Am I a bad professor if . . .

Am I a bad professor if I let a student sleep through the last half of class? If you answered no, would your answer change if you knew that I also allowed the rest of the students (their idea, not mine) to quietly exit the class and leave the student to sleep through lunch?

My daughter thought I owed the student a lunch. I disagreed. My initial thought was if a person is paying $250 per credit hour and sleeps through the class, they must need some sleep . . . so, let them sleep. Is that wrong?


  1. Grandma says

    I think you had a very good teaching moment. Hopefully, the student will “wake up” and pay attention in class or at least stay awake.

  2. AnEclecticChick says

    I think that was completely reasonable. That said, you wouldn’t be out of line to make jest of it next class–just so your student knows you care, and the napping didn’t go unnoticed.

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