The university remains open, with emergency management protocols activated and operational modifications and precautions in place. Read the latest updates.

Student Affairs COVID-19 Response.

Important Information and Updates

COVID-19 Leave Programs

Don't forget that the Office of Human Resources recently received updated guidance from the UNC System extending several of our current COVID-19 leave programs that were scheduled to expire on December 31, 2020.  The following programs have been extended, entirely or in amended form, effective January 1 through March 31, 2021:

Interchangeable use of available sick leave, vacation leave and bonus leave for absences related to COVID-19.

Up to 160 hours of COVID-19 Paid Administrative Leave for certain COVID-19-related absences.

Authority to continue operating our Shared Leave Bank.

Extended Community Service Leave options.

A detailed summary of these extended options and criteria for their use has been posted to the Office of Human Resources website HERE.

Graduate Assistant Preview Program (GAPP)

The Graduate Assistant Preview Program (GAPP), will be held virtually, February 28-March 1, 2021.  This is an opportunity for prospective graduate assistants to learn more about Appalachian and the surrounding community.  Prospective graduate students will be able to interview for campus assistantships with many different offices in the Division of Student Affairs and a few from Academic Affairs.  GAPP also includes a number of opportunities to virtually socialize with current students and meet professionals on campus.  View the schedule HERE

Jan 20
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Diversity & Inclusive Excellence Spotlight: 36th Annual MLK, Jr. Commemoration

Monthly we will have Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Highlights that will promote various events, programming, and learning opportunities. If you would like to contribute to this portion of the monthly newsletter please contact Lamont Sellers (

Each year the nation stops to remember and recommit ourselves to the ideas of peace, love, equality, and equity espoused by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during his short and deeply impactful life. This year as we witnessed many atrocities that reveal the hate and division in our country, we are reminded of the words of Dr. King. His words ring out across our nation seeking to unite and bring justice for all.

App State will join with other institutions in the NC Cultural Centers Consortium to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as we host Dr. Michael Eric Dyson in a virtual event. Campus co-sponsors include the Office of the Chancellor, Chief Diversity Officer, and Office of Intercultural Student Affairs. You can find more information here:

Jan 20
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Recruiting Staff Members for the University Conduct Board

The Office of Student Conduct is seeking nominations of staff members for a position on the University Conduct Board.  Comprised of faculty, staff, and students, the University Conduct Board hears cases involving alleged violations of the Code of Student Conduct.  For each case, it is comprised of six members, including a non-voting Chair. 

Staff members who serve will receive training on understanding the conduct process when a case is referred to a Formal Resolution, how to review documentation, how to develop questions for all parties involved, and determine the best educational sanctions for students who are found responsible for violating the Code.

Serving on the University Conduct Board provides members professional development experiences regarding a variety of topics such as issues that impact our students and community; the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders in the process including students, witnesses, parents, and attorneys; working within a team, and quite a few more.

If you have a staff member in mind to nominate, please contact Josh Cutchens at by Friday, January 29, 2021, and an encouraging email will be sent to the nominated staff member.  If you have any questions, please contact Josh as well.  Thank you in advance for all of your nominations!

Jan 15
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Career Catalyst Program

The Career Development Center is pleased to announce that our Career Catalyst Program is now online. The Career Catalyst program is an opportunity for you to get to know the Career Development Center staff and the resources offered to our campus community. It will also equip you with the tools to have basic career conversations with your students such as thinking about majors or reviewing a resume. Lastly, it will help you to know who is who in the Career Development Center and where to refer your students when they need that dedicated career coach or support. 

If you are seeking online training and professional development for the winter break, please consider completing the training. It is approximately 3 hours long. You can access the training at Upon completion of the training and the short exit assessment, we will recognize you on the Career Development Center website.

Dec 18, 20
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