Professors have always been a hit or miss. As students, we’ve grown accustomed to sifting through RateMyProfessor reviews, hoping to avoid especially harsh ones or those who drown us in busy work, but this semester has come with an added challenge.
These days, we’re not asking for professors to hold off on assigning tedious vocab quizzes; we’re asking for them to be consistently supportive, flexible and understanding, regardless of the rigor of their classes. We’re still living through a pandemic, but not every faculty member is treating it as such.
For starters, there was considerable inconsistency in the enforcement of last week’s two-day pause, which was unfair to many students. From our perspective, some members of the Editorial Board were given extensions on previously assigned work, while others were still expected to submit work on its initial due date, and some students even had class.
As of now, there are 895 positive COVID-19 cases among UNC students since Aug. 10. This isn’t just a number. Some professors seem to understand the severity of this issue — others, not so much. In an already whirlwind semester, consistent adherence to University rules is the bare minimum.
Given the overhanging stress and unfamiliarity, staying motivated for school and prioritizing class is difficult. This pandemic doesn’t just affect our school work, but manifests itself in other aspects of our lives. Between juggling new classes, moving and dealing with illness, enforcing policies consistently across departments and schools is crucial in providing stability and easing students’ anxieties.