So here is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever read:
Professor Steve Keen told his final year students last year he could not fail any of them because the university had abolished the economics faculty and they would have no way of re-taking his class.
No – that’s not it. I reckon that is a pretty funny comment and most students would have known it to be a pretty funny comment. Here it is:
… the university is investigating him for serious misconduct.
In a statement, a spokeswoman for the University of Western Sydney said Professor Keen’s statement that students would not be able to re-sit their subjects or complete their degree was “completely false”.
The spokeswoman says there will be no detrimental impact on current students and their academic progression, saying the university is offering a major and sub-major in economics as part of its Bachelor of Business and Commerce degree.
The spokeswoman also said the university takes any allegation of ‘soft marking’ seriously.
She says the university is obligated to report any alleged breach of academic standards to the Federal Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) for investigation.
The message is clear – any criticism of University management will earn you an appointment with the Independent Commission Against Corruption.
The thing is this – I doubt many third year students would fail anyway. By that time most students have worked out exam technique and can determine what is important and what isn’t. This is just harassment – clearly the university administrators at UWS don’t have enough actual work to keep themselves busy. Maybe trying to save some money on the voluntary redundancy.
The only case for investigation would be if a third year student actually failed and was appealing on the basis that they’d been told they couldn’t fail. The ‘solution’ to that problem is easy – tough, you failed.