April 25, 2008
Does Academic Freedom Give a Professor the Final Say on Grades?
Carey E. Stronach, for more than 40 years a tenured professor of physics at Virginia State University, assigned an undergraduate a final grade of D after the student had failed three classroom quizzes. The student claimed to have received A's on two of the quizzes. He submitted faxed copies of his score sheets to Stronach, who concluded that the student had doctored his scores. The student appealed to the chairman of the physics department, who sided with the student and changed his final