The ehics of forwarding emails

Imagine that you send an email to a professor about his late policy that ticks him off, perhaps for good reason. The professor writes a scathing email back to you, setting you straight. The professor thinks that the email exchange you two had is instructive and sends your email and his response to the rest of the class, with your name crossed out. Would you be ok with this? This is more or less what happened at the NYU Business School, even though not all the facts seem to be clear.

Regardless, this brings up some interesting questions regarding the ethics of forwarding emails. Did the professor adequately protect the student’s privacy
by  crossing out his name?

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3 thoughts on “The ehics of forwarding emails

  1. I think that the only issue with that (regardless of how humorous the professor’s response was) is that all of the people who were a part of that class can probably remember the person who came in an hour late and got kicked out of class, so his anonymity is definitely not protected from that group of students who after the email was forwarded probably discussed it with other students making it more likely that his identity could be revealed.

  2. I believe this completely violates the relaitonship between a professor and a student in every way. We, as students, trust that our professors won’t forward or share emails to others. In my opnion, this professor felt the need to prove how “tough” he is and his sole concern was his own reputation. Even if he concealed the name of this student, there wasn’t a reason for his actions than to publically humilate the student and intimidate his present and future students in a very subtle way.

  3. This is definitely a violation of privacy and it does shatter an unspoken trust between professors and students.

    One thing that was also bothersome in the professor’s response was that he basically hung this kid out to dry for “shopping” for classes. It is rude to enter and exit a class early, however doing this on one occasion is not cause for public humiliation.

    College and grad school are very, VERY expensive. At the academic level that grad school is, it is imperative to take classes that are very guided to the career you want to choose. If you end up taking a course that is irrelevant, then not only have you wasted 3.5 months of your life, but you have also wasted about a thousand dollars or more. The fact that the student wanted to make the right choice and then had his ass handed to him in a public way not only breaks a trust between students and teachers, but it makes the teacher look inconsiderate.

    I agree that the student was rude. I agree that the teacher was funny. But a student was publicly made to look like a fool when all he was doing was trying to make the best choice for his post-graduate degree.

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