By VonGore - 3/9/2021 14:00

Doing my part

Today, my professor stated that every student who had perfect attendance would be exempt from taking the final. Having perfect attendance so far, I was thrilled. Then come to find out I have jury duty the day before the exam; she won't excuse my absence. FML
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By  Ellimac21  |  14

I don't think she is allowed to do that? The final should be a mark/grade at the end of the year to make sure you have understood the class. So, by the teacher's logic, someone who was here all the time but didn't understand anything at all doesn't need the finalg but the guy who understood everything but got sick for one day must pass the final?
Sounds like you teacher is trying to be lazy... How does she do that: some people got a real exam while the others get 70% by default? No she can't do that. Several options here:
1- tell her jury duty is a reasonable excuse.
2 - go to the dean/principal about it cause I'm pretty sure she is doing something she shouldn't...
3- tell the judge/whoever assigne you to ury duty that your teacher does not allow you to miss her class.

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By  Ellimac21  |  14

I don't think she is allowed to do that? The final should be a mark/grade at the end of the year to make sure you have understood the class. So, by the teacher's logic, someone who was here all the time but didn't understand anything at all doesn't need the finalg but the guy who understood everything but got sick for one day must pass the final?
Sounds like you teacher is trying to be lazy... How does she do that: some people got a real exam while the others get 70% by default? No she can't do that. Several options here:
1- tell her jury duty is a reasonable excuse.
2 - go to the dean/principal about it cause I'm pretty sure she is doing something she shouldn't...
3- tell the judge/whoever assigne you to ury duty that your teacher does not allow you to miss her class.

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  Plop  |  14

It's likely a rather basic pass/fail class, where the professor knows from experience that students who bothered to attend throughout the semester have nearly 100% chance of passing anyway. Introductory classes are often not very difficult, and all you need to pass is to actually just care a tiny little bit about it.

OP can certainly go complain to the administration, but it's not guaranteed to work, and will likely take much longer than sitting for the exam, which she's very likely to pass anyway. I agree the professor's being needlessly dickish, but ultimately the inconvenience is rather mild for OP.

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It’s actually very common for schools and universities to offer some kind of exemption opportunity for finals as a way to reward students who have been there and have good grades. One year, I even had a professor cancel the final for the whole class because between being out for a week due to a hurricane and her being out for 3 weeks after being in a car accident, she didn’t see the point.

However, not excusing an absence for jury duty tends to go against most school’s policies, so OP could maybe go to the dean about that.

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  Paul Hendry  |  10

i agree - i call it a bull, 1 day jury service? and even if there was such a thing - no one would go ahead a day before exam, they would be too busy prepping.. and they could defer it.. OP must have had advance notice and then a chance to defer or be exempted.

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  Alan  |  54

I allowed it because I understand it differently: she found out she has jury duty that starts the day before the exam, and obviously expects it to last more than a day, not that she found out about jury duty that starts at the drop of a hat!

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it is possible. first day is usually jury selection where each one is questioned as to why they can or can not be a jurist. When OP answers this question with I am a college student in the middle of finals they would be dismissed immediately.

By  RichardPencil  |  30

Ditch jury duty.

First, tell them that Q says it's not safe and they don't hand out the "good" ivermectin;) That should convince them you're too much of a nut to be a juror.

Otherwise, do a cost-benefit analysis. Would you rather cram for a final or spend a few days in jail?

In jail, you get free food. How does studying feed you?