George Washington Professor Gives A’s To Entire Class Before Resigning

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS Washington/AP) — A George Washington University medical school professor has resigned after students complained that she never taught a required class and assigned all her students an “A” grade.

Venetia Orcutt resigned last month as assistant professor in George Washington’s department of physician assistant studies. She also served as chair of the entire department.

At least three students wrote letters to the university’s provost this fall complaining that Orcutt did not teach two out of three semesters of a course on evidence-based medicine during the 2009-2010 school year.

In the letters obtained by the Associated Press, the students claim they were never told why the classes weren’t taught and that they were all given “A” grades.

The university says in a statement that it’s investigating the allegations that led to Orcutt’s resignation.

The students raising their voices in protest could not only be rallying for a higher quality education, but for their money’s worth as well. According to the university’s website, the projected cost of tuition alone for the 2012-2013 school year is $44,103.

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