kateausten Posted May 15, 2014 Share Posted May 15, 2014 Have you ever had a student whose misunderstanding or unawareness of something resulted in MAJOR grade ramifications? Do you consider it wrong by any means to allow a student to fail a course they would otherwise make a B or C in because of this? Without going into too much detail, I am in charge of my own section of a class - I give the final grades, not a prof. At-home online quizzes that are automatically graded make up 30% of the grades. I've been overextended this semester and have just been checking to make sure that most of the students were doing them (to make sure that I did make it clear that they're mandatory), not examining the grades in detail, so I just noticed while putting together final grades that a certain student has not done a single one. Today, days after the final and a few days before grades are due, he emailed me to ask "Are we graded on the quizzes?" With zeros on every quiz, the highest he can get is a 70, and I think that he will probably be below 60. This isn't the first time that this student has been the only one in the class unaware of an important instruction. He seems to have a problem following instructions in general, will often raise his hand to ask things that I have already covered a few minutes before and such, and I would not be surprised if some sort of disability were at play, but without a pass from the accessibility center I can't allow that suspicion to factor into my treatment of him. All of the other students did the quizzes regularly enough that I am certain they knew that it was a mandatory part of their grade. Any way that I could help him would have to be extended to the entire class, and while I could open all the quizzes up for another 48 hours, that seems unfair to the students who may not be checking their emails to be aware of such an option because the semester is over, all finals are done, etc. I feel bad because he did attend class regularly and it may not be his fault that he can't follow instructions - the quizzes form a participation grade, so ironically one of my best students attendance-wise will fail because of his participation grade. At the same time, I don't see any fair way to handle this besides just giving him zeroes for all of these quizzes and letting him fail if that's how it works out. Anyone been in a similar situation? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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