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Professional Development

Assess your reactions to these potentially political situations: For each scenario:

  1. Identify the key contact person at your college or campus who would be able to help you solve the situation.
  2. Identify any outside agency or organization that may help also.
  3. Identify the policy or procedure covering this scenario.
  4. Describe the step by step process that you will follow based on the above information.
  5. Check the link below for suggestions on how each scenario might be approached.

Scenario 1

A male student makes an off color joke, and several female students approach you at the end of the class and complain about it. The male student is related to your Department Chair.

Scenario 2

A student's assignment contains two or three paragraphs copied verbatim from a web site and there are no citations of where it came from or who wrote it. He is your no. 1 "A" student based on 5 previous assignments, 4 quizzes and 1 mid-term exam.

Scenario 3

You are conducting an exam and a student shouts some expletives to another student and starts a fight. He claims that the other student was trying to copy from him.

Scenario 4

A student comes in late to your class every time and always has a funny look. One day you see him outside of the campus with several students known to use drugs. Next day he greets you at the school cafeteria and you smell that distinct aroma of marijuana.

Scenario 5

A student of the opposite sex asks for your help constantly during office hours, and other students are aware. After many assignments and several quizzes, a student complains that you are not being fair in grading because his grades are much lower than the student who asks for your help constantly. He even accuses you of having a romantic relationship with the other student.

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