We have a young man in our bio class who is in my lab group. He is from a foreign country and seems to understand very little English. He is not able to help us too much with our labs unless we tell him precisely what to do (but he does always offer to help). He received less than 30% on both of our tests so far, and also did very poorly on the term paper, and has flunked all but one of the quizzes. The deadline to withdraw has passed, and I can't figure out why he is sticking with the class. The teacher called me aside recently and asked me if he was truly participating in the labs because she thinks it's not fair if he gets credit for our work. She mentioned that she noticed that he doesn't seem to know what is going on in class. I responded honestly when I said that I thought he was "trying" because he offers to help and he does things when we ask him to. It was a real quandary for me when I had to give her an answer. He's a nice kid, but he is obviously in way over his head because of the language barrier. I don't think he'll be able to save himself even with the help of our group lab grades. The only thing I can figure is that staying in the class allows him to continue with a student Visa, possibly. It's very odd. If my grades were that low, I would have bailed ASAP!