Unfair Testing at University of Missouri - Columbia sign now

We believe that Matthew Shaw, anthropology professor at University of Missouri - Columbia is guilty of unfair testing.

The accused demonstrated the following on November 5th 2009 during the 2:00PM section for Intro to Anthropology at Waters Hall:

1) Forced students to take an exam only one week since the last exam.

2) Showed up to class on the exam date at 2:45PM, forty-five minutes late and forced the students to take the sixty-two question exam, which did not get distributed until approximately 2:55PM.

3) Showed unwarranted anger and frustration towards students that asked questions regarding office hours for additional time to take the exam, replying unhelpfully "It's on the syllabus."

4) Failed to provide adequate number of copies of the said exam, approximately 1/8 of the lecture hall exam-less while students started their exams. The reason: Professor Matthew Shaw procrastinated printing out the exam until right before the scheduled time for the exam and ran into unexpected printing problems.

5) Reasoned that if the students could not finish the exam during the shortened time frame, said students should sacrifice their time outside of class to finish taking the exam.

We feel that the accused could have and should have handled the situation better by:

1) Realizing and apologizing for his mistake of procrastinating. Would he show sympathy for those that procrastinated studying for the exam?

2) Not unfairly lashing out at students asking legitimate questions about additional exam time.

3) Rescheduling the exam time so that students could consistently take the exam in equal time and setting.

4) or being innovative and announcing that students should only answer 30 of the 62 questions of the student's choice, and altering the grades so that those 30 questions that were hand-picked by the students would represent and scale to a 62 question exam.
(This possibly forces the instructor to hand grade these exams or count and make sure that the students only answered 30 questions. But seeing as the turnaround time for grading these exams are horrible for being multiple choice anyway, and the fact that the professor is at fault for procrastinating the printing of said exam, is this really that unfair of a trade-off?)



When grades can determine the future of students, it is vital that these grades can be earned fairly. The situation that occurred on November 5th, 2009 at Waters Hall is an example of a professor that has expected more from his students than of himself. We the students of University of Missouri - Columbia are the reason that such a professor has a job and a class to teach, and we will not be unfairly treated again. Compensation for our time and effort is expected.

Please understand that since it has been shown that anything can happen in the treatment of University of Missouri students, most will choose to sign this petition anonymously. This is to advert the possibility of abusive grading or treatment.

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Michelle FoleyBy:
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University of Missouri - Columbia, Dean and Head of Anthropology Department

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