(As I wrote in the earlier comments, I always have a TA make copies of each exam to prevent an event like this. But she somehow forgot to copy 2 of them, and one of them is lost.)
Any suggestions on what I should do with this student, who is an above-average student whose got a few absences.
- Give him points proportional to his performance on the MC section, or multiply his MC score * (Average class Total score)/Average MC score, but he'd have legitimate grounds for a complaint. The guy who hears complaints in our department is notoriously hard on students, but the student could legitimately take this up to the dean.
- Let him retake the exam, which already gives him an advantage, and give him a few bonus points for the time he needed to retake it.
- Give him the highest score anyone received on the exam. I'd rather not do this for obvious reasons.
Remember, we have a forced curve, so if he brags about getting a generous settlement, I'm screwed. (And sadly, he's from the afternoon section.)
I remember reading something like this on the Chronicle Forums a few years back, so it's probably happened in the history of academia. Any suggestions on how to handle this with the student?
(I have yet to look in my office to see if it was somehow put in the wrong folder. But I remember putting his exam, along with the others I looked at, in the accordion folder with the rest, so it's likely gone.)