Aspiring Medical Students At Top School Get Their Chemistry Professor Fired Because His Class Had High Standards


At a glance

  • New York University organic chemistry professor Maitland Jones was fired after students petitioned the school with claims that his class was too difficult.
  • According to a report from The New York Times, Jones — who taught at Princeton University for decades and wrote a bestselling textbook on his subject — maintained a rigorous course for his students.
  • Marc Walters, who directs New York University’s undergraduate chemistry department, explained in an email to Jones that the school would let students retroactively withdraw from his class as a “gentle but firm hand to the students and those who pay the tuition bills.”

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