In an email to his entire business course students from Texas A&M Galveston, Professor Irwin Horwitz failed the whole class. According to a report by CNN on April 28, Professor Horwitz emailed the whole class and told them all they were getting a failing grade. He said that they all lacked the competence and maturity and they were all a disgrace.
Although he tried failing the whole class because of the way he says the students acted in the classroom, the University says they will not uphold the failing grade. However, the professor did walk away from teaching the class.
According to MSN, Professor Horwitz says these students are the worst he has seen in the 20 years of teaching. He also said that the class he teaches is unique and he has never failed a class and that it is very rare for him to fail students but sometimes learning brings on tough love.
According to the report, Horwitz has a reputation for being a tough professor. One student said he thought he was doing pretty well and that the email overwhelmed him because he doesn’t know what he is going to do for a job after graduation now.
Horwitz says these students are awful and that he has seen cheating and has been cursed at by a few of them. He says some of the students even spread rumors about him, his wife, and his colleague’s. You can read the email he sent to the students at the bottom of this article.
At Texas A&M Galveston, there are more than 2,000 students who focus primarily on maritime and marine studies. This college is part of the Texas A&M University.
One associate of the Texas A&M University says that the failing of the entire class will not be upheld and each student will receive a grade on the class based on the work they did during the semester. Although Horwitz says some students were cheating, there is no investigation underway at this time. However, they are listening to students and faculty on this issue and will address the issue according to their policies.
Here is part of the email to the students:
None of you, in my opinion, given the behavior in this class, deserve to pass, or graduate to become an Aggie, as you do not in any way embody the honor that the university holds graduates should have within their personal character. It is thus for these reasons why I am officially walking away from this course. I am frankly and completely disgusted. You all lack the honor and maturity to live up to the standards that Texas A&M holds, and the competence and/or desire to do the quality work necessary to pass the course just on a grade level … I will no longer be teaching the course, and all are being awarded a failing grade.