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Monday, March 10, 2008

Some Nerve!

Posted by Seeking Solace |

Remember my telling you about this student? Well, she's back. She wants to know if I can give her extra work because she is transferring to another college and the "F" she received in my class last semester will not look good on her record.

Excuse me....What?

I am sitting here trying to figure out where in hell does someone not only get the nerve to ask such a question, but think that such question would even be open for consideration?. What makes this person think that I am going to give her extra work to do for a class that she took last semester and failed fair and square? Does this person think that I suddenly feel sympathetic and change her grade so that she can pull the same crap at another school?

Is this person out of their fucking mind???

I am at a loss here.

Now, I have to come up with a professional yet assertive, dignified yet non-vicious response to this.

14 comments:

Anastasia said...

omg, seriously?

Astroprof said...

I get this from time-to-time. Students don't do what is required, and they are surprised when they fail. They seem able to get away with it in high school. But, now they are in college, and it doesn't fly. Then, afterwards, they want to do "extra credit" to make up for not doing the work the first time. And, by "extra credit" what they mean is that they want to print off something from the internet and turn that in instead of learning the material. They don't get what it means to be a student.

Tell the student that they are in college now and that they have to abide by the consequences of their actions (or inactions). Around here I have a particularly good excuse. It is quite difficult to change grades once they are submitted. There are several steps to go through, including getting the dean's approval. And he doesn't put up with this stuff, either.

Inside the Philosophy Factory said...

She didn't get an incomplete -- and you had no agreement about make-up work, so her only alternative to avoid the F on her transcript is to re-take the course.

It would be very unfair of you to let her do extra work, on her own time, to make-up the points. The people who got Cs would be better off with Bs etc... and you can't allow anything like that to happen... no grades would be final. I see no reason to give her some kind of extra-special dispensation...

I would, very politely, explain to her the process of grade appeals and leave it at that. CC your dean and send a copy of your syllabus and your grade book to show the TWO missing essays. Really, this is why deans get paid --

Inside the Philosophy Factory said...

and.. she missed two essays, right -- so her grade wasn't good before this earth-shattering emergency...

Anonymous said...

Your answer is simple: Good luck at your new school, but all grades are final, so short of retaking the course, the grade cannot be changed.

Weezy said...
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Weezy said...

http://suburbdad.blogspot.com/2007/12/ad-hoc-extra-credit.html

hope the link made it this time just say lawsuit

Cheeky Prof said...

"Now, I have to come up with a professional yet assertive, dignified yet non-vicious response to this."

Why?! You're right; this shouldn't even be open for consideration. I'd hit delete and move on. If she's _really_ motivated she come by your office (which I doubt) and then you can lay into her about what a moron she is.

Good luck!

M in my diary said...

LOL literally.

EcoGeoFemme said...

It seems like a plain "no." should do it!

Seeking Solace said...

Cheeky: When I meant professional and dignified, I meant tht I would have to say something that did not include the word "Fuck". :)

RL friend's friend said...

And people think academics are stuffy!? LOL . . . I loved all of the comments!

Cathriona Cleary said...

All of the above are true, the student in question sounds ulta arrogent, but lets not forget also that it is the job of the prof to made sure students know where they stand and what they should be doing? to help maximise their learning, as opposed to credits.? I dont relly know , it was just a thought.

Cathriona Cleary said...

Sorry...I meant ultra, not ulta, not credits for me now....

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