Rififi at the UBO, the University of Western Brittany based in Brest. Last week, a student union got their hands on a vitriolic letter written by one of their lecturers in law, economics and management. In this letter, originally intended for certain members of the staff, the man uses very harsh words with regard to the university but also to its students. He denounces the leveling to the bottom caused by the “bet” plan set up at the university, by not going all the way.
He writes, among other things, that university is “not worth a rabbit fart”. What about the credibility of the university, he wonders, when it “amnesties many students who defrauded last year’s distance exams.” In his letter, the professor specifies having alerted the university on this subject, but he says to have collected only a disciplinary procedure against him “unlike the fraudulent students themselves: go understand”, he continues.
In his devastating e-mail, he also had a little note for the students, a “nice audience of near morons for some who do not know how to understand the meaning of a simple text and anointed while reading.” In short, he quipped, “come to us anyway if you are mediocre because, even if you defraud the exams, you will not be prosecuted and, in addition, the courses are reduced”.
“Words of extreme violence”
For the student union An Alternative for UBO, which relays certain specific passages but not the entire text, the content of the professor’s remarks is simply inadmissible. “These words are a shame. They are extremely violent and condescending towards the students who are insulted here, but also against all the teachers and staff who invest in our training.”
Contacted by Le Télégramme, UBO president Matthieu Gallou declined to comment. He just specified that the case was “under investigation” and confirmed the disciplinary proceedings already underway against the professor concerning his previous remarks.
Still according to the local newspaper, the professor would have however received the support of some of his colleagues for whom, indeed, the plan bet for “program of adjustments for a resumption of the investments”, established within the UBO, has negative consequences on the university. “There is a catastrophic drop in the level of students,” said one of them. For the Alternative UBO union, this plan is not good news either, since the course offer will be reduced. Students will also demonstrate on Wednesday. However, they do not endorse the comments made by their teacher …
Most, in an interview conducted this Monday by Le Télégramme, the main interested party persists and signs. “I fully assume the content of my text. I am not afraid”, he explains, adding all the same to have received several death threats during the weekend.