The Senate Higher Education Committee unanimously advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Gerald Cardinale 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)
“These requirements will make sure professors and universities are providing appropriate supports to military members who have to miss time in the class room because of the sacrifices they make outside of it in serving our country,” said Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic). “Service members should be given opportunities to make up the class work they have to miss due to service obligations like training or enactment.”
Senator Cardinale joined military veterans in announcing the legislation last year. Under the bill, S162, colleges in New Jersey would be required 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. The legislation provides several grade options for students who are unable to complete a course because of their military service duties and requires students be allowed five days per each missed class to make up homework and be given access to lecture notes and a tutor.
“These supports, which are certainly warranted considering the sacrifices these heroes make for each one of us, will help more service members complete their degrees,” Cardinale concluded.