News From Terre Haute, Indiana

February 23, 2013

Indiana State considers relaxing in-state residency policy for veterans

The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Indiana State University is considering relaxing its in-state residency policy for military veterans.

The university’s governing board Friday heard a proposal allowing veterans, spouses and dependent children who take up residence in Indiana to pay in-state tuition regardless of prior residency.

“Our current residence policy already recognizes and rewards all full-time, active military personnel by granting them immediate residency for fee payment purposes,” said John Beacon, vice president for enrollment management, marketing and communications. “This proposal is a way for us to show our appreciation and say thank you to all honorably discharged veterans by waiving the normal one-year waiting period required to establish residency for fee payment purposes.”

The policy would cover veterans who have been on active duty for at least one year or those receiving an honorable medical discharge. It would also cover dependents of veterans killed or missing in action or who are or have been prisoners of war.

Trustees took the proposal under consideration pending public comment, with action expected at their May meeting.

Indiana State has a variety of initiatives in place to assist student veterans, Beacon said. The campus has a Veterans Resource Center to provide information about benefits and resources as well as a place for camaraderie and relaxation.

The university also has a veteran’s services coordinator to help returning servicemen and women apply for benefits, and the Bayh College of Education provides counseling services to veterans and their families.

Trustees also approved new or revised policies assuring “whistleblower” protection for faculty and staff that make good faith efforts to report wrongdoing; clarifying what constitutes prohibited weapons on campus; and protecting minors participating in university programs and programs operated on campus by third parties.

In other action, trustees:

• Approved flight fees for the new University Flight Academy.

• Took under consideration, pending public comment, a bylaw amendment allowing board members to participate by electronic communication in meetings with only one agenda item.

•  Approved seeking bids for the sale of three tracts of surplus university-owned property north of the campus in the 800 block of North Eighth Street and the 800 block of North Ninth Street.