Student Excuses

every teacher's got a collection to share

Truckless in Tennessee

“I have lost my truck.”

 

Many thanks to Dr. Norman Weatherby, a Professor at Middle Tennessee State University, for reporting this attendance excuse, fresh from last week.

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A Sunny Disposition Helps

Victoria Van Voorhis reports:

Twenty-five years ago, before the days of tanning salons and good (okay, better) self-tanning lotions, I was working in the Economics Department of a large mid-western university.  Two weeks after final exams for spring quarter, a student came into the office asking if he (note the gender) could take the final exam for the microeconomics course, because he had been unable to take it during the regular time.  When asked why he didn’t take it two weeks previously, he replied, “Well, I am competing in the “Mr. ****” contest, and I needed to work on my tan.”

The instructor let him take it because, really — Who could make that up?

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Entitlement Programs 101

“I came in yesterday didn’t I?”

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Is this a housing code violation, or what?

“I was locked in my house and had to climb out of the window.”

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Where do YOU buy pencils?

An earnest high school student explains why he could not have done his homework:

“The Walgreen’s burned down.”

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Variations on a theme

Here’s a refreshing variation on an old classic, from a third-grader in Massachusetts:

“The rabbit ate my homework.”

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Is honesty always the best policy?

“I got so drunk last night, I was still wasted this morning.”

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