Saturday, March 6, 2010

Don't Be Late For Class At Stern

I just read this story via André's latest blogpost about an NYU Stern professor's response to a student's email regarding the class' late policy, and it is spectacular.  I highly recommend you head on over and check out the story.

Here is my favorite part of the professor's email:
xxxx, get your shit together.

Getting a good job, working long hours, keeping your skills relevant, navigating the politics of an organization, finding a live/work balance...these are all really hard, xxxx. In contrast, respecting institutions, having manners, demonstrating a level of humility...these are all (relatively) easy. Get the easy stuff right xxxx.
Wow!  I imagine that shortly after sending this email the professor poured himself a glass of scotch, went outside, and slowly sipped on his drink while smoking a cigar.

For the record, I doubt you would ever see an email like this from a professor at Kellogg.  But if it did happen, and the class found out who it was addressed to, that student would never live it down.


  1. wow! xxxx should have asked for the respective prof.s' permission before attempting to sample their classes.
    Although I doubt if I would ever use such language in an official e-mail, I'm certain I would've communicated my anger to the student. I pity xxxx for his lack of judgement and the consequences he probably is facing now.

  2. while I think the student was immature and took too much for granted, I disliked the professor's response. You can't ask others to respect you if you don't respect the others. He forwarded his response to the entire class and that's just for public humiliation of that student. That to me, was immature as well.

  3. Yeah, although the student's name was redacted before the email was distributed, it definitely seems like a case of thinking 2 wrongs makes a right.

    I'm curious what the prof's class is like.

  4. Personally, my favorite bit of the message is "there is a baseline level of decorum (i.e., manners) that we expect of grown men and women who the admissions department have deemed tomorrow's business leaders."

    Respect begets respect. That student was a distraction to the entire class -- as a matter of fact, it appears the scolded student was a distraction in at least three classes in one day. Flame and public humiliation well deserved.

  5. xxxx needs to watch our own KSA etiquette videos, lol

  6. There were definitely better ways for the student to go about deciding on a class, like meeting with the professors before hand, looking through the class syllabi, or asking other students that had taken the classes about their experiences.

  7. There usually has been possible programs and the values for the students mentioned in detail and for the future will almost lay down a better platform.


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