Venetia Orcutt, chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies and an associate professor at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, resigned from her post last month after numerous students reported that she was not teaching, but rather giving all of her students automatic “A” grades. According to the Washington Post, students wrote letters to the Provost complaining that Orcutt had not taught two out of three semesters of her course on “evidence-based medicine.” The course was theoretically comprised of three one-credit courses, two of which were to be taught online and one in-person. Orcutt taught the in-person class, but not the other two.
It may seem like reporting such a thing would require shooting oneself in the foot a little, since the school would then know that the students got “A”s in a class that they never did any actual work for. However, Campus Overload reported yesterday that students would not only get to keep the credits they “earned” from the class, but would be refunded the price of the online courses and given the opportunity to take them again free of charge.
Photo from GWU Department of Medicine.