I got sick around spring break and missed 3 weeks afterwards (2 weeks to pneumonia and one "week" (about 4 days, which included both times this class met that week) to pink eye)). I let all of my proffesors know by email over spring break that I was sick and my doctor recommended not going back to class right away. The week classes started up again I phoned them all ('scept for the TA who never answers) to make sure they got my email. They all responded back saying to bring a doctor's note and to keep in touch. I already had one doctor's note, and when I went in a second time got a second note as the doc said I shouldn't go back yet.
So I email my profs again and let them know that I still won't be returning. By this time all but my chem proffesor and the TA sent me things to work on while out, so as not to fall behind. My chem prof. stopped emailing me at this time so I called her to make sure she got my email stating I still wouldn't be back to class for awhile. Had to leave a message, didn't get a call back or an email.
The third week I was out, due to pink eye, it was self and friend diagnosed (we work with kids and we can recognize it) so I was prepared to take hits for that one since I didn't have a doctor's note. (Amazingly none of my proffesors questioned this though). Still hadn't heard from the chem prof, and all the others continued to send me work while out of class. I was even getting my 10 page extra credit psych paper completed during this time.
Finally I'm ready to go back to classes, and I stop by the chem prof's office just before class that Monday. She's not there. I ask around, turns out she's had her baby. Hey cool. We have no sub for class though so I should go home....uh okay. I ask which is more appropriate (since I haven't had a pregnant teacher since 2nd grade): to ask the sub for make up work, etc. or to keep trying to contact my chem prof. I was told that she was still showing up randomly during the week (how with a newborn I'm not sure...) and that I should keep emailing her and schedule a time to come in AND keep going to classes with the sub.
So, I take the advice and go to the library to email my chem prof. I don't hear from her by the end of the week, and the sub didn't show up for class that week (several of us did though and waited 40 minutes after class 'began' before leaving). So during an appointment with my academic advisor I brought up the fact that I'd been sick, hadn't kept up with the work (partly due to not being in class, partly due to not reading the book, and partly due to the prof not sending me things to work on) and couldn't get in touch with the prof. She reccommended I withdrawl from the class which means I need a signiture from that prof, the lab prof, and a dean.
Well that's minorly sucky in itself because I already can't get in touch with the prof, but I try anyway. And amazingly, as soon as I mention withdrawling from the class she starts responding saying she hasn't gotten any emails from me all this semester and how it's completely inappropriate to withdrawl from the class due to laziness....and proceeds to lecture me on university policy.
Uhm wtf? I understand you just had a baby, and maybe you're not sleeping (so maybe you shouldn't come to campus randomly during the week) but you don't need to be cranky with me. So I tell her (AGAIN) that I'd been sick since spring break, already tried to contact her, that she replied, etc etc. She replies AGAIN that it's inappropriate to withdrawl due to laziness, that she hasn't heard from me, etc etc. So I forward her the emails (all from my uni email) where I emailed her and she responded, and this was her reply:
(Edited for length as she went on and on about university policy and laziness)
In the future, you need to make your professors aware of
these problems sooner.
K congrats on the baby. Sign my damn papers, and stop lecturing me. kthxbie