APU Student Handbook
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Last Revision: January 30, 2024

Prevention and Support Resources

Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Alcohol and other drug abuse are a significant public health problem and has a detrimental effect on the community in terms of increased medical and workers compensation claims, medical disability costs, decreased productivity, theft, and absenteeism. Additionally, alcohol and other drug abuse pose significant health risks to individuals including addiction, permanent injury, and death.

The University encourages anyone who needs information related to alcohol or drug abuse to use directory information, online searches, the telephone book, or referrals from friends and/or professionals. At a national level, there are also organizations dedicated to providing information and support:

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - An agency of the US Department of Health & Human Services providing information online regarding alcohol, drugs, and treatment programs.
  • The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information - Part of US Department of Health and Human Services & SAMSHA’s Clearinghouse 

Plagiarism Avoidance

To avoid plagiarism, a student must credit the sources used when writing an essay, research paper, or other assignment in accordance with the appropriate style manual (APA, Chicago, MLA, Bluebook, etc.) or format required in the course. Specific approaches to appropriate citation are found in writing style guides, which can be found in the Resources section of the Trefry Library.

Professional Advice Policy

APUS faculty are prohibited from providing advice to students in a professional capacity outside of the academic context. This includes, but is not limited to, legal advice, financial advice, or medical advice. This does not prohibit faculty from providing career advice.

Mental Health & Wellness

The University aims to support the mental and emotional health of all our students. APUS offers a variety of resources related to supporting mental health. Students have access to the following:

Chaplain Services

APUS Chaplains can provide students with techniques and tools related to stress, anxiety, substance abuse, suicide ideations, etc. University Chaplains provide a listening ear and can help students navigate university and local resources related to their specific needs. APUS students can work with the Chaplain Services Team for assistance, guidance, and advice related to academic and/or personal needs. Chaplains can be reached at [email protected].

Counseling and Therapy Services

All APUS students have access to sessions with licensed counselors and therapists via the Uwill teletherapy program. Students can sign up by visiting the Uwill website and creating a profile using their mycampus.apus.edu email address.

Additional Resources

Military One Source: Free, Confidential Face-to-Face Non-Medical Counseling

Lifeline for Vets: Veteran Resources

NVF Lifeline for Vets – 1-888-777-4443

VA Suicide Hotline – 1-800-273-8255

National Suicide Hotline - 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Stop Soldier Suicide - 1-800-273-8255 #1

Additionally, external wellness resources are provided via the Success Center, which is accessible via the online campus.