Shopping for Classes
This is a little old, but perhaps it’s making its way around the Web now because students nationwide are registering for fall classes. According to a 2010 Deadspin report (warning: contains naughty language), a renowned and somewhat self-important professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business was offended by a student who arrived an hour late for his first class meeting of the semester and asked the student to leave.
The student responded by emailing the professor to explain that s/he was shopping for courses in that time slot, and had spent the previous hour visiting two other prospective classes. That prompted the professor, Scott Galloway, to compose a deliciously scathing reply, which he apparently had a TA forward to the rest of the class (with the offending student’s name redacted).
So I’m curious — what do my U.Va. readers think? Was the student out of line? Did the professor cross any lines in his response? Is it common for U.Va. students to take a class for a test drive before committing? And is that fair to other students trying specifically to get into that class?
Click on the comments link below and have at it. And please, let us know if you are a student or faculty member.