In a briefing to the faculty on Thursday -- the day before Veterans Day -- Stanford University President John Hennessy presented an update on the university's plans to re-establish a Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program at Stanford.
Because of budget difficulties in the Department of Defense and the likelihood that Stanford will not have enough ROTC students to open a separate, independent program, the university will explore alternate possiblities, Hennessy told the Faculty Senate.
Those include offering ROTC students the opportunity to take classes on campus rather than having to commute to other campuses with ROTC programs; or joining a possible consortium of south bay universities to start a ROTC program with the U.S. Navy. Currently, Stanford's Navy ROTC students must go to the University of California at Berkeley for classes, he said.
"The third possibility may be some review, which we would ask C-USP (Committee on Undergraduate Standards and Policy) to do, about the possibility of getting credit for some ROTC courses taken elsewhere, which would ease the life of our students who currently take those courses as an extra burden on top of their Stanford requirements," Hennessy said.
"Those are all avenues we're exploring. We'll continue to explore those and keep the senate up to date."
Stanford's Faculty Senate voted 28 to 9 (with 3 abstentions) on April 28 to invite ROTC back to campus for the first time since the 1970s.
The vote affirmed the unanimous recommendation of a committee, composed of seven professors and two undergraduates, to investigate "Stanford's role in preparing students for leadership in the military."
The committee was convened following last year's repeal of the Defense Department's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy.