University Steps in After Professor Flunks an Entire Class

Texas A&M teacher describes kids cheating and swearing at him
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Apr 27, 2015 12:12 PM CDT
Updated May 2, 2015 9:31 AM CDT

(Newser) – A professor at Texas A&M says he'd had enough of the cheating, lying, and verbal abuse going on in his "Strategic Management" class—so he decided to fail everyone, Click2Houston.com reports. "I was dealing with cheating, dealing with individuals swearing at me both in and out of class, it got to the point that the school had to put security guards at that class and another class," Irwin Horwitz says. False rumors about him swirled, he says, and academically speaking, the students weren't able to accomplish basic tasks. Last week, "I reached the breaking point," he says, noting that he has never seen such a problematic class in two decades of teaching.

According to an email he wrote to the class, excerpted at Gawker via Inside Higher Ed, he "will no longer be teaching the course, and all are being awarded a failing grade." He writes that he is "frankly and completely disgusted. You all lack the honor and maturity to live up to the standards that Texas A&M holds, and the competence and/or desire to do the quality work necessary to pass the course." The department head is taking over teaching the course, Click2Houston notes, and a university official says the Fs are far from a settled matter. "None of them have failed until the end of the class, meaning the only reason a student would fail [is] because he or she has not performed the expectations for that particular class." (This professor was accused of teaching the wrong course for an entire semester.)

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