When Students Are Mothers

Edward Feldman, chair of the Department of Medicine and Epidemiology at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, has stepped down from his leadership role following an investigation of a classroom incident.

Earlier in the semester a student in his class informed him that she would have to miss a few weeks because she was giving birth. In response, Feldman asked his assistants to send a message to all the students in the class asking them to complete a poll about how he should determine the grade of their pregnant classmate.

Feldman admits his insensitivity and has accepted the demotion. Admittedly, he may have been unsure how to respond to the student’s request, but rather than consulting his colleagues or administrators, he polled her peers. I wonder if he would have done the same if the absence had been for chemotherapy. It seems that pregnancy is treated differently. As long as women increasingly fill the ranks of students and faculty, universities will have to make accommodations for childbirth.

Tags: ,

4 Responses to “When Students Are Mothers”

  1. Podsluch GSM says:

    How might someone fix an iPhone 4?

  2. Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is an extremely well written article. I will be sure to bookmark it and come back to read more of your useful info. Thanks for the post. I’ll definitely comeback.

  3. Sofia Herke says:

    go here, This is the proper blog for anybody who wants to seek out out approximately this topic. You realize a lot its virtually laborious to argue with you (now not that I truly may want…HaHa). You undoubtedly placed a new spin on a subject thats been written about for years. Great stuff, simply great!

  4. There could be only eight a long time concerning results and failure in politics.