Columbia Law Students Get To Postpone Exams Due To Stress From Grand Jury Decisions

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If anyone needs a break it’s the people in Ferguson Missouri. After the last fee months they’ve been through, I would think everyone who resides there would need a break or two.

While they might have to wait to get a moment to relax and reflect, the students of Columbia Law School will get the chance to mourn properly.

The schools interim dean Robert E. Scott issued an email to all students Saturday, citing policies to help students who feel their performance could suffer after distressing experiences such as viewing the video of Eric Garner being choked to death by police.

The email read:

The grand juries’ determinations to return nonindictments 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,” the email reads.

“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.”

Several faculty members and a trauma specialist scheduled special office hours this week for students who would like support or to discuss the implications of the grand juries’ decisions.

I wasn’t the only one who found this utterly ridiculous.

Conservative Power Line blog, which first picked up the story said this about the prestigious schools decision:

The video of Garner is certainly disturbing,” the post reads. “But anyone so unstable as to be incapable of preparing for and taking exams due to grand jury proceedings not involving themselves or their families should be given an indefinite leave of absence in which to get better.”

A spokesperson for Columbia Law School confirmed to Yahoo News that a small fraction of its students rescheduled their exams for later this month but feared that this matter could divert attention from the real issue: “how to ensure a criminal justice system that protects fairness, due process, and equality.”

Source: Yahoo! News

 

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