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Colleges help student Guard members

Monday, February 17, 2003

College students make up 80 percent of the National Guard and Reserves. What policies and procedures are in place for them at area colleges if a student receives notification of the call to active duty?

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has two students away for Reserve duty. One is in the Marines, the other is in the Army. One left in December, the other left last week.

"Fees were returned to the student who left in December since classes had only recently started. For the student who left last week, professors agreed to give the student the grade he had earned at the time because he had completed a significant amount of course work," David Piker, executive director of External Affairs for Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, said.

No set guidelines are in place at Ivy Tech state College either.

"It's important for students to keep their credits. Some will be able to complete their credits by online courses through distance learning if the technology is available in their location. Others will have to withdraw. It all depends on the duration of their classes and how long they'll be gone," Leah Bell, Dean of Students at Ivy Tech State College, said.

Administration and faculty will work with each student to his or her advantage toward reaching their educational goal.

"We're handling it on a case-by-case basis because we want what's best for each student. Ivy Tech will do whatever it can, within academic and financial guidelines, to help our students. Interestingly enough, we don't have that many," Bell, said.

Indiana State University has had 30 withdrawals according to Lona Watson, enrollment services.

"A large chunk of those were before the semester started, so that was the logical thing for them to do," she said.

An ISU student called to active duty prior to mid-term the student may withdraw from all classes and automatically entitled to a 100 percent reversal of fees. After mid-term examinations or after substantial grades work has been completed, the ISU student may elect to withdraw from classes with 100 percent fee reimbursement or request an incomplete in his or her courses in order to complete all required coursework upon return to the university. Deans and faculty are encourage to extend the deadline beyond the customary period one the student has returned from active duty.

If activation is within the final 20 percent of the term, deans and faculty may choose to award credit to a student who has satisfactorily completed a substantial amount of coursework.

"I'm glad to know it sounds like we're all pretty much on the same page," Piker said.

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