8 Dec 2014

Columbia Law School Allowing Students to Postpone Final Exams For This UNBELIEVABLE Reason!

In an unbelievable development Columbia Law School is permitting students to postpone final exams if they claim “emotional impairment” from the Michael Brown or Eric Garner cases.
Anyone who is so emotionally unstable as to be incapable of preparing for exams, or other important work, simply because of grand jury proceedings not involving themselves or their families should be given indefinite leave to get the help they desperately need.
After all these students are adults and supposedly, the best and the brightest.
Here’s an excerpt of a message sent by interim dean Robert Scott to the law school community via Powerline Blog:
The grand juries’ determinations to return non-indictments in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases have shaken the faith of some in the integrity of the grand jury system and in the law more generally. For some law students, particularly, though not only, students of color, this chain of events is all the more profound as it threatens to undermine a sense that the law is a fundamental pillar of society designed to protect fairness, due process and equality.

For these reasons, after consultation with students in the law school and with colleagues on the law faculty and in the administration, I am taking the following steps to assure our responsiveness and involvement in this particular moment:
– In recognition of the traumatic effects these events have had on some of the members of our community, Dean Greenberg-Kobrin and Yadira Ramos-Herbert, Director, Academic Counseling, have arranged to have Dr. Shirley Matthews, a trauma specialist, hold sessions next Monday and Wednesday for anyone interested in participating to discuss the trauma that recent events may have caused. [...]
– The law school has a policy and set of procedures for students who experience trauma during exam period. In accordance with these procedures and policy, students who feel that their performance on examinations will be sufficiently impaired due to the effects of these recent events may petition Dean Alice Rigas to have an examination rescheduled.

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