Graduate Student Life: Part 3 of 3

Parking and Traffic

The University Parking and Traffic Department is responsible for providing parking services and traffic control for all faculty, staff, students and visitors to the campus. Individuals who wish to park a motor vehicle on University controlled property between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, must obtain a parking permit from the Parking and Traffic Department before doing so. Several types of permits are available, dependent upon the category of the registrant. The appropriate permit will be provided at the time of registration, subject to availability. Fees are charged for parking permits, as designated by the University's Board of Trustees. For further information, please contact the Parking and Traffic Department at (828) 262-2878, visit the website (noted above) or visit our office in the Rivers Street Parking Deck.

Post Office

A United States Post Office Contract Station is maintained by Appalachian in the Miles Annas Student Services Building. A mailbox is provided for most students. Students may check online under their AppalNet account to find their ASU Box number and the combination for their mailbox. The student's University mailbox address is used by the University for communicating with each student and for receiving personal mail via United States Postal Service. For this reason, students are responsible for checking their University mailboxes frequently. Students enrolled in an off-campus extension course will probably not have a mailbox.

If a student meets the following criteria, she/he may opt-out of their campus mailbox and no longer receive mail at the University Post Office: 1) the student lives off-campus; 2) the student does not receive a paycheck from any department within the university (however, if the student works at the university and receives their pay by direct deposit, they may opt-out of a campus mailbox); and, 3) the student is currently enrolled at the university (summer students are not allowed to opt-out). If a student chooses to opt-out of their campus mailbox, they may do so by logging into AppalNet, clicking on "Self-Service," then select the "Personal Information" tab. Next, click the "ASU PO Box Opt-Out" link, check the box acknowledging the opt-out, and click "Submit." After opting-out, the student should go to the Post Office one last time to check their mailbox and submit a change of address form to have their mail forwarded to another address. The Post Office will forward all mail for which postage has been paid. It will not forward any university mail without postage.

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Office of Student Conduct

Academic Integrity Code & Code of Student Conduct

Appalachian State University is committed to maintaining an environment that supports and encourages the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge. All members of the academic community - students, faculty, administrators and staff, share in the responsibility of protecting and promoting that environment and all are expected to exemplify high standards of professional and personal conduct.

As an institution of higher education, it is our responsibility to create an atmosphere of trust, respect, fairness, honesty, and responsibility. Appalachian's Academic Integrity Code and the Code of Student Conduct were developed to assist students in their learning both in and outside the classroom and to foster such an environment.

Both Codes are based on the concept of educational discipline. Educational discipline focuses on promoting responsible conduct, teaching about the consequences of misconduct for the individual and the community, providing opportunities for growth and development, and holding students accountable for their behavior.

Students admitted to Appalachian State University accept the responsibility to adhere to all policies set forth in the Academic Integrity Code and the Code of Student Conduct. A violation of either can result in disciplinary sanctions.

Sanctions are designed to be educational in nature and, whenever possible, to provide an avenue for continued membership in the University community. However, student's who fail to follow community standards are treated similarly to students who have failed academically and can be removed from the University.

The illegal or abusive use of alcohol and other drugs by members of the academic community adversely affects this educational environment. North Carolina and federal laws restrict or prohibit the use of alcohol and other drugs in various contexts. The illegal or abusive use of alcohol and other drugs is not compatible with personal health and welfare and the pursuit of academic excellence, and will not be tolerated by Appalachian State University on or off campus or as part of any institutional activities.

The Office of the Dean of Students is host to the Student Legal Clinic. An attorney is available to assist students with legal concerns that arise during their academic experience. The most common issues are landlord and tenant disputes, minor criminal issues, and traffic violations. An appointment to meet with Ms. Karla Rusch can be scheduled by calling (828) 262-8284.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Conduct at any time for consultation on policies and procedures. The Office of Student Conduct, located on the third floor of the Plemmons Student Union, may be reached by telephone at (828) 262-2704, by fax at (828) 262-4997, or by email at

Student Programs

Student Programs, a division of Student Development, provides the Appalachian community with a variety of social, cultural, and community service educational programs and experiences. Producing events and programs provides involved students with valuable work related skills in managing, leading, organizing, communicating, motivating others, budgeting, advertising, etc.

Student Programs manages the Plemmons Student Union and Legends Social Center to provide facilities and services for programming, meetings, bands, parties, and the general enhancement of life at Appalachian.

The Appalachian Popular Programming Society (A.P.P.S.), is the all-campus programming organization sponsored and advised by the Department of Student Programs. Membership is open to all interested students and provides excellent leadership opportunities. A.P.P.S. has two major goals. One is to enhance the quality of campus entertainment. The second is to provide significant "hands on" learning experiences and leadership opportunities for involved students. The organization is made up of an executive cabinet and the following student-run programming councils: Stage Shows, Special Events, Club Shows, Films, Concerts, the Council for Cultural Awareness, and the Appalachian Heritage Council.

The Plemmons Student Union's purpose is to build community among ASU students. There are a number of services and facilities located in the Union. They include the A.C.T. Community Outreach Center, two Coffeehouses, Career Exploration Office, the Multi- Cultural Center, a game room, two ballrooms, Art Gallery, lounges and various meeting rooms. McAlister's Deli and the Cascades Café are located in the Union. Other services provided in the Union include the Information Center, and the Mt. Mitchell Fitness Center, computer labs and study rooms. The Greenbriar Theater is a popular location for classic films. The Summit Trail Solarium is a prime gathering place for students at Appalachian. A roof top patio and amphitheatre are also available for outdoor performances, receptions, etc. Room reservations can be made by calling (828) 262-3032.

Legends is Appalachian's social and entertainment center. With a capacity of 1,000 patrons, it is staffed by student employees. A wide variety of entertaining programs occur in Legends and are coordinated by the A.P.P.S. councils. Such programs include regional and local bands, national entertainers, theme parties, DJs and comedians. Past performances have included the Dave Matthews Band, Outkast, Coolio, Hootie & the Blowfish, Widespread Panic, John Mayer, Dark Star Orchestra, Disco Biscuits, Eric Church, Corey Smith, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and the North Mississippi Allstars, to name a few.

Appalachian and The Community Together/Community Outreach Center

ACT, supported by both Student Development and Academic Affairs, offers opportunities for students to get involved in community service, academic service-learning, and community-based research within the NC High Country, as well as across the state, nation and world. In addition to hosting a comprehensive database of information on over 150 local community agencies, ACT offers engagement opportunities for every ASU student -- from one-time events in Boone to full-year international opportunities abroad. Students who participate in the ACT program will increase their awareness, become involved, and affect change concerning critical social, economic and environmental issues. For more information, stop by the ACT Community Outreach Center or visit the ACT website at

Student Research

The Office of Student Research (OSR) works to promote and support research and creative activity of undergraduate and graduate students, particularly activities conducted in collaboration with members of the faculty at Appalachian State University. The primary functions of the OSR are: advocacy for student-faculty research; identifying and pursuing sources of external and internal support for that research; seeking, collecting and disseminating information regarding student-faculty research opportunities; cooperating with other campus units to identify or create research opportunities; coordinating the university's annual Celebration of Student Research and Creative Endeavors; contributing to the UNC-Office of the President Undergraduate Research Consortium; and participating in national dialogues/meetings devoted to promoting student research.

Testing Services

The Office of Testing Services is a unit within Appalachian's University College. The mission of the Office of Testing Services is to provide high quality testing and assessment services that observe the National College Testing Association (NCTA) professional testing standards and guidelines in order to successfully meet the growing needs of our students, faculty, administration and community.

Testing Services provides a Computer Based Testing Center in the John Thomas Student Support Building for the administration of national entrance/certification exams. We also administer nationally scheduled paper and pencil exams such as LSAT, PRAXIS II, GRE Subject Tests, and National Counselors Exam on Saturdays throughout the year in Anne Belk Hall/Old Belk Library. Please check the calendar for test dates and locations.

For more detailed information on all of the testing options available visit the Testing Center website at

University Bookstore

The University Bookstore, located at the center of campus beside the student union offers a variety of goods and services to support the needs of students, faculty and staff. Institutionally owned and operated, a portion of bookstore revenues support student scholarships and benefit the campus community.

The bookstore is the only authorized Apple Computer Reseller in the area, and houses a large assortment of general reading materials including titles from faculty authors. It is also the largest provider of imprinted clothing and gifts. Visit our website for more detailed information at

University Housing

The University does not maintain housing facilities graduate students. Graduate students, international students, and students with dependents make their own arrangements for housing in the community while enrolled. There are many apartment complexes and homes for rent near campus. More information about finding housing is available on the off-campus community website (

University Police

The University Police Department is responsible for protecting life and property at Appalachian by providing emergency and nonemergency law enforcement services, crime prevention, safety and criminal investigative services.

For an on-campus police emergency, simply call 8000 from any on-campus phone or (828) 262-8000 from your cell phone. To report a crime or any other suspicious activity, call (828) 262-2150 or use one of ASU's 80 Blue Light emergency telephones located throughout campus.

To report a crime anonymously, call "Crimestoppers" at (828) 268-6959 or log on to our website at and click on "Report Crime Information or Suspicious Activity Anonymously Online."

The University's Annual Security Report is available online at The report includes statistics for reported crimes that occurred on-campus and institutional policies concerning campus security and fire safety, such as policies concerning sexual assault, building evacuation and other safety and security matters. If you would like to receive a paper copy of the report, you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling ASU Police at 828-262-2150.