|Procedure Number: ||SS70-26
|Title: ||Valuing Ohio Veterans
Date Approved: 11/11/2014
Updated & Approved: 07/30/19
In alignment with Ohio Revised Code Section 3345.42, this procedure utilizes the definitions for "service member" and "veteran:"
"Service member" means a person who is serving in the armed forces of the United States.
"Veteran" means any person who has completed service in the armed forces, including the national guard of any state or a reserve component of the armed forces, and who has been discharged under honorable conditions from the armed forces or who has been transferred to the reserve with evidence of satisfactory service.
Support and Assistance Provided to Service Members and Veterans
Lakeland Community College will:
- Maintain a service member and veteran student services office;
- Refer service members and veterans to proper local, state and/or federal agencies in the event Lakeland Community College believes that the service member or veteran is eligible for services;
- Work with the Ohio Board of Regents (OBR) to develop a veteran-friendly campus that increases the opportunity for service members and veterans to succeed academically;
- Work with other Ohio institutions of higher education to disseminate and share promising practices for serving service members and veterans effectively;
- Promote veteran-friendly campuses by utilizing the OBR's structure to disseminate and share promising practices statewide for serving service members and veterans effectively;
- Train appropriate faculty and staff to increase awareness of the mindset and unique needs of service members and veterans returning from combat zones and/or tours of duty overseas;
- Create a "safe zone" for service members and veterans through a student service member/veteran student organization and campus-wide awareness training;
- During new student orientation, make service members and veterans aware of the services available to them;
- Recognize the service of service members and veterans at various events such as graduation, and an appreciation day;
- Regularly evaluate institutional policies and procedures that create barriers to service member and veteran success;
- Empower those working directly with service members and veterans to provide services designed to promote educational achievement;
- Provide training, in partnership with Veterans Affairs, in the proper certification methods for certifying officials on each campus;
- Develop a clear outreach strategy to communicate with eligible persons about educational and training benefits to encourage the use of GI Bill benefits, as well as services and assistance offered by the institution;
- Continue to work with the legislature, workforce and higher education community to identify and develop statewide policies to ensure the transition to higher education is seamless for all students, including service members and veterans. (This may include, but is not limited to, issues such as transfer, credit for prior learning and/or experience, career ladders, support services, etc.); and
- Ensure the campus community is aware of benefits associated with the new Post 9/11 GI Bill and through our campus veterans' office and veteran coordinator(s) to actively find ways to connect returning service members and veterans with the services offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
- Provide career and employment services and resources ranging from online services, to group services, to personalized career and job search success coaching.
- In accordance with the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018 (Public Law 115-407), the College allows Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill) and Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehab) beneficiaries, with a valid Certificate of Eligibility or VAF 28-1905, to attend a course of education or training for up to 90 days without payment. The College will not impose a penalty, require the beneficiary to borrow additional funds to cover tuition and fees, or drop the beneficiary due to late payments from the Veteran's Administration.