Information Regarding Students Called to Active Military Duty

ACADEMIC ASPECTS

Withdrawal

Students who are called to active duty because of the current global situation should be encouraged to withdraw from all OSU courses.  It is anticipated that the students who are recalled may be required to serve for up to 24 months and it will be virtually impossible for them to try to continue their course work from afar and be successful.  Having said that, the college/regional campus office should review each student’s circumstance on a case-by-case basis. Depending on the time of the quarter, the student’s course workload, percentage of work completed, etc., professional judgment may be exercised and students may be allowed to remain in one or more of their courses.  For students in this category, please Credit/Grades below.

To document the withdrawal, please use the new Post 7th Friday Drop/Withdrawal Form.

This form is available from Stores.  Make sure the box labeled I request permission to withdraw from the University is checked.  The effective date should be backdated to the 100% refund period.  On the form, where it requests a reason, please mark in bold letters “UNDER MILITARY ORDERS” and the effective date of the withdrawal

Forward the original copy of the Post 7th Friday Drop/Withdrawal Form, appropriately annotated and accompanied by a copy of the military orders directing the student to active duty to 320k Lincoln Tower, 1800 Cannon Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210.  Students will normally be granted a 100% refund provided the active duty order or other supporting documentation is provided and is attached to the form.

The withdrawal will be noted on the academic record that the student was called to active duty.  This will appear on the record with the notation, “Under Military Orders,” on both the advising report and the transcript.  The message will be posted as a record action via the RACT screen rather than a record comment via the RCOM screen.

Credit/Grades

If it is determined it is in the student’s best interest to remain in one or more courses, the following needs to occur in order to document a partial withdrawal (meaning the student plans to remain in one or more of his/her registered courses).  Using the new Post 7th Friday Drop/Withdrawal Form, check the box labeled I request permission to drop the following course(s) but not withdraw from the UniversityIn the space below this statement, document the information for the courses being dropped.  If more than three courses are being dropped, please use another copy of the Post 7th Friday Drop/Withdrawal Form  as a continuation sheet.  On the form where it requests a reason please mark in bold letters “UNDER MILITARY ORDERS” and the effective date of the dropsThe effective date should be backdated to the 100% refund period.

Forward the original copy of the Post 7th Friday Drop/Withdrawal Form, appropriately annotated and accompanied by a copy of the military orders directing the student to active duty to 320k Lincoln Tower, 1800 Cannon Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210.  Students will normally be granted a 100% refund provided the active duty order or other supporting documentation is provided and is attached to the form.

The partial withdrawal will be noted on the academic record that the student was called to active duty.  This will appear on the record with the notation, “Under Military Orders,” on both the advising report and the transcript.  The message will be posted as a record action via the RACT screen rather than a record comment via the RCOM screen.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  In these cases it is recommended the student and faculty member/instructor formalize a written contract detailing how the coursework is to be completed.  A copy of this document should be deposited in the course offering Departmental/Regional Campus Office and retained indefinitely.  This is important because the responsibility for monitoring incomplete grades and the extension of incompletes resides with the faculty member/instructor and course offering Departmental /Regional Campus Office.

Re-enrollment

Please instruct students to contact their college/regional campus office as soon as they know when they can return to resume their academic pursuits. 

FINANCIAL ASPECTS

Instructional Fee Refunds (Questions: 292-8500)

The University will refund 100% of the instructional fees paid by student for courses they cannot complete. Refunds will only be made after the student has provided a copy of the

military order directing the student to active military duty.

Residence & Dining Hall Charge Refunds (Questions: 292-8266)

Residence & Dining Halls will refund, based on when the key is turned in, their charges on a daily basis.

Student Health Insurance Refunds (Questions: 292-0113)

Koster Insurance, the broker/agent for the OSU student health insurance program, and not the University may refund the quarterly student health insurance premium payment. The refund will be based on the date the student (the insured) is officially activated for military service.  To receive a refund the student must submit his/her request for a refund, in writing, to Nina Conroy, Koster Insurance, 1515 Hancock Street, Suite 204, Quincy, MA 02169.  The request must include documentation from the branch of the armed services recalling the student, i.e., active duty orders.