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Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 11/30/2010

Profs threaten to walk out on rowdy students

By Daniel de Vise

Two instructors at a Canadian university have made industry headlines by threatening to walk out on classes if students become sufficiently disruptive.

Ryerson University engineering instructors Robert Gossage and Andrew McWilliams told students in October via online postings they would enact a three-strike policy to deal with "constant disruptions" in their General Chemistry lectures, according to an account in the Eyeopener student newspaper.

"After three warnings the professor would walk out and it would be up to students to learn the rest of the lecture material on their own," the account states.

The educators also vowed "to make test and exam questions harder, since 'the class appeared to know the material well enough so as not to listen during lecture'," the story says, invoking language that might have reminded the students of their parents.

Ryerson president Sheldon Levy told the student publication that "walking out doesn't sound to me like it would be in our policy," suggesting that the three-strikes rule might have been short-lived.

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By Daniel de Vise  | November 30, 2010; 12:42 PM ET
Categories:  Pedagogy, Students  | Tags:  Ryerson University, professors enact three-strike rule, professors threaten to walk out, profs walk out on students  
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