Abusive professor and careless hierarchy at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Communications department - Complaint
WHITEWATER, WISCONSIN -- I very STRONGLY urge students NOT to attend the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. I was repeatedly degraded, demeaned, and shafted by professor S. and the university showed they couldn't care less. I'm a master's degree student who, on May 17, 2013, made a grade appeal and behavioral complaint for the first time in my entire college tenure. For an entire semester, I had to contend with S. blatantly degrading, condescending, and insolent conduct, all the while trying to get the best of my $4000 worth education for that one semester alone. This professor told me things like: you don't belong in the master's degree program, you don't belong in college, what are you doing here, how'd you get your degrees, what all colleges did you go to, who are some of your previous professors, etc. Sally would lash out if I had trouble recalling/reciting all the names of my previous professors for her.
Compounded with the condescending behavior was the blatantly wrongful grades that Sally stuck me with. For example, Sally once glanced at a paper I was trying to turn in and told me to go home and make some minor correction, that if I got it in before 12 midnight she wouldn't deduct me any points. Despite getting it in before 12 midnight, Sally deducted me points for lateness. There were several instances of things like this. As soon as semester ended, I made a behavioral complaint and a grade appeal against this professor. This wasn't even half my battles however.
After an entire summer of following up after the university, trying to get these matters resolved while they repeatedly put me off, I would later ascertain that the very structure and design of UW-Whitewater's grade appeal/complaint system is biased in favor of its professors and against its students.
Here's how their grade appeal/complaint system works: Grade appeals are first to be sent to the department chair of your faulted professor. The chair then forwards your grade appeal to three professors that your faulted professor regularly works with in his/her SAME department, in the case with Sally the Communications Department. Those three professors and your faulted professor then have meetings together. Students are NOT allowed to have ANY participation in these meetings nor in anything else related to the grade appeal process beyond the initial submission of the matters. I asked for involvement and was told that as a student, I'm not allowed. Based on the majority vote made in the private meetings between your faulted professor and the three professors your faulted professor regularly works with, they will either:
A.) dismiss the student's grade appeal/complaints; or
B.) encourage the professor to reconsider your grade.
From a system like that, you can correctly guess what happened to my grade appeal and after a three-month runaround the university subjected me to in trying to resolve these matters: Dismissed. I received a rejection letter back as to what went on in the grade appeal meetings. Just to example some of the unjust goings-on in these private meetings as reported in this letter: when Sally was questioned on whether or not she docked me "late" points on assignments that I'd actually turned in on time and had presented proof of, she simply replied "I don't recall" and the committee found this to be a legitimate answer. Many of my other points of injustice were dismissed similarly to this. I very seriously warn against attending UW-Whitewater after discovering these revelations with regards to its very crooked grade appeal system and complaint handling.
All I can say is if you do decide on this university, make extra certain to take teacher review websites very seriously and really research up on your professors and their methods. If not, be prepared to waste thousands upon thousands of dollars due to an ugly, shafting professor. The very nature of the school's complaint/grade appeal system is designed to condone, support and protect its professors at all costs. And taking it to higher forums within the college isn't an option either. The university's careless hierarchy just send you on a long series of runarounds that consists of numerous mistakes and errors, malpractice, and carelessness. After all that, they dismiss the matters. My own matter with the school has lasted a total of 5 months now.