Brown Univ. Students Complain Academics Interfering wth Activism

"Some professors refused to grant extensions on homework and tests."

Brown University students/activists are complaining of emotional stress and bad grades after months of an exhausting regime of protesting. They blame the school for pressuring students to keep up and complete their coursework in the midst of their activism.

“There are people breaking down, dropping out of classes, and failing classes because of the activism work they are taking on,” an undergraduate student going by the pseudonym “David” told The Brown Daily Herald Thursday. “My grades dropped dramatically. My health completely changed. I lost weight. I’m on antidepressants and anti-anxiety pills right now. Counselors called me. I had deans calling me to make sure I was okay.”

Campus Reform reports: "Other students reported similar problems, describing maladies ranging from emotional distraction to panic attacks that they say caused them to skip assignments, miss class, and generally lose focus on keeping their grades up."

What has the students so exhausted? They were busy "demonstrating on campus in October to protest two opinion columns published in the Daily Herald that some students deemed racist because they defended the celebration of Columbus Day."

David is not the only one complaining.  "Justice Gaines, an undergraduate student who uses the pronouns xe, xem and xyr, even recounted suffering from what xe describes as “a panic attack” related to xyr emotions over the Daily Herald op-eds, adding that xe 'couldn’t go to class for several days' following the episode."

“I remember emailing the professor and begging her to put things off another week … I hadn’t eaten. I hadn’t slept. I was exhausted, physically and emotionally,” activist Liliana Sampedro recalled. The professor nonetheless insisted that she submit a previously-assigned research presentation on time, which she claims forced her to stay up late to finish the project after having already spent hours" on her activist obligations.

However, Assistant Dean of Student Support Services Ashley Ferranti says that 90% of student requests to extend deadline and make other accommodations concerning school work are accepted.

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