I just got an email from a student in one of my online courses. Today the online course began week three of an 8 week course. This morning, I received this email:
I am so sorry I have not been in class. Thank you for your understanding but I was married on January 12 and then I was in a terrific accident. I am just grateful to be alive. I need to focus on healing right now. I am asking for you to give me a few weeks to get better. Then I will finish the course.
I received two emails within the hour, one from the Dean about ensuring our students are successful even in the face of life challenges (may or may not be related to this email; it's unclear) and one from the student rep asking me to please take Marriage Mike's request seriously.
Here's where you come in! Do I:
a) Give him the benefit of the doubt and allow him to start an 8 week course at the beginning of Week 6 (three weeks from today)
b) Make a deal for the extension if he completes Module One as a good faith measure
c) Tell him that only an idiot starts an online class 10 days before getting married and that life is clearly too much for him to handle right now and he ought to withdraw
d) Ignore his email entirely and hope he gets the hint to fuck off.
Side note: we are not allowed to ask for medical notes, as such a request was deemed "an invasion of privacy" by the Chancellor. Looking forward especially to Beaker Ben's response here.