13B.07.02.07

.07 Fee Waivers for Victims of Human Trafficking

A. In this regulation, “victim of human trafficking” means an individual who has been recruited, harbored, transported, provided, or obtained for labor, services, or a sexual act through the use of force, fraud, or coercion.

B. A board of trustees of a college may, subject to a written policy adopted by the board of trustees, waive the out-of-county fee or out-of-region fee, as determined in Education Article, §16-310(b)(1), Annotated Code of Maryland, for a student who attends the college and:

(1) Is not a resident of the county; and

(2) Is a victim of human trafficking.

C. A board of trustees that grants waivers under this regulation shall ensure that:

(1) Information collected or maintained by the college related to an individual’s application for a waiver, or related to an individual’s status as a victim of human trafficking, remains confidential and is subject to disclosure only upon the applicant’s written consent;

(2) An application for a waiver of the out-of-county or out-of-region fee contains evidence that the applicant is a victim of human trafficking, including:

(a) Certified law enforcement, court, or other federal or State agency records or files;

(b) Documentation from a human trafficking prevention or assistance program; or

(c) Documentation from a religious, medical, or other professional from whom the applicant has sought assistance or treatment as a victim of human trafficking; and

(3) The college provides the applicant with the option of having any directory information about the applicant, including but not limited to the applicant’s name, address, photograph, email address, and phone number, remain confidential and subject to disclosure only upon the applicant’s written consent.

D. A college that admits an individual who qualifies for a waiver of the out-of-county fee or out-of-region fee under this regulation shall:

(1) Keep a record of the number of individuals for whom a waiver was granted; and

(2) Report to the Commission annually on the number of individuals for whom a waiver was granted.