n a scathing email sent to students in his Strategic Management class, Texas A&M Galveston professor Irwin Horwitz called his class a disgrace to the school and said “it became apparent they couldn’t do some of the most simple and basic things they should have been able to do,” KPRC-TV reports. Horwitz said a semester of backstabbing, lying, cheating and disrespect has caused him to fail everyone in the class and that he will no longer be teaching the course.
“Enough was enough,” Horwitz wrote in the email obtained by KPRC. “Yesterday I reached the breaking point.”
The lengthy, fiery email to students explained to students why they would all be receiving failing grades, included is Horwitz’s claim that the students were spreading untrue online rumors about his wife and that he felt threatened enough to physically teach the course that he required police protection.
“I was dealing with cheating, dealing with individuals swearing at me both in and out of class, it got to the point that the school had to put security guards at that class and another class,” said Horowitz. He said students’ complete lack of maturity and general incompetence proved they weren’t fit to enter the workforce.
Students in the class who received the email informing them they would fail the course expressed shock.
Senior John Shaw is worried the course credits could mess up a jobhe has lined up after graduation next month.
“Just ridiculous, I had never had a problem in the class. I thought I had done pretty well, done pretty well on the first test and then I get an email saying I am going to get an F in the class, it was overwhelming,”
Horwitz said in two decades of teaching he has never dealt with a class as disgraceful as his current Strategic Management course.
“This class is unique. I have never failed a class, it is very rare that I fail students, sometimes learning incorporates tough love,” says Horwitz.
But the university’s vice president of academic affairs, Dr. Patrick Louchouarn, said that while administrators respect Horwitz, his failing grades won’t be upheld.
“None of them have failed until the end of the class, meaning the only reason a student would fail is because he or she has not performed the expectations for that particular class,” Louchouran told KPRC.
Texas A&M Vice President of Academic Affairs Patrick Louchouarn told KPRC none of the students have failed the class though, because the “only reason a student would fail because he or she has not performed the expectations for that particular class.” The university will, however, investigate Horwitz’ allegations about student misbehavior.
“I have nothing left,” Horwitz told the Houston Chronicle, blaming the school for not enforcing the university’s honor code against his allegedly unruly students. “I put my neck on the line for what I thought was the right thing to do.”
School officials say the department head will temporarily replace Horwitz as the course’s instructor until the end of the semester.
Below is the full letter:
“Since teaching this course, I have caught and seen cheating, been told to ‘chill out,’ ‘get out of my space,’ ‘go back and teach,’ [been] called a ‘******* moron’ to my face, [had] one student cheat by signing in for another, one student not showing up but claiming they did, listened to many hurtful and untrue rumors about myself and others, been caught between fights between 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.”