Reservists Fighting For Rights In Higher-Ed

Should colleges penalize military reservists who are called up for duty?

Reservists sure don’t think so, and they’re petitioning in Colorado Springs to make sure that a necessary deployment doesn’t mean an end to their college career.

From the Gazette:

A year ago, Jessica Cramer was pulled away from class at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to assist victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

When she returned from New Orleans more than two weeks later, a couple of instructors took an unsympathetic view of her departure, she said, even though she went as a member of the Colorado Air National Guard. Her grade in communications dropped from an A to a B, due to a combination of poor attendance and difficulty making up a test.

Reservists who are called away could lose their financial aid and other government assistance if they can’t keep up with academics.

There are also efforts in Denver and Boulder:

Student government leaders at CU’s Boulder and Denver campuses are not collecting signatures, but they hope to pursue the issue with CU regents and President Hank Brown.

The student group at UCCS had collected 750 signatures as of Wednesday and is aiming for at least 3,000 by the end of September.

Erin Rosa was born in Spain and raised in Colorado Springs. She is a freelance writer currently living in Denver. Rosa's work has been featured in a variety of news outlets including the Huffington Post, Democracy Now!, and the Rocky Mountain Chronicle, an alternative-weekly in Northern Colorado where she worked as a columnist covering the state legislature. Rosa has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on lobbying and woman's health issues. She was also tapped with a rare honorable mention award by the Newspaper Guild-CWA's David S. Barr Award in 2008--only the second such honor conferred in its nine-year history--for her investigative series covering the federal government's Supermax prison in the state. Rosa covers the labor community, corrections, immigration and government transparency matters. She can be reached at

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