In honor of full disclosure, I would like to sit down, sip tea with you, and discuss the situation of professors at Georgia State. Among us students, it’s no secret that there have been issues involving professors and even more issues reporting them.
The university must listen to the students and hold the professors to account; However, this is not the case.
The University has an established system for dealing with faculty and student issues, including forcing both parties to discuss it first.
If the situation requires it, the State of Georgia offers university mediators, impartial mediators to help with conflict management. The mediators are independent from the university, so they do not represent the State of Georgia, but they report to the office of the president of the university.
As each situation is unique to the student and is treated differently depending on the teacher, a mediator may not be necessary.
I spoke to two students, Angel Clark and Israa Arman, each with a different situation. One used the services of an ombud and the other dealt directly with the professor. Both tell me their issues remain unresolved.
Clark, a junior major in healthcare informatics, followed the process when one of his professors did not respond to his emails. She contacted the ombudsman’s office and, with his help, contacted her teacher. She contacted the ombudsman twice before the middle of the semester. The professor was not responding to emails, then another problem arose, which brought in the head of the department.
Following these initial issues, Clark scheduled a pre-midterm meeting to talk with the teacher about his grade and class issues. The teacher advised him which sections of the course to work on. However, she continued to have the same problems with the teacher.
âPersonally, I felt attacked and discriminated against. Instead of my teacher providing me with help when we met, she continually implied that I was angry for no reason and gave me little encouragement. Instead, she told me it would be best if I dropped out of class altogether, âClark said.
It was then that the TA lab accused her of swearing in class, to which Clark pleaded her innocence and provided evidence the professor refused to see.
She is continuing the appeal and report process regarding her grade in the course.
Arman, a junior applied linguistics student, had a dispute with her teacher’s grading and comments. She said: “The teacher played down my questions and didn’t explain his comments so that I could understand the areas I needed to review.”
Arman says the professor gave him a chance to review one of his homework, but he had the same problem with all future assignments. When she couldn’t find a solution, she sent a complaint to the professor’s supervisor, who redirected her to the professor, in an automated email, telling him that she needed to discuss all of the professor’s issues with the professor. .
So she met the professor and discussed it with her to fix her grades, but that did not solve anything and amounted to the professor taking offense and threatening to report the student to the head of the department.
âThe state of Georgia should listen to the wants and needs of its students, which includes reading assessments and empowering them to point out a professor with their reasoning,â Arman said.
They want the state of Georgia to verify teachers’ end-of-year evaluations. In addition, the State of Georgia should both to diversify their staff and add professors to departments with few faculty options. Many students feel pressured to take classes with poorly rated teachers because they have little or no other choice.
In both situations, the State of Georgia mismanaged their resolution. In Clark’s case, the ombudsman did little to resolve the dispute.
âAs far as politics and sanctions are concerned, there is nothing they can do because they are a neutral party,â she said.
While there are options for students, they often leave the issue open.