Finals at University of Washington have occurred during the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast during the day. Some professors at the Bothell campus are keeping their doors open until midnight to allow students who fast to do their best.
When University of Washington biology Professor Bryan White met with one of his Muslim students in Bothell after final exams last year, he asked her about something that puzzled him. Her grades steadily improved throughout the quarter, but dropped sharply on her final exam.
The student told him she’d been having trouble focusing because it was Ramadan, the holy month in Islam where Muslims fast during the day. White was bothered by the notion that there was something he could have done.
This year, when another Muslim student mentioned to him that Ramadan was coming up, White remembered his conversation and decided to do something more.
White held two sessions of final exams …