SENATE BILL No. 115
DIGEST OF SB 115
(Updated February 22, 2013 3:24 pm - DI 71)
Citations Affected: IC 21-41.
Synopsis: Combat to college program. Requires state educational
institutions that have at least 200 veteran students enrolled to establish
a combat to college program (program). Requires a state educational
institution to: (1) provide a centralized location for admissions,
registration, and financial administration services for veteran students;
(2) provide reasonable accommodations for disabled veteran students
at a state educational institution's fitness facility; (3) develop programs
to provide academic guidance specifically to veteran students; (4)
develop programs to provide access to counseling services or resources
to veteran students who are disabled or suffering from posttraumatic
stress disorder; and (5) develop job search programs designed for
veteran students. Requires each state educational institution to
designate a program coordinator.
Effective: July 1, 2013.
, Paul, Waterman, Steele,
Young R, Kruse, Yoder, Leising
January 7, 2013, read first time and referred to Committee on Education and Career
February 21, 2013, amended, reported favorably _ Do Pass.
February 22, 2013
First Regular Session 118th General Assembly (2013)
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SENATE BILL No. 115
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 21-41-9; (13)SB0115.2.1. -->
SECTION 1. IC 21-41-9 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS
CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY
Chapter 9. Combat to College Program
Sec. 1. This chapter applies to a state educational institution
only if at least two hundred (200) veteran students are enrolled in
the state educational institution.
Sec. 2. As used in this chapter, "armed forces" has the meaning
set forth in IC 10-17-12-2.
Sec. 3. As used in this chapter, "coordinator" refers to a
program coordinator designated under section 10 of this chapter.
Sec. 4. As used in this chapter, "national guard" means a state's:
(1) army national guard; or
(2) air national guard.
Sec. 5. As used in this chapter, "postsecondary credit" means
(1) an associate degree;
(2) a baccalaureate degree; or
(3) a career and technical education certification;
granted by a state educational institution.
Sec. 6. As used in this chapter, "program" refers to the combat
to college program established under section 8 of this chapter.
Sec. 7. As used in this chapter, "veteran student" refers to a
student of a state educational institution who has been or is
currently serving as a member of the:
(1) armed forces; or
(2) national guard.
Sec. 8. Each state educational institution shall establish a
combat to college program to create a positive educational
environment for veteran students to successfully graduate from
academic and vocational degree programs while recognizing the
skills, training, and experiences associated with military service.
Sec. 9. Each state educational institution shall do the following:
(1) Provide on its application for admission a question asking
whether the applicant is currently or has ever been a member
of the armed forces and an instruction directing the applicant,
if the applicant has been a member of the armed forces, to
indicate on the application whether the applicant received an
(2) To the extent possible exercising financial prudence,
provide a centralized location for admissions, registration for
classes, and financial administration services for veteran
(3) Provide reasonable accommodations, in compliance with
the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. 12101
et seq.), at a state educational institution's fitness facility for
veteran students who are disabled.
(4) Develop programs to provide academic and career
counseling specifically designed for veteran students.
(5) Develop programs to provide reasonable access to
specialized counseling services or resources for veteran
students who are disabled or veteran students suffering from
posttraumatic stress disorder.
(6) Develop job search assistance programs designed for
veteran students during the veteran student's enrollment at
the state educational institution.
Sec. 10. (a) Each state educational institution shall designate a
(b) The duties of the program coordinator include the following:
(1) Develop programs to create a positive educational
environment for veteran students while the veteran student is
enrolled at the state educational institution.
(2) Develop training programs for the state educational
institution's personnel relating to:
(A) issues associated with identifying and assisting veteran
students with posttraumatic stress disorder;
(B) veteran benefits; and
(C) any issue that the coordinator determines will educate
a state educational institution's faculty or staff of the
special needs of veteran students.
(3) Make recommendations to the commission for higher
education established under IC 21-18-2 concerning ways to
improve the education of veteran students.
(4) Coordinate access to stress management, counseling
programs, and other resources available to a veteran student
at the state educational institution.
(5) Coordinate with the Indiana department of veterans'
affairs established by IC 10-17-1-2 to educate veteran students
about state benefits available to Indiana veterans.
(6) Coordinate with the United States Department of Veterans
Affairs to educate veteran students about federal benefits
available to veterans.
(7) Coordinate with the adjutant general or the adjutant
general's designee to educate veteran students about benefits
and programs available to veteran students who served or are
currently serving in the national guard.
(8) Coordinate activities, seminars, and programs for veteran
students presented by a veterans organization listed in
(9) Coordinate campus activities and social events designed
for veteran students.
(10) Develop programs to assist a veteran student to locate
(11) Develop internship programs designed specifically for
(12) Develop an Internet web site to provide veteran students
access to veteran resources.