17:3151    Draft registration, prerequisite to enrollment; exemptions

 A. (1) Except as provided in Subsections B and C of this Section, no person who is required to register for the federal draft under the federal Military Selective Service Act shall be eligible to enroll in any post-secondary educational institution which receives any state or federal funds until such person has registered for such draft, as evidenced by a statement of compliance pursuant to rules and regulations promulgated by the management board of the respective post-secondary institution. Any such rules and regulations shall include a requirement that, in addition to a statement of compliance, such person shall also submit written proof of draft registration and a statement of selective service status as provided in this Subsection.

 (2) "A statement of selective service status" shall mean a statement on an application for admission to any post-secondary educational institution as specified in this Subsection, signed by the applicant and sworn under penalty of perjury, that:

 (a) The person is registered with the selective service system in accordance with the Military Selective Service Act; or

 (b) The person is not required to register with the selective service system because the person is:

 (i) Under eighteen years of age.

 (ii) In the armed forces of the United States on active duty, other than in a reserve or national guard unit.

 (iii) Excused from registration for any other reason provided by federal law and that reason is included in the statement.

 B. A veteran of the armed forces of the United States may submit a copy of his discharge papers or his discharge certificate in lieu of the statement of compliance required by Subsection A of this Section.

 C. A person who has not registered for the federal draft, as provided in Subsection A of this Section shall be eligible to enroll in a post-secondary school if both of the following occur:

 (1) The requirement for the person to register has terminated or become inapplicable to the person.

 (2) The person makes a showing satisfactory to the appropriate management board,pursuant to rules promulgated by the board, that the failure of the person to register was not a knowing and willful failure to register.

Added by Acts 1985, No. 185, § 1. Amended by Acts 1987, No. 214, § 1; Acts 1999, No. 345, § 1.