Block 1 Final Re-take
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Block 1 is a 12 week course that causes unnecessary stress and has extremely damaging effects on students' mental health. All first year students at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine must take this course when they arrive on campus. The grade for the course is almost entirely dependent on the final, and if students fail the final they are forced to leave the curriculum in the middle of the semester and re-enter the college with the next class of first years to repeat Block 1. These students are forced to leave the friendships forged in their class, and are saddled with the financial burden of having to pay for an extra semester. On top of all this, the university is not equipped to handle the mental health needs of its students, and students that are struggling are left to splinter and crack under the pressure.
We are asking for a change in the way in which the veterinary school handles this course. We are asking that students that fail the course be permitted to finish the semester, and be allowed to re-take the exam. Being allowed to stay for the rest of the semester (at least), and allowing a final exam re-take would alleviate students of much of the unhealthy burden that this course poses for first year students. We know that this is a big change, but "it's always been this way," is not an acceptable excuse to avoid necessary change.
If you feel comfortable doing so, please share your thoughts/testimonials/etc in the comments. We feel that the current curriculum, Block 1 especially, has no options for students in regards to alternatives to deal with life. Whether it be mental health, loss, financial struggles, and so on. Every individual is different and should be given different options for setbacks, as are available at many other professional schools.
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