may be imposed by the faculty member or instructor discovering the Academic Misconduct except in the case of dismissal from a particular program which shall be made by the department chair or program director/academic dean, or suspension or expulsion from the college, which shall be made by the Vice Chancellor. The following sanctions may be imposed for Academic Misconduct: A failing grade on the paper or project; Rewriting or repeat performance of course work; A failing grade for the class; Dismissal from the class; Dismissal from a particular program; Suspension or Expulsion from the College; Other appropriate sanctions as warranted by the specific acts of a student. A student may not avoid academic sanctions by withdrawing from a class, a program, or the college. Note: Departments (e.g., Nursing, Surgical Technologist, High Voltage Lineman Technology, Cosmetology, and Driver Training) 76


may add to these guidelines in order to enforce academic integrity and professional ethics to meet their special needs (e.g., clinical, computer, laboratory experiences). PROCEDURES FOR HANDLING STUDENT ACADEMIC GRIEVANCES A student disagreeing with the sanction issued based on Academic Misconduct should follow the Academic Grievance Procedure. Under certain circumstances, ASU-Newport students have the right to grieve alleged violations of their academic rights. A grievance is a complaint alleging that one or more of the student’s rights has been violated. ASUN will not and is prohibited from discriminating against any person who has filed a complaint. These procedures do not apply to student complaints involving alleged sexual harassment. In such cases, the student should contact the Director of Human Resources or the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs for direction on appropriate steps to follow. In cases where the alleged grievance is based upon a complaint involving discrimination because of race, color, religion, age, disability, sex, or national origin, the following deadlines and procedures do apply. In addition, the student shall notify the Director of Human Resources. Procedures Step 1. Since the faculty has the primary responsibility for course development, course delivery, and the assessment of student achievement, and the sanction for academic misconduct in his/her class, any student who has a complaint related to a course should first consult with the instructor within10 working days of the complaint issue/ incident and try to resolve the complaint. If the grievance involves a faculty member who is no longer employed at the college, they should move to step two of this process. (For issues or complaints that are not course-specific, the student should seek resolution within 10 working days of the issue/incident with the college employee involved with the complaint.) If the complaint is resolved, the grievance process ends. Step 2. If the complaint is not resolved by the student consulting with the instructor (or other person involved), and if the student wishes to pursue the complaint further, the student shall consult with the appropriate Academic Dean within 77


15 working days of the complaint issue/incident. The Academic Dean shall attempt to resolve the complaint, and shall notify the student in writing, copying the individual against whom the complaint has been filed, of the resolution or lack thereof within 10 working days of the student’s first consultation with the Dean. If the complaint is resolved, the grievance process ends. Step 3. If either party believes that the complaint has not been resolved in step two, that party may file a written appeal to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The appeal must be filed within 10 working days of the date of notification in step two, shall be in writing, shall address the recommendation in step two, and shall address why that recommendation is not acceptable; e.g., that a substantial mistake of fact occurred, a fundamental misinterpretation of official policies is evident, and/or a significant procedural error took place. The written appeal shall not normally present new evidence regarding the grievance. All previous written materials regarding the grievance shall be forwarded to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs by the appropriate Academic Dean upon request of either party. The Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs may resolve the complaint to the mutual satisfaction of both parties, in which case the grievance process ends with a written statement of resolution signed by the student and the individual against whom the complaint has been filed. If the complaint has been resolved at this point, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs retains the written records of the process for five calendar years. Step 4. If the complaint in step three is not resolved within ten working days of receipt by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, then the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs shall appoint, within ten working days of completion of the step three process, a hearing committee. Step 5. If the complaint in step four is not resolved within ten working days of receipt by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, then the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs shall appoint, within ten working days of completion of the step four process, a student hearing committee. COLLEGE HEARING COMMITTEE The College Hearing Committee shall be organized in the following manner: 78


At the beginning of each fall semester, two faculty members and one student will be appointed. When a hearing committee must be convened, the hearing shall take place no sooner than five, and no later than 10 working days after the hearing committee is appointed, unless there is a compelling reason why another time must be selected. At a prearranged time prior to the hearing, the members of the hearing committee will meet with the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs to receive its charge and all relevant background materials. The individual against whom the complaint has been filed and the student may attend this meeting as observers. The individual against whom the complaint is made and the student will then withdraw and the hearing committee will elect a chair to preside at the subsequent hearing. The hearing will be conducted in private. Participants will be admitted for their participation only, and then asked to leave. The proceedings will be tape-recorded, but the final deliberations of the committee will not be recorded. The student and the individual against whom the complaint has been filed each may have one person present during the hearing to advise them. Those persons may not address the hearing committee, speak on behalf of the student or individual against whom the complaint has been filed, question witnesses, or otherwise actively participate in the hearing. A university attorney may also attend the hearing and may advise the committee but may not question witnesses or otherwise actively participate in the hearing. The student and the individual against whom the complaint has been filed must appear in person and answer questions from members of the hearing committee. The student and the person against whom the complaint has been filed may make an oral statement and/or submit sworn written statements and other exhibits and witnesses in their behalf. The student and the individual against whom the complaint has been filed may hear and question all those appearing before the hearing committee. Neither the student nor the individual against whom the complaint has been filed may be present during the deliberations of the hearing committee. The hearing committee shall conduct its deliberations based upon the information presented at the hearing that is relevant to the issue or issues before the committee. The hearing committee shall present to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs a written report detailing its findings and its recommendations relative to the complaint within five working 79


days following conclusion of the hearing. Member(s) of the hearing committee may file a minority opinion, which shall be appended to the committee report. After receipt of the hearing the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs may accept it, reverse it, or refer it back to the hearing committee for reconsideration. The Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs shall make the final decision and there shall be no further student appeal. The Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs shall provide written notification of the decision to the student and to the individual against whom the complaint was filed and to the chair of the hearing committee within 10 working days of receiving the recommendation of the hearing committee. NON-ACADEMIC STUDENT MISCONDUCT SYSTEMS AND CODE OF CONDUCT PREAMBLE ASU-Newport is a tax-supported educational institution whose mission is to provide an educational opportunity to all that enroll. The enrollment of a student at the university is a voluntary entrance into the academic community. By such entrance, the student voluntarily assumes obligations of performance and behavior, which are imposed by the university relevant to its lawful missions, processes, and functions. These obligations may be much higher than those imposed on all citizens by civil and criminal law. Arkansas State University - Newport is an interdependent learning community consisting of students, faculty, staff and administrators. Just as any community has a culture, along with written and unwritten “expectations” for conduct, we too have a culture and associated expectations for behavior. The community’s expectation is that conduct is marked by one of our core values, integrity. Any student who chooses to enroll at the college also chooses to become part of this community and constructively contribute to its culture. This choice is an obligation to conduct oneself in such a way as to facilitate the mission of the college, which is to “…transform the lives of our students, enrich our communities, and strengthen the regional economy.” The following principles are part of the collective expectation of the members of this community relative to personal conduct. We hope they serve to explain and illustrate our position. Civility Members of a learning community interact with others in a courteous and polite manner. Members of the community are expected to respect the values, opinions, and feelings of others. 80


Ethical Behavior The pursuit of a higher education is a privilege. Associated with the privilege is an obligation to aspire to a set of principles and values that demonstrate a commitment to fairness, honesty, empathy, and achievement. Morality Members of a learning community commit to the ideas of appropriate human conduct. This lifestyle seeks to harm no one and attempts to be a positive contribution in every interaction. Respect Every member of this community should seek to gain and demonstrate respect. Members should hold one another in higher regard. Each individual should conduct himself or herself in a manner worthy of that regard, which is gained by decent and correct behavior. The learning community at ASU-Newport does not intend to be prescriptive regarding the personal beliefs and value systems of its members. However, this community does believe that it has a right to expect its members to demonstrate personal responsibility and integrity in word and deed. When the conduct of any member falls outside the bounds of civil, moral, and ethical behavior, that member can expect the community of ASU-Newport to call such conduct into question. The college reserves the right to discipline students and/or students’ organizations for inappropriate actions that occur on or off the campus to secure compliance with expected code of conduct. Students failing to maintain these obligations may be asked to leave the academic community. Students are expected to comply with all college policies and procedures. It is the goal of Arkansas State University - Newport to facilitate a positive and safe environment for student learning. The college strives to help achieve a community in which individuals learn the value of demonstrating respect for others, themselves and the College. Additionally, it is our purpose to be a catalyst for the development of the whole student by the education of and enforcement of the regulations set forth in the Standards of Student Conduct. Responsibility for student conduct is vested within the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs may designate the Dean of Students as the Initial Judicial 81


Officer/ Body depending upon the severity of the infraction and where it occurred. COLLEGE JURISDICTION The college has jurisdiction over any student or student organization alleged to have violated the Standards of Student Conduct on campus or off campus. For the purpose of the student conduct process, a “student” is defined as any person who is admitted, enrolled or registered for study at Arkansas State University - Newport for any academic period. Persons who are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing student relationship with, or an educational interest in, Arkansas State University - Newport are considered “students”. A person shall also be considered a student during any period while the student is under suspension from the institution or when the person is attending or participating in any activity preparatory to the beginning of the academic year, including but not limited to, organizational activities, orientation, and placement testing. INHERENT AUTHORITY The college reserves the right to take necessary and appropriate action to protect the safety and well-being of the campus community and its members. INTERIM SUSPENSION The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, or his/her designee, may defer procedural due process and enforce an interim action if necessary to maintain safety or order; including but not limited to, removal from classes or interim conduct suspension. An Interim Suspension is a temporary removal of the student based upon facts that show the student constitutes a direct threat to property or to others. The student immediately will be given notice of reason for the INTERIM SUSPENSION and the time, date, and place of a preliminary hearing at which he/she shall be given an opportunity to show why his/her continued presence on campus will not constitute a danger to property or others. Such notice shall be given in writing, via postal or electronic mail, and/or hand delivered, whenever possible by Campus Police. When personal delivery is not possible, notice of the preliminary hearing shall be sent by certified mail or e-mailed to the college account, at least two working days prior to the hearing. An Interim Suspension is not based upon the presumption of the student’s guilt, nor does it nullify the right to the basic fundamental of due process as previously defined in this document. The Vice 82


Chancellor for Student Affairs or his/her designee will conduct the preliminary hearing and make a determination regarding the threat to property or others. STUDENT CONTACT INFORMATION All students are responsible for maintaining their current address, email address and phone number with the Office of the Registrar. It is also the student’s responsibility to frequently monitor campus e-mail and the college web site, as these electronic means of communication are the college’s most effective and efficient ways to disseminate important information to the campus community. Campus e-mail is the primary means of communication from the Office of Student Conduct; appearance notifications, hearing notifications and decision notifications will be sent to the student’s ASUN email address. MODIFYING THE STANDARDS OF STUDENT CONDUCT The college reserves the right to amend the Standards of Student Conduct at any time. Every effort will be made to communicate any changes made to the college community at least ten days prior to policy change, except at the start of the academic year. POLICY INTERPRETATION The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or his/her designee is the final authority in defining and interpreting the Non-Academic Standards of Student Conduct and conduct procedures. The Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs or his/her designee is the final authority in defining and interpreting the Academic Standards of Student Conduct. STANDARDS OF STUDENT CONDUCT Standards of Student Conduct are divided into two categories: NonAcademic Misconduct and Academic Misconduct. The following list of prohibited behavior is not exclusive and serves only as examples of specific actions constituting Non-academic Misconduct. NON-ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT STANDARDS OF STUDENT CONDUCT 1. ACCESSORY A student commits a violation of the Standards of Student Conduct if he or she aids another student in the commission of a violation of the Non-Academic Standards of Student Conduct or is present or fails to leave immediately a situation where a violation is occurring. Typically, a student charged as an accessory will be subject to the same sanction(s) as the perpetrator of the actual violation. 83


2. ALCOHOL • Sale, possession, manufacturing, distribution, consumption, or evidence of consumption of alcoholic beverages, on College Property or at College sponsored events. • Use by, possession of or distribution to person(s) under twenty- one (21) years of age of any alcoholic beverage • Public intoxication or impairment that can be attributed to the use of alcohol. • Activities or promotions that encourage excessive and/or rapid consumption of alcoholic beverages, including the use of common containers. • The possession and/or use of drinking paraphernalia or products that promote the abuse of alcohol and/or put the user in a position to consume alcohol irresponsibly. This includes but is not limited to funnels, taps, and beer pong tables. 3. BICYCLES, SKATEBOARDS, SKATES Potentially dangerous or damaging use to self, property or others, of skateboards, bicycles, scooters, skates or other wheeled forms of transportation. 4. COMPUTER MISUSE Misuse, abuse, and unauthorized use of computing resources, and/or use of computing resources for unauthorized purposes such as, but not limited to, destroying, modifying, accessing, or copying programs, records, or data belonging to the university or another user without permission. 5. DAMAGE TO PROPERTY Damaging or destroying university property or the property of others, or actions that have the potential for such damage or destruction. Conduct which threatens to damage, or creates hazardous conditions. 6. DISRUPTION OF UNIVERSITY BUSINESS Engaging in, leading or inciting others to materially and substantially disrupt or obstruct teaching, research, administration or other University functions, operations or activities including, but not limited to, the blocking of ingress or egress to the university’s physical facilities, tampering with public utilities, or prevention of freedom of movement or expression by members of the College Community.

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7. DISRUPTIVE CONDUCT Disrupting the regular or normal functions of the Arkansas State University - Newport Community, including behavior which breaches the peace, limits the safety or violates the rights of others. This includes high volume speech that may or may not be offensive or inflammatory in common areas of buildings such as the student union lobby or cafeteria. 8. DRUGS • Use, manufacturing, distribution, sale or illegal possession of any quantity, whether usable or not, of any drug, narcotic or controlled substance without medical prescription under medical supervision. • Impairment that can be attributed to the use of any drug, narcotic or controlled substance. • Possession and/or use of drug paraphernalia which includes objects used, primarily intended for use or designed for use in ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing any drug, narcotic or controlled substance into the human body including, but not limited to, pipes, water pipes, bongs, hookahs, roach clips and vials without medical prescription. • Misuse or abuse of prescription drugs. • Misuse or abuse of any chemical substance. 9. ENDANGERING CONDUCT Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, coercion and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of self or others. 10. FAILURE TO COMPLY Failure to comply with directions, verbal or written, of university officials, or those appointed to act on behalf of the university in the performance of their duties. 11. FALSE ACCUSATIONS • Knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly making false accusations of inappropriate behavior under these Standards against another individual. • Providing false or falsified information with intent of harming another student. • Attempting to intimidate witnesses. • Altering or destroying information necessary to conflict resolutions pending with the University.

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12. FALSE OR FRAUDULENT INFORMATION • Furnishing false information to a College Official. • Forgery, alteration, taking possession of or the unauthorized use of College documents, records, keys or identification without the consent or authorization of the appropriate University Official. 13. FIRE/EMERGENCY THREAT • Starting a fire or creating a fire hazard, including false alarms by setting off the fire alarm system, making a bomb threat or creating a false emergency of any kind. • Tampering with, misusing or damaging fire extinguishers, sprinkler heads, alarms or other safety equipment. 14. GAMBLING Gambling is prohibited on college property. 15. GUEST RESPONSIBILITY Failure to inform guests, both student and non-student, of college policies.

Students are responsible for the conduct of their guests on or in college property and at functions sponsored by the university or any recognized college organization.

16. HARASSMENT Actions, whether physical, oral, written, electronic, through a third party or otherwise communicated, that have the purpose of creating a hostile or intimidating environment and which are directed at a specific individual or group. 17. HAZING Any mental or physical requirement, request or obligation placed upon any person that could intentionally or unintentionally cause discomfort, pain, fright, disgrace, injury or which is personally degrading for the purpose of initiation into, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition of continued membership in, a group or organization. A person’s expressed or implied consent to hazing does not negate the standards above.

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seriously and will address all allegations of hazing to the best of its ability. 18. INVASION OF PRIVACY Viewing, transmitting, recording, filming, photographing, producing or creating a digital electronic file of the image or voice of another person without his/her knowledge, or consent while in an environment that is considered private or where there is an expectation of privacy, such as a bathroom or office. This does not apply to the security cameras placed on campus by the College. 19. LEWD, OBSCENE OR INDECENT BEHAVIOR Any conduct that is offensive to accepted standards of decency, including attire that exposes undergarments or does not provide adequate coverage. 20. LITTERING Littering, including the improper disposal of tobacco products. 21. NON-RECOGNIZED ORGANIZATIONS Non-recognized and/or unregistered student groups attempting to function on the campus or in the name of ASUN. Acting as an organization when a group has been removed from campus. 22. OBJECTS DROPPED OR THROWN Throwing objects or causing an object to fall from buildings or other elevated areas when such throwing or dropping creates a risk of personal injury or property damage. 23. SEXUAL HARASSMENT Unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other verbal and physical conduct of a sexual nature when at least one of the following conditions is met: • Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly as a condition of an Individual’s employment, membership or education; • Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for evaluation in making employment, membership or academic decisions affecting the individual; • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic or work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work, academic or living environment. 87


24. SEXUAL MISCONDUCT Sexual conduct without consent or sexual conduct that occurs after consent has been withdrawn. To constitute sexual misconduct, the sexual conduct must meet one of the following criteria: • The sexual conduct is not consensual; • The sexual conduct includes force, threat(s) or intimidation; • The sexual conduct occurs when the victim is mentally or physically impaired, such as when under the influence of alcohol or other drugs or when the victim is a minor. 25. SMOKING Use of tobacco is not permitted on College Property, in accordance with Arkansas Act 734, also known as the Clean Air on Campus Act. This includes, but is not limited to, the use all lighted tobacco and plant products including cigarettes, cigars, and pipes, smokeless tobacco, and vaping devices including electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes. 26. SOLICITATION ACTIVITIES Solicitation not in accordance with federal, state or local law or without the permission as outlined in the Fundraising (Solicitation) Policy found in the Student Handbook. 27. THEFT Theft of any kind including: attempted theft, possession, sale or barter of, seizing or concealing property of the college or of a member of the college community or campus visitor. 28. UNAUTHORIZED USE • Unauthorized or illegal entry into a building, classroom, office, room, or vehicle. • Unauthorized use or possession of college property. • Use or possession of any college key without proper authorization including duplication of any college key. 29. VIOLATION OF LAW Arrest or citation for violation(s) of local, state, or federal law, and/or conduct that adversely affects the student’s suitability as a member of the college community. 30. VIOLATIONS OF OTHER UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS Violations of any university rule or regulations outside the Standards of Student Conduct.

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31. WEAPONS To the fullest extent allowed by law, the use, possession or storage of weapons. Weapons include, but are not limited to: firearms, explosive devices, hazardous chemicals (other than pocketsized sprays used for personal protection), knives with blades longer than four inches, numb chucks, brass knuckles, Tasers or other electrical stun devices, bows or cross bows, arrows, objects that propel projectiles, replicas of weapons (including water or toy guns), or any device or substance designed for or used to inflict a wound, cause injury, or incapacitate. *NOTE: THE COLLEGE WILL NOT ACCEPT FOR TRANSFER ANY CREDIT EARNED AT OTHER INSTITUTIONS DURING THE PERIOD A STUDENT IS ON SUSPENSION FOR DISCIPLINARY REASONS FROM THE COLLEGE. CONDUCT INFORMATION AND PROCEDURES 1. Any individual may refer a student to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or his/her designee for Non-Academic Misconduct charges. Conduct Referrals should be delivered to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or his/her designee within ten (10) college business days after the student has been identified as the alleged violator, whenever possible. Student involved Conduct referrals in regards to Sexual Assault or Sexual Misconduct should be referred specifically to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs immediately upon receipt. 2. Upon the receipt of a Conduct Referral, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or his/her designee will determine if sufficient information is present to show the alleged violator potentially violated the Standards of Student Conduct. If there is sufficient information to determine the alleged violator potentially violated the Standards of Student Conduct, he/she will be delivered or e-mailed those potential violations and an initial meeting will be scheduled. 3. The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or his/her designee will determine the initial hearing officer depending upon the severity of the alleged infraction and where it occurred. The initial hearing officer may be one of the following: the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or the Dean of Students. 4. The Conduct process is part of the student educational process and as such the alleged violator is responsible for all communication during the Conduct Process, with the exception 89


of suspension and expulsion appeals. The alleged violator may have an advisor present at all meetings and hearings through the Conduct Process but that advisor may not speak for the alleged violator, except in the case of suspension and expulsion appeals. SEXUAL ASSAULT AND MISCONDUCT INFORMATION AND PROCEDURES 1. Any allegations of sexual assault and/or sexual misconduct, involving students, must be initially reported to the Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator will coordinate the investigation of all allegations of sexual harassment and/or sexual misconduct. 2. The Title IX Coordinator will refer cases of alleged sexual harassment and/or sexual misconduct to the Dean of Students for investigation as appropriate. Cases of sexual harassment and/or sexual misconduct will follow the process set forth in the ASU-Newport Sexual Misconduct Grievance Procedure. PROCEDURES FOR RESOLVING NON-ACADEMIC CONDUCT CHARGES FOR VIOLATIONS OF THE STANDARDS OF STUDENT CONDUCT 1. INFORMAL CASE RESOLUTION: The initial hearing officer may offer an alleged violator a case resolution. The initial hearing officer will meet with the alleged violator to review the charges and the options they have available to them to resolve the matter. The alleged violator can have 48 hours to decide which option he/she would like to utilize to resolve the charges. A. If an alleged violator accepts responsibility for the alleged offense, then the initial hearing officer will assign the sanction. If the alleged violator does not agree with the sanction(s), he/she may request that the appropriate designee review the sanction(s) to determine appropriateness. Requests for review of sanction(s) must be delivered in writing to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs within 48 hours of being assigned the sanction(s) or by 9:00 a.m. on the next college business day if the deadline falls on a weekend or after 5:00 p.m. on a weekday. This is the only appeal available through the Case Resolution Process. B. If the alleged violator does not accept responsibility for the alleged offense, then the case will be referred back to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. A Formal Conduct Hearing will then be conducted to determine if the alleged violator is responsible for the charges and if so to determine the sanction(s). 90


C. Any student who fails to attend a scheduled Case Resolution meeting will have a hold placed on their registration until they have met with the university representative and reached a resolution or until a Formal Conduct Hearing has been completed.

2. FORMAL CONDUCT HEARING: If an alleged violator does not accept responsibility, does not attend the properly scheduled Case Resolution meeting or if the initial hearing officer does not feel that a Case Resolution is appropriate, then a Formal Conduct Hearing will be convened. There are three types of Formal Conduct Hearings that an alleged violator may choose from or be remanded to: Administrative, Student Hearing Board, or the College Disciplinary Committee Hearing depending on the severity of the case and the alleged violator’s prior history. All Formal Conduct Hearings are recorded. TYPES OF FORMAL CONDUCT HEARINGS ADMINISTRATIVE Administrative hearings are assigned in cases where there is little discrepancy in a case, where there is a need to expedite the conduct process (such as cases of safety or when interim action has been taken), or when there is a request for one by the alleged violator. Administrative hearings are heard by the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or designee. STUDENT HEARING BOARD Student Hearing Boards are assigned in cases where the alleged violator would benefit from a decision put forward by his/her peers. Student Hearing Boards consist of 4-9 ASUN students who have been selected and trained to participate in the conduct process. COLLEGE DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE College Disciplinary Committee hearings are assigned in cases where the student requests such a hearing or the hearing is assigned. A University Disciplinary Committee Hearing consist of 5-9 students and faculty or staff members from an appointed pool of hearing board members. STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS Cases involving Student organizations will follow the same procedure noted for students. A student organization may be subject to the conduct process in the following situations: • An alleged offense was committed by one or more members of an organization and an executive member or advisor encouraged, sanctioned or was complicit while it occurred. • An alleged offense was committed by one or more members

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of an organization and organization funds were used to finance the venture. An alleged offense was committed by one or more members of an organization and was supported by a majority of the organization’s membership. An organization has chosen to protect one or more individual offenders who were members or guests of the organization. After hearing the case, the hearing officer/body deems that the offense, by its nature, was an organization offense and not the actions of the individual members. An alleged offense occurred as a result of an organization sponsored function. A pattern of individual violations is found to have existed without proper and appropriate group control, remedy or sanction.

FORMAL CONDUCT HEARING GUIDING PRINCIPLES • An alleged violator may request a pre-hearing conference prior to his/her Formal Conduct Hearing. • An alleged violator will have at least 48 hour notice of a hearing or the notice will be posted five University business days prior to the hearing. • An alleged violator may choose to not attend a scheduled hearing, however, if properly notified it will proceed in his/ her absence. • An alleged violator may choose to not answer a question at any time or to not speak during his/her hearing or present information to a hearing body, if he/she feels it is in his/her best interest. • A complete witness list must be turned into the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs two university business days prior to the hearing. • Students may request, in writing, a list of all witnesses and access to all information. All information requests must be done in writing and allow 24 hours for the information to be compiled. • Determination of responsibility will be based upon a preponderance of the evidence or if it is “more likely than not” that a violation did occur. • No character witnesses or irrelevant information will be considered in a hearing. • An alleged violator may select an advisor to be present at the hearing that may confer and give advice to the student in a quiet, confidential and non-disruptive manner. A list of trained student advisors is available in the Office of Student Conduct.


• An actively participating alleged victim may select an advisor to be present at the hearing that may confer and give advice to the student in a quiet, confidential and nondisruptive manner. • No recordings or tapes of hearings shall be made by any person other than the Chair of the Hearing. The hearing recording will be maintained by the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or designee for the appeal process only. If an appeal is made, the recording will be destroyed ten (10) college business days after the appeal date has past. A student will be given reasonable access to their hearing recording for the purposes of review, with the understanding that no duplication of the recording shall be permitted. Requests for access to hearing recordings must be made in writing and provided to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or designee at least 24 hours’ notice to make the appropriate arrangements.

APPEAL PROCESS INFORMAL CASE RESOLUTION APPEAL A student or organization found responsible for a violation of college policy in an Informal Case Resolution may request a sanction review for the following reason: • Sanction unreasonably harsh or inappropriate for the circumstances of the violation.

Requests for review of sanction(s) must be delivered in writing to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or designee within 48 hours of being assigned the sanction(s) or by 9:00 a.m. on the next college business day if the deadline falls on a weekend or after 5:00 p.m. on a weekday. This is the only appeal available through the Informal Case Resolution Process.

During the above appeal process, a student who has received a sanction of a suspension of ten (10) or more days or expulsion for non-academic misconduct may choose to be represented at the student’s expense by a licensed attorney or, if the student prefers, a non-attorney advocate who, in either case, may fully participate during the appeal process. (Arkansas General Assembly, Act 1194 of 2015, effective July 22, 2015)

The sanction review will be heard by the Dean of Students unless she/he was the initial hearing officer. If the Dean of Students was the initial hearing officer, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Office or Designee will hear the review. The decision of the Appeal Officer is final.

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STUDENT ORGANIZATION COUNCIL HEARING APPEAL A student organization found responsible for a violation of college/council policy during a council hearing may request and appeal for one of the following reasons: • Insufficient information that a policy was violated; • A serious procedural error in resolving the case; • Sanction unreasonably harsh or inappropriate for the circumstances for the violation.

Requests for appeal must be delivered in writing to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs within 72 hours, of receipt of the original written decision, or by 9:00 a.m. on the next college business day, if the deadline falls on a weekend or after 5:00 p.m. on a weekday. Typically a decision will be rendered within five (5) to ten (10) college business days, unless the sanction includes suspension or dismissal. After review, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or designee may: • Affirm the finding(s) of the original hearing authority; • Reverse finding(s) of the original hearing authority • Alter the sanction(s) of the original hearing authority; • Refer the case to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs for a new hearing including the new information shared in the appeal.

The decision of the Appeal Officer is final. FORMAL CONDUCT HEARING APPEAL A student found responsible for a violation of university policy during a Formal Conduct Hearing may request an appeal for one of the following reasons: • Insufficient information that a policy was violated; • A serious procedural error in resolving the case; • Sanction unreasonably harsh or inappropriate for the circumstances for the violation.

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Requests for appeal must be delivered in writing to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs within 72 hours, of receipt of the original written decision, or by 9:00 a.m. on the next college business day if the deadline falls on a weekend or after 5:00 p.m. on a weekday.

A student who has received a sanction of a suspension of ten (10) or more days or expulsion for non-academic misconduct may request an appeal and choose to be represented at the student’s expense by a licensed attorney or, if the student


prefers, a non-attorney advocate who, in either case, may fully participate during the appeal. In this circumstance, if the disciplinary appeal proceeding arises from a complaint by a student against another student, both students can be so represented. (Arkansas General Assembly, Act 1194 of 2015, effective July 22, 2015)

Typically a decision will be rendered within five (5) to ten (10) college business days, unless the sanction includes suspension or dismissal. After review, the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs or designee may: • Affirm the finding(s) of the original hearing authority; • Reverse finding(s) of the original hearing authority; • Alter the sanction(s) of the original hearing authority; • Refer the case for a new hearing including the new information shared in the appeal. The decision of the Appeal Officer is final. Non-Academic Conduct Sanctions Sanctions for Non-Academic Misconduct will be imposed by the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or his/her designee upon individuals, groups or organizations that have been found responsible for violating the Standards of Student Conduct. The following sanctions may be imposed for Non-Academic Misconduct: • Educational Task – Completion of a task which educates the student about and allows the student to learn from the misconduct. • Written Warning – Official record that a student has been warned about behavior. • Removal of Property – Required removal of property. • Restitution – Reimbursement by the student to cover the cost of repair or replacement of damaged or misappropriated property. • Restriction of Activities or Privileges – Restriction of active status or participation in any and/or all organized university activities other than required academic endeavors for a designated period of time. • Fees – Monetary requirements based on the resolution of a case. • Conduct Probation – A period of self-reflection, during which a student is on official warning that subsequent violations of college rules, regulations or policies are likely to result in a more severe sanction including suspension or expulsion from the college. 95


• Conduct Suspension – Temporarily canceling a student’s enrollment at ASUN. A student cannot graduate while suspended. Once assigned this sanction, students are immediately removed from their classes and banned from college property. A student cannot enter college property during his/her term of suspension without prior permission from the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or designee. Any classes taken at another institution during this period of suspension cannot be transferred to ASUN. • Expulsion – Permanently canceling a student’s enrollment at ASUN. A dismissed student cannot re-enroll or graduate. Once assigned this sanction, students are immediately removed from their classes and banned from university property. A student cannot enter College property once dismissed without prior permission from the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or designee. • Revocation or Denial of Degree or Admissions – Admissions to or a degree awarded from the College may be revoked or refused for fraud, misrepresentation, or other violation of the College Standards of Student Conduct.

Non Academic Student Conduct Records Retention Non-Academic Student Conduct Records will be maintained for seven years from the date of the last case resolution or two years post-graduation, whichever comes later. Any student record with an outstanding sanction, suspension or dismissal will be kept indefinitely. External Release External release of records will occur in accordance with federal and state law. Parental Notification Parents/guardians may be notified of Non-Academic Misconduct in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). If parents would like information regarding their student’s non-academic conduct history or status at the College from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, they can request that their son/daughter sign a FERPA Release Form in the Registrar’s Office to release that information. Notification of Decision Outcomes Upon request, and as allowed by law, the appropriate office will disclose the results of any disciplinary proceeding conducted by 96


the institution against a student who is the alleged perpetrator of any crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense to the alleged victim or next of kin if the victim is deceased. In all other cases, the decision outcome is only released as outlined above. GENERAL POLICIES & INFORMATION DISCLOSURE OF CONSUMER INFORMATION – YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW Arkansas State University Newport (ASUN) is committed to providing its students, their families, and the campus community full disclosure of all consumer information as required by State and Federal laws and regulations. The consumer information provided is intended to satisfy students’ right to know and to give students the opportunity to make fully informed choices regarding the institution. STUDENT TRAVEL AND FIELD TRIPS Arkansas State University – Newport is committed to enhancing students’ learning opportunities through a variety of activities that may require travel away from the college and to ensuring the safety and security of students on such college-sponsored trips. This policy establishes the guidelines and responsibilities for all travel that involves ASUN students. Students are representatives of ASUN whenever they participate in any college-sponsored travel and are expected to abide by the college’s Code of Conduct Guidelines as published in the Student Handbook. Alleged violations of policy, procedure, or conduct expectations shall be addressed through appropriate due process procedures when students return to campus. Student travel shall not be permitted unless procedures and responsibilities are followed. The types of activities and events include, but are not limited to, course-related field trips, sponsored student organization or college departmental activities, leadership academies, conferences, grant-sponsored travel, and meetings where a student is officially representing the college or a college sponsored student organization or club. The sponsor of the student travel (e.g., Dean of Students, student organization advisors, academic deans or faculty, or grant program directors) is responsible for ensuring compliance with Student Activity procedures. For all activities involving travel, the sponsor of the student travel must submit a Student Activity Request form, which must be accompanied by signed Event Participation Liability waivers for all student participants at least 4 weeks prior to the proposed travel. These required forms can be found on the Student 97


Resources tab of the ASUN portal (https://portal.asun.edu/ICS/ Student_Resources/). In all cases, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs shall review and approve or deny all requests for official travel by students or student organizations prior to travel being conducted. FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS ASU-Newport must abide by Federal requirements that include the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of October 29, 2000, the Student Right To Know and Campus Security Act of 1990 which is known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, and the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989. In addition, an annual Security Report is published each year. Each of these reports may be found on the ASUN website under Campus Police. A written copy will be provided upon request. EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM ASUN provides an Emergency Notification Service for faculty, staff, and students. Faculty and staff college phones are automatically enrolled. Faculty and staff are encouraged to register cell phones also. ASUN has chosen School Messenger as our method to notify in cases of emergency. CAMPUS FUNDRAISING/SOLICITATION POLICY Commercial sales and solicitation by off-campus organizations are not allowed on campus at any time with the exception of advertising in all college sponsored media, and by invitation only to college sponsored events. CAMPUS SEX CRIMES PREVENTION ACT INFORMATION The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act (section 1601) and {(42 U.S.C., 14071j and 20 U.S.C., 1902 (f) (1) (l)} is a federal law enacted on October 29, 2000 that provides for the tracking of sexual offenders enrolled at or employed by institutions of higher education. This federal law requires sex offenders who are required by law to register in a state, to also provide notice of each institution of higher education in that state where the person is employed, carries on a vocation, or is a student. This law further requires that institutions of higher education issue a statement advising the campus community of the availability of this information. Information regarding any and all registered sex offenders on the campus of ASU-Newport may be obtained from the following department: 98


Newport Police Department 616 2nd Street, Newport, AR72112 • (870) 523-2722 Jonesboro Police Department 410 W. Washington Ave, Jonesboro, AR 72401 • (870) 935-5553 Marked Tree Police Department 1 Elm Street, Marked Tree, AR 72365 • (870) 358-2024 For detailed information, visit acic.org/offender-search/index.php. CAMPUS SIGNS, POSTERS AND PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS POLICY 1. All notices and printed materials must carry the name of the organization responsible for distribution. Organizations are responsible for notices or printed materials bearing the names of individuals identified therein as officers or members of the organization. 2. Bulletin boards shall be available in academic buildings on campus and may be used for posting publicity materials approved by the department or office responsible for maintaining the bulletin board. Written publicity and messages should not remain up later than 24 hours after the event. 3. To avoid stains on buildings and difficulty of removal, chalk should not be used for marking on building surfaces. 4. Posters and signs should not be taped on glass or affixed to wall surfaces not specifically designated as bulletin boards. Such practices may result in unsightly tape marks, peeled paint, or irreparable holes in building surfaces. 5. Outdoor posters and signs should be prepared with waterproof materials to avoid illegibility, paint stains, and other problems in the event of rain. 6. Temporary freestanding publicity and directional signs may be used, provided they are displayed not more than one week in advance of the event being promoted. Flashing signs and similar commercial-type signs and marquees are not to be used on campus. 7. Groups desiring to place flyers on automobile windshields or distribute handbills may do so by obtaining advance approval from the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. (No commercial solicitation will be permitted.) 8. The rights to distribute notices and printed material shall not extend to libelous, obscene, or personally defamatory statements. Neither shall this right extend to materials encouraging and promoting violations of the public place or the regulations of the college. 99


FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION POLICY ASUN highly regards the first amendment guarantees of freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and the right to assemble peaceably. Because the mission of Arkansas State University is education, the campus of ASUN is not a public forum open for assembly and expression of free speech as are the public streets, sidewalks, and parks. ASUN remains firmly committed to affording each member of the college community the opportunity to engage in peaceful and orderly protests and demonstrations in areas designated as free expression areas. However, these activities must not disrupt the operation of the college. Additionally, such opportunities must be provided on an equal basis and adhere to the basic principle that the college will remain neutral as to the content of any public demonstration. In order to achieve this objective, while at the same time insuring that the institution fulfills its educational mission, the college has the responsibility to regulate the time, place, and manner of expression. Through such regulation, equal opportunity for all persons can be assured, order within the college community can be preserved, college property can be protected and a secure environment for individuals to exercise freedom of expression can be provided. A. SPEECHES AND DEMONSTRATIONS Any request for speaking, demonstrating, and other forms of expression will be scheduled through the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs in order to accommodate all interested users. The request should be at least 72 hours in advance of the event. B. DISTRIBUTION OF WRITTEN MATERIAL Requests for a distribution of written material should be submitted to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs for approval. The College maintains a position of neutrality as to the content of any written material distributed under this policy.

The distribution of commercial materials and publications is covered by the Campus Solicitation Policy and is prohibited.

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D. PROVISIONS In order that persons exercising their freedom of expression not interfere with the operation of the College or the rights of others, the following stipulations shall apply, without exception, to any form of expression and will be used to evaluate any plan requiring approval. Reasonable limitations may be placed on the time, place, and manner of speeches, demonstrations, distribution of written material, and marches in order to serve the interest of health and safety, prevent disruption of the process, and protect against invading the rights of others. 1. Events that may obstruct vehicular, pedestrian, or other traffic on streets or sidewalks must be approved at least 72 hours in advance by the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. 2. Use of sound amplification on campus is regulated and must be approved at least 72 hours in advance by the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. 3. There must be no obstruction of entrances or exits to buildings. 4. There must be no interference with educational activities inside or outside of buildings. 5. There must be no impediment to normal pedestrian or vehicular traffic, or other disruptions of university activities. 6. There must be no interference with scheduled university ceremonies, events, or activities. 7. Damage or destruction of property owned or operated by the college or damage to property belonging to students, faculty, staff, or guests of the college is prohibited. Persons or organizations causing such damage may be held financially responsible. 8. Persons or organizations responsible for a demonstration or other freedom of expression events must remove all resulting structures, signs, and litter from the area at the end of the event. If this is not accomplished, persons, or organizations responsible for the event may be held financially responsible.

There must be compliance with all applicable state and federal laws and college policies, rules, and regulations.

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1. Faculty, staff, and recognized student organizations may hold fund-raising activities (solicitation) that are reasonable and appropriate given the organization’s purpose. The activities are not to occur more than three times per semester per requesting organization for a period not to exceed three days per event. Fund- raising activities (solicitations) shall be defined as requesting donations, without products or services being rendered, or activities that raise funds through the sale of merchandise or services for the benefit of the recognized organization, for the educational purposes of ASU-Newport or for a selected philanthropic project of the organization. 2. The president (or designee) of a student organization will submit an activity request form for each fund-raising event to the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at least one week prior to the requested date(s) of the fund-raising. 3. The Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs will review the request for eligibility (recognized student organization; number of previous events held during the academic year) and appropriateness (for benefit of the student organization rather than the benefit of an outside vendor; consistency with purpose of the organization). An off campus organization or business may not conduct the fund-raising activity and then provide the recognized ASUN organization a certain percentage of sales, income, etc. 4. Individual groups or organizations using a college facility are responsible for setup, take down, and cleaning up the area used. Promotional materials, posters, signs, etc. should be in compliance with the established policies stated in the catalog. 5. All fund-raising events must be approved before solicitation begins.

HEALTH OR SAFETY EMERGENCY In an emergency, FERPA permits school officials to disclose without student consent education records, including personally identifiable information from those records, to protect the health or safety of students or other individuals. At such times, records and information may be released to appropriate parties such as law enforcement officials, public health officials, and trained medical personnel. (34 CFR §99.31 (A)(10) AND §99.36) This exception to FERPA’s general consent rule is limited to the period of the emergency and generally 102


does not allow for a blanket release of personally identifiable information from a student’s educational records. In addition, the Department interprets FERPA to permit institutions to disclose information from education records to parents if a health or safety emergency involves their son or daughter. INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY ASU-Newport remains open for academic classes and all other services during inclement weather except in extreme circumstances determined solely by the Chancellor of the college. For the latest updates consult ASU- NEWPORT Portal: portal.asun.edu. Regional and local news media will also publicize the cancellations and/or delays. Students are encouraged to use good judgment in deciding whether to drive to campus during inclement weather. In those cases where the decision is made not to travel to campus under this policy, it is the responsibility of the student to immediately contact each of his/her instructors upon return to explain the circumstances and to determine the need to complete any missed assignments. MANDATORY ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE POLICY 1. The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs may invoke the Mandatory Administrative Leave Policy if a student engages in or exhibits behavior that: a. Poses a direct threat to the health, safety, or welfare of themselves or students, staff, faculty, or other members of the college community and/or college property; or b. Interferes with the rights of students, staff, faculty, or members of the college community, including disruption of the normal or sponsored academic and extracurricular activities of the college. 2. Proceedings for Mandatory Administrative Leave Policy are initiated by providing written information to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs that a student has engaged in or exhibited the above described prohibited behavior. 3. Upon receipt of written information that a student has engaged in or exhibited the above described prohibited behavior, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs may immediately place the student on Mandatory Administrative Leave. If the Mandatory Administrative Leave is invoked, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs shall mail to the student no later than the next business day copies of the written charges provided to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and notice that the student has been placed on leave.

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4. The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs shall conduct a review within five business days after leave is invoked. The review shall include conferences with both the charging party and the student. The student shall have the right to present statements, witnesses, and/or information that refute the charges presented to the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or demonstrated that no basis for a Mandatory Administrative Leave exists. The student may be accompanied to the conference by an advisor such as a friend, relative, faculty member, or medical/mental health provider. 5. If a student placed on Mandatory Administrative Leave wishes to re-enroll at the college, they will be required to present written evidence they will not exhibit the behavior that resulted in Mandatory Administrative Leave, including recommendation from a medical or mental health professional as to whether the student should be able to function at the college without exhibiting the behavior that resulted in the Mandatory Administrative Leave. The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs may require an evaluation by a licensed counselor or licensed psychologist, certified alcohol and drug counselor, or other mental health professional prior to considering a student’s request to be readmitted to the college following Mandatory Administrative Leave. After review of all the information obtained at the time a student previously on Mandatory Administrative Leave requests readmission, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs will either continue the Mandatory Administrative Leave or may readmit the student with or without qualification. 6. Proceedings under the Mandatory Administrative Leave Policy do not preclude additional proceedings pursuant to the student Code of Conduct.

SAFETY GUIDELINES It is the intention of ASU-Newport’s administration to provide a safe and healthy environment that is conducive to learning. Safety will take precedence over expediency of shortcuts. ASU-Newport will work toward risk prevention while improving safety policies and procedures. Every attempt will be made to reduce the possibility of accident occurrences. Protection of students, employees, the public, college property and operations are paramount. ASUNewport considers no phase of the operation more important than the health and safety of the student body. ASU-Newport’s buildings, streets, and grounds are constructed according to the rules and laws of the State of Arkansas. ASU-Newport also complies with the 104


provisions, as appropriate, of the National Fire Protection Association, the NFPA Life Safety Codes, Southern Standard Building Codes, Arkansas Department of Labor, and the Arkansas Department of Health regulations. DISCLOSURE OF CONSUMER INFORMATION – YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW The Arkansas State University Newport (ASUN) is committed to providing its students, their families, and the campus community full disclosure of all consumer information as required by State and Federal laws and regulations. The consumer information provided is intended to satisfy students’ right to know and to give students the opportunity to make fully informed choices regarding the institution.  

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COLLEGE TERMINOLOGY TERMS

ACADEMIC STANDING At the conclusion of each term you attend, you will be assigned an Academic Standing based on your performance (Probation/Suspension). ADMISSION CRITERIA The requirements, such as courses, testing and documentation that must be completed by a student in order to apply to a selective admission program. ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS Agreements between ASUN and other colleges/universities defining which ASUN courses will be accepted for transfer, major, general education, or elective credit. ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE (AAS) This degree will prepare you to seek employment in a specialized career field. ASSOCIATE OF ARTS (AA) This degree fulfills most of the general education requirements of the first two years of a bachelor’s degree. After earning this degree, students can finish an undergraduate degree at a four-year school. ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE (AS) This degree fulfills most of the general education requirements for the first two years of a bachelor’s degree; it is designed for students interested in pursuing bachelor’s degrees in education, business, or criminal justice. AUDIT Registration and payment for a course where no grade or academic credit is awarded. BLENDED COURSE (HYBRID) A course which is held both online and at required realtime, face-to-face sessions. Blended course instruction is split between learning activities online and in a specified location, based on course content. CLASS SCHEDULE The listing of courses offered each semester. It includes class hours, instructors, room assignments, and information needed for registration of classes. 106


CLOSED/OPEN CLASSES “Closed class” means that all seats have been taken for the course; “Open class” means that seats are still available and new enrollments will be accepted. COMPASS® TEST Computerized assessment in reading, writing, and math used to determine skill levels for initial placement in courses as part of ASUN’s admissions and registration process. COMPETITIVE ADMISSION Admission process used when the number of qualified candidates exceeds program capacity. Admission is based on a set of criteria determined by the department. COURSE DESCRIPTION A written statement that explains what will be covered in a class and prerequisites for registration of the course. COURSE NUMBER (INDEX) The number the college uses to classify a course. CREDIT COURSE A course for which academic credit units are awarded to students who successfully complete the course requirements. CREDIT Recognition by the college that you have successfully completed a course. CREDIT HOUR The unit of measurement for college work that applies to a degree or certificate. Each course has a specific number of credit hours assigned to it. Tuition and fees are based on the number of scheduled credit hours. DISTANCE LEARNING An alternative to traditional on-campus learning using the latest interactive web and video technologies. EDUCATIONAL PLAN (DEGREE PLAN) A student’s semester-by semester plan of action which lists all courses a student needs in order to complete his/her chosen goal and/or major.

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EDUCATIONAL GOAL The student’s intention to complete a certificate or degree, and/or transfer to another college/university, train for job skills, or further current skill levels. ELECTIVE A class you can take that is not specifically required by your major. EVENING CLASS Classes that are offered during the week or weekend, and begin at 5:00 pm or later. EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES Groups you belong to outside of class, such as sporting teams, clubs and organizations. FLEX TERM COURSES Shorter term course durations within the 16-week semester. FULL-TIME STUDENT A student who is taking 12 credit hours or more during the semester. GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES Courses that give students basic knowledge of a variety of topics. Students often must take general education classes in order to graduate. GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA) The average of all of the course grades you have received on a four-point scale. NONCREDIT COURSE A course for which no academic credit units are awarded. PART-TIME STUDENT A student who is taking less than 12 credit hours of classes during the semester. PLAGIARISM An act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author’s work as one’s own, as by not crediting the original author. 108


PREREQUISITE Course completion, placement, or documentation, required before enrollment in a course. Course prerequisites can be found in course descriptions in the College Catalog. PROGRAM ADMISSION Method of admission to a program of study that requires completion of admission criteria for eligibility. REGISTRATION The process of selecting courses, choosing sections by day and hour, enrolling in classes and paying tuition and fees. Students may register using Campus Connect in the ASUN Portal. STUDENT ID NUMBER A 9-digit identification number that is assigned to faculty, staff and students. It is also used as a library account number. SYLLABUS A description of a course which also lists the dates of major exams, assignments and projects. TERM

The length of time that you take a college class.

TRANSCRIPT An official report supplied by ASUN or another school on the record of an individual student, listing subjects studied, grades received, and degree earned. TRANSFER STUDENTS Any student who has previously attended another college or university and completed courses that could transfer to ASUN for credit. VISITING STUDENT A student who is taking one or more courses, with no intent of finishing a certificate or degree at ASUN.

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CAMPUS DIRECTORY

ACADEMIC ADVISING

Jonesboro 870-680-8715 • Marked Tree 870-358-8619 • Newport 870-512-7844

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Discuss curriculum requirements for your major Map out a plan for timely graduation Discuss the qualifications for occupations Help in selecting an academic program Get clarification on academic policies Discuss academic difficulties

ACADEMIC SUPPORT

Jonesboro 870-680-8715 • Marked Tree 870-358-8624 • Newport 870-512-7867

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Help with study habits Help with exam skills Help with writing and reading skills Get tutoring in selected areas

BOOKSTORE

Jonesboro 870-512-7806 • Marked Tree 870-512-7806 • Newport 870-512-7806

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Buy, rent, or sell books Buy supplies needed for classes Get ASUN merchandise! Visit the ASUN Bookstore online at asun.textbooktech.com

BUSINESS OFFICE

Jonesboro 870-680-8720 • Marked Tree 870-358-8699 • Newport 870-512-7802

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Pay tuition and fees Get questions answered about payments owed and financial holds on your account Get more information about how to sign up for direct deposit

CAMPUS POLICE

Jonesboro 870-512-7866 • Marked Tree 870-512-7866 • Newport 870-512-7866

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Report an emergency, a crime, or an accident Courtesy escort across campus when there are safety concerns

CAREER SERVICES

Jonesboro 870-680-8734 • Marked Tree 870-680-8734 • Newport 870-680-8734

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Discuss the qualifications for occupations Discuss job market for college graduates Discuss advantages/disadvantages of occupations Learn about internships Help with your resume Help with interviewing skills

CENTER FOR ACADEMIC RETENTION & SUCCESS

Jonesboro 870-680-8734/870-680-8728 • Marked Tree 870-358-8612 Newport 870-512-7838

Get questions answered about academic status, GPA requirements, or academic holds Discuss academic warning, academic probation, or academic suspension • • Discuss the early intervention alert received in your email

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DEPARTMENT OF STUDENT LIFE Jonesboro 870-680-8740 • Marked Tree 870-358-8643

Newport 870-512-7838 • Student Conduct 870-512-7838

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Help meeting new friends Get information about student activities and leadership development Join registered student organizations Get information about community service opportunities Have questions about campus policies and procedures

FINANCIAL AID

Jonesboro 870-680-8740 • Marked Tree 870-358-8643 • Newport 870-512-7835

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Help in obtaining a scholarship or grant Help in obtaining a loan Questions about how financial aid may be affected if you withdraw from a course Questions about using VA educational benefits

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Jonesboro 870-680-8739 • Marked Tree 870-358-8635 • Newport 870-512-7721

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Assistance with logging on to the Portal, Wi-Fi, etc. Assistance with setting up a campus email account

LIBRARY

Jonesboro 870-680-8723 • Marked Tree 870-358-8624 • Newport 870-512-7706

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Find books and articles for assignments Use computers to work on academic assignments Use the library space to study for exams and complete homework

STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES

Jonesboro 870-358-8636 • Marked Tree 870-358-8636 • Newport 870-512-7742

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Help obtaining classroom, testing, or other reasonable accommodations Help in obtaining assistive technology Referral to campus and community resources Help determine if you have a documented disability and what to do

TESTING CENTER

Jonesboro 870-680-8740 • Marked Tree 870-358-8643 • Newport 870-512-7867

• Find out more information about the Compass, TEAS V, and other exams offered by ASUN testing centers

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