Email to a CUNY professor about not wanting to pair up with students.

Greetings,

Thank you for the information. 

I don’t feel comfortable pairing up with students. I have had at least three CUNY students, female and male, harass me in less than three semesters. I report it and nothing happens. 

Furthermore, God forbid I’m “pairing up” with a student and then coincidentally run into her/him outside of school. I can’t risk my education. 

There have been so many disasters between students at colleges that I find it best to steer clear of those types of situations. 

Is there any way that I can be excused from having to pair up with students? 

I assure you I will be engaged in the material. I have a 3.975 GPA after 36 credits. I take school very seriously.

I 100% respect and understand your position regardless if you are able to accommodate me or not. In addition to being interesting in theater and the entertainment business, your reviews as a professor are stellar. 

I understand this is not a request you probably get often. I have no hesitation about performing. I’ll get on stage right now in front of 10 thousand people and improvise. 

This is not only about giving women their space. I don’t want to pair up with men or women. 

One thing I will say about women though. I was just watching the sexual harassment video, I forgot what it’s called, for Baruch College. 

The sexual harassment video said men are not allowed to leer at women. The definition of leering is to “look or gaze.” If it’s against the rules to look or gaze at a woman how am I going to “pair up” with a woman? Technically, that is against the rules. 

Respectfully, I don’t want to pair up with anyone. I can only be responsible for my own behavior. I don’t feel comfortable being in a position where I could end up in some type of, he said/she said or he said/he said situation. 

There have been too many “blow-ups” already at CUNY schools (LaGuardia Community College/John Jay) for me to let my guard down in that respect, in addition to what I’ve experienced myself. 

Please advise. 

Regardless of what you decide, I have the utmost respect for you as a professor, and I respect your position. 

Thank you and have a great day. 

Ever upward,

Mark Pine

I always treat everyone with the utmost respect. Treating people respectfully is more important than anything. I love The City University of New York. 

By Mark Pine

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