Over the last few semesters, getting professors to respond to emails, or even teaching their class, is nigh impossible sometimes.

Students should not have to pay thousands of dollars to read a PowerPoint, particularly if the PowerPoint is a copy- and-pasted version of the textbook.

This has happened to me more than once since COVID-19 started and can be frustrating.

The other large problem that students face is a lack of communication either through poorly written emails or no emails at all.

One unedited email response from my communication professor with regards to how the PowerPoint presentation should be formatted looks like this:

“First and foremost I hope you get better soon. Your toic is not too trivial
at all. You can be an expert but alao use references. PPT should be an outline but word for word your speech — a summary. Include some images too.”

I cannot stress enough that I did not make any changes for this piece.

Another student, René Champagne, a senior French major, has been dealing with this issue as well.

He said that for his upper level French class, he struggled with getting responses from the professor, and they were unclear with regards to the final project.

Champagne said that the instructions could only be found at the bottom of the syllabus and were not explained until the end of the semester.

This was also a problem because the project was due at the end of the semester.

“It was during finals week so you have all these other tests and all these other projects that you are trying to finish,” Champagne said.

He also filed a complaint with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette last semester, but as of Feb. 20, he does not know if it had any effect, as the professor is still teaching.

If any student would like to submit a complaint to the university, students may call the Dean of Students.

According to the UL Lafayette student handbook, “Any student who wants to report a problem of any nature and/or file a complaint may bring the matter to the attention of the Dean of Students Office in Student Union, Room 169, or call our office at 482-6276.”

This is not to say that all professors during this pandemic have been terrible. Two that come to mind are Josh Capps, an English professor who recorded all of his lectures on YouTube and responded to any questions promptly.

Fabrice Leroy, Ph.D. and a professor
of French, was also quick to respond to emails, and met with us through Zoom at the scheduled class time.

It is unfortunate that a few bad eggs make students’ experiences even more difficult, when the excellence of other professors should be the focus.