Make the BCHM463 Final Exam OPTIONAL

Make the BCHM463 Final Exam OPTIONAL

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Anon ymous started this petition to The University of Maryland Undergraduate Administration and

We presented multiple pressing issues to our BCHM463 professor and the University of Maryland Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. After the lack of support and dismissive responses, we are at the point where we need to publicly advocate for ourselves. We are experiencing unfair, unreasonable, and unprofessional behavior that we can no longer tolerate by a professor who is going to dictate our grades in this course.

The most pressing concern is that last semester, an absurd amount of students received an A in the course simply because of how the professor formatted the class. From peers that took her class last semester, we were told that their exams were open for 24+ hours to be taken with access to all of their materials including notes, textbook, and online material. At the end of the semester, the professor gave the OPTION to take the final or not. Forward to this semester, it was explicitly stated that because everyone did so well last semester, they would intentionally change the format of the exams to be more difficult to balance this out.

Moreover, with the final approaching, we have no option whether we want to take it or not. I hope that someone other than the students can see the major issue with this. However, because of the unprofessional and unfair decisions she has made, we are being essentially punished for the fact that the last semester students did so well. So, we will all receive significantly lower grades than our peers and appear to be less intelligent to the medical school admissions due to their decisions. It is extremely apparent how unfair they have made this class if you simply look at the changes they have made from the cohort that did well last semester to the cohort who has a good number of students who are not going to pass the class this semester.

We are being penalized for absolutely no reason. This is a serious problem and I do not understand how these actions can be authorized. Our class time and homework assignments are not beneficial. We receive no proper instruction, lessons, or preparations for the exams from the professor. At this point, we just want to get passing grades. We have come to terms with the fact that I have been set up for failure and we have to accept that. But at the very least, we should be given an optional final so that we don't have to risk not passing the class after the pass/fail deadline.

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