Organic Chemistry Mis Evaluation
To Professor Boson, The Chair of Chemistry, and Academic Committee of CCNY:
This Petition has been made in an effort to bring attention to the grades of the students of Prof Boson's 2016 Organic Chemistry Class MW 6-7:50. This past semester a class full of future practitioners embarked on a journey of Organic Chemistry I - a course considered to make or break the transcripts of aspiring medical students. While it can't be said for 100% of students, a large number of us put our best foot forward to exceed and excel in every way - Attending workshops, putting countless hours/effort into practice/review, spending time with tutors, group study and other sources of supplementary course work. Our knowledge of the weight of this course fueled our desire to succeed.
On the week of 4/18 we were given some very tragic news. Our Professor had suffered a heart attack. As such a healthy and happy man, it was a shock to us all. As he took the time necessary to recover Our class had 3 different professors over the course of 3 weeks to prepare us for the 3rd exam and only 2 days with Professor Boson before the final. In a class where 3/4 exams count towards evaluation - the 3rd exam and Final comprise 60% of our grade.
Upon Professor Boson's return we reviewed everything for a Cumulative final in brief and were told he would take the extenuating circumstances of the semester into account when preparing the Final. It seems nothing was considered. Not only was the final out of less points that originally stated on the syllabus (the points missing potentially contributing to a higher %) there were also questions that we had not been over before in class. This is the reason for the petition. As gifted, self- motivated students of CCNY we aren't seeking any hand outs. Instead we paid for and and expect:
1. We will be taught how to navigate course material
2. We must dedicate hours of study time outside of class according to what was presented by our instructor
3. There will be integrity when comprising the exams that test our knowledge
The students in Boson's class worked very hard. Truly the extenuating circumstances at the end of the semester had an impact on our grades. For this reason we seek an Appeal.
Thank You for Your Consideration!
Thank You for Understanding!
Future Grads of CCNY!