It's over. The last chance to withdraw for the term with that little W on your transcript has come and gone and yet you are still here. Did none of you realize that you cannot pass? Did you not realize your GPA is going to resemble your IQ? Why didn't I warn you, you ask? Because some of you in days gone by complained when told face to face the best option was the W. Now, none of us say anything. We hope you go away.
Let me recap, shall I.
Meandering Myrtle: You failed the first assignment; you did not hand in the second; you wrote the midterm and when I handed it back you saw the big F. The reason for all of this is you have missed more than attended. Why are you still here?
Cheating Charlie: You were busted. The paperwork was submitted and I was sent the formal copy of the report at the same time you were. That big 0 of a mark means there is no way possible to even get a D, so why did you not just withdraw?
Disability Darren: I tried to help. I really did. You were allowed to take a cheat sheet to the exam. You were given a sure-fire format to follow. A blind monkey with a finger up his ass would have earned at least a C. But now you inform me that you didn't want to follow the format and didn't know what to put on the cheat sheet. This will make the times you have tried the course and failed number four. They won't let you try again.
Maybe I should talk about the other side of the issue. Due to the uni's grade inflation by altering the letter grade/percentage relationship, one popular discipline raised its entrance requirement to the stratosphere. That means students looking to enter the program, and stay in the program, must have a GPA of 94% or higher.
Several students withdrew because a B- was going to kill their GPA. Apparently a B is the new C. What bugs me is these were the basic hard working students.
I miss the days when I had to sign the withdraw forms as back then I could talk to students who I believed should stick around. I could also give the form to those who needed to go. All I can do now is hang my head and weep.