Another year, another major water shortage affecting UNC. Students are left struggling to take hour-long hot showers, flush toilets, make ramen and, in all seriousness, catch up on additional work created by canceled classes.
It’s understandable that the school has to take precautions — like canceling classes — to ensure the safety of its students. It’s also understandable that in such cases, professors are sometimes forced to adapt their syllabi to manage the time lost for giving lectures in class. The alternative, and one that often occurs, is for professors to carry on with class and expect their students to catch up on the work and lectures on their own time. This latter option can be overwhelming for students; many of them juggle other courses and delayed workloads, as well as overlapping midterms.
The solution? There doesn’t seem to exist a clear one — the professor has to move on, and the students have to learn the material, right? Right.
But it’s OK to advocate for a more realistic sense of expectations between students and professors.
Students need to understand that the time taken off from classes is time that professors have lost in teaching their subjects. They need to be prepared for the extra work they might need to finish for each class missed.