I agree with you in terms of the idea that the adjunct could decide to exercise some level of flexibility and human kindness. I also think it’s worth talking to the adjunct (I am not sure who at your institution would do this) about the bigger picture of student success, retention, and college completion rates. In effect, that instructor has created an “institutional barrier” to success for this student. The student--he or she falls into the category of an at-risk student population (I am thinking—first generation, low income, minority, transfers, new parents, etc.). Sometimes life happens and it’s out of the person’s control. I think about the work place—a benevolent supervisor might gladly provide an employee with a later start time. Could this instructor allow the student to use office hours to see that was missed as an accommodation. We are all in this together to help some of our students who face these difficult barriers—we need to be benevolent to help them get through—a point docking system is punitive—not a best practice in pedagogy. My two cents………
I received this email this morning. I want to provide some level of support. I am not sure there is anything that I can push through other than human kindness. Thoughts?
I have a student that arrives to class 15 minutes late every session due to childcare issues. The adjunct's syllabus docks a drastic amount of points. This is a life situation that the student can't find a solution for and I was wondering if there is any accommodation that could provide some coverage for the student.
Let me know what you think,
Louis Burkwhat, M.A.E., M.Div.
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