This post is a continuation of They just accept anyone to KSU now, don't they?
Our story continues just one week after several students have been assured that their professor will contact them if they can help in any way regarding a potentially threatening student. We are back in class on Tuesday, and the Student-in-Question (SIQ) has yet to produce a doctor's excuse to the professor for missing her debate. Additionally, the student's behavior was even more disturbing than it was the previous week....
Student B wrote a formal statement regarding this week's incident, an excerpt of which is below:
Student A also wrote a statement concerning what s/he witnessed:
Whoa... must be some horrible professor, right?? WRONG. This professor has been teaching part-time at KSU for several years now, consistently receiving stellar student reviews and repeat students in her classes. Also, several student petitions have circulated to ensure this professor is allowed to teach higher level/more rigorous upper division classes. Consistently successful and well-liked, this professor is one of the best in the department in the student's eyes. Yet she is considered a tool of the devil by a disgruntled and unruly student? Surely these superiors would back this professor against such egregious claims! We were wrong. (Sidenote: apparently SIQ hates this professor so much, that she is currently enrolled in her third, yes, you read it right, THIRD class with this professor. Hm.... she must be terrible.)
After several students complained to/spoke with the professor, the professor, realizing that the situation had escalated out of her control, arranged an emergency meeting between the concerned students and the the Department of Political Science and International Affairs Chair. Us students were thrilled! We felt like this was the absolute best person to speak to regarding our concern for our professor's safety, as well as our own. The professor assured us that she had the utmost confidence in her department chair and was certain he would know exactly what to do. We were all wrong, again.
Several students sat in a meeting with the department chair and our professor, explaining SIQ's actions, our own interactions with the SIQ, our extremely distracted/uncomfortable learning environment, and our safety fears. We also sent (anonymously, through our professor) formal written statements concerning the incident. This meeting with the chair was less than informative, and frankly, a waste of our time. The chair droned on and on and on about a "two track process." This explanation was not really an explanation on all.
Track A was, supposedly, a manner by which the department chair could assure that SIQ was evaluated psychologically, and therefore deemed unfit to be in our class. Track B, on the other hand, was a removal of this student on behavior/conduct grounds. Seeing as how SIQ was not only obviously mentally unstable (a bum on the street could figure that out), but also a huge distraction to our learning environment, we felt that either process would work out just fine in removing SIQ from our classroom. We were wrong, yet again.
The listened to our concerns, all the while furiously scribbling on a legal pad. And yes, I do mean scribbling. Circles, squares, lines, nothing but scribbles; not a single note or demarcation of our aired grievances. As off-putting as this was, when the chair asked for written statements, we figured he would do something with them that would make a difference in our classroom experience. We were wrong, yet again.
The department chair never followed up with the students concerning our meeting or our statements. He did, though, tell our professor to inform us that 'everything was handled' and we 'had nothing to worry about' any longer. Once again, we were wrong. How many times is that now???
The next week in class, the SIQ was present. Students were in shock as they entered the room. Some students literally opened their mouths in surprise. Our professor was clearly uncomfortable, and throughout the lesson seemed to be intimidated by SIQ's presence. None of the normally talkative and engaged students uttered a word during the entire lecture. Class ended 20 minutes early; something unheard of in this particular professor's classes. The professor spoke with us after class and explained that she was limited in what she could say, but a group of KSU faculty deemed the "behavioral response team" assured her that SIQ was fine to be in class, and in fact, belonged there. Apparently "the two track process" had failed, or at least Track A had.
So that leaves Track B - conduct/behavior. As this student was a complete distraction to the students and professor, surely this would be taken into account by the higher-ups of KSU. Tune in later this week for the next chapter of our story, in which I explain how we were wrong.... again.
Other student statements regarding this student include, but are not limited to:
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