I talked a bit about what a horrible semester it has been and how I was glad that it was over HERE.
Well, it appears as though the semester simply does not want to go away. In the class that I mentioned last time (it was a research class), I got one of the lowest marks ever with one of my papers. Now, I'm okay with low marks if I deserve them, but I did not feel that I deserved this mark. I put a lot of work into it, I got help from the instructor for it, and after re-reading it, I still consider it a pretty good paper. I know my academic writing is strong (though it may not shine through here :)) So a while back I started the appeal process and asked for a second reader.
This process went on for more than two months and it is only today that I finally got that mark back from the second reader. The student affairs officer contacted me and told me that the second reader gave me a mark 1% higher than the previous mark! So yeah, my first thought is that I'm a goof and I guess I really did deserve the first mark.
Then I talked to another student that also appealed their grade and found out that they also got exactly 1% higher than their previous grade. I'm not much of a conspiracy theorist, but that seems like more than a coincidence. Especially seeing as though this other student and I were at the forefront of protest against this instructor and their methods. How the hell do you prove something like THAT, though?
Here's the thing. I don't know what I want to do next. I have the option of going to a third step and going before a board to ask for another, objective reader, preferably from another department. How long will that drag on for, though? Or I could just accept the new grade and move on.
After this semester, I wanted to have a nice break and move past these previous three months. This just brings it all back. I'm really torn about what to do. I want to see who the second reader was before I decide what to do, but I'm leaning towards taking the (what I consider) unjust grade and moving on.