My solution is just to fail students who cut my class. But now I see that without a contract I could be sued. Hmmmm.
Some kid sued successfully in the UK claiming the classes weren't up to snuff. I don't quite see how pledging to go to class changes that. I can see clarifying what services you are providing, but since it's the student's choice whether to go to class or not, why should the school care as long as he/she pays? I thought it was a nanny state sort of measure but apparently it's just to make sure students can't expect any more than the school provides. I guess it is odd you go to college, spend thousands of dollars and there's really no point at which they make clear exactly what you're purchasing.
Did you know that a syllabus now functions as an effective contract? If you don't spell out your rules and grading policies in writing, you have no legal authority to fail or downgrade a student. I tried to downgrade a student two years ago for bullying another student mercilessly in a discussion section. I was forbidden by the dean, precisely because I hadn't specified that bad behavior would result in downgrading. I am not making this up.
Really? That's really interesting. I had no idea. Does your syllabus mention extra points for being handsome?
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