The Thoughts of a Frumpy Professor

............................................ ............................................ A blog devoted to the ramblings of a small town, middle aged college professor as he experiences life and all its strange variances.

Tuesday, February 28, 2023



Today became far more busy than its already typically hyper-busy Tuesday.  More issues regarding students who have received special "accommodations" from our U's Disability Office.  But, it is especially frustrating as it a) again concerns students who have "qualified" for extra time and "prompt cards" (aka "cheat sheets"), b) again also concerns students who have "qualified" to take their exam in an isolated spot without other students, and c) and it includes a laboratory practical exam taught by one of my adjunct instructors IN THE LABORATORY that is scheduled with back-to-back lab sessions all damn day, every day.  

TO ADD the CHERRY onto the top of this situation.... the student notified us TODAY, with her lab's exam being set for Thursday.  They are supposed to notify us of these requests for accommodations at least two weeks ahead of an exam.... but the damn Disability Office will not enforce that rule.... and in fact... has told several of us in the Department that if we refuse to allow these "accommodations" even at less than the two week ahead of time notification, that they will not support us if the student becomes litigious. 

Now... again, PLEASE keep in mind that I support rights for the disabled, support rights for all those with issues.  BUT, dammit, it is a) NOT legitimate to have a cheat sheet, and b) it is NOT appropriate or possible to have hundreds and hundreds of students requesting exams in isolation, especially not for lab practical exams. 

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  • Ran 10 miles (~16km).
  • PCS = 8.  



Blogger Margaret said...

I understand and agree with your frustrations 100%. It is one of the most important reasons my older daughter is no longer a professor.

Tuesday, 28 February, 2023  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

Times have changed. This seems to have gone too far.

Tuesday, 28 February, 2023  
Blogger peppylady (Dora) said...

I also understand your frustrations.
Coffee is on and stay safe

Tuesday, 28 February, 2023  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

Hey Pipe: Just saw this on Flickr and of course I thought of you.

Wednesday, 01 March, 2023  

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