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University Asks Professors to Accommodate Black Students in Finals, Citing George Floyd Protests

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The University of Washington (UW) is encouraging professors to give special treatment for black students in grading their finals because they are “too busy fighting …
The University of Washington (UW) is encouraging professors to give special treatment for black students in grading their finals because they are “too busy fighting for their rights to sit down and study.”
Unimpressed by the university’s initial response towards the nationwide upheaval sparked by George Floyd’s death, the UW community started an online petition calling for changes to black students’ final grading policies. By the time of this publication, the petition titled “Give Black Students Accommodation For Finals!” has generated over 27,000 supporting signatures towards its new goal of 35,000.
“Give Black students a break!” reads the petition. “We are already DISPROPORTIONATELY impacted by this pandemic in terms of health care access and financial hardship. Now add state-sanctioned violence, how do you expect us to enter finals in this headspace?!”
“We are busy fighting for our rights and for the rights of future black children and students to sit down and study,” it continued.

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