Chancellor Offers Enrollment Protection to Nevada National Guard Volunteers
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Nevada System of Higher Education
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 4, 2005


Contact: John Kuhlman
(702) 889-8426
John_Kuhlman@nshe.nevada.edu
www.nevada.edu


CHANCELLOR OFFERS ENROLLMENT PROTECTION TO NEVADA NATIONAL GUARD VOLUNTEERS

LAS VEGAS – Chancellor James E. Rogers announced today that his office will be working closely with Nevada colleges to ensure that students who volunteered to go to New Orleans with the Nevada National Guard will not have to worry about their enrollment status while away.

“I applaud the bravery and selflessness of these brave young men and women of the Nevada National Guard,” said Rogers. “While they dropped everything in their lives to help Americans devastated by Hurricane Katrina, it is only right that we protect and preserve their enrollment status as college students.”

Earlier today, Rogers issued a directive to the presidents of the eight institutions of the Nevada System of Higher Education to do everything in their power to assist students in the Guard who have volunteered to go to New Orleans.

Preliminary figures provided by the Guard show that approximately 175 troops have been sent to New Orleans for at least a two-week tour of duty. Higher education officials will be working with the Guard on Tuesday to identify those soldiers who are enrolled in an NSHE institution and then notify faculty so the students’ enrollment status will be protected.

In addition, the Nevada Board of Regents will be considering fee waivers for those students displaced by the hurricane at the Board’s next meeting September 22-23.

The Nevada Board of Regents is the elected, 13-member governing body for the Nevada System of Higher Education. Comprising two doctoral-granting universities, a state college, four comprehensive community colleges and one environmental research institute, the NSHE serves the educational and job training needs of the nation’s fastest growing state. As Nevada’s only system of higher education, the NSHE provides educational opportunities to more than 100,000 students.