Today I received a voice mail from a student asking me to call them back over an "urgent" matter. The voice mail was pleasant enough so I take a deep breath and dial the number. I am greeted by a screaming banshee on the other end of the line. The urgent manner, the student not agreeing with my late policy which is clearly stated in the syllabus. I take a deep breath and reiterate the syllabus, no assignments are accepted late unless there is an emergency blah blah blah. The student can't hear me however because they are too busy screaming that I am "mean" and other less than flattering adjectives.
I want to hang up but I do not, because unlike this student I understand professional behavior. I guess they realized that this amazing display of a temper tantrum was not going to get their assignment accepted because they stopped yelling - 30 minutes later.
I would like to say that I do not understand where this type of behavior comes from, but I do. The administration of my college is "student friendly". I am consistently told to accept late work, take rewrites for plagiarized papers, etc. The students know that if they throw a temper tantrum they will get their way in the name of student retention. I am only an adjunct with a mortgage to pay so I have to bite my tongue, bend over and ask for another.
I need a drink with all these crazy pills I have to take.