Carolyn Moehling, the associate Dean of Undergraduate Education at the Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences, has written a “Dear Colleagues” letter to all professors and lecturers at the state university, requesting that they refrain from scheduling challenging classwork or homework for the days immediately following the November 3 election.
One professor told the New Jersey Globe that the concern seems aimed at either a Donald Trump victory of a contested election, which would presumably trigger enough worry that students could not properly focus on their schoolwork. “They seem to be anticipating a big Trump victory. Do they know something I don’t know?” said the professor.
The letter reads:
Moehling is an economic historian who taught at Ohio State and Yale before coming to the Rutgers Department of Economics in 2006. No stranger to politics or the role economics plays in it, she is the co-author of “Votes for Women: An Economic Perspective on Women’s Enfranchisement” and “Immigrant Assimilation into U.S. Prisons, 1900-1930.”
It is unclear whether the concerned faculty are expecting traumatized students or even unrest, in the event of an unexpected election outcome or a contested result. Moehling did not immediately respond to a 5:55 PM email seeking comment.