Friday, Apr 18, 2014 07:21 am est

Students disrespect professors by ditching class early

Posted on November 19, 2012 | by Jess Littman

We can all agree that lectures can be a little boring. It can be especially hard to pay attention when the professor is soft-spoken or continues talking after class time has ended. I know many students agree with me because, lately, I have often seen my classmates get up and leave class before the professor has finished speaking.

Even if a class is not what you hoped for, even if the professor bores you to tears, in general, professors deserve your respect. Most of them are experts in their field, especially here at NYU. All of the faculty have done something to deserve the privilege of standing in front of us to share their knowledge and wisdom.

When students simply get up and walk out of class, it sends a clear message to the professor: your lecture is not worth my precious time. If your parents were there, it would send a clear message to them: this class isn’t worth your money.

Students start filing out of some of my lectures five minutes before the class is supposed to end, so this isn’t a matter of the professor taking up too much time.

I love the camaraderie between professors and students at NYU. I call nearly all my professors by their first names. But there is a fine line between being comfortable with your professor and showing them disrespect.

It is already poor etiquette for most of us to Facebook chat or look at pictures of cats during class, but leaving the room while the professor is talking is simply rude and disrespectful.

Professors do bear some responsibility. It is their job to make the material interesting enough for students to want to stay and learn. Professors should see students leaving their classes as a sign that they are not holding the students’ interests. Still, boredom is not an excuse to simply get up and leave.

Of course, I understand that many students have legitimate reasons for leaving class early, such as appointments that they need to keep. I assume that these students let the professor know in advance that they can’t stay for the duration of the alotted class time. But seeing students leaving lecture halls in droves well before class finishes leads me to conclude that many are simply skipping out early. Whether it’s because students are bored or because they feel they have something better to do, in the end, the professor is disrespected and students miss out on important class time.

Next time you realize you only have five minutes left in class and start packing your things, remember the work that your professor put into his or her lecture as well as his or her career just to get to that point. Remember that the last five minutes could contain the most important material. Remember the thousands of dollars we pay for each class at NYU.

Try to stay in your seat a little longer. It won’t kill you, and you just might learn something.

A version of this article appeared in the Monday, Nov. 19 print edition. Jessica Littman is deputy opinion editor. Email her at jlittman@nyunews.com.

Comments

  • Libra Diaries

    Gimme a damn break. You professors think because you earned a doctrine you can demand people to sit in front of you and bow down. no sweetheart this world is filled with debt and other things going on. People are realizing College isn’t what it seems to be.

CLOSE [x]
CLOSE [x]
CLOSE [x]
Tatiana Baez

Assistant Managing Editor | A CAS junior, Tatiana is studying journalism, environmental science and politics. She’s a bomb editor, as well as the staff’s main source of entertainment because she sings along to every song after 12 a.m. She also writes about culture, science, technology and sex, and her work has been featured in VICE, Motherboard, Elite Daily, amNewYork and others. She enjoys eating Thai food, reading fiction and binge-watching Netflix.

And in case you were wondering how great she really is — “I just can’t get enough of Tatiana” is a direct quote from her EIC at WSN only moments ago.

AS
Ann Schmidt

News Editor | Ann is a liberal studies sophomore who lived in Florence during her freshman year. She plans on double-majoring in journalism and political science and is always busy. She is constantly making lists and she loves to laugh.

 

DY
Daniel Yeom

Daniel started at the Features desk of WSN last Spring, writing restaurant reviews whilst indulging on free food and consequently getting fat. Last Fall, he was the dining editor, and he this semester he is senior editor. Daniel is in Gallatin (living the dream) studying Food & Travel Narratives, incorporating aspects of Food Studies, Journalism, and Media, Culture, and Communication. He loves food more than life itself.

Hannah Luu

Deputy Multimedia Editor | Hannah Luu is a ridiculously great Deputy Multimedia Editor. She is a sophomore from Northern California. If you think Northern California means San Francisco you might need to closely examine a map. She is passionate about NPR and being half Asian.

CLOSE [x]
  • How to join:

    The Washington Square News holds open weekly budget meetings at its office located at 838 Broadway every Sunday. All are welcome to attend, no matter your background in journalism, writing, or reporting. Specific times for meetings by desk are listed below. If you wish to talk to an editor before you attend, feel free to check out the Staff page.

    NEWS FEATURES MULTIMEDIA SPORTS ARTS OPINION
    5 P.M. 6 P.M. 6 P.M. 6:30 P.M. 6:30 P.M. 7 P.M.

    Applying for an editor position: Applications for editor positions during the fall or spring semesters are available twice each academic year and can be found here when posted. Applications for the Fall 2012 semester are closed, but check back for Spring 2013. Those who wish to apply are urged to publish pieces in the newspaper and contact current editors for shadowing.

    History of the Washington Square News:

    The Washington Square News is the official daily student newspaper of New York University and serves the NYU, Greenwich Village, and East Village communities. Founded as an independent newspaper in 1973, the WSN allows its undergraduate writers and photographers to cover campus and city news and continues to grow its strong body of award-winning journalists and photographers.

  • The WSN has a circulation of about 60,000 and can be found in over a hundred purple bins distributed throughout campus. It is published Monday through Thursday during the fall and spring semesters and online on Friday, with additional special issues published in the summer. The newspaper recently revamped its website during the Fall 2012 semester.

    Like few campus newspapers in the country, the paper is editorially and financially independent from the university and is solely responsible for selling advertisements to fund its production. The WSN, including its senior staff, is run solely by current undergraduate students and the business-division is largely student-operated as well.

    A Board of Directors comprised of alumni, NYU professors and working news media professionals serves as advisors to the paper. Board members have no control in the WSN's editorial policy or newsroom operations. Alumni of the newspaper are established and leading journalists in such news organizations as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NBC news, ABC news, Fox News, and USA Today.

    Next