Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, it’s going in the syllabus.

From Lukens, J (2017). I love that I work with clever people who write witty things! Thanks, Dr. Lukens for this one! (I cited you so this is not plagiarism!)

Social Welfare and Ethics

The Facebook page “Shit Academics Say” recently posted the professor’s mantra “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, it’s going in the syllabus.”  I’ve been following that rule for a few years now, and so my syllabi have begun to rival Remembrance of Things Past” in scope.  I’ve begun distributing all of my auxiliary rules as an appendices to the syllabus.  Apart from my grading criteria, they contain my list of unacceptable excuses that have been culled from student grovelling over the past few years.  I tell my students that if they come up with an excuse I haven’t heard yet I will add it to my list and name it after them.  Would that be a violation of FERPA?  See, managed to make this post about ethics!  Anyway, and without further adieu, I give you:

Professor Lukens’s Compendium of Unacceptable Excuses for Late Papers

  1. “My computer crashed.”…

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