- The Washington Times - Monday, December 8, 2014

Columbia Law School is offering to reschedule final exams for legal scholars who feel traumatized by the grand jury rulings in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases.

“The grand juries’ determinations to return non-indictments 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,” interim Dean Robert Scott said in an email to law students, Power Line reported Saturday.

“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,” Mr. Scott wrote.

The message went on to say that a trauma specialist will be holding sessions this week “for anyone interested in participating to discuss the trauma that recent events may have caused.” Several faculty members will also have extended office hours for students in need of support, and those who feel “sufficiently impaired” can petition to have their final exams postponed.

“The law school has a policy and set of procedures for students who experience trauma during exam period,” Mr. Scott explained. “In accordance with these procedures and policy, students who feel that their performance on examinations will be sufficiently impaired due to the effects of these recent events may petition Dean Alice Rigas to have an examination rescheduled.”


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