Senator Gerald Cardinale joined with military veterans at American Legion Post 153 in Park Ridge on Friday to announce legislation requiring all colleges and universities in New Jersey adopt policies providing greater support to students with military obligations.
Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) joined military veterans at American Legion Post 153 in Park Ridge on May 31, 2013 to announce legislation that will require New Jersey colleges to better support students with military obligations. (SenateNJ.com)
“Our military members who are also in college shouldn’t be penalized in the classroom because of the many sacrifices they make outside of it in protecting our country,” said Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic). “We need to ensure that all colleges and professors are providing appropriate support when military duties take students away from classes.”
Cardinale’s S2776 requires all colleges in New Jersey to adopt policies and procedures to support students in the National Guard and Armed Forces Reserves when they miss classes because of deployment, calls for monthly drills, annual training and any active duty service whether voluntary or involuntary.
“This is a great day for our Veterans, Active Reservists and National Guard thanks to the support of Senator Cardinale in authoring and sponsoring this amendment to the current New Jersey Veteran’s Education Act,” said Bob Salvini, County Commander of the Bergen County American Legion. “This amendment will protect students with a military obligation and insure that they have adequate time to complete their courses without the fear of receiving an incomplete when activated.”
Senator Cardinale’s bill would provide several grade options for students who are unable to complete a course because of their military service duties and require students be allowed five days per each missed class to make up homework and be given access to lecture notes and a tutor.
“Students who slough off on their course work and skip class for no reason deserve to fail,” Cardinale added. “But our hard working service members who have to juggle classes with military training and other duties deserve assistance when their service obligations take them away from the classroom.”