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Inappropriate': University retracts professor's self-serve grading policy after backlash

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A business professor at the University of Georgia outlined a “stress reduction policy” allowing students to change their grades, but he has removed it after a backlash.

While it’s no longer on the school’s website, the original syllabus from UG Terry College of Business Data Management professor Rick Watson is archived online. Under the policy, students would have been allowed to use their books and notes during tests and given only positive feedback about presentations in class.

Brad Staggs presented the story in the headlines for Thursday's "The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson."

“If you feel unduly stressed by a grade for any assessable material or the overall course, you can email the instructor indicating what grade you think is appropriate, and it will be so changed,” a portion of the “stress reduction policy” read. “No explanation is required, but it is requested that you consider waiting 24 hours before emailing the instructor.”

The university confirmed to Campus Reform that the professor removed the policy from his online syllabus following media coverage.

The policy “would allow students inappropriate input into the assignment of their own grades,” Benjamin Ayers, dean of UG Terry College of Business, said in a statement. “Rest assured that this ill-advised proposal will not be implemented in any Terry classroom.”

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