Whereas, the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) was established by the United States Congress to determine a process for reducing the size of the national defense infrastructure and costs by closing and realigning military installations in the United States; and

            Whereas, certain BRAC decisions have resulted in the transfer of U.S. Armed Forces civilian jobs from other states to Maryland; and

            Whereas, it is important to the U.S. Armed Forces' mission that a high percentage of the current occupants of these positions, which are administrative, engineering, and high-technology jobs requiring a high degree of education and training, in fact relocate to Maryland along with their positions to ensure the continued services of the affected civilian employees to the defense and research efforts of the U.S. Armed Forces; and

            Whereas, it is the view of the U.S. Armed Forces, and of State and local officials working with the Armed Forces, that a waiver of certain requirements of the USM Policy on Student Classification for Admission and Tuition Purposes would allow for a smooth transition of the civilian employees and their families to Maryland;

            Now, therefore, Be It Resolved by the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland that:

(1) The twelve-month period required to meet the criteria set forth in the USM Policy on Student Classification for Admission and Tuition Purposes shall be waived in the case of civilian employees of the U.S. Armed Forces whose positions are transferred from other States to Maryland as the result of the decision of the BRAC for the term of their continuous employment by the U.S. Armed Forces.  This waiver shall also apply to the spouses and dependent children of the affected employees; and

(2) In lieu of documentation of the criteria set forth in policy, USM institutions shall require such employees to submit adequate documentation of a BRAC-related transfer from the Department of Defense or the employee's military unit, such as a copy of the DD Form 1614 and proof of Maryland residence, verifying their eligibility for this waiver; and

(3) This waiver shall not affect any other provision of the USM Policy on Student Classification for Admission and Tuition Purposes; and

(4) This Resolution shall expire five years from the date of its adoption indicated below.

Approved by the USM Board of Regents on October 27, 2006