A Professor Circled “Hence” On a Latina Student’s Paper and Told Her In front Of the Class “THIS IS NOT YOUR LANGUAGE!”

A Professor Circled “Hence” On a Latina Student’s Paper and Told Her In front Of the Class “THIS IS NOT YOUR LANGUAGE!”

While receiving her paper back, Tiffany Martínez, a student at the University of Boston was told by her professor, in front of the whole class, “This is not your language”

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While looking at the paper she also noticed that the professor had written “This is not your word,” and circled the word “hence”.

To make things even worse, he wrote: ”Please go back & indicate where you cut & paste” on the top of the paper.  She was also called in front of her class to receive her graded paper.

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“The professor spoke loudly enough that students at the back of the room heard and asked if I was OK after class,” Martínez said.
No need to say that she felt terrified after this incident.

After calming down, she wrote a post about her experience as a US citizen and a first-generation college student. The blog post was titled “Academia, Love Me Back,” in which she wrote about “an institution extremely populated with high-income white counterparts.”

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Even if this professor thought the student was cheating he should not have called the person out in front of the class. I taught college for 30 years and only in my early, ego-involved learning period would I have called someone out in front of the class. Perhaps this professor doesn’t know any better. It’s easy enough to find out if someone is cheating these days. See https://elearningindustry.com/top-10-free-plagiarism-detection-tools-for-teachers . By calling out someone in front of the class this Prof turns most of the class against him — so it’s not only mean but a stupid rhetorical choice.

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