Last-minute email to a CUNY professor about wanting to maintain my privacy from students.

Greetings Professor,

More important than anything, I treat everyone at CUNY with the utmost respect at all times. That includes professors, staff, students, etc.

As we get closer to the presentation time, I realize it will be in my best interest not to answer student questions.

I’m excited to give the presentation with video. I’m equally looking forward to answering any questions you might have.

I’m not going to get too deep into why I don’t want to answer student questions, but there is a little bit of information I would like to share.

I have no criminal record. I don’t do anything illegal. I don’t drink. Don’t smoke. Don’t party.

I have had a few strange interactions with students that has made me want to maintain my privacy from students at all times.

  1. A student was harassing me in front of BMCC. I reported it, and no one got back to me. The whole thing was in clear view of BMCC security cameras. I have no idea who the student was.
  2. A student started yelling and screaming at me in the middle of a class at LaGuardia Community College. I don’t know the person at all. I never said one word to the person before, during, or after.

There was a security camera in the classroom. I contacted LaGuardia Community College security about the incident. They said the security camera was broken and wasn’t recording that day.

  1. A student was trying to talk with me in the hallway early in my first semester. I said to the person, do you work here? The individual said no. I said I’m busy and I can’t speak right now. The person grabbed me around the waist. I untangled myself and quickly walked away.

I didn’t report that one right away. When I did report it, security did nothing. That was also in clear view of security cameras.

I respect however many points you have to deduct. I can go deeper into the explanation, but I don’t believe it’s appropriate for school. Therefore I’m going to stop it there.

This class is one of my favoritess, and I gave it my all to earn an A. If I had to be dropped down to a B or a C because I don’t want to answer student questions, I accept it.

Thank you and have a great day.

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

I love CUNY.

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