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Canadian Professor Criticizes Exam Waiver for Ph.D. Candidate With Anxiety Disorder

A University of Manitoba professor has criticized administrators for allegedly reinstating a Ph.D. candidate who twice failed his comprehensive examination apparently because of examination anxiety, the Winnipeg Free Press reported. The professor, whom the newspaper did not identify, says he was reprimanded and threatened with dismissal after he wrote to the university senate alleging that a senior administrator had reinstated the student (in an unspecified academic program) and ruled that his Ph.D. would be determined solely on the basis of his doctoral dissertation. The university would not comment because of privacy law; however, it does provide alternatives for students with medically certified exam anxiety.

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