Being forced to pass a failing student
August 22, 2011 4:28 PM Subscribe
Asking for a friend: My boss is pressuring me to adjust a failing student's grade upwards because the student is from overseas. I don't think it's fair to falsify grades. Please advise.
posted by scruss to Education (50 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I teach in an academic ESL program for international students and immigrants at a medium-sized community college. Recently the college has hosted a group of young men all from the same (wealthy) country, and promised them admission into a BA program. International students are a major source of income for the college.
To reach the next level, they need to get 60% in all four components of a 15 week term. One of the students received a 56% in my class, a 58% and a 59% in two others, and passed the fourth. The other two teachers upped his marks to a pass, leaving my class the only one he failed.
My supervisor is now putting a lot of pressure on me to change his mark to 60%. I was told that it would be so much easier if I just passed him. She's receiving pressure from her managers too.
I told my supervisor that it was a question of conscience for me and that the situation compromised our program's integrity. I have been advised (apparently from the dean's office) that I will change the mark, or there will be repercussions.
I'm sessional faculty working contract to contract, and not yet eligible for union membership. I've been working at the college for seven years, and teaching ESL for twelve years.