GALVESTON, Tex. -- Fed up with his students, a Texas college professor is making a bold move and failing an entire class. Management professor Irwin Horwitz sent an email to his students where he called them a disgrace to Texas A&M Galveston. He says he will no longer be teaching the course and will be giving everyone in the class a failing grade.
"Enough was enough," Horwitz told Houston TV station KPRC.
After what he called a semester of disrespect, backstabbing, lying, and cheating, Horwitz had all he could take.
"Yesterday I finally reached the breaking point,” he said.
He sent a lengthy email to his strategic management class explaining that they would all be failing the course. He said the students proved to be incompetent and lacked the maturity level to enter the workforce.
"It became apparent that they couldn't do some of the most simple and basic things they should have been able to do," he said.
In the email he cited examples of students cheating, telling him to "chill out", and inappropriate conduct. He said students spread untrue rumors about him online, and he says at one point he even felt the need to have police protection in class.
KPRC spoke with some students who said they were shocked to get the email. John Shaw is a senior and worried this would mess up the job he has lined up when he graduates in May.
“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," Shaw said.
Horwitz said in the 20 years he has been a professor, he has never dealt with a class as disgraceful as this one.
"This class is unique. I have never failed a class, it is very rare that I fail students, sometimes learning incorporates tough love," he said.
Dr. Patrick Louchouarn, the vice president of academic affairs at the university, made it very clear that although they respect Mr. Horwtiz, his failing grades won't stick.
"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," said Dr. Louchouarn.
KPRC reports it has been told the department head will take over the class until the end of the semester.