a reply to: halfpint0701
Well yo be honest with you, I've read your thread and I've wanted to contribute to it, but being from China, it was hard.
Our school system and classrooms and the way their Structured and Governed it was just Hard!
So, I kept my mouth shout!
Now today I see this article and I didn't think of making a new thread I cam e here to continue with yours, I hope you don't mind.
Professor Bans College Students From Saying ‘Bless You’ In Class
Not the same State but, Forgive me for asking, I was taught in China Years and Years ago,,,,, That part of America is called the Bible Belt,,, Am I
What's the Big Deal here, I have over the years come to Say,,,, GoD Bless You or just Bless You when my husband Sneezes.
I mean For The Love of God and Heaven Forbid!! What's this Professors Problem? I'm Not Now or Nor Have I Ever Been a Religious Person, Nor is my
Husband, But, I have pick up the saying out of common Courtesy.
I know in China when it comes to the ruling of a classroom, there are Guidelines that are set by the College or Universities Administration ( local
Government ) on the grading and attendance and course material.
I guess I'm asking, there's rules on attendance and conduct. this rules have to be in line with Academic Department guidelines and could not exceed
the guidelines without permission, right?
I have two major concerns about the action of the professor. First, is it within the guidelines of discipline per the school. If it is his own
guidelines, then he may have exceeded his authority by threatening grade reductions. As a rule, Can he reduce grades for non-academic reasons. Can he
threaten expulsion unless specifically mentioned as reason in college student handbooks, They have a rule hand book Right?
Does it say, No, God Bless You, in any Class.
Second, if he carries out his actions and reduces grades for non-academic reasons, he could be subjecting the college to disciplinary action by the
college's accreditation authorities.
OK, from the article and why I'm asking.
One professor at the College of Coastal Georgia has banned students from saying “bless you” in his class.
Campus Reform reports that Dr. Leon Gardner, assistant professor of chemistry at the College of Coastal Georgia, pointed out his six rules on behavior
on his Introductory Physics class syllabus.
According to the #6 under the “Behavioral Deduction” section of the syllabus, students’ grades will be lowered for: “Saying ‘bless you.’
We are taught that it is polite to say ‘bless you’ when someone sneezes. However, if you say this while I am talking, it is NOT polite, it is very
Gardener states that a student may be deducted up to 15 percent of their final grade for any student that disrupts his class. He goes on to say in the
syllabus that saying “bless you” may result in an immediate 1 percent grade deduction for each occurrence.
“Especially egregious behavior could result in expulsion from the class, withdrawal from the course, and disciplinary action from the college,”
his syllabus warns students.
Thanks for any Professors out there in ATS land that know the answers.
Also, I'm not trying to derail or commandeer the thread, just bring to light another very similar insistent. ( did i get that word right? )
edit on 27-8-2014 by guohua because: (no reason given)