CSU Activates Plans for Students, Employees on Military Leave

(March 26, 2003) -- California State University campuses will continue to operate on a normal schedule, unless specifically directed otherwise, while the United States is at war with Iraq.

In addition, CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed has sent to campus presidents the policies that pertain to students and employees called to military service. These provisions ensure that students called for military duty do not lose registration priority, academic credit, fees, or degree status.

"All campuses must guarantee that students have the flexibility to withdraw when called to military duty and re-enroll upon their return," Chancellor Reed said.

Campuses are authorized to approve a leave of absence for students forced to leave under unique circumstances beyond their control. The Leave of Absence Policy guarantees registration rights for subsequent terms without reapplying for admission. Students under the leave of absence policy may withdraw from courses throughout the term without restriction or penalty.

Students called to duty also will be provided a full refund of mandatory fees. Students and other reservists who have federal education loans will not be expected to make payments while on active duty.

Employees on active duty military leave receive a difference in pay salary supplement that makes up the difference between their military pay and their CSU pay for up to 360 calendar days, to September 2003.

"We are monitoring the current military situation to determine if we need to extend the salary supplement under the difference in pay policy," Reed said.

In addition, the university has taken a number of steps to increase security and heighten awareness among the campus community about safety procedures, emergency operations, emergency information sources, and concern for each other.

Chancellor Reed has asked all CSU campuses to be fully prepared with emergency operations and communications plans. "Although we cannot fully anticipate every emergency situation, we can offer some measure of comfort and confidence on our campuses by having a well-rehearsed and clearly understood emergency and communications plan in place," he said.

CSU safety guidelines include readiness of campus Emergency Operation Center teams; evaluation of campus threat risks; identification of web sites, toll-free numbers and other places where students, faculty, and staff can obtain emergency information; assessment of police levels for optimum staffing; identification of employees critical for emergency response; emergency equipment testing; and readiness to provide counseling services.

The Office of the Chancellor has also taken steps to ensure the safety of CSU students overseas. University officials are watching closely the development of events in the international community and are in regular communication with overseas region directors, local authorities abroad, and the Department of State. The CSU has a support network overseas to advise the students and help them when necessary.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 407,000 students and 45,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded more than 2 million degrees. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See www.calstate.edu.

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Last Updated: 26 March 2003

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