The State University of New York Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution authorizing campus presidents to refund tuition to students forced to withdraw because of the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy.

SUNY is authorizing each campus president to waive tuition liability and to refund tuition for students who withdraw from the fall 2012 and/or spring 2013 terms because of the hardships caused by Hurricane Sandy.

State university regulations provide for "hardship" withdrawals and the refund of tuition at the discretion of each campus president, but only in the event a student withdraws before the mid-point of an academic term.

Since Hurricane Sandy occurred after the fall 2012 term midpoint, and because of the magnitude of the storm, SUNY leadership modified the regulation to help students avoid undue hardships.