"Open Letter to My Students: 8th Revised Edition (August, 2013)"
Doc Palmer does a truly fine job of delineating the students' reponsibilities and the professor's expectations. Every college teacher should use it. And then compensate him a little for his excellent work. Sample:
- If you are failing this course, do not make sly little suggestions about what you might do to earn a passing grade. You are failing the course — why should I think your performance would be better in any other areas? Besides, I'm too old to care.
- If I see you out on the town or at a sports bar, and you want to buy me a drink, you cannot currently be in my classes or ever take any of my classes again. Then probably you can buy me a drink.