Campus Accomodation of Military Students' Service Obligations
That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) urge campus faculty to make appropriate academic accommodations for students with military service obligations, including National Guard, Reserve, and active duty, when considering short-term absences of fewer than 30 days where federal law (34 CFR 668.18) does not apply; and be it further
That the ASCSU urge campus senates and administrations to adopt academic practices regarding reasonable accommodations (e.g. alternate test dates and assignment deadlines, drop/withdrawal policies, attendance policies) for students with military service obligations to facilitate their successful course completion; and be it further
That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to the CSU Board of Trustees, CSU Chancellor, CSU campus Presidents, CSU campus Provosts, CSU campus Senate Chairs, and the California State Student Association.
RATIONALE: National Guard, Reserve, and active duty service members support critical state and federal security and civil assistance missions to include humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, and firefighting. Members of the armed forces who are also students embody a “Service Learning” culture which reflects a philosophy centered on community commitment and enrichment, civic responsibility, and meeting the needs of our local social systems.
Military service members who are students at CSU campuses often incur a service obligation while serving on active duty, in the National Guard, or Reserve forces. Required military absences include weekend and annual training events as well as “real world” deployments that may temporarily impact their academic studies
Federal law requires certain accommodation for absences over 30 days. (See 34 CFR 668.18; CSUCO coded memo ASA 2016-29.) Currently, no rule or law exists recognizing CSU military students who incur regular service obligations of shorter duration, such as weekend drills for reservists or a call-up of the National Guard by the State of California in response to natural disasters. This resolution fills a gap in our system-wide dialogue and complements existing state, federal, and California Faculty Association (CFA) employment laws and rules for uniformed service personnel.
Appropriate academic accommodations might include excused absences, alternate testing days, issuing incomplete grades, and delayed project submission dates for military personnel called to active duty.
Campus faculty and administration are invited to collaborate with the CSU Office of Veteran’s Affairs when drafting policies.
Approved Unanimously – May 18-19, 2017