Some of America’s top universities and schools have gone into meltdown following Trump’s shock victory, with professors cancelling exams and organising strikes.
A Yale economics professor announced he was making an exam ‘optional’ after receiving ‘heartfelt notes’ from multiple students who were in shock over the result.
Other teachers cancelled classes and one professor from Cleveland State University told her students to come dressed in ‘warm clothes’ as they were going on strike.
Schools in Boston offered counselling so that students could face the ‘challenging weeks’ ahead – while other educators opted to bring in their pets as ‘therapy’.
The University of Maryland was one of a number of schools across the country that decided to postpone exams, with professor Alan Peel labelling Trump a ‘hazard’.
‘The nation in which you currently reside decided last night to elect a president whose own words have painted him a moral and possibly physical hazard to many of us,’ he wrote in an email to students.
‘I am convinced it is necessary to postpone any assessments whose scores might very well reflect circumstances far beyond the mastery of the current material.
‘I debated whether to press on today in the spirit of re-establishing normalcy, but have come to realize that my position and my background may have afforded me the privilege to do so. Others may find they do not have that privilege.’
A Yale economics professor gave his students a reprieve following the result, saying he would let the students decide whether or not they wanted to sit an exam.
‘I am getting many heartfelt notes from students who are in shock over election results,’ the educator said – writing even before the election result had been confirmed.
‘These students are requesting that the exam be postponed. I am making the exam optional.’
Elizabeth Bly, a Women’s Studies professor from Cleveland State University, called on her students to join her in a protest.
‘Please dress warmly. We are striking today,’ she wrote.
‘Women and brown and black people are unsafe now more than ever.’
The University of California, Berkeley created safe spaces for minority students and healing spaces for women and members of the LGBT community.
‘We know that the results of yesterday’s election have sparked fear and concern among many in our community; in particular our immigrant and undocumented communities, Muslim, African American, Chicanx/Latinx, LGBTQ+, Asian and Pacific Islander communities, survivors of sexual assault, people with disabilities, women, and many others,’ an email sent to students read.