Evergreen professors asked to go easy on student protesters when deciding their final grades

Anthony Gockowski, Campus Reform

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Evergreen State College’s provost asked professors to consider “the physical and emotional commitment” of student protesters when deciding their final grades.

In emails obtained by Campus Reform through an open records request, the embattled school’s Interim Provost Ken Tabbutt reminded faculty members that “student protesters have diverted time and energy from their academic work to promote institutional change and social justice,” and should therefore be treated leniently with regard to grading.

“Academic work of students that have not been involved in the protests may also have been affected; many feel that the campus is not safe,” Tabbutt added, observing that “the students impacted may be disproportionately represented in some academic programs but this extends throughout the entire curriculum.”

“Whether or not students in your course or program were directly involved in the protest, all of the community is affected,” he stated, adding that “awareness and sensitivity to complex student needs can go a long way toward promoting a successful conclusion of spring quarter for your students.”

Notably, as Campus Reform previously reported, College President George Bridges had agreed to comply with a student demand that protesters be excused from homework assignments while they demonstrated their disgust with a professor who had raised concerns about a diversity event that involved asking white students and faculty to leave campus for a day.

Campus Reform reached out to Tabbutt for comment on the matter, but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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