Useful Ideas

I implemented a policy that if students write to me asking what’s going to be on the exam, what the readings are, what we covered in class yesterday because you were attending to your BF who had gall bladder surgery after an allergy attack, etc. – things clearly addressed in the syllabus or course schedule, then the message will be ignored. Likewise for messages without proper salutation or closing. Our relationship is professional.

When they approach me after class and say, “You never responded to me asking about the test,” I ask whether they’ve consulted the syllabus. Works well.

from Anakin

I think next term I am going to start the course with a slide entitled “Things You Probably Learned In Kindergarten But Have Since Forgotten”

from Oseph

Hmm. I may have to do that! It would be fun. Of course, I haven’t had the crazy snowflakes these guys have.

“working hard is expected; therefore having worked hard is not sufficient justification for changing a grade;” grades are not “given,” they are earned.


Quote from: southerntransplant on April 16, 2009, 10:29:36 PM
Me: “Well, I would suggest finding another way, because this one isn’t really working for you.”

“Course grades are posted. Please remember that grades represent the accumulation of performance during the semester, not your potential as a person or a student. Grades are not negotiable. Email requesting a grade change will not be answered. Threatening email is a violation of the X University Code of Student Conduct and will be reported to campus authorities.” Kedves

“I add a line to my standard policies section in my syllabus that says that students emailing me makeup work will get a return email from me saying I received it, and they should keep this as a receipt – if they don’t get an email from me, they should assume I haven’t gotten it, and it is their responsibility to retry the email, fax it, or drop it off in person and resolve the problem within 48 hours.” Oseph
“Email: Students may email assignments with permission from the Professor. If you are emailing an assignment it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that the Professor receives the email. I will respond within 24 hours that I have received the email, if you do not get a response you must follow up with a phone call, office visit, or talk to me in class. Any assignments that are emailed that have not been recieved within 48 hours of the time I have agreed to let you email me will not be accepted. Late assignments are still subject to the penalties laid out in the syllabus.” Rowan1