According to The Yale Daily News, many students at Yale University were so distressed by Trump’s unforeseen win that they did not feel able to complete major exams and other assignments Wednesday morning. Nevertheless, all student requests for dean’s excuses due to the election were denied.
“Dean’s excuses are meant to address a very narrow band of issues, such as student illness or a family emergency,” Yale Dean of Academic Affairs Mark Schenker told the YDN. “Dean's excuses are not designed to respond to reactions, howsoever deeply felt or unsettling, to an event such as a national election.”
Although multiple residential college deans inquired about whether an exception should be made regarding dean’s excuses, Schenker and College Dean Jonathan Holloway stood firm that no exceptions would be made.
Yale sophomore Claire Rossi de Leon told the YDN that she asked professor Mark Mooseker to postpone a Biology midterm scheduled for Wednesday morning. Mooseker responded with an email saying that a dean’s excuse would be required for such postponement.
At Penn, Donald Trump’s alma mater, many professors canceled class and postponed exams and papers in wake of the election.
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