College Professor Lets Students Choose Their Own Grade Because Bad Grades Are “Stressful”

A Georgia professor’s “stress reduction policy” apparently allows students to select their own grade if the one they received does not sit well with them, according to the instructor’s online syllabus.

“Emotional reactions to stressful situations can have profound consequences for all involved,” writes Instructor Rick Watson for his computing class offered at Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia.

“If you feel unduly stressed by a grade for any assessable material or the overall course, you can email the instructor indicating what grade you think is appropriate, and it will be so changed. No explanation is required,” states the classroom rule, called on the syllabus the “stress reduction policy.”

Watson also uses this policy for some of his business courses as well, reports Campus Reform, citing online syllabi.

The College Fix reached out to Watson on Monday for further explanation of the policy but has yet to receive a response from the educator.

The CSC Media Group, which first reported on the professor’s policy, called it a “stunning but not-to-surprising example of the deteriorating quality of education and discipline in America’s universities.”

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