I'm actually pretty surprised by this outcome. If he was sick and at the doctor's office at the time of the exam, the doctor's note should have been sufficient...unless you mean he went to the doctor's before the exam, in which case, unless he had something contagious, he should have showed up and appealed later for a re-test or leniency on the grading to account for being sick during the exam.0TheSwerve0 said:My brother had a similar problem with his English teacher a few years ago. He was seriously sick before and during the final, emailed the teacher about it and even got a doctor's note. He didn't show up for the exam, so the teacher failed him. He went through appeal after appeal, wrote letters, provided documentation, all to no avail. The teacher was a rule nazi and unforunately, the school board said it was up to her on what to do. After about a year of this, he finally gave up. Granted, he didn't try to get in contact with her until the weekend before, so maybe you'll have better luck.
I helped proctor placement exams at the college I attended once...these are the exams the incoming freshmen take to help place them in proper math, English and foreign language courses (and when applicable, appropriate chemistry courses, because those were divided by math aptitude as well). The students are told their admission is contingent on taking these exams, no make-ups allowed, etc. Well, when I was proctoring, we had a student show up practically green with illness. One of the other proctors "took pity" and set a trash can next to the student so they wouldn't have to leave the room to vomit. The deans also help proctor these, but roam from exam room to exam room. When one arrived, took one look at the student and noted the reason for the trash can being where it was, they took her name and number and sent her home and arranged for a make-up. Illness that bad is an excuse. But, that's also why I'm advising Cyrus to show up to that Tuesday exam, no matter what he's told leading up to it. He can deal with whether it will be accepted after-the-fact (it doesn't even need to be appealed before final grades are issued...those can still be changed on appeal), but if he doesn't show up for it because the prof tells him it's too late, then there won't be any recourse if he hasn't taken it at all.
Curious, I think Cyrus is just venting to us because he's understandably upset and nervous about this. To have a syllabus that hasn't even been updated in 6 years is pretty lazy and inexcusable, and to just point to the school's honor code is unprofessional. A syllabus should include all the details of the course, not just a reading list, should be current, specify grading policies, dates and times of exams, what the instructor considers valid reasons to take a make-up exam, the procedure for arranging a make-up exam (including things like, "if you are sick and not hospitalized, show up for the exam and a determination will be made at that time if a make-up exam will be made available.) Even the format of the make-up exam should be specified...will it be the same as the rest of the class got, or a different exam, or oral instead of written, etc.? (Personal experience has taught me that oral make-up exams deter students with a minor case of sniffles from arguing illness.)
If Cyrus does have to appeal his grade based on issues with this make-up exam, I am quite certain the university administration will ensure this particular professor gets a lesson on writing a proper syllabus in time for his fall classes.