Fed up professor flunks entire class — and that’s not the only thing disrespectful students drove him to do

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GALVESTON, Tx — A Texas university professor who had apparently reached his limit with his class decided to fail every single student, but the university says those grades won’t be permanent.

Irwin Horowitz, who teaches a management course at Texas A&M in Galveston, Texas, said he became frustrated with the students, who were cheating and swearing at him in class.

“It got to the point that the school had to put security guards at the class and another class,” Horowitz told a local TV station. He says the class was the worst he’s seen in the 20 years he’s worked as a professor.

In an email to his class, Horowitz also announced he would be quitting teaching altogether.

“None of you, in my opinion, given the behavior in this class, deserve to pass, or graduate to become an Aggie, as you do not in any way embody the honor that the university holds graduates should have within their personal character. It is thus for this reason why I am officially walking away from this course. I am frankly and completely disgusted. You all lack honor and maturity to live up to the standards that Texas A&M holds, and the competence and/or desire to do the quality work necessary to pass the course just on a grade level … I will no longer be teaching this course, and all are being awarded a failing grade.”

One of the students in Horowitz’s class said he thought he had done well in the class, and was unhappy with the failing grade.

“Just ridiculous,” John Shaw said. “I had never had a problem in the class. I thought I had 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 is overwhelming.”

Texas A&M Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Patrick Louchouran said the school is investigating, and the failing grades will not stand.

“The only reason a student would fail because he or she has not performed to the expectations for that particular class,” Louchouran said.

The school said Horowitz will be replaced in the classroom by the head of the department.

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