New policy aims to helps students in the military

Military policy aims to protect students who have military obligations.
Military policy aims to protect students who have military obligations.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A new policy at Purdue University will allow students to fulfill military obligations without having their grades penalized.

The policy was passed by a near unanimous vote at Monday’s university Senate meeting.

At its February meeting, the policy was discussed and revisions were made. Under the new revisions, the student cannot miss more than a third of their classes.

Students will also have the opportunity to appeal if they do not agree that a professor is using the policy correctly.

Purdue Associate Professor Hal Kirkwood said this policy is to protect students who have military obligations and holds teachers more accountable.

“They have specific requirements to attend things, like weekend training sessions and two weeks summer training events, that if they don’t attend those — they go to jail,” said Kirkwood.

The Senate also discussed revising the probation policy for students and developing stricter guidelines for scheduling evening exams. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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