Category Archives: Excuses

A lack of planning on your part doesn’t constitute an emergency on mine

Background provided by Instructor: I teach an online class. The last exam was open for one week.  A reminder was sent out the day it opened, again mid-week, and then the day before it was due.  The exam closed at … Continue reading

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You have to let me take the test

Background provided by Instructor: I teach an online class. The syllabus and calendar are emailed to each student and are also posted online. Each week I send reminder emails about what is due. Since the prelim is open over the … Continue reading

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Sorry, I don’t have Internet

Background provided by Instructor: I teach an online class which requires students to access the course regularly to post their reflection over the assigned lectures.  Due dates for these short reflections are clearly identified on the syllabus. I also send … Continue reading

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I did not think I needed the textbook

Background provided by Instructor: The students are given a copy of the syllabus before the start of the course. It clearly states that the textbook is required and that all three exams will include material presented in the textbook. The … Continue reading

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I am really in the class

Background provided by Instructor: I received this email shortly before the midpoint of a fully online course. This “student” had been emailing me with excuses for not completing assignments that ranged from not having the textbook to not understanding the … Continue reading

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Parental Guidance

Background provided by Instructor: The directions for a class writing assignment specifies that the student must refer back to material presented in the required reading. I inform the students that the book is on reserve if they are not able … Continue reading

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Can I just have the credit?

Background provided by Instructor: One of my students registered for 3 credits of fieldwork with the intention of working with a local youth agency. Two weeks into the semester, he informed me the position fell through but assured me he … Continue reading

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Don’t mind me sleeping!

Just wanted to let you know I fall asleep when not intellectually stimulated. There’s nothing I can do about it, it just happens. Thought you should know because I’ve had a lot of [course content] before so it’ll probably happen.

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Opps

Email from a student who submitted a paper to the class folder which screens for originality/plagiarism….after the student got their originality report showing 100% match with the friend’s paper I got this email: Hello Doctor X, i accidently sumited the … Continue reading

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A new excuse for not making it to class!

I couldn’t come to class because I lost my car! By the time I found it, it was buried in so much snow I didn’t get it shoveled out in time.

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