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By dumb4$$0rz / Thursday 23 December 2010 21:01 / United States
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Pretty sure that's illegal...and I only say that because it makes no fucking sense that any department would have a "maximum average standard".

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89 is right. the universities can only allow so many people to pass (or fail) lest they will look bad. so they either let failing people pass if the class avg is low... or fail the barely passers if avg is high....

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No but I bet OP's parents will believe it since the OP thinks people here will If my kid tried that excuse on me, I would immediately call the school and find out if true. Then if it is, sue the living crap out of the school for ripping me off on my kids education, but if not(which is the case here), then I beat the hell out of my kid for lying to me and making me look like a jackass to his teacher

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I have the same policy at my university (though it's not really dicussed much, it *was* mentioned a few times), which is why all our profs mark us mercilessly just so they won't have high-average-associated problems later on with the department head. OP, while I can understand your situation, you should still work harder. They couldn't have lowered everyone's grades THAT much... unless you were barely passing and that couple of % pushed you under 50%.

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Where the hell do you go to school where a 50% is a passing grade? Do you get an A+ for spelling your name right? Sorry to sound condescending, I know it isn't your fault, but being able to pass on that low a percentage is absurd and the lowest I have ever heard of. Around where I am 60% is the average lowest passing grade you can get, and at my school 70% is the lowest.

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Actually the school that I attend allow you to pass the course with a 50% average. Most of the if you originally had a 48 or 49% they bump it up to a 50% to allow you to obtain the credit.

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50% is passing? My degree, anything below a 75% was failing for certain classes I had a professor who took 1% off for every homework assignment not turned in as well. If you didn't do any homework and got all A's on the tests, the highest your grade could be was a C+

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over here, students are not forced to turn in any homework, because we're organized enough to have all the solutions from previous years and TAs are too lazy to write new homework. they realize it's pointless.

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Not really...based on the FML the prof scaled back everyone's grade not just the OP's. Basically everyone's grade was lowered to lower the class average.

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Yes really. Had the OP been smarter and studied harder the chances are he/she might have scored higher and avoided failing, rather than scoring at the bottom of the class.

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Too many negative votes, comment buried. Show the comment

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It's the bell curve. The average is set above passing and scoring is adjusted by what percentile of the class you finished in. It stops exceptionally easy or hard tests from messing with the school's overall gpa.

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