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Columbia Law School Delays Finals for Students Upset by Garner, Ferguson

Columbia Law School has agreed to delay finals for students upset by the grand jury decisions in the cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Here’s what interim dean Robert Scott said in an email obtained by PowerLine:

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.

Scott acknowledges that both cases have disturbed many law students at Columbia, and for some it “threatens to undermine a sense that the law is a fundamental pillar of society designed to protect fairness, due process and equality.”

And one of the vice deans further explained the policy in another email:

The Law School permits individual students to request rescheduling of an exam under a number of extenuating conditions, including illness, religious observance, bereavement, and other exceptional and documented circumstances…

[S]tudents who wish to request a rescheduled exam, or other similar accommodation, should either write to the office of Registration Services with an individual explanation of the basis of the request, or speak in person with an academic counselor in the Office of Student Services.

Columbia is also providing trauma specialists for students that need someone to talk to.

The law school has, according to a spokesperson, already accommodated rescheduling requests, though wouldn’t say how many they’ve received.

Some Harvard students have made similar demands, as well as shaming the university for its silence on the matter.

[h/t NYT]
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