FAQ's for Students
Q: What do I do if I need help finding resources on campus and in the community?
A: You should schedule an appointment with a Case Manager in the Office of the Dean of Students or visit our website for resource information.
Q: I've noticed a change in my overall motivation and I am finding it difficult to stay on top of my academics. What kind of support is available to me?
A: Mild fluctuations in mood are common but if you have found that these changes have impacted your ability to be successful it could be time to seek support. Counseling and Psychological Services can assist you with identifying and processing your current situation. For more details visit their website. You may also seek the support of WE COACH, which is a peer led program that assists students with problem solving and goal setting. You can find more information on their website. A Case Manager in the Office of the Dean of Students can also help you in understanding resources and options available to you.
Q: What do I do if I need to miss class?
A: If you plan to be absent from class first review the class syllabus to familiarize yourself with the course attendance policy and then contact your professor via email and inform them of your date and reason for absence. If you are going to be absent for medical reasons, due to a death in the family, or military service you may complete a Class Absence Notification request and the Office of the Dean of Students can inform your professor of your absence. This form can be accessed here. Be sure to provide the appropriate documentation when submitting your request for a Class Absence Notification.
Q: How can I best communicate with my professors if I am struggling?
A: If you are struggling academically the best thing you can do is speak with your professor. Initiating a conversation can occur via email, telephone, or in person. It is recommended that students attempt to meet with the professor in person or virtually via zoom as to allow for clear communication.
Q: I think I might fail a class, what are my options?
A: If you are in danger of failing a class your first course of action is to speak with the professor and inquire about your current standing in the course and ask about any options for making up missed work or any opportunities for extra credit. If you are unable to complete the requirements of the course prior to the end of the semester you may speak with your professor and request an incomplete in the course. If you are unable to receive an incomplete, you have the option to utilize one of your four course repeats and grade replacements. To replace your grade you must retake the course and the grade you receive for your second attempt will replace the original grade you received.
Q: I don't have enough money for food, what should I do?
A: Visit the food pantry and free store located on the first floor of East Hall. You can also schedule an appointment with a Case Manager in the Office of the Dean of Students to learn about free grocery and meal options in the community.
Q: I would like to give someone access to my student records. How do I do that?
A: If you are wanting a Case Manager to share your information with others you will be asked to complete a Release of Information form. This form identifies who you would like us to share information with, what information you would like shared, and for what period of time we are able to share information. If you would like to grant someone access to other records, you will want to follow these steps:
- Log into AppalNet using the students App State username and password
- Select the parent access option by selecting the student tab, then the "parent access" link (the "parent access" link is also available from the "student accounts" link)
- Enter the first name, middle name, and last name of the parent, guardian, or third party to get access
- Enter the email address of the parent or guardian so they may receive email notifications from Student Accounts when bills are available online
- Create a 6-digit PIN number to be used by your parent or guardian to gain access
- Select which type of information will be available to a parent or guardian
- Select the "submit" button
- Provide your banner ID and selected PIN to your parent, guardian, or third party
The student is responsible for providing the Banner ID and PIN information to those who have been granted access. Any request for information by the specified individual(s) requires the knowledge of these numbers.
Q: When requesting a Class Absence Notification, what qualifies as a personal/family event?
A: These types of emergencies or extenuating circumstances involve the student themselves, a family member, or loved one. The Office of the Dean of Students must be able to establish a relationship between the student and the immediate family member in order to advocate for a Class Notification Absence.
In cases of family illness (immediate family members only), the student must provide documentation on official letterhead, dated by a licensed medical or mental health provider. The letter should include the dates of treatment or hospitalization, and the student's anticipated return date. The documentation must also include verification that the student was present with the family member.
In the event of a loss of a loved one, the student must provide an obituary, memorial service pamphlet, or other documentation. Such documentation must include the date of the loved one's passing, date of funeral/memorial service, and the city and state where the services were held.
In the case a student has been impacted by a natural disaster or is involved in a situation of interpersonal violence, the student will need to meet with a Case Manager in the Office of the Dean of Students unless the student already has documentation, or a form of verification that the incident(s) occurred (ex: insurance, police report, protective orders, verification through Red Cross, etc.). This meeting should take place prior to submitting a Class Absence Notification Request Form.
Q: When requesting a Class Absence Notification, what qualifies as military orders?
A: Official military orders must be signed and dated by a commanding officer/designee and include dates of departure and return. Such documentation may include but is not limited to: Title 10 Active Military Orders, Title 32 Training Orders, or DD-214. The Office of the Dean of Students recognizes that official military documentation may not be provided to a student upon receipt of orders. A letter from the Office of Student Veteran Services will be accepted in these situations.