Student Support Under Review

A statement released Tuesday from the chancellor to all UCCS faculty says the school supports military students...and that a task force will be making sure student concerns will be addressed.

In a two-plus paged letter, chancellor Pamela Shockley-Zalabak outlines a core university value is student support, be the student part of the military or otherwise.

"I think we're doing everything right, but we're going to double-check," said university spokesperson Tom Hutton.

Hutton says the letter is a step toward looking into recent complaints of instructors lowering grades and forcing students to drop class if they deploy.

"While we're not entirely confident what was reported earlier was accurate, we take concerns seriously, particularly student concerns," he said.

These concerns led to a petition drive seeking a protective policy for military students, whom Hutton says already receive tuition reimbursement and other accommodations if they deploy...something he says is understood campus-wide.

"We did have many faculty who came forward and said I always knew that was the expectation, and that's what I do in my classrooms," said Hutton.

But for the next few weeks a task force put together by the chancellor, and led by an instructor with a military background, will examine school policy and hear out any student who has a complaint:

A double-check to make sure students needs are being met.

11 News tried to contact the student who organized the petition drive...a reservist herself. She did not return the calls.

In the meantime, the task force is collecting information for a report to present to chancellor Shockley-Zalabak...and they ask any one with a complaint to contact them.

The report is expected on the chancellor's desk on October 15th.

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