Professor Tells Students There’s No Excuse For Missing An Exam…Not Even Death

February 11, 2019  |  

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A Howard University professor is quickly gaining the title of toughest educator of all time after a student posted an excerpt from a class syllabus to Reddit, which laid out detailed instructions on unacceptable excuses for missing an exam.

“There will be no makeup exam, quizzes or assignments,” a portion from the syllabus reads, the Daily Mail reports.

We’ve all heard of that one teacher who demanded you to go above and beyond, but the snapshot shared about this professor was a bit much. The professor, who reportedly teaches at Howard University, made it clear that whenever there’s an exam, come hell or high water you better do your best to make it to class.

“Please don’t bring me doctors’/death certificates, funeral obituaries I will not accept these. I also cannot make exceptions for jobs, birthdays, dates with celebrities, etc. If you have a conflict or think your grandmother, grandfather, uncle, cousin, etc. may die you should talk to me on the first day of class; however, I most likely suggest that you drop the course or find a way to reschedule your outside conflict,” the syllabus continues.

The professor remains a mystery as the student withheld his or her name from the thread. “I guess I’ll just reschedule my family member’s death,’ the student wrote in the Reddit thread.

On Sunday, provost Anthony Wutoh, released a statement saying the school “does not endorse the statements attributed in this document. Wutoh says the incident “should not reflect poorly on the entirety of our faculty, who are committed, compassionate and dedicated to the training and development of all of our students,” according to a report by Inside Higher Ed.

Now, while college was a little ways back for me, I distinctly remember missing a few (or more than a few) classes.  Life has a way of happening and while not all my excuses were legitimate, there were definitely times and family emergencies that rendered me incapable of attending class. The complete lack of understanding or even empathy here is really troubling, but I guess it’s something I don’t have to worry about. But I definitely feel for these students.

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