Dual Enrollment Parent/Guardian Authorization
Please read this page in its entirety. Your electronic signature at the bottom of this page is required for your student to be admitted to Austin Peay State University's Dual Enrollment program. Please contact our office at 931-221-7175 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
(1) Meningococcal Meningitis and Hepatitis B Notification Acknowledgement for Dual Enrollment Students
The General Assembly of the State of Tennessee mandates that each public or private postsecondary institution in the state provide information concerning Hepatitis B infection to all students entering the institution for the first time. Those students who will be living in on-campus housing for the first time must also be informed about the risk of Meningococcal Meningitis infection. The required information below includes the risk factors and dangers of each disease as well as information on the availability and effectiveness of the respective vaccines for persons who are at-risk for the diseases. The information concerning these diseases is from the Centers for Disease Control and the American College Health Association.
A. Hepatitis B (HBV)
Hepatitis B (HBV) is a serious viral infection of the liver that can lead to chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, liver cancer, liver failure, and even death. The disease is transmitted by blood and or body fluids and many people will have no symptoms when they develop the disease. The primary risk factors for Hepatitis B are sexual activity and injecting drug use. This disease is completely preventable. Hepatitis B vaccine is available to all age groups to prevent Hepatitis B viral infection. A series of three (3) doses of vaccine are required for optimal protection. Missed doses may still be sought to complete the series if only one or two have been acquired. The HBV vaccine has a record of safety and is believed to confer lifelong immunity in most cases.
B. Meningococcal Meningitis
Meningococcal disease is a rare, but potentially fatal, bacterial infection, expressed as either meningitis (infection of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord) or meningococcemia (bacteria in the blood). Meningococcal disease strikes about 3,000 Americans each year and is responsible for about 300 deaths annually. The disease is spread by airborne transmission, primarily by coughing. The disease can onset very quickly and without warning. Rapid intervention and treatment is required to avoid serious illness and or death. There are five different subtypes (called sereogroups) of the bacterium that causes Meningococcal Meningitis. The current vaccine does not stimulate protective antibodies to Serogroups B, but it does protect against the most common strains of the disease, including serogroups A, C, Y and W-135. The duration of protection is approximately 3 - 5 years. The vaccine is very safe and adverse reactions are mild and infrequent, consisting primarily of redness and pain at the site of injection lasting up to two days. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that college freshmen (particularly those who live in dormitories or residence halls) be informed about meningococcal disease and the benefits of vaccination and those students who wish to reduce their risk for meningococcal disease be immunized. Other undergraduate students who wish to reduce their risk for meningococcal disease may also choose to be vaccinated.
For more information about Meningococcal Meningitis and Hepatitis B disease and vaccine, please contact your local health care provider or consult the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Web site.
Exemptions include students born before 1/1/1957, those students graduating from a Tennessee high school in 1998 or after, online only students, medical contraindication verified by a healthcare provider, or religious exemption requiring a signed and notarized statement by the student that the vaccine conflicts with his or her religious tenets or practices.
Exemptions include students born before 1/1/1980, those students graduating from a Tennessee high school in 2016 or after, on line only students, medical contraindication verified by a healthcare provider, or religious exemption requiring a signed statement by the student that the vaccine conflicts with his or her religious tenets or practices.
(2) Financial Concerns and Obligations for Dual Enrollment Students
1. Students must submit complete applications for the Tennessee Dual Enrollment Grant (DEG) by posted deadlines through the TSAC Student Portal: https://www.tn.gov/collegepays/tsac-student-portal.
2. Students and parents both understand how using DEG funding for courses 5-10 will reduce their HOPE scholarship.
3. Students and parents both understand the student must maintain a college GPA of at least 2.75 to continue receiving DEG funding in subsequent dual enrollment semesters.
4. Students who do not have a 3.0 high school GPA or 21 ACT composite will only recieve a grant award for one dual enrollment course per semester.
6. Students taking courses in the same semester with two different institutions will provide any required documentation in order to participate in the consortium agreement between those institutions, which includes having college transcripts sent at the beginning of each semester.
7. Textbooks are not covered by APSU or the TN Dual Enrollment Grant. It is the student's responsibility to utilize the Textbook Express tool located in their OneStop Web Self-Service to determine their textbook needs. When in doubt, reach out to your instructor or our office to confirm your textbook needs.
(3) Dual Enrollment Fee Discount or Waiver
If your student qualifies for a fee discount based on your employment, please submit the appropriate form each semester when your student registers.
Click here to view discount forms and instructions for submitting the forms.
(4) Permission and Agreement
As parent/guardian of the student named below, my signature on this form, certifies that I have read and understand the early admission and concurrent (dual/joint enrollment, academically talented) enrollment policies, including:
- Program and course requirements
- Students must maintain an APSU GPA of 2.75 to remain in the dual enrollment program for subsequent semesters while in high school. If their APSU GPA falls below 2.75 and they have a 3.0 high school GPA, they may reapply for admission.
- Financial obligations, lottery grant regulations, discount/waiver eligibility: I understand that I am responsible for the payment of any tuition or fees not covered by the dual enrollment grant. I understand that textbooks are not covered by the dual enrollment grant and will be an out of pocket cost if not provided by the student's high school.
- Privacy and confidentiality regulations: Dual Enrollment student information is protected by FERPA. Austin Peay State University and the student's high school may exchange information, but information available to parents is limited. Please see our Student Information page here. Submission of a FERPA form is strongly recommended.
Austin Peay State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion,
creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability,
age, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or any other legally protected
class with respect to all employment, programs and activities sponsored by APSU. http://www.apsu.edu/policy.
Policy 6:003 AP90/9-17/250