Apparently, a pregnant student's grade at UC Davis Veterinary School was put up to a class vote.
This is so wrong on so many levels that I don't even know where to begin trying to dissect all those layers. Fortunately, I don't have to. Or rather, I shouldn't have to. We have legislation in place for this shit. This is precisely the sort of thing that FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) - the clue is in the name, folks - is meant to prohibit. It does what it says on the tin. It protects student privacy. ALL students have a right to this privacy, and to fair grading, not a class vote, regardless of whether or not they have a fetus in their uterus. Her grade should not be in question, and neither the grade nor her pregnancy is a matter of her classmates' concern. Period.
The prof who put that out there to her classmates fucked up. Big time.
I hope that the student who has been subjected to this extreme violation of her rights and privacy gets a speedy and satisfactory resolution and I hope it is made clear to the prof in no uncertain terms just how badly he cocked this up.