May 23, 2024  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Life

Department of Student Engagement and Leadership

Jeff Cathey, Director

Appalachian State University prides itself in providing students with a transformational experience. This is accomplished through an intentional combination of academic rigor found in the classroom and personal growth developed through diverse experiences. The Department of Student Engagement and Leadership invites students to enrich their Appalachian experience as active contributors to this vibrant campus community. Students who excel both in and out of the classroom put themselves in position to be competitive for the most selective of internships, full-time positions, fellowships, and graduate programs.

Appalachian offers more than 400 student clubs and organizations to get involved with including academic, honors, special interest, service, multicultural, religious, and club sports.  In addition, we have over 30 fraternities and sororities with nearly 2,000 students involved in fraternity and sorority life on campus.  Students have an opportunity to learn about involvement through club expos held each semester, club advertising and recruitment activities, new student orientation and by visiting the Campus Activities Office in room 244 in Plemmons Student Union.

AppSync serves as your one-stop-shop to campus involvement and leadership opportunities.  All students, faculty, and staff have access to AppSync, where you can explore the involvement directory and learn about all of our student organizations and leadership programs.  There is also a campus calendar where you can view all the exciting things happening on campus, so you can connect with friends and attend events.  Visit to login and explore the endless ways to get involved.

The Department of Student Engagement and Leadership offers a wide variety of leadership and involvement opportunities for all students. Whether you are interested in taking leadership classes for credit, attending conferences and seminars, or receiving individual advisement, our staff can provide that support. Programs range from a semester-long Emerging Leaders Program for new students to a weekly drop-in program called Leadership 101. 

Through participation in the Student Government Association, students may take an active role in University governance. The SGA is comprised of elected representatives from academic colleges, student organizations, residence halls and off-campus constituencies. The Senate deliberates on student welfare matters, from academic requirements to residence life, and makes recommendations to the University. Students help to formulate and write University policy by serving on faculty-student-staff committees on academic policy, admissions, business affairs, public programs, public service, registration, research, student life, and traffic. Students can also represent student opinions by volunteering to serve on University committees ranging from academic policies and procedures, to student health care, to parking.

Student Media provides students the opportunity to become involved with campus media while developing writing, editing, photography, graphic design and advertising skills that enhance classroom learning and provide hands-on experience that translates to job opportunities on leaving the University. The Appalachian, the University’s award-winning weekly newspaper, is distributed free on-campus to keep students informed of important campus events. The Appalachian Online is Student Media’s website containing the latest news from the pages of The Appalachian, as well as links to other sources of information. Both the print version of The Appalachian and the online version offer an instructional experience for students interested in careers as student journalists. Students learn the responsibilities of a free press by making all content decisions.

Office of Multicultural Student Development

Danielle J. Carter, Director

It is an essential public service to recruit, retain and graduate a diverse student body that is able to apply innovative solutions to the complex cultural, economic, social, environmental and political challenges of a global society. The Office of Multicultural Student Development, part of the Division of Student Development, contributes to the academic mission of Appalachian State University by providing marginalized and underrepresented students with mentoring, advocacy, community and identity affirmation; as well as by offering multiple and varied learning opportunities for all Appalachian students to develop an appreciation for diversity and different perspectives, enhance self-awareness, increase multicultural knowledge and strengthen intercultural competency. Multicultural Student Development aspires to offer leadership, advocacy and serve as a resource to all Appalachian State University constituents and residents of Northwest North Carolina in matters concerning diversity.

Multicultural Student Development also aspires to contribute to a campus-wide conversation that advances the University’s commitment to an inclusive learning environment for everyone.

Multicultural Student Development operates three student-led outreach centers; the LGBT Center, the Multicultural Center and the Women’s Center. The following principles guide our work:

Social Justice: To challenge the roots of oppression, inequity and injustice; empower all people to exercise self-determination and realize their full potential.

Collaboration: To share resources and expertise with students, faculty, staff and community partners; provide leadership in promoting diversity and social justice in our community.

Community: To foster a sense of belonging to, engagement with, and shared responsibility for the well-being of the community.

Learning: To foster safe spaces for the exploration of new ideas and concepts and to encourage critical thinking.

Intercultural Competence: To enhance self-awareness, knowledge of difference, and ability to interact across differences.

Leadership: To mentor, challenge and empower students through out-of-class experiences that help develop self-efficacy and allow for the exploration of ideas, passions and interests.

Support: To guide students, advocate, teach accountability, empower, cultivate culture of inclusion, and promote the interests or causes of students.

Sustainability: To value social capital, preserve culture, embrace social, economic and environmental interdependence.

Personal Well-being: To promote an active process of becoming aware of and making choices that help enhance one’s health.

Religious and Spiritual Life

Religious and Spiritual Life on campus is supported by the Appalachian Spiritual Life Association (ASLA).  ASLA  seeks to promote a spiritual climate in which all members of the University community - students, faculty, and staff - have the freedom and opportunity to practice their respective faiths, to worship in accordance with their individual concerns, to inquire about religious problems and interests, and to work together on common concerns.  ASLA operates on the basis of mutual trust and respect.  They support a variety of religious activities and rejoice in the religious plurality of ASU. They are opposed to religious harassment and affirm the roles of personal freedom, doubt, and open critical reflection in healthy religious growth.  For more information about Religious and Spiritual Life at App visit or stop by the Campus Activities Office in 244 Plemmons Student Union.

Student Fees

Student fees support such services and activities as the Student Health Services, Student Union, Quinn Recreational Center, campus technology, cultural programs, student government, concerts, social activities, forensics, theatre, intramurals, student publications, and attendance at all athletic events on-campus.


Doug Gillin, Athletic Director

Appalachian State fields a successful NCAA Division I athletics program and is a proud member of the NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision - the highest level of intercollegiate competition) Sun Belt Conference for 18 of its 20 sports (Appalachian State wrestling competes in the Division I Southern Conference and field hockey is in the Division 1 Mid-American Conference).

While its success spans all 20 sports, Appalachian is perhaps most notable for its success on the gridiron. Mountaineer football won three-consecutive NCAA Division I FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) national championships from 2005-07 and a 34-32 victory over the University of Michigan (college football’s all-time winningest program) in 2007 put Appalachian in the national spotlight both academically and athletically. In 2015, Appalachian State became the first team to ever win 11 games in its first full-fledged season as a member of NCAA Division I FBS, going 11-2 with a 31-29 win over Ohio in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl. The Camellia Bowl triumph also made Appalachian State the first team to ever win a bowl game in its first full-fledged FBS campaign and set a new Sun Belt Conference record for single-season victories.  With a 10-3 record in 2016 and another Camellia Bowl victory, Appalachian State football is now 27-5 over the last two and a half years.

In addition to their success in the athletic arena, Appalachian State student-athletes are also among the nation’s top performers in the classroom. In 2016, Appalachian State swept the Sun Belt Conference’s highest individual honors for academic performance (the Sun Belt Male and Female Postgraduate Student-Athletes of the Year awards) and, in 2015, Appalachian claimed the conference’s top academic honor for an athletic department when it won the Sun Belt Institutional Graduation Rate Award. In the spring semester of 2016, 222 students were named to the athletics department’s academic honor roll for compiling a 3.25 grade point average or higher, including 19 students that earned a perfect 4.0 GPA

Appalachian State possesses some of the finest athletic facilities that the nation has to offer. Each of the Mountaineers’ 20 sports train and compete in facilities that have been built or remodeled since 2000. The facilities are highlighted by the 120,000-square-foot Appalachian Athletics Center, which houses training and academic areas for all 20 sports. Other facilities include Kidd Brewer Stadium (football, track and field), the Holmes Center (basketball, volleyball, track and field), Beaver Field at the Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium (baseball), Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium (softball), Appalachian State Soccer Stadium at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex (soccer), Appalachian Varsity Courts (tennis), the Don Kennedy Trails (cross country) and Brandon & Erica M Adcock Field at Appalachian Field Hockey Stadium. The Mountaineers also practice in top-notch surroundings at the Sofield Family Indoor Practice Facility and Varsity Gym, which is also the competition venue for Appalachian State wrestling.

For the most up-to-date information on Appalachian State athletics, visit

Fall Varsity Sports: Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, Volleyball

Winter Varsity Sports: Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Men’s Indoor Track and Field, Women’s Indoor Track and Field, Wrestling

Spring Varsity Sports: Baseball, Men’s Golf, Women’s Golf, Softball, Men’s Tennis, Women’s Tennis, Men’s Outdoor Track and Field, Women’s Outdoor Track and Field

Career Development Center

Sharon Jensen, Interim Director

Appalachian provides a full range of career services to assist students with career-related issues and career management skills. At Career Exploration Office, the Career Development Center’s satellite service, students can receive assistance in identifying academic majors and career options compatible with their interests, abilities, and values. Computerized guidance programs and other assessment tools assist with this process.

The Career Development Center offers individualized advising on self-managed career development, experiential learning, and personal marketing strategies. Students can access for a variety of resources on careers, graduate schools, employers and full-time job opportunities. Information on internships can be found at

Special services for graduating seniors include on-campus interviews and an online career account for posting resumes and viewing job openings. Workshops, practice interviews, and resume critiques help prepare students for the job search, while career and internship fairs provide the opportunity for students to make direct contact with a wide range of employers.

Student Employment

The Student Employment Office assists students in obtaining part-time job opportunities. On campus jobs are found through the Federal Work Study program and various Student Temporary positions. Student Employment places students who have accepted an award for Work Study through the Financial Aid Office. For more details about the Work Study Program, please visit the following website: Student Temporary work is found by applying with campus employers which include, but are not limited to: Food Services, University Recreation, University Housing, Belk Library and Information Commons, and the Child Development Centers.

For more information regarding finding employment, please go to or visit the Office of Student Employment located in John E. Thomas Hall, Room 389 to meet with a staff member.

Counseling and Psychological Services Center

Chris Hogan, Ph.D., Director

The Counseling and Psychological Services Center is part of a comprehensive program of student services within the Division of Student Development at Appalachian State University.  The Center has as its primary purpose the prevention of psychological difficulties and treatment of the mental health concerns of its students.  To meet this goal, the Center provides confidential short-term individual, couples and group counseling, as well as referral coordination to help students connect with services in the community.  Common concerns addressed include stress, anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, identity and values clarification, grief, overcoming traumatic experiences, and eating concerns.  The Center also provides daytime and after-hours emergency services for students experiencing urgent mental health concerns such as recent suicidal thoughts, recent sexual assault, the death of a friend or loved one, etc.  The Center is staffed by licensed psychologists and counselors and serves as a training site for an APA-accredited doctoral psychology internship, as well as a training site for externs and practicum students from the Clinical Psychology, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Social Work graduate programs at Appalachian State University.

The Center assists in the creation and maintenance of a University environment that will foster the well-being and personal development of its members. The Center provides outreach programs and psychoeducational workshops in a variety of venues to address such issues as eating disorders, recognizing signs of depression, stress management, and suicide prevention.  Center staff also are available to consult with University students, faculty, staff and others concerned about the psychological well-being of any University student.

University Housing

Tom Kane, Director

The University has 20 residence halls housing nearly 6,000 students in a living and learning atmosphere. The quality of the on-campus experience is of as much a concern to the University as the quality of any academic program.

The halls are staffed and supervised by personnel who are trained to create a friendly atmosphere in which students can enjoy life and feel a part of the University community. University Housing employs 165 professional, graduate, and undergraduate staff members who live in the residence halls to respond to the needs of our resident students.

University Housing has qualified student leaders and professional staff who are responsible for creating an environment within our living and learning units that complements and is conducive to the educational process. Each residence hall has a hall council that works with the staff to provide social, educational, cultural, and recreational programs. There are limitless opportunities for meeting the needs of the residential student through program development and implementation.

Each room is equipped with basic furniture. Students are allowed to supply rugs and other personal furnishings according to individual taste. Students may want to bring: one or more UL-approved electrical outlet strips with a circuit breaker (maximum 6 outlets per strip); TV; stereo, radio, CD player; carpet (Halls with carpet: Newland, Living Learning Center, Appalachian Heights, Doughton, White, Lovill, and Appalachian Panhellenic Hall); bookshelf (free standing); non-halogen desk lamp; alarm clock; trash can; umbrella; a personal computer and ethernet cord for internet connection. (The Living Learning Center and several academic buildings have computer labs available for student use. Print stations are available at the East and West service desks.)

Some appliances are allowed in the student rooms such as non-halogen lamps, television sets, and 1 small refrigerator per room in buildings where refrigerators are not supplied (refrigerators are available for rent through a third-party company on the University Housing website or students may bring their own). Other appliances are NOT permitted such as hot plates, toasters, heat lamps, halogen lamps, heaters, George Foreman type grills, and other electrical appliances. Irons may be used in laundry rooms. Additional items that students should NOT bring are as follows: ceiling fans or track lighting; power tools; nails; lofts (these are against fire code regulations); pets other than fish (10 gallon tank limit); candles, incense burners, or any apparatus that produces an open flame; handguns, rifles, shotguns (it is a felony to possess a weapon on campus); knives, BB guns, fireworks (it is a violation of NC law to possess these items on campus). The University Housing website contains specific regulations and policies which govern residence hall life as the items listed above are not inclusive of all items. All students are responsible for knowing these regulations and conducting themselves accordingly. Any student who is evicted from on-campus housing is not eligible for a refund of room rent.

Housing requirements.

All students classified by Admissions as freshmen are required to live in a residence hall unless an *exemption is granted by University Housing.  Likewise, any student who enrolls at the University who earned a diploma from a high school, early college, or middle college less than twelve (12) months prior to their enrollment as a degree-seeking student at Appalachian is required to live in a residence hall unless granted an exemption by University Housing. ALL RESIDENCE HALLS ARE CLOSED DURING WINTER BREAK. NO STUDENT CAN STAY DURING THIS TIME.

*Exemptions include those students living with parents or guardian within a 30 mile radius, those who are married, single parents, those 25 years of age or older, or veterans eligible for training under Public Law 358, G.I. Bill effective June, 1966.

All students who sign a contract are subject to academic year room and board fees. Students who are assigned a room for the academic year are obligated to pay room fees for fall and spring semesters as long as they are enrolled. Exceptions are made during the term of the housing agreements for students participating in off-campus field service programs (i.e., internship or student teaching outside of Watauga County), students getting married during the term of the agreement, and students who do not enroll for any coursework for the second (spring) term. A prorated refund will be considered for those students who are married during the semester, provided proof of marriage is supplied.

Returning students have the opportunity to reapply for housing each January/February prior to the next academic year. Housing assignments are offered to a limited number of returning students who apply by the published deadline, receive an invitation to choose a room, and complete the room selection process. Returning students are not guaranteed a room on campus until the room selection process is complete and the Residence Hall License Contract is signed.

Returning students who request contract cancellation prior to June 30 will incur a $250 charge on their student account to cover administrative costs. If a student’s request to cancel a contract is received after June 30, the student is liable for the entire amount of housing charges for the fall semester. Because the Residence Hall License Contract is for an academic year (fall and spring semseters), students who are residents in the fall semester are expected to continue to occupy rooms in the spring semester.

Returning students who wish to make a change to their room assignment or roommate will need to have the agreement of all students involved in any change, and University Housing requires written confirmation via e-mail to from each student that they would like this change to occur. University Housing will not move a resident out of a selected room assignment without written permission from that student to do so. After June 30, no changes are made to room assignments, and students will be able to go through the Room Change process that starts during the third week of classes as space permits.

Freshmen: Starting February 1st of each year, a freshman student that has been accepted and paid their $200 pre-payment to Appalachian State University must go through their MyApp portal to complete their initial housing application. Each student must read and agree to the entire housing contract. The deadline to fill out the housing application is May 1st. Once they have completed the MyApp portal, students may login to the Housing Management System at to update their housing application and make changes (resubmitting an application overwrites the existing application on file). Students will receive their housing assignment around mid-July. The housing assignment will be emailed to their email address and will include roommate contact information.

Students requesting to be roommates should complete the appropriate sections on their housing applications including their preferred roommate’s AppState username. Both students’ completed applications need to include a mutual request. Changes to housing applications received after July 1st will not be honored. Students wishing to change rooms will be able to go through the Room Change process that starts during the third week of classes as space permits.

Transfers: Transfer students who are interested in residential student housing are encouraged to apply but are NOT guaranteed a housing assignment. Transfer students are assigned after returning students and freshman students have been assigned. Transfer students will be assigned in the order that housing applications are received.

Academically Ineligible Statement: Students with room assignments who are declared academically ineligible at the end of the fall semester will have their housing assignments cancelled. They should contact University Housing at (828)262-2160 about checking out of their residence hall during the first week of January.

Mary S. Shook Student Health Service

Robert S. Ellison, M.D., Director

Medical Services are provided to eligible students by the Mary S. Shook Student Health Service at its location on the second floor of the Miles Annas Student Support Services Building on Howard Street. Full service clinic hours are 8am-4pm Monday-Friday (9am-4pm Wednesday). Limited service clinic hours are 10am-2pm Saturday, and 1pm-5pm Sunday. Health Service is also open for limited services 8am-11am during breaks. Summer hours are 8am-4pm Monday-Friday (9am-4pm Wednesday). Registered Nurse telephone consultation is available when Health Service is closed by calling 828-262-3100. If you have an immediate emergency, dial 9-1-1. Referrals to off-campus physicians or to the Watauga Medical Center may be required for services not available or outside of regular clinic hours. In such cases, the student is responsible for all charges incurred. The Health Service does not issue medical excuses for class absences due to illness or injury. 

A current, valid Student ID must be presented before each visit to the Health Service. Students paying fees for nine or more credit hours during an academic semester or at least one credit hour during a summer term are eligible for care at the Health Service. Students who are enrolled and pay fees for less than those hours may elect to pay the Health Service fee at the Student Accounts office and be eligible for care. The Health Service is funded by student health fees. Many services provided require no payment other than the health fee, though there is a nominal charge for some services. Contacts with the Health Service are confidential. Records are maintained separately from the University records for the use of Health Service personnel and may be released only with written permission by the student.

Medportal will be your first step in submitting and accessing required health forms and for secure messaging from your student health provider. For direct access to the MedPortal, visit:

Immunization Information

North Carolina law requires that all students have a complete immunization record on file at the Health Service. Students not in compliance will be administratively withdrawn from the academic term in question.
All students are required to submit immunizations un­der North Carolina Law unless you are:

  •  only enrolled in courses off campus
  •  only enrolled in weekend courses
  •  only enrolled in courses which start at 5 pm or later
  •  enrolled in no more than four traditional day credit hours on-campus

Be certain that your Name, Date of Birth, and ID Number appear on each sheet and that all forms are uploaded to Medportal and all immunization dates must be entered. The records must be legible and submitted only through Medportal. No paper copies are accepted.

Acceptable Records of your Immunizations may be obtained from any of the following:

  •  High School Records - These may contain some, but not all of your immunization information. Contact Student Health for help if needed. Your immunization records do not transfer automatically. You must request a copy for health services.
  •  Personal Shot Records - Must be verified by a doctor’s stamp or signature or by a clinic or health department stamp.
  •  Local Health Department
  •  Military Records or WHO (World Health Organization Documents) - These records may not contain all of the required immunizations.
  •  Previous College or University - Your immuniza­tion records do not transfer automatically. You must request a copy for health services.                                                                     


Mandatory Student Insurance Requirement

Beginning with the 2010-11 academic year, any student enrolled in a degree-seeking program at Appalachian State University for six or more semester hours and who is eligible to pay the student health fee, must provide proof of a creditable health insurance policy. Students who do not provide proof of insurance by the start of fall classes will be charged each semester for health insurance provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield, the company selected by the UNC Board of Governors to provide medical insurance system wide.

Any student meeting these criteria who has an existing creditable coverage health insurance policy is able to waive out of the UNC system plan easily and quickly online. No paperwork is required. The Web portal to waive out of the UNC system plan may be found via a link at ASU Student Health Service website. A response to a waiver request submission typically will be made within no more than three business days once the verification process begins. For further information, go to

Medical Withdrawals

Students who wish to withdraw from the University for health reasons must do this through the Health Service and receive a medical clearance before being re-admitted. This clearance must present evidence that the condition which necessitated withdrawal has improved and that there is reasonable expectation of the student’s ability to participate in University life.

Office of Student Conduct

(To be determined), Director
(To be determined), Associate Director
James Lorello, Assistant Director
Daniel Meadows, Assistant Director

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 academic community, the University has an interest in the safety, welfare, and education of the members of this community and in fostering an environment consistent with the educational mission, purpose, and processes of the University. Appalachian’s Academic Integrity Code and the Code of Student Conduct were developed to assist students in their learning beyond the classroom into all aspects of life.

When students voluntarily enter the University, they assume obligations of performance and behavior relevant to the University’s mission, processes, and functions. Expectations of students in an academic community are higher than those of other citizens. A violation of these standards and expectations can result in disciplinary sanctions.

Sanctions are designed to be educational in nature and focuses on promoting responsible conduct, teaches about the consequences of misconduct for the individual and the community, provides opportunities for growth and development, and holds students accountable for their behavior. However, students 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

Post Office

Greg Y. Foster, Director

A United States Post Office Contract Station is maintained by Appalachian in the Miles Annas Student Services Building. A mailbox is provided for students living on campus and will be automatically assigned to them approximately August 1st. Students may check online under their AppalNet account to find their ASU Box number and the combination for their mailbox. The mailboxes are located in the Appalachian State University Post Office in the Miles Annas student Support facility at 614 Howard Street. The student’s University mailbox address is used by the University for communicating with each student and for receiving personal mail/packages via United States Postal Service, UPS and FedEx. For this reason, students are responsible for checking their University mailboxes frequently. Also, be sure to include your ASU Box number in your address.

Students not living on campus will not be assigned a mailbox unless they opt in for a mailbox and pay a $41.00 fee, this is a per semester fee. Opting in must be done each fall and spring semester. The fall semester opt in option will be available starting July 15 and spring semester opt in will be available after the end of fall semester. * Students wanting to opt in and keep their current mailbox must complete the process within a week or two after the option is available. If not done in time the mailbox may be reassigned to another student and a different mailbox will be assigned to the student opting in.

If a student chooses to opt in for a campus mailbox, they may do so by logging into their AppalNet account, clicking on “Self-service”, and then click on the “Personal Information” tab. Next, click the “ASU Post Office Box Opt In” link, check the box acknowledging the Opt In, and click “Submit.” A pop up window will appear asking you to confirm the fee.

Any student who has had a mailbox but moving off campus and not opting in for a mailbox will have their mailbox reassigned to another student. If this is the case, the student should go to the Appalachian State University Post Office to 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.

Visit our website at for a complete description of services.

Parking And Traffic

Barry D. Sauls, Director

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 our website (noted above) or visit our office in the Rivers Street Parking Deck.

University Police

Interim Chief W. Todd Corley, Director of Public Safety

The University Police Department is responsible for protecting life and property at Appalachian by providing emergency and non-emergency law enforcement services, crime prevention, safety and criminal investigative services. Students are encouraged to report suspicious persons or activity to the police. There are several different ways you can contact the police department:

For an on-campus police emergency, call (828)262-8000 from your cell phone. It is recommended that you program this number into your cell phone. You may also contact the police department via our new Safety App called Rave Guardian, This is a free mobile app that can be downloaded to any Apple or Android device and gives you the option of texting the police. There are also over 75 Blue Light emergency telephones located throughout campus that can be used to contact the police department.

To report a crime anonymously, log on to our website at and click on “Report Crime Information or Suspicious Activity Anonymously Online” or You can also contact Crime Stoppers at (828)268-6959 or or Text “NCTIP plus your tip” to 274637 (CRIMES).

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.

Environmental Health, Safety and Emergency Management

Jason Marshburn, Director

The Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Emergency Management (EHS&EM) is responsible for reducing unintentional accidents and injuries on campus by providing environmental health, fire prevention, safety, and emergency management services. EHS&EM works with faculty, staff, and students to reduce risk in Appalachian’s living, learning, researching, and working environments.

EHS&EM manages the emergency preparedness programs for Appalachian State University, including the AppState-ALERT voice and text emergency notification system. For instructions on how to register your cell phone to receive emergency voice and text messages, visit and click the Emergency Management tile. You may also enroll during the class registration and drop/add periods. To learn more about how to prepare for campus emergencies, download emergency guides, and access campus emergency information, visit the emergency management website at For more information on any of the programs and services offered by EHS&EM, call (828) 262-4008 or email

Food Services

Pam Cline, MHS, RD, Director

Appalachian Food Services is proudly operated by Appalachian State University (not by an outside, for-profit corporation) and offers complete meal service as well as catering and vending. In keeping with the university’s mission of sustainability, Food Services is dedicated to pre-consumer composting, recycling and zero-waste initiatives. Approximately 20 percent of the food purchased in the 2015-16 academic year was sourced locally.  Those local ingredients include fresh produce, which is washed, cut and prepared daily in-house. Local meat is processed and prepared by an in-house butcher. Breads, biscuits, cakes and sweet treats are made from scratch in the Bake Shop, and are served throughout the dining halls and available to order. Students with dietary restrictions such as vegan and gluten free eating and are accommodated daily, and menus are planned with inclusivity in mind. Food Services employs approximately 900 staff members, 500-700 of these positions are temporary positions filled by students. For more information please visit

Dining Facilities

Our main facility, the Roess Dining Hall is home to both the Rivers Street Cafe and Sanford Commons. Rivers Street Café contains multiple dining venues: Fire Side Pizza, Fresh Market, Healthy Select, Homestyle Classics, Noodle Works, Rivers Street Grille, Sushi and wrAPPS. Across the promenade, Sanford Commons features A Sub Shop, Chick-fil-A, Conrad’s Coffee, Habanero’s, Mountaineer Grille, Salads Plus, The Pizzeria and Traditions. Trivette Hall, on West campus, is home to McAlister’s Select and Park Place Café. Cascades Café and McAlister’s Deli are located in the Plemmons Student Union. Students can replenish after a workout at  the Juice Bar in the Student Recreation Center. Food Services also operate three campus convenience stores: the Bookstore Market, the Market at Appalachian Panhellenic Hall and the Market at Trivette.


Appalachian Food Services offers a wide range of catering services to meet the needs of students, faculty, staff and alumni. These services include coffee breaks, teas, receptions, picnics, formal dinners and more. Please visit our website at for information on ordering.

The AppCard Office & Accounts


The AppCard Office, located in Trivette Hall, is responsible for issuing all AppCards. The cards are issued to all students upon their arrival on campus and serve as campus identification, and are electronically encoded to provide access to Meal Accounts and Express Accounts, access to campus residence halls and facilities, and student fee-supported events. 

Meal Accounts

Students who live on campus are required to select a Meal Account each semester as a part of their housing contract. Meal Accounts operate on a declining balance system, meaning students are only charged for what they select. Meal Accounts can be spent anytime, anywhere for any on-campus food purchase. Meal Accounts cannot be used off campus. 

What is the usage and refund policy for Meal Accounts?

Account balances carry over from summer to fall and from fall to spring semesters. The last day to use account balances is May Commencement. Any balance remaining after May Commencement is non-refundable and will not carry over into summer sessions or the fall semester. Refunds for Meal Accounts will be made only in the case of official withdrawal from the University during a semester. The money refunded will be from the current semester only. Money from the prior semester will not be refunded. Visit our website at (click on “Refund Policies”) for complete details.

Express Accounts

Express Accounts are optional accounts that may be set up for a student’s convenience. Balances carry over each year that a student is enrolled at Appalachian. Express Accounts operate on a declining balance system and are accepted at various on-campus locations. The accounts can be used to purchase any food items on campus, pay for laundry in dorms, swipe for printing in the library, buy tickets and much more.  Express Accounts cannot be used off campus and funds cannot be withdrawn as cash. The Express Account is separate from the Meal Account, but it is still accessed by the AppCard.

What is the refund policy for the Appalachian Express Account?

Full refunds for Express Accounts will be made only in the case of official withdrawal from the University during a semester. Account balances carry over each year that a student is enrolled at Appalachian. At separation, Express Account balances greater than $55.00 can be refunded if requested. A $50.00 fee applies. Refunds will be given once a year to students who request it by the last working day before May Commencement. Request for refunds must be made through the AppCard Office in Trivette Hall. Telephone number to request a refund is (828) 262-6141. Refunds will be issued from the Student Accounts Office in John E. Thomas Hall. Visit our website at (click on “Refund Policies”) for complete details.

University Bookstore

Lorraine P. Childers, Director

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 manages the university’s fee based undergraduate rental textbook program, one of the most comprehensive rental textbook programs in the country, that entitles students to receive the main textbook for most undergraduate courses. The average undergraduate student saves hundreds of dollars a semester. Workbooks, manuals, digital access packages and supplemental texts are not included. Students that fail to return rental textbooks by the established deadline at the end of each term will be billed the replacement cost of all unreturned, or damaged books. Graduate students and Distance Education students are not eligible for the rental program, but their materials are available for purchase here.

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

George M. Holmes Convocation Center and Seby B. Jones Arena

Jason C. Parker, Director

The purpose of the George M. Holmes Convocation Center is to provide facilities for the Department of Health, Leisure and Exercise Science as well as Appalachian’s basketball and volleyball and to support the academic processes of Appalachian State University.

Serving as a multi-purpose arena for the northwestern region of North Carolina, the Center will support University-sponsored events, such as Commencement and Open House. Cultural events, concerts, trade shows, athletic events and other public assembly activities will also be a part of the Center’s programming.

Since several departments will share the facility, all efforts will be made to accommodate the activities of each department. Because the schedule for the Center will be constantly changing, every effort will be made to keep all concerned updated. University sponsored events such as commencement, convocation, and student recruiting events will have priority over all other events. Please contact the Center’s Director for reservations.