“It felt very mean and caught me off guard.”
This is a good reminder that there are plenty of people enrolled in college who are not ready for the experience.
The College Fix reports:
U. of Illinois-Chicago professor reported to school for urging student to turn assignment in on time
In December of last year, a professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago set up a GroupMe chat room for students of his to ask questions about an upcoming assignment for which students had to write a five to seven page paper about some aspect of technology.
“Can it literally be any technology?” one student asked. “I’m scared I’m gonna pick something everyone’s doing.”
“Uh, I mean, im hoping you’re not starting your final paper right now as it’s due pretty soon,” the professor responded. “It doesn’t matter if you pick something other people pick.”
“Okay. And life gets in the way sometimes,” the student answered.
Eighteen minutes later, the concerned professor responded, citing the late date. “The paper is due tomorrow at midnight. I look forward to reading everyone’s papers!”
“Yes I know. I don’t think I said anything bad,” the student responded. “I was just trying to ask a question.”
The professor then took the conversation offline, messaging the student directly.
“I didn’t want to put this in the group chat, and I don’t really care either way (but others might, which is why I feel like I need to mention it), but the reason I asked is because ‘life gets in the way sometimes’ as a reply to your professor comes off as really defensive.”
“Hi,” the student responded. “I’m in a very hard place in my life as I’ve emailed you about and I felt immediately judged bc of your response to my question. It felt very mean and caught me off guard. I’ve never been mentally able to start my assignments very early due to my anxiety,” the student wrote.
“There was no intent of judgment,” the professor answered.
If the professor thought that was the end of the discussion, he was wrong. Soon, the student filed a complaint against him with the school’s Bias Reporting Tool, which allows campus community members to report one another anonymously for things said in private conversations or within classrooms.
“I asked a question in the forum and was met with a rude and inappropriate response,” the student said in their complaint against the professor. “After this, [the professor] messaged me privately on GroupMe and I felt it was not appropriate and it was intimidating,” the student wrote.
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