GALVESTON, Texas — A professor at Texas A&M Galveston failed his entire class after what he called a semester of disrespect, backstabbing, lying and cheating, according to KRPC.
Professor Irwin Horwitz sent a fiery email to his students outlining his reasons for failing the entire class.
“Enough was enough,” Horwitz told KRPC.
He said he had all he could take.
“Yesterday I reached the breaking point,” he told KRPC.
In the email Horwitz told his Strategic Management class they were incompetent and lacked the maturity 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 told KRPC.
Horwitz wrote that students spread untrue rumors about him online. He said the situation escalated to the point where he felt like he needed police protection in class.
“I was dealing with cheating, dealing with individuals swearing at me both in and out of class, it got to the point that the school had to put security guards at that class and another class,” Horowitz told KRPC.
Many of the students KPRC spoke to said they were shocked when they received the email.
“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,” John Shaw said.
After teaching for 20 years, Horwitz said he’s never dealt with such a troublesome class.
“This class is unique. I have never failed a class, it is very rare that I fail students, sometimes learning incorporates tough love,” Horwitz told KRPC.
The vice president of academic affairs at the university said the students will not be receiving the failing grades.
“None of them have failed until the end of the class, meaning the only reason a student would fail because he or she has not performed the expectations for that particular class,” Dr. Patrick Louchouarn told KRPC.
School officials said the department head will take over the class for the rest of the semester.