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Student/Faculty Conflicts

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 Student/Faculty Conflicts


Often students come to me when they are having trouble with a professor. Most of the time it revolves low grades, but sometimes it is just about personality conflicts. I try to avoid “pat” answers or advice.  Does this sound familiar? “There will be bosses throughout your career that you don’t personally like, but you need to get along with all types.” Although this is true, it doesn’t validate REAL feelings of hurt, injustices or slights.

So, I am always happy to serve as the objective and confidential listener for students. I will always try to help the best I can.  I often recommend that in addition to trying to work out issues with faculty face to face, correspondence via email often serves as a good chain for both parties.  I advise students and faculty to put everything in writing (using effective, courteous communication).  This serves…

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