Bill Summary for S 399 (2017-2018)

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Mar 27 2017

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View NCGA Bill Details2017-2018 Session
Senate Bill 399 (Public) Filed Monday, March 27, 2017
AN ACT TO DIRECT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA SYSTEM AND THE STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM TO ADOPT AND IMPLEMENT A UNIFORM POLICY TO REQUIRE THAT A STUDENT WHO IS A NATIONAL GUARD SERVICE MEMBER PLACED ON ACTIVE DUTY STATUS BE GIVEN AN EXCUSED ABSENCE FOR THE PERIOD OF TIME THE STUDENT IS ON ACTIVE DUTY AND TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL OPTIONS TO THE STUDENT FOR COMPLETION OR WITHDRAWAL FROM CLASSES THAT WILL NOT PENALIZE THE STUDENT ACADEMICALLY.
Intro. by Britt, J. Jackson.

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Identical to H 485, filed 3/27/17.

Amends GS 116-11 and GS 115D-5 to require the UNC Board of Governors and the State Board of Community Colleges, respectively, to adopt a policy that gives any enrolled student who is a National Guard service member placed onto State active duty status during an academic term an excused absence for the period of time the student is on active duty. Requires that the policy: (1) give the student the opportunity to make up any test or other work missed during the excused absence; (2) give the student the option, when feasible, to continue classes and coursework during the academic term through online participation for the period of time the student is placed on active duty; (3) give the student the option of receiving a temporary grade of "incomplete" or "absent from the final exam" for any course that the student was unable to complete as a result of being placed on State active duty status; however, requires the student to complete the course requirements within a specified period of time to avoid receiving a failing grade; and (4) allow the student to drop, without penalty, any course that the student was unable to complete as a result of being placed on State active duty status.

Requires the UNC Board of Governors and the State Board of Community Colleges to adopt the policies set out in the amended statutes by July 1, 2017, and direct that the policies be implemented beginning with the 2017 fall semester.

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