Students to protest professor's bans of "bless you"

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BRUNSWICK, Ga. —

College students are planning to protest after a professor a college chemistry professor has banned his students from saying “bless you.”

One of the six rules on behavior in Dr. Leon Gardner’s Introductory Physics class syllabus says a student could be penalized up to 15 percent on their final grade for disrupting class.

Gardner says this includes saying “bless you.”

The behavioral deduction section of the syllabus reads, “Saying ‘bless you.’ We are taught that it is polite to say ‘bless you’ when someone sneezes. However, if you say this while I am talking, it is NOT polite, it is very rude!”

Students can get docked 1 percent for each time they say “bless you.”

“Especially egregious behavior could result in expulsion from the class, withdrawal from the course, and disciplinary action from the college,” Gardner adds.

The College of Coastal Georgia released a statement regarding Gardner’s syllabus:

“The professor’s intent was to explain that disruptive behavior is not allowed in the classroom. The professor, who used other examples such as turning off cellphones prior to class and not arriving late, has removed the example and stated that no student has been disciplined or expelled from his class based on that example. The College is conducting a full review.”


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