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Academic Concerns
Responding To Disturbing Content in Student Work:
Adapted from a brochure from U.C. Davis, Counseling and
Psychological Services
When students struggle academically, it may not be because
they are intellectually incapable of doing the work;
something outside school may be getting in their way:
immaturity, lack of motivation or discipline, mismatch with
program, alcohol, illness, emotional problems, family issues,
or financial difficulties.
Many students who struggle academically are doing so for
the first time in their lives. They are used to succeeding, and
their reactions to not doing well in a course vary widely.
Some students will withdraw into silence. Some will complain
loudly that a poor grade will ruin their lives, derailing their
plans for medical, law, or business school. Some will
doggedly persevere. No matter their response, it is vital that
you give students the grades they earn. If you announce on
your syllabus an attendance policy, you should abide by it. If
your syllabus states that you will not accept late work, do not
accept it. Maintaining academic standards is critical for your
sake, for the sake of the students and for the sake of the