(Closed) Rude Professors/Poorly Worded Syllabi?

posted 4 years ago in College
Post # 2
3241 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

It sounds like the professor should re-word the syllabus. Personally I would never comment on any student’s reading comprehension abilities like that. I’ve been teaching at the college level for 5 years now, and I can see how instructors can become jaded over time and that might be what happened with this particular professor.  I try not to let that happen with my students, but we are human and sometimes if you catch me on a bad day my response is less than perfect.

I also think 100 points of extra credit is excessive and personally think if the student is not willing/able to complete the work assigned, they shouldn’t be given extra credit. But that’s just my personal pet peeve.

Post # 3
1634 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

The syllabus was poorly written. There is a difference between assignments and parts of an assignment.  The syllabus clearly states each part of the assignment must be completed to receive credit- either 0 or 20 pts assigned. The syllabus does not state all extra credit assignments must be completed. Big leap on the part of the professor for her to think that was clear. Why even assign individual points to the extra credit if its really just a 0 or 100 point assessment?


StarryNight2011:  without knowing the total points of all theother assignments and tests 100 points of EC may not be excessive after all. 

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 4 months ago by  CurlyCue.
Post # 4
3241 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

CurlyCue:  True, I don’t know what the total points available are for the course. But based on what what the original poster wrote, the fact that the extra credit could raise the stdent’s grade a full letter grade (ie: a D to a C), that is a big jump. Like I said, that’s a personal preference on my part-I prefer the students complete the assignments given rather than rely on extra credit.

I do think the faculty member was out of line with their comment.

Post # 5
1231 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Poorly written, and your coworker was totally appropriately rude. The student is a paying customer. If I were her, I’d report the professor’s comments and badly worded syllabus. If your colleague keeps up his/her bad behavior, eventually a student wI’ll report him or her.

Post # 6
8664 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

If I was that student I would report her. That type of behavior is rude and uncalled for, not to mention she was the one that worded it incorrectly.

Post # 7
890 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Bookmarks:  So, of course the question you asked was, “Was this rude?” Um yeah. It was. My bigger issue though is that this bitchy professor called out a student on “poor reading comprehension,” when the syllabus itself–THAT SHE WROTE–was ambiguous at best. What subject does that professor teach? I hope it isn’t English or writing. 🙁

The student probably should’ve clarified with the professor at the start of the semester as to what exactly was expected for extra credit, and I agree with the professor that crying over a poor grade does not merit a better grade. It means do better next time. But the way to do better is not to be degraded and basically told that you’re stupid. Ugh. Sucks. Don’t be that teacher 🙂

Post # 8
1995 posts
Buzzing bee

I personally believe any conception of students as customers (tuition pays very little of the actual costs of faculty salaries or of educating students) who can go report professors like professors are their personal employees is claptrap, but I also agree that the professor’s comments about the student’s reading comprehension were wildy inappropriate, and I also believe that when a professor has an unclear clause in the syllabus (it happens to us all), s/he should resolve in the student’s favor.

If you want a future at this institution under no circumstances must you report anything about this type of incident; it is just not serious enough.  If the student wishes to pursue it, that’s one thing, but tattling on one of your new colleagues is a nice way to get frozen out of everything completely.  Of course, if you do end up gaining the trust of some students and they do things like ask you for class/professor suggestions, you can, with a kind smile on your face, suggest all of your other colleagues and their classes (taking great care to omit this unpleasant person’s class offerings) and thus protect students from this particular colleague.

Post # 9
29 posts

StarryNight2011:  Her grade could be a 69% (D at my school) and the extra credit could bring it up to  70% (C at my school). That isn’t that big of a jump. 

I agree that teachers should stick to their guns about grading- it’s not fair to students that have earned higher grades when teachers make exceptions. Her words and behavior was totally uncalled for, though. Unfortunately, I doubt an undergrad student would go through the effort of reporting her. As a graduate student I wouldn’t stand for that, period. Also, I know that the professors don’t work for me directly, but when you pay as much as we do in this country to attend college, you want to make sure that you are getting the very best education possible. Being disrespected or degraded is NOT acceptable. 

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