By HM - 06/04/2011 17:28 - Germany
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You're right, but I think the teacher is well aware that (s)he has fucked it up. Besides, haven't we all did something similar? Forgetting your homework/your usb/the big test for today...almost every teacher has once in his career lost some homework/papers. The main problem is: what if the teacher cannot find them, or in OP's case, what if the tests are destroyed? It's logical that the students don't want to restudy and remake the test, but then they don't get the results. And results are necessary. So, eventhough it IS the teacher's fault, the students still HAVE to remake the test. It's not fair, but they have to get results.
@41 Not comparable situations. When a student forgets an assignment on the day it's due, the person who screwed up (the student) pays the price. Totally acceptable. Consequences of your actions, you know? In this case, the person who screwed up (the professor) isn't paying the price. The prof isn't facing the consequences of his/her mistake. S/he's shouldering the burden onto the students. It's not just "not fair," it's not right. The prof should find a way to restructure the assignments of the class so that the lost exam can simply be dropped. That's really the most logical way to deal with it. And unless this exam was the only graded work in the entire course, it should be feasible. At the VERY LEAST, the prof should be working with the students to find a solution. Not just going "Oh well! It's your problem, not mine!"
Go to the dean. Her negligence is not your problem - you did the work required by the course as outlined in the syllabus. Any other fuckups are entirely on her.
You guys realize that most midterms are not typed right? Term/midterm papers are, but the OP specifically said exam.