Policies and Legislation
Current legislation requires institutions of higher education to establish programs and services to support student veterans in Pennsylvania. Numerous organizations advocate for policies to ensure that veterans, service members, and their eligible family members have access to and the opportunity to succeed in higher education. The 2008 passage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill® dramatically expanded these opportunities. Federal policy makers have developed and implemented important legislation on campuses across the country. KU is in compliance with current legislation and has also adopted University policies that support military-affiliated students on campus.
Military Leave/ Excused Absence
- Kutztown University expects both students and faculty members to approach excused absences and matters of class attendance in a manner that is cooperative, realistic, and impartial.
- Faculty members will make every effort to provide an alternative opportunity or offer equivalent credit for a student to complete missed coursework due to a military-related absence, without prejudicial influence. (I.e. exam, quiz, in class work, presentation, etc.)
- Students will make every effort to provide documentation for their military-related absence 2 weeks prior to the absence when feasible.
- Students should be proactive by turning in pre-assigned coursework before their military-related absence begins.
- A student who must miss numerous class meetings due to a military-related obligation has the opportunity to create a work-plan with the faculty member for completing the missed coursework.
- Contact Office of Veterans Services for assistance, 610-683-4228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Priority Registration Policy
Active Duty Activation Policy
Student-veterans who are called to active duty status (deployment, mobilization, enlistment) and must take a leave of absence from school should contact the Office of the Registrar as soon as possible to request an armed forces The student must provide activation orders. The Registrar's Office will provide students guidance on the steps required to take a leave of absence. Students may be charged for room and board for the time they lived in campus housing or utilized a meal plan. The Registrar's Office will also provide guidance on the process to return to KU after activation.
Student Government Board Special Leave Policy for Student Veterans
SGB Special Leave Policy (Section VII.D.2)
Student-Veterans who hold office on a University student organization's board who are called to active duty will hold their position upon return.
Current Legislation and Best Practices
VA GI Bill® Feedback/Complaint System
President Obama's Principles of Excellence
DoD Memorandum of Understanding
Veterans Priority Registration
Veterans and Dependents In-State Tuition, eff. July 1, 2015 (Section 702 Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act Enables Nationwide Reform and HB 131)
New code 'M' to denote Military Duty on College Transcripts
"GI Bill®” is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.