This was a very interesting article that I found last week and didn’t get a chance to blog about it. So Professor Irvin Horwitz who teaches at Texas A&M recently failed his strategic management class of 30 students. His reasoning was explained in an email that he sent out to all of his students he wrote,
“Since teaching this course, I have caught and seen cheating, been told to ‘chill out,’ ‘get out of my space,’ ‘go back and teach,’ [been] called a ‘f–king moron’ to my face, [had] one student cheat by signing in for another, one student not showing up but claiming they did, listened to many hurtful and untrue rumors about myself and others, been caught between fights between students.. None of you, in my opinion, given the behavior in this class, deserve to pass, or graduate to become an Aggie, as you do not in any way embody the honor that the university holds graduates should have within their personal character.”
Professor Horwitz decided to stop teaching this course and the administration has found a replacement until the end of the year, and the F that Professor Horwitz gave his students won’t be valid all students will receive a grade based on the work that they have completed.Patrick Louchouarn, the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer at the Galveston Campus and associate provost of Texas A&M University, said that there is not investigation about the class wide cheating that Professor Horwitz mentioned.
Some of his colleagues are criticizing Professor Horwitz for his actions; some believe that he shouldn’t have walked away from his class and he should have set clear expectations and equal responsibilities among the professor and the students.
Was this ethical? Personally I think it is a very hard to manage a classroom I mean although college students are expected to be respectful, the truth is that they are surrounded with distractions and a professor has to constantly deal with those distractions. Everyone has a breaking point and for Professor Horwitz had his.