Ivy League professor lets snowflakes skip exam due to trauma over Trump winning election
Yale professor makes exam optional for students upset about Trump win
November 9, 2016
A Yale economics professor has reportedly made a midterm exam optional for students who are too upset about Donald Trump’s presidential win to study.
Jon Victor, the managing editor of Yale Daily News, reported that the unnamed professor emailed the news to students Tuesday night.
“I am getting many heartfelt notes from students who are in shock over the election returns,” the Econ 115 professor wrote, according to a screenshot obtained by Mr. Victor.
“The ones I find most upsetting are those who fear, rightly or wrongly, for their own families. These students are requesting that the exam be postponed,” the professor continued. “On the other hand, I am sure that many students I have sacrificed to prepare for the test. Further, it is not easy to reschedule exam rooms at this late date. Finally, postponing the exam would throw off the rest of the schedule as well.”
“Therefore, I am making the exam optional,” the professor wrote. “I will calculate each students grade both with and without exam 2, placing all of exam 2’s weight on the final exam when exam 2 is omitted. I will then take, for each student, the maximum of the two final grades (with and without the exam). Those maximum scores will then be used for the final curve.”
Yale Daily News reported Wednesday that many students were left “reeling” after Mr. Trump’s stunning victory.
“Teary eyes, bowed heads and cries of disbelief emerged from election-watching gatherings on Yale campus,” the newspaper reported.
Mr. Victor tweeted that despite emotional pleas from some biology students, students taking BIO 114 will be forced to take their exams on Wednesday.
“Other students continue to request dean’s excuses, extensions given tonight’s election results pointing toward a Donald Trump victory,” he wrote.
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