Penn Forgets To Tell Students Their Professor is Dead

The students of “Political Science 291: Citizenship and Democratic Development” were just sitting in class last Tuesday, twiddling their thumbs, and waiting for their professor to begin what would surely have been a rousing seminar. Unfortunately, the educator in question, Dr. Henry Teune, died over the summer, only nobody bothered to cancel the class.

What resulted was the following email  (via Under the Button):

——Original Message——
From: <redacted>
Subject: PSCI 291-301 Canceled
Sent: Sep 13, 2011 2:23 PM

PSCI 291-301 is canceled.
We are so sorry for this last minute cancellation.
With Dr. Henry Teune’s passing, this course should have been cancelled
over the summer and
was an oversight.

We’re trying our very hardest to be respectful about this unfortunate snafu, but something in the back of our brain keeps wondering what would’ve happened if Dr. Teune’s TAs — having discovered too late that no one ever actually cancelled the class — decided to see how long they could “Weekend at Bernie’s” their way through the semester.

  • http://twitter.com/CitizenWhy Jon Mack

    At least the students noticed. If it were an administrator dead, who would notice?

  • Ed Teune

    very sad, my cousin, actually, a very well published professor

  • http://www.facebook.com/rrabinowitz1 Richard Rabinowitz

    well, now he’s “the late Henry Teune” in more than one way. Heh.