Post # 32
My FI’s classes had attendance requirements and I agree, they are rediculous. I am quite glad I never had any in classes other than the ones with a performance requirement (acting, writing, seminar). I skipped almost all of my academic classes in undergrad (especially the science ones, they were always at 8:00 am and the profs always were awful) and just sat for the finals. Disclaimer: they weren’t my best grades, low A- and high Bs, I could have probably pulled better if I had gone to class.
My Prof. this year put it best: “We are all adults in this classroom. If you are unprepared to be cold called, send me an email. If you are not going to be in class, don’t tell me, I don’t care, you are an adult who can make adult choices”
I think the whole exam situation is odd because in my school we aren’t allowed to discuss extensions with the Prof. It is not their choice, the Dean will decide and the Prof is never told. To do otherwise would destroy blind grading.
Post # 33
Exactly the same at my university, but I know at the colleges in my area things are much more lenient!
Post # 34
Re attendance issue, keep in mind it may be a school policy and not a professor policy (which tenured professors may flout with more impunity than new professors). For example, at my school I’m required to notify the school if a student doesn’t show up the first two weeks, because they will kick the student out of my class. I’m also required to sign off on attendance logs for the athletes and post their grades (however, many of them cheat and stop having me sign on them if they aren’t doing well – I assume they’re forging my signature). Finally, while it’s not exactly required, my department head made it very clear that I ought to strongly consider an attendance policy, although preferably a more lenient one than an automatic failure after X absences, as some professors do. So while I’d personally like to treat them as adults and have no policy, it’s not worth it to fight the school and do so.
Post # 35
I was a TA in my 3rd and 4th year and this sounds all too familiar. While I obviously didn’t deal with exams, I had plenty of students do something similar with assignments and tests. I loved getting emails at 11:30pm the night before an 8:30 class to ask what would be on the test 🙂
I had 2 students cheat many times in my one class and I kept giving them zeros and warnings about it but the didn’t seems to comprehend. My professor really couldn’t do anything about it and she was just relying on the exam to really test their knowledge.
I hated attendance requirements. I understand it for first year or for tutorials, for something where being present actually matters. I had a class in 4th year where the professor would scream at us if we missed a class. She was just on a power trip. Most people avoided her classes but I unfortunately had to take her classes!
Also, I don’t think being first generation has anything to do with it. My parents are not even from this country and I knew no one who went to university here to guide me. They let me do everything and figure it out on my own. Clearly I was fine and my professors loved me enough to give me a job!