How to deal with an unsettling email?
February 28, 2012 5:41 PM Subscribe
How would I deal with this upsetting email from a professor? It accuses me of something I didn't deliberately do.
posted by Seeking Direction to Education (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm a student at a university who has had many academic difficulties due to an undiagnosed learning disability. Finally, I'm relieved to say that I know what it is, and I will be receiving help for it.
All my professors were notified at the beginning of this semester that I have certain accommodations in terms of test-taking and rescheduling assignments.
However, I am still struggling in some regards, as I have not actually been able to receive help yet.
There is one class that I have especially struggled with, and I had to hand in two assignments late.
This is a laboratory class where a TA actually runs each section, and the TA wanted to meet with me and the professor who is in charge of all sections. I understand that the TA was concerned about my progress.
I told the TA that we could meet during class, since there was a part of the laboratory where one must wait for a reaction to proceed.
The TA notified the professor accordingly.
However, there was a change in plan in the lab, so it was not possible to meet at the originally determined time. Instead, the meeting would have to take place after the lab. I discussed this with the TA at the beginning of class, and he/she reassured me that the lab would be over at such-and-such time, and everyone would meet then. I specifically told her this was good because I had a review session for another class afterwards.
The professor was not at his/her office at that time. I told the TA I had to leave for the review session, and he/she agreed that the three of us would meet another day.
After the class and the review session, I was greeted with an email from the professor. Due to privacy and legal concerns, I should not post the exact text, but it had a somewhat forceful tone in my opinion and accused me of deliberate disdain towards class policies. The professor was also fully aware that I had met with the TA. In a nutshell, the professor called me out on failing to attend a meeting I had never agreed to.