I have marked several writing assignments for this course and the grade grubbing from this cohort was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced as a TA.
The primary instructor and I were given a heads up from the previous semesters instructors and therefore we established some ground rules between us.
- students wishing to discuss grades were to email me since I do all the marking.
- I would review the requests for regrading and unless an egregious error occurred I wouldn’t change the grade.
- all requests beyond that are to go to the faculty for a formal remark and that grade is final.
On the third and final paper. A student emailed the primary prof and not me to complain about their grade. They argued every other grade unsuccessfully this semester. The primary prof. Cc: me and asked the student to reach out to me which they never did. Today as I was finalizing. I noted that the grade had been changed by primary prof and added 10% even though their policy was no grade change and by the rubric they had earned their other grade.
I feel really undermined especially since the agreement between us was to talk to me. It only makes it worse that this student was atrocious to me in office hours and didn’t even want help improving their papers. Just to yell at me for their grade.
I’m not really sure how to talk to the prof about this when these were their own rules she broke.
Update: spoke with prof. Turns out the student responded to just them after that cc. And that I told them to “speak with prof” — all of which did not happen. So the student lied and grade grubbed the primary prof.
The grades have now been submitted and the primary prof has decided it’s not a fight they want to take up about the lying.