Students more likely to challenge, expect favours from female professors: study

January 8, 2018

Female professors face far more demands from students to give extensions, boost grades, and be more lenient on classroom policies than their male peers, according to a new study. Based at Eastern Washington University, the study found that standard policies like not sending PowerPoint slides to students, denying retests, and not including extra credit or grade-boosting projects are more likely to be met with irritation or persistent arguing from students when they are enforced by female professors. “I always found it odd that students would sometimes have emotional responses to me simply enforcing my own policy, and I always wondered why that was,” said Amani El-Alayli, a psychology professor at Eastern Washington and the study's lead author. “Students wouldn't take no as an answer … I always suspected that gender could play a role, and it seems that maybe it does.” CBC