I cannot help but write a note here to Outraged Oscar, a note which I cannot actually send:
Oscar, you were outraged at the unfairness of receiving a C+ in my summer online class.
You are not a C+ kind of guy. This was unfair, biased, a "sucker punch," humiliating, subjective, and unprofessional on my part. You know it was biased and subjective and unfair, because you have been a student for a very long time (decades, as your e-mail to my Dean and to the President proclaimed), and also because your wife is a college graduate, and she thinks so too. She has a bachelor's degree from Coastal College of Georgia.
In the course of your many e-mails, none to me (but I do, actually, appreciate that you copied me on them), you were very insulting in your descriptions of me. You detailed your opinion of my teaching ability, my credentials, my performance. You proclaimed that you WOULD NOT SPEAK OR COMMUNICATE with me at all about your grade, even though this is college policy in a grade dispute, as I was such an extreme incompetent. Instead, you wrote to the Dean and the President. I answered your e-mails nonetheless. I had written very brief comments on all your work---that is true. You never asked me, not once, for any additional feedback, during the course of the class. That is also true.
After I sent you more detailed feedback, examples of correct responses (ooooo----and those were made available to the entire class after each assignment) and offers to rewrite some crucial assignments (sorry to the purists out there----with SUCH a squeaky wheel, experience tells me that some accommodations are going to be required to be made) you at first told me I was an idiot. An incompetent. But, even though my Dean is inclined to ignore such instances of disrespect, I have to give him props----he decided you DID have to redo said assignments.
And so you sent me a very bland e-mail with your redos. With not a hint of apology.
Fuck you. That's what I wanted to tell you. Yes, I'll grade your work. Yes, you will get the half letter grade higher that you wanted, on the basis of these redos.
But FUCK YOU.