ERIC Number: EJ783441
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec-14
Reference Count: 0
Fearing Our Students
Benton, Thomas H.
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n16 pC1 Dec 2007
Teachers are all, in varying degrees, personally vulnerable for three reasons: (1) it is their job to demand difficult tasks of people and judge the results in ways that can have consequences for their future; (2) they cannot pursue disciplinary action within a college unless they are willing to accept the possibility of personal retaliation by the student outside the college's area of jurisdiction, off the campus, or after graduation; and (3) it is increasingly difficult for them to maintain their personal privacy because of the circulation of information on the Internet. For all of those reasons, many professors live in the shadow of the possibility of retaliation from disgruntled students whose actions may range from minor vandalism to deadly violence. What can be done to protect faculty members from potentially dangerous students? The answer is nothing. Or so it seems.
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Privacy, Internet, College Faculty, Discipline Policy, Violence, Safety
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