A community college professor has come under fire for suggesting students be free to leave campus for as long as they want, citing an incident where she was forced to leave a class due to a lack of support.
A class of sixth- and seventh-graders at the University of Maryland College Park have been teaching for nearly a year at L’Enfant Plaza Community College in south central Maryland.
But on Wednesday, L’enfant College officials announced they were cutting ties with the program, citing a number of students’ behavior problems.
A video posted on L’enfant’s Facebook page showed a student in a blue jacket and black tie, who was seated in the front row of class, refusing to be seated in her designated spot.
The student then walked out of the classroom, and as she left the classroom she started to cry, according to a caption on the video.
The caption added: “We need to keep our students from falling into that trap.
You cannot trust your students.
We can only keep them safe.”
In the video, the student described how her family had moved from Georgia to the U.S. and was now living in the Baltimore area.
In a follow-up conversation with L’encance, the video showed the student expressing regret for leaving the class, and asking if she had any regrets about leaving.
In response, Léo Jeanette, LUC’s dean of students and an administrator at the campus, told The Next Home to contact the students’ parents and make sure they could take part in the program.
Jeanette said LUC does not plan to revoke the student’s diploma or to cancel classes.
L’encure spokeswoman Julie Sperry said that the community college did not want to lose the program as a result of the student leaving the classroom.
“We don’t want to put any pressure on students,” she said.
“We want them to stay in school and learn.
That’s what they do.
But it doesn’t mean we want to remove them from the program.”
The school did not say what kind of support students might need.
Sperry did say that if a student had a health issue, they would need to be evaluated by an external health professional.
The community college issued a statement saying that the students involved are all students enrolled in an undergraduate program, and that they have been receiving intensive support from the LUC Health Center.LUC’s statement continued: “LUC takes the safety of our students very seriously and has a number, of our instructors, faculty, and staff members participating in L’Encance in order to provide the best possible educational environment for students.
Our students have demonstrated an incredible capacity to excel at school.
We are proud of the positive changes that they are experiencing and the positive learning that they’re experiencing in the classroom.”