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  41.948.  Student of higher education called to active military service — option for refund or incomplete grade — requirements — rules and regulations, promulgation, procedure. — 1.  In the 1990-91 academic year and in any subsequent academic year, when any person who is enrolled as a student in a public higher education institution in Missouri is called into service of the United States pursuant to 32 U.S.C. 502(f)(1), section 41.470 or 41.480 or the authority of 10 U.S.C. 12301(d) or 10 U.S.C. 12304 or any such subsequent call or order by the President or the Congress, to active service in the Armed Forces of the United States, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, not including active service for training, prior to the completion of the semester, or similar grading period, that person shall be eligible for either:

  (1)  A complete refund of all tuition and incidental fees charged for enrollment at that institution for that semester, or similar grading period; or

  (2)  The awarding of a grade of "incomplete" pursuant to this section.

  2.  If such person has been awarded a scholarship to be used to pursue an academic program in any public higher education institution in Missouri and such person is unable to complete the academic term for which the scholarship is granted, that person shall be awarded that scholarship at any subsequent academic term, provided that the person returns to the academic program at the same institution at the beginning of the next academic term after the completion of active military service.

  3.  If the person chooses the option described in subdivision (1) of subsection 1 of this section, such person may request that the official transcript indicate the courses from which such person has withdrawn and the reason for the withdrawal, or such person may request that all course titles be expunged from such person's record.  Choosing the option of a refund shall not affect the person's official academic record or standing at the public higher education institution.

  4.  If the person chooses the option described in subdivision (2) of subsection 1 of this section, such person shall complete the course work to the satisfaction of the course instructor and the institution.  The grade of incomplete shall be converted to a failing grade if the person does not apply to complete the course work within six months of discharge or release from active military service.  In the event the person cannot comply for medical reasons related to the active military service, such person shall apply to complete the course work within three months of the end of the period of convalescence.  Choosing the option of taking a grade of incomplete shall not affect the person's official academic record or standing at the public institution of higher education, unless the person fails to complete the course work.  At the time the grade of incomplete is converted to a final grade, the person may choose either to have the grade of incomplete expunged from his official record or to have the grade of incomplete remain with the final grade and the reason for the grade of incomplete.

  5.  The coordinating board for higher education shall promulgate rules for the implementation of this section.  For the purposes of this section, the term "public higher education institution" shall include public community colleges and state-supported institutions of higher education.

  6.  Notwithstanding any other provisions of this section to the contrary, nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent the governing body of any public higher education institution from enacting an academic policy more lenient in nature than the provisions of subsections 1 to 4 of this section.

  7.  Any rule or portion of a rule, as that term is defined in section 536.010, that is created under the authority delegated in this section shall become effective only if it complies with and is subject to all of the provisions of chapter 536 and, if applicable, section 536.028.  This section and chapter 536 are nonseverable and if any of the powers vested with the general assembly pursuant to chapter 536 to review, to delay the effective date or to disapprove and annul a rule are subsequently held unconstitutional, then the grant of rulemaking authority and any rule proposed or adopted after August 28, 2002, shall be invalid and void.


(L. 1991 S.B. 358 § 4, A.L. 1993 S.B. 52, A.L. 1995 S.B. 3, A.L. 2002 H.B. 2047)

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