…getting an abortion. Because that seems to be the message from the presidents of the third-year class of the UC Davis veterinary school–with the apparent approval of the Chair of the Department of Medicine & Epidemiology. By way of ScienceBlogling Dr. Isis, the enlightened solons:
One of our classmates recently gave birth and will be out of class for an unknown period of time. This means she will undoubtedly miss one, or more, or all quizzes in VMD 444. Dr. Feldman is not sure how to handle this and has requested the class give input and vote. He has provided us with 6 options on which to vote and is open to any other ideas you may have. Most likely a CERE poll will be up next week and a voting will close no later than Wednesday. If you have other suggestions please email them to Dan or I ASAP. We will alert you to the opening of voting. Below are listed the options that Dr. Feldman has suggested. Please reserve comment on these options and provide us your opinion on them by voting when the time comes. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
a) automatic A final grade
b) automatic B final grade
c) automatic C final grade
d) graded the same as everyone else: best 6 quiz scores out of a possible 7 quiz scores (each quiz only given only once in class with no repeats)
e) just take a % of quiz scores (for example: your classmate takes 4 quizzes, averages 9/10 points = 90% = A)
f) give that student a single final exam at the end of the quarter (however this option is only available to this one student, all others are graded on the best 6 quiz scores and the % that results)
Please let us know if you have other thoughts on how to handle this situation and please keep your eye out for the upcoming vote.
Thank you for your time and consideration,
Essentially, what these morons are arguing is that female vet students shouldn’t get pregnant. Given that no precaution works perfectly, this would leave women two options:
1) Don’t have sex. For four years. This would add new meaning to the phrase graduation party.
2) If you get pregnant, plan on having an abortion.
Regarding option #2, keep in mind, I once wrote a post titled “Abortion Is a Blessing”, so I’m not opposed to abortion. I am, however, vehemently opposed to coercion in either direction–that’s what pro-choice means. Coming up with a third option isn’t that hard. Because accountants have been able to figure this out, along with medical schools, and a host of other institutions.
Isis is absolutely correct when she writes:
Yet, despite his extensive teaching experience and awards, textbooks, and research publications, Dr. Feldman simply could not figure out how to deal with a the academic status of a pregnant student.
He also couldn’t figure out how to deal with it without being an asshole.
Shame on UC Davis.
Update: Dr. Isis posts the good response from the Chancellor of UC Davis.