A professor at Texas A&M Galveston said he failed his entire management class after reaching his “breaking point,” adding that the students were disruptive, rude, and had cheated in class.
Professor Irwin Horwitz sent an email to the students in his class, letting them know they would be receiving a failing grade, and called the class a disgrace to the school, adding that they lacked the maturity to enter the workforce, reports Jessica Chasmar for The Washington Times.
“I am frankly and completely disgusted. You all lack the honor and maturity to live up to the standards that Texas A&M holds, and the competence and/or desire to do the quality work necessary to pass the course just on a grade level,” he wrote, according to Inside Higher Ed. “I will no longer be teaching the course, and [you] all are being awarded a failing grade.”
The email went on to describe the untrue rumors Horowitz believed his students were spreading online concerning himself and his wife. He also expressed his feelings that he felt threatened while on campus and did not want to return to the school without police protection.
A similar email was sent by Horowitz to senior administrators in an effort to let them know what he had done. He added that students may protest the decision, but that they were “your problem now,” writes Kelly Mclaughlin for The Daily Mail.
Horowitz added that in his 20 years of teaching, he had never had a class as disrespectful as those currently enrolled in his Strategic Management course.
Meanwhile, students in the course expressed shock over receiving the email.
“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,” said senior John Shaw, who is worried the course credits could mess up a job he has lined up after graduation next month.
However, Dr. Patrick Louchouarn, Vice President of Academic Affairs at the university, said the failing grades would not count for the students in the class, and that the department head would replace Horowitz as professor of the course through the end of the semester.
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,” Louchouran said.
Louchouarn added that the allegations made by Horowitz were being investigated, and that any students found to have behaved inappropriately would have disciplinary actions taken against them.