My boss is teaching first semester organic chem to 800 undergrads. They had their first test last week. As always, he got a lot of emails afterwards pertaining to the test. Here's the most entertaining of the bunch.
Dear Professor Old Biddy's Boss,
Hello, my name is Sleepy Slacker and I am a student in Chem 3580. I missed
the first prelim due to ongoing sleep problems I am having. I did
not inform you or the chem department because my condition is
ongoing, not acute (e.g. flu, mono, cold...).
I spoke to Dean Wormer today and he encouraged me to contact you
anyways....I also spoke to the undergrad coordinator and she and her colleague said
I should email you as well.
I currently qualify for extended testing time....on that particular
day, I got in my car at around 3:00pm since the test is at 3:45 for
extended time people, and before I started my engine, I fell asleep
in the driver's seat. If I had not fallen asleep, I would obviously
have gone to take the exam. That particular day marked Day 7 with 0
hrs of sleep...
I was unable to sleep the night before the prelim which I thought
was ok, because I just reviewed my notes and p-sets all night, and I
promised myself I would stay awake and make it to my exam....I
thought it was particularly unlucky that I would fall asleep less
than an hour away from my prelim.
The purpose of this email is to ask you, where I stand in the class
now I have missed a prelim, and did not tell anyone until I told my
dean (Dean Wormer) today. Is it possible to pass the course with a
0 as one of the prelim grades + average scores on the other prelims
and the final? Thank you for your time and patience with me.