Cindy from St. Louis With an Ongoing and Vexing Early Thirsty On What We're Called.
This summer I am teaching an online class. It is full of students from other colleges and universities that are home for the summer. I sent everyone a welcoming e-mail on the first day of class, explaining the class procedures and components. I signed the e-mail, with what students call me in the classroom, Mrs. (or Ms.) Mylastname.
This summer, however, I have received three different e-mail from students, with the salutations “Hi Cindy,” or “Cindy.” This strikes me as odd, as an in-the-classroom student would never call me that. Maybe I am too sensitive about my status as their professor, but I am offended at their familiarity.
Q: Should I say anything about this to them? How should I respond? Is this a common practice at other schools? Should I just deal with it and ignore it?