Update: 8/9/17: The university has ordered the professor to reverse his no-stress grading policy and return to grading based on performance.
A professor at the University of Georgia has found a new way to take the pressure off the stressed snowflakes who take his classes. Professor Dr. Richard Watson outlined his policy in emails to his business students. Students who “feel unduly stressed” can simply choose their own grades.
In an email to his soon-to-be business students, Watson states his concerns about how “emotional reactions to stressful situations can have profound consequences for all involved.” Watson concluded that students can feel “unduly stressed by a grade for any assessable material or the overall course.” In such a case, they are allowed to “email the instructor indicating what grade [they] think is appropriate, and it will be so changed.”
No explanation needed!
Same thing goes for group work. If stressed, just leave the group, there will be no penalty and no questions asked.
Finally, for in-class presentations, Watson will allow “only positive comments” to be made, while “comments designed to improve future presentations will be communicated by email.”
Watson has not said this is a joke or a satire but he did say his policy is not posted.
College Reform, however, has posted details from the syllabus reportedly given to students. The professor did promise it will be possible to gain mastery in the classes.
These students will need very understanding employers in the future.
If true and it it’s not satire, this will definitely reduce stress. I could have been Magna cum Laude!
I’m feeling a little stressed right now. I think I’ll call the bank and tell them I want a stress-free balance in my checkbook!