After mid-semester tests which are graded by my PhD student assistants under my close supervision, I give students the opportunity to request a "review of their mark" (by me, personally) within a specified time period via an elaborate written procedure. I allow no personal discussion before, during or after this process. The time period starts a week after the test is returned (to give them time to cool off) and ends a week later (to avoid the end of semester grade grubbing frenzy). Anyone wanting to meet with me to get "more advice and not to ask for more marks" (yeah right, they're just lazy and trying to circumvent the procedure) can do so, but only the day AFTER the specified grade review request period ends. End of semester grade grubbers (and the Deans they complain to) are told "but you had the opportunity to get your grade reviewed by me and you didn't take it."
Normally only a handful bother to follow the process, but this semester, I had 2 dozen requests, and their reasons for requesting a grade review reached new depths of grubbiness. Here's a sample:
Dreamer Delia: My dream was to get 25/25 in the multiple choice section and I only got this one question wrong so I think you should give me the mark so I can achieve my dream.
Dream-Killer (rolling on the floor laughing): Just call me Dream-Killer!
Indignant Ian: I take great exception to the way your assistant graded my essay. He was clearly incompetent and should be fired. I only raise this because I am so concerned about the quality of the grading which was clearly incompetent.
Dream-Killer: You will be relieved to know that the "DK" initialed on your essay indicates that your essay was originally graded by me personally, because my assistant couldn't read your foul writing. You can rest easy knowing that your 5/25 grade was fairly earned and not over-inflated by a generous assistant.
Slimy Sam: I didn't get any points for defining "Hamster Nutrition" but I did define it!
Dream-Killer: [After reading carefully through pages of drivel]: You defined it as "nutrition for Hamsters"!!! No change.
Furious Fanny: I was shocked to receive 15 for Part A of my essay. I answered this.... and did this... and said this... which was consistent with page 152 of the text....and I added this from your notes.... did I not deserve more marks for this section? I only got that one definition wrong. I demand you review my answer carefully and give me the mark I deserve.
Dream-Killer: I too was shocked to see that you received 15 for Part A. That section was worth 15 marks. Given that you got one definition wrong, you certainly did not deserve to get full mark for that section. I would be happy to give you the grade you deserve, 13/15.
Anybody else care to share their tales of post-assessment woe?