January 17, 2019
Posted by: Mauser at Thu Jan 17 23:02:18 2019 (Ix1l6)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Fri Jan 18 10:01:31 2019 (PiXy!)
Posted by: Ben at Fri Jan 18 14:27:42 2019 (yXPNh)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Fri Jan 18 14:37:21 2019 (LZ7Bg)
...that's either one hell of a bug that's likely affecting hundreds of students, or someone is fibbing to you.
That is the professor's story. And the professor is sticking to it.
It might well have been a PEBKAC error of course, something as simple as clicking on the wrong icon in the rush to turn grades in before deadline.
However, I THINK that what happened is that the computer system now automatically assigns a grade of "F" to any class that was marked as "Incomplete" and this has to be corrected. There may be other issues as well. For example, it's possible that if a person in a class with a strict departmental attendance policy is given a waiver because of, say, a doctor's note, the actual attendance figures might cause the system to override the teacher's waiver without additional steps being taken on the instructor's part. Both situations would have applied to me in that class.
The school has had various "issues" with its IT upgrades for months.
There is circumstantial evidence against the PEBKAC theory; Yesterday, when I went to registration to get entered into my new class (which, as I'm an undergrad, required a waiver) I asked if THEY could see my change in status (I sure as hell couldn't). The young lady in registration who was helping me said it wouldn't be visible for a day or so, but she also mentioned that this was not a unique issue and that she'd been in the same position previously. I inferred the conversation that this was a not-unheard of situation. I don't know WHAT is going on, but I suspect (albeit with no hard evidence) that the root cause is someone in the administration with micromanagement tendencies.
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Fri Jan 18 16:53:30 2019 (gxCG3)
It's also totally possible, at least in today's grade-entry systems, for a professor to fat-finger the wrong grade. I've done it. Fortunately, not often, and the student usually e-mails me to go "this can't be right, can it?" (I have an online gradebook so each student should be able to look up what they are earning). If they let me know within a couple days, it's an easy fix. Longer, it's a bit more complicated but not hard...
it's entirely possible you F is an F for fat-fingering...
Posted by: fillyjonk at Fri Jan 18 20:14:02 2019 (+MBAo)
The true a**holes of the world are the ones who want a computer system to make irrevocable changes. The entire history of computing is is trying to get AWAY from that. The computer is meant to be your friend, not Friend Computer.
Posted by: Ben at Fri Jan 18 23:11:21 2019 (4TRZx)
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Sat Jan 19 02:24:44 2019 (gxCG3)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sat Jan 19 10:18:44 2019 (PiXy!)
Posted by: Mauser at Sat Jan 19 19:57:27 2019 (Ix1l6)
Posted by: J Greely at Sat Jan 19 23:44:12 2019 (tgyIO)
January 16, 2019
Posted by: Mauser at Thu Jan 17 00:46:34 2019 (Ix1l6)
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Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thu Jan 17 07:56:49 2019 (PiXy!)
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Posted by: J Greely at Thu Jan 17 18:36:13 2019 (LGSd2)
Posted by: Mauser at Thu Jan 17 23:03:24 2019 (Ix1l6)
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Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Fri Jan 18 14:33:10 2019 (LZ7Bg)
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