When registered students are called to active military duty, it often is not possible for the students to have anticipated the effect this has on their enrollment status. Therefore, faculty and staff are encouraged to be as flexible as possible with the students who wish to make arrangements to complete coursework for credit. Following are options available to these students.
If a registered student is called to active duty during the course of a semester or session (defined as the first day of classes through the last day of classes), the student has the option of withdrawing from the University with a full tuition refund. The University Registrar will process the withdrawal as effective within the first two weeks of the semester or first week of a session (courses removed from the student's record) and issue a full tuition refund. If the class withdrawal (drop) deadline has passed, and the instructor agrees, the student has the option of arranging for Incomplete grades in one or more of the classes in which he or she is enrolled and dropping without financial penalty from the other classes, if any.
If the final examination week has begun, then neither cancellation nor withdrawal is an option. Students may be able to complete the final exams and those not able to do so will be given Incompletes.
The duration of Incompletes resulting from any of the above provisions will be the normal two weeks into the next semester in which the student is enrolled (not counting summer) or two years from the end of the term in which the grade of "I" was given, whichever comes first, or the "I" converts automatically to an "F." Grades of Incomplete convert to "F" upon graduation.
Students receiving veterans educational benefits will have to comply with any regulations issued by the Veterans Administration relative to the timing of their benefits. During past conflicts, the Veterans Administration "applied mitigating circumstances" where appropriate, as presented by the student, and they paid veteran benefits based on enrollment up to the date of withdrawal which, at Ohio University, was the date on which the student was required to report to active duty.
Students receiving financial aid who choose the full withdrawal option will be treated as a withdrawal in accordance with the Return of Title IV Funds regulations. The date of withdrawal will be the earlier of the date the student begins the withdrawal process, or the date that the student otherwise provides the notification. Federal and state funding agencies may issue specific guidelines which must be followed.
For financial aid recipients choosing the partial withdrawal option (Incompletes in one or more courses), financial aid eligibility will be based on the criteria of the specific aid program (i.e., number of credit hours).
Students living in University housing will be charged on a week-by-week prorated basis determined by the date on which they must leave the University.
In order to effect these policies, the student must present proof of having been called to active duty. To do this, the student should fax (740-593-0216) or mail a copy of the call-up orders to the Veterans Certification Clerk, Office of the University Registrar, Chubb Hall, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701. Along with this, the student should include a written statement indicating which of the options described in the Policy section he or she has chosen to exercise, for each course in which he or she is enrolled.
In the case of Incomplete grades (I's) the arrangements must be worked out by the student and the instructor.