Get better accommodations and support from the chemistry department at Howard University

Get better accommodations and support from the chemistry department at Howard University

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Amiyah Davis started this petition to students in chem 003 currently and

The majority of Gen Chemistry I 003 classes this semester are performing poorly. Students are required to teach themselves material and subject themselves to at least 8 hours a day doing course work that doesn’t reflect in their exam grades or their overall grades for this course. This is not an individual issue and is affecting all Gen Chemistry I classes this semester. We have continuously tried to find solutions within our classes that will improve our grades and our professors have continued to ignore our requests. Different students have explained to our professors on numerous occasions how we are suffering in this class. The Aleks course work is what we spend most of our time on, but it is not very beneficial when it comes to the exams, quizzes, etc. We have asked for the Aleks coursework to be taught in our lectures since there is no correlation between the two and it has been turned down. What we learn on Aleks is what is on our exams, so we are learning two different types of material, but we are teaching ourselves the most important one. We have asked for test reviews and been blatantly denied by our professors. When we attempt to do a review ourselves, we cannot because the material is locked. After we all initially and consistently complained to our professors about our poor grades on exam I, they refused to do anything and verbalized that there was nothing they would do. It wasn’t until we went above our professors to the Chairmen and the Dean’s Department to complain, that we received some type of extra credit to boost our grades which in itself was not significant at all. Our professors have turned down test re-takes, test corrections, and many classes still don’t offer extra credit options to bring grades back up. The overall performance of chemistry students this quarter can and should not be ignored. Data that we’ve compiled has shown that the majority of students are currently failing, and with three weeks left in the semester, we are getting desperate. We are tired of reaching out to the Chemistry Department as well as the COAS Administration and being left without a response. We should not have to advocate this hard and this frequently for our success, especially in the climate that we are in. This pandemic has made virtual learning a priority, but many professors are being extremely inconsiderate and not accommodating to our current situations. Howard continues to support their professors and not their students when we are the heart of success at this University. We came here to succeed, and our multitude of pleas are being silenced by those who are higher up starting with our professors and ending with the Dean’s Department. We should never have to fight this much in order to not fail. We are sick and tired of mediocre and inadequate response from everyone we’ve spoken to thus far. We are not paying to fail. We are paying high tuition rates during a pandemic and being railroaded by the very professors that we’re paying to help us. We’re not asking for them to hand out A’s, but when you have a body of students that are critically suffering and consistently reaching out for help and being ignored, then there is a problem. As young adults that take our education very seriously, it’s disheartening that in order to be heard or have our complaints taken seriously we have to have our parents involved. We will not be quiet until we get the results we want—SUCCESS. We are supposed to be at the “illustrious” Howard University, and the treatment we’ve received within these pandemic semesters is far from it.

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