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I had a final exam in a relatively easy class last week. I was one of the first to finish, and it wasn't until I got home and reviewed my notes that I realized how bad I did. Apparently, the other top students in the class bombed their exams as well. On Tuesday (the last day of class), the prof. said he had our tests graded, but wasn't going to return them until next week. He said that a lot of students did bad and he was going to possibly throw out some questions. He gave us an opportunity for extra credit which requires watching an hour-long video, typing a two-page paper, and turning it in by Monday. (next week is finals week. this class just ended early.) I don't have the time to write the freakin' paper! He told us that if we emailed him requesting our grade, he would reply so that we could determine if we needed to do the ex. credit assignment or not. Well, guess what!? He didn't reply to my email or anyone else's. He also just left to go out of town. But here's the real kicker. I was late to Tuesday's class (I'm currently seeing a counselor) and didn't find out until today when I was trying to watch the horribly boring video, that after quite a few students turned in their exams and left, he started giving out clues and answers to the remaining students. He also allowed them to trade answers back and forth. I'm furious! I wasn't extended the same courtesy and neither were my four other classmates who just so happened to turn in their tests before he started doling out help.<br><br>
He has a horrible track record for returning emails. I know I'm not going to hear from him before Monday.<br><br>
What am I supposed to do!? Finals are next week, and I'm freaking out here! Also, I'm about to start the process of filing for divorce once school's out. Needless to say, I'm barely keeping it together.
 

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I'm really sorry.<br><br>
I don't have much to say except that I feel for you. I'm also generally one who leaves tests early, at it always upset me in high school when I found out the teacher gave out answers after I left the room, but it never happened to me in college.<br><br>
Is taking an incomplete in the class and doing the EC later if you need to an option? Because he promised to let you know if you need to do it, he should give you extra time. If you have that promise in writing, you can go with it to the dean if he gives you trouble.<br><br>
Also, if you mention that you have a toddler and are going through divorce he might be more likely to give you an extension. But I don't know if you want one if after finals will be as crazy as now...
 

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WOW - that's unbelievable. I cant believe he actually started giving out answers and hints after some students had left the room. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: I've had prof's who realized after an exam was given that it was confusing or poorly written and extended the same type of "oops, my bad, here's some extra credit", but I've never had one deviate from normal testing "rules" after an exam has begun (and is over for some students). I'd bring it up in your review, if he doesn't make amends.
 

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this happened after the evaluations. do i have a case to take to the ombudsman? i was carrying a strong A in the class, and if i did as badly as i thought, it will bring me down to a B. i earned that A and i want it! the students that remained were the ones that never come to class and/or the jocks who always cheat off of one another and try to cheat off of me. why should they be rewarded?<br><br>
he already knows i'm going through marital troubles. (he is a social work instructor so i sought him for counselor recommendations) this whole thing just boggles my mind. true, he's a horrible instructor, but he's also a wonderful human being. he's been having heart trouble and is rumored to be retiring at the end of the year. i'd hate to put this added stress on him by going to someone higher up the chain. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/crap.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crap">
 

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If you have time and energy, this needs to be brought to the attention of his department chair, and if he is the department chair, to the attention of his division chair. A simple phone call saying you need to report a teacher giving out answers to his own test should get you an appointment quickly.<br><br>
Alternatively, contact your school's office of counseling and testing (or some such similar name). Explain EXACTLY what you have said here.<br><br>
This is a grievable offense. That means you can file an official grievance which results in whatever consequences the school policy dictates for this sort of situation for your instructor. It will go into his personnel records and can and will impact such decisions as tenure and promotion, should those be on the line. If the instructor is on a contract it can result in being fired or not rehired. If the instructor is a tenured full professor there is almost nothing that can be done against him unfortunately, but there can be mediation done to rectify the situation as it pertains to your grade.<br><br>
It was a serious offense, and you as the student have ALL the power. I have often thought, as an instructor, that if students REALLY knew how much power you have in the institution there would be some pretty serious changes.<br><br>
I know you're busy and stressed and this is the last thing you need. Whatever you decide to do will be right for you. But you do need to know this is a serious offense and you have recourse. Hugs.<br><br>
ETA: most campuses have a Women's Center. If you feel too broken down by all that's going on to go anywhere else, contact them. If nothing else they can support you and help you document whatever you decide to document. More hugs.
 

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I think you and I were posting at the same time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> The issue of his knowing your personal situation and you knowing his health situation should not have an impact on your pursuit of fairness and the grade you deserve. OTOH I do understand that it might feel difficult to pursue anything.<br><br>
Trust me, if he's far enough along in his career that he's looking at retirement, he knows what he's doing. You're not going to give him a heart attack by complaining. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> Trust me. Take care of yourself. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Thank you everyone. Your advice is well-heeded. I'm going to make some calls tomorrow, and I'll be sure to keep you all updated.
 
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