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Professor cancels class until technological difficulties resolved


Professor Deeb Kitchen was frustrated with his classroom, but it was the room itself and not his students that were giving him problems. After a semester of a door that wouldn’t unlock with his key card and a projector and computer that wouldn’t work, Kitchen decided to cancel class until the problem was repaired, even if that took all semester.
An email he sent to his Comparative Sociology and Global Issues students on Monday apologized for the difficulty the class was having entering the classroom that morning.
“I regret to say that we are once again locked out of our classroom, and nobody knows how to get us in. The physical plant is able to see that my key is activating the lock, but they do not know why it will not open … I sincerely apologize to those of you who have been preparing for class, waking up, and getting to campus only to be denied what you are paying a ton of money for,” the email read.
The professor proposed canceling class until Dec. 1 and said that, “In the event that this is not resolved by the time we return from the break, all remaining classes will be canceled and everybody will receive an A in the class.”
Some students were angry that they could not attend a class they had already paid to attend, including junior Bobbi Biggar, who said that the technological difficulties began after the first few weeks of the semester.
“When I received his email I really had the feeling that we needed to do something about it,” Biggar said. Biggar forwarded the email to NBC-2 to get the news station involved.
“Of course FGCU is going to fix the problem after the media gets their hands on it,” Biggar said. “He didn’t offer the ‘A’ because he’s a crappy teacher, it’s definitely not his fault. Our professor did everything he possibly could to teach us, and he’s a great professor.”
Susan Evans, vice president and chief of staff of Florida Gulf Coast University, said the Physical Plant was unable to locate any work order made by Kitchen to have his classroom fixed.
“An FGCU instructor is not authorized to cancel classes and commit to ‘A’ grades for the entire class,” Evans said. “Students in the course are being notified that the class schedule will remain as indicated at the start of the semester, and the classes are not canceled.”
Kitchen said he is overjoyed by the news that the classroom has been fixed.
“I am really lucky to teach,” Kitchen said. “The class I have tomorrow is a particularly good one. They’re brilliant and they’re a lot of fun, and I truly enjoy being with them.”

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