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5.12.1 – Procedure – Military Service and Disabled Veterans

MnSCU Policy

Part 1: Policy Statement. In accordance with MnSCU Board Policy 5.12, Tuition and Fee Due Dates, Refunds,
Withdrawals, and Waivers, and MnSCU Procedure 5.12.1, Military Service and Disabled Veterans, Lake Superior College is committed to providing appropriate accommodations to students who are called to active military duty or whose service-connected disability prevents their attendance or academic progress.

Part 2: Purpose. The purpose of this procedure is to provide consistent guidelines for LSC students who are called to active duty with the military service and veterans, as defined in Minnesota State Statute section 197.447, who have a service-connected disability as certified by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, who are students and whose service-connected medical condition or medical treatment requirements reasonably prevent the person’s attendance at or progress in part or all of the person’s higher educational training or studies at any given time. The terms “medical condition” and “medical treatment requirements” must be broadly construed and without regard for whether or not they relate directly to the person’s service-connected disability.

Part 3: Options.

Subpart A: Students who are members of any branch of the U.S. military and who are unable to complete a semester due to having been called to active duty and veterans with a documented service connected disability as described in Part 2 of this procedure, shall to the extent possible be provided one of the following options:

    1. The student may withdraw from one or more courses for which tuition and fees have been paid that are attributable to the courses and be given a full refund of tuition. The tuition and fees must be credited to the person’s account at the college. Any refunds are subject to the requirements of the state or federal financial aid programs of origination. Students receiving financial aid who choose this option should be made aware that they may be liable for any required refunds of state or federal financial aid funds. In such a case, the student must not receive credit for the courses and must not receive a failing grade, an incomplete, or other negative annotation on the student’s record, and the student’s grade point average must not be altered or affected in any manner because of action under this item.
    2. The student may be given a grade of incomplete in a course and complete it upon release from active duty or upon completion of medical treatment, or upon sufficient medical recovery. Course completion may be accomplished by independent study or  by retaking course without payment of tuition. Under federal financial aid policies a course that is retaken this way may not be counted toward a student’s enrollment load.
    3. The student may continue and complete the course for full credit. Class sessions the student misses due to performance of active military service or due to the person’s medical treatment or medical condition must be counted as excused absences and must not be used in any way to adversely impact the student’s grade or standing in the class.  Any student who selects this option is not, however, automatically excused from completing assignments due during the period the student is performing active military service or receiving medical treatment or recovering from a medical condition. A letter grade or a grade of pass must be awarded only if, in the opinion of the faculty member teaching the course, the student has completed sufficient work and has demonstrated sufficient progress toward meeting course requirements to justify the grade. If in the instructor’s judgment the student has completed sufficient course work to earn a grade of C or better, the student may be given credit for completion of a  course.

Subpart B: Military Service members or veterans with a documented service connected disability covered by this procedure shall be eligible to receive a refund of amounts paid for fees attributable to the time period during which the student was serving in active military service or receiving medical treatment or dealing with the person’s medical condition and did not use the services for which the amounts were paid. Any refund of fees is subject to the requirements of the state or federal financial aid programs of origination.

Subpart C: If the student chooses to withdraw, the student shall be readmitted and reenrolled as a student at the college, without penalty or redetermination of admission eligibility, within two years following release from the state or federal active military service or following completion of medical treatment or sufficient recovery from the person’s medical condition.

Date Implemented: May, 2010

Date Updated: January 30, 2013