Horwitz, who is kind of a badass for following through on his stupid threat, sent the below email to his students. He was tired of their rude, disruptive behavior and wanted to let everyone know that this particular class was the worst he has ever dealt with in his 20 years of teaching and that nobody would be passing his course.
“Since teaching this course, I have caught and seen cheating, been told to ‘chill out,’ ‘get out of my space,’ ‘go back and teach,’ [been] called a ‘fucking moron’ to my face, [had] one student cheat by signing in for another, one student not showing up but claiming they did, listened to many hurtful and untrue rumors about myself and others, been caught between fights between students…. None of you, in my opinion, given the behavior in this class, deserve to pass, or graduate to become an Aggie, as you do not in any way embody the honor that the university holds graduates should have within their personal character. It is thus for these reasons why I am officially walking away from this course. I am frankly and completely disgusted. You all lack the honor and maturity to live up to the standards that Texas A&M holds, and the competence and/or desire to do the quality work necessary to pass the course just on a grade level…. I will no longer be teaching the course, and all are being awarded a failing grade.”
He then emailed school administrators to let them know he wasn’t going to deal with it anymore:
The same day Horwitz sent a similar email to the senior administrators of the university telling them what he had done, and predicting (correctly) that students would protest and claim he was being unfair. The students are “your problem now,” Horwitz wrote.
Horwitz admitted a few students in his 30-plus class were not disruptive and that they had performed the best academically. But you know what? Fuck them. Guilt by association. Those students also received failing grades.
Students have complained that they need Horwitz’ management course to graduate on time, but he said that based on the academic and behavioral issues in class, they do not deserve to graduate with degrees in business fields, nor do they deserve to be Aggies.
The school disagrees. According to HigherEd, the university has said that Horwitz’s failing grades will not stand.
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