Petition Against Professor Brian Harper's Mechanical Engineering 3671: Machine Elements 2 Course
The purpose of this petition is to call attention to the miss-management of Ohio State Professor Brian Harper's Mechanical Engineering 3671: Machine Elements 2 course. Professor Harper is guilty for the arbitrary grading of exams, inaccuracy of his notes, and his inflexibility to hear complaints that make it difficult to excel in his course. His most recent offense and main reason for this call for attention is surrounding his November 17th exam. Professor Harper was angered by all the questions about and arguments against the grading of his previous exam so he decided to lash out at students by making the November 17th exam multiple choice instead of explaining his reasoning behind the scoring of the exam, which he openly admitted in lecture was purely out of spite. Making his exam multiple choice in this math based course dramatically increased the difficulty of our exam by increasing the penalty for minor errors and as stated before he changed the format of our class not to more accurately test our understanding of the course but to spite us because a number of students tried to contest the grading of the previous exam. Professor Harper also created an exam that was unreasonably long for the 55 minute time window allowed for this exam, of which we were only given approximately 45 to 50 minutes due to professor Harper showing up late to the exam period. It is this kind of unprofessional behavior that makes it near impossible to excel in an already challenging course and has caused the students of this class to protest the unprofessional method in which professor Harper runs hiscourse.