Fed-Up Professor Fails Entire Class, But Something Seems Fishy

College is tough, man. Especially if you were a student in Professor Irwin Horwitz's Strategic Management class at Texas A&M Galveston. Were being the operative word, as Professor Horwitz has failed the entire class, and sent a scathing email to his students as to why he did so.


The prof's email called the entire class a "disgrace" to the school, and said that he had reached his "breaking point" in dealing with them. He also said that he feared for his safety, and required security guards in order to feel safe teaching them. 

"Enough was enough," Horwitz reportedly wrote in the email. "Yesterday I reached the breaking point." He continued, "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." He also cited the students' "complete lack of maturity and general incompetence," and said they were unfit to enter the workforce.

Some of the students were left befuddled though. Senior John Shaw, who worries that the failing grade may affect a job he has lined up after graduation next month, said, "Just ridiculous, I had never had a problem in the class. I thought I had done pretty well, done pretty well on the first test and then I get an email saying I am going to get an F in the class, it was overwhelming."

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It's hard not to feel for him. I'm sure there were probably disruptive students in the class, but to fail every single undergrad in the class? It just doesn't make sense. There had to be at least a couple of kids trying their best, right? We can only hope.

The university's vice president of academic affairs, Dr. Patrick Louchouarn, made a statement saying that while they respect Horwitz, they will not uphold his failure of the entire class.

He said, "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."

Also, it seems as though at least one other student who has been accused of cheating by Horwitz has been cleared of the charge, and will have his grades re-evaluated.

The whole thing just seems off. I can't imagine that an entire class deserved to fail, and I can't imagine that a professor would fail an entire class without a solid reason. Hopefully Texas A&M can get to the bottom of this.

Do you think a professor should have the right to fail an entire class?


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