I am so flocking annoyed right now. I was scheduled to give a final exam next week. More than half of the students requested an alternate time because so many did not want to have to wait that late. I did not either since I celebrate Solstice and wanted to change the day. So, I told the students we would change the day to the last class day. That would mean they would only have 90 minutes instead of 160 minutes to take the exam. But, the exam was exactly like the one given at mid-term which took the majority of the students 40 minutes. I told them a week in advance and said, "If you think you will need more time, let me know and we will make alternate arrangements." I don't know if I said a specific deadline for when you had to notify me. So today a student did not show up for the exam. After the exam I found an e-mail from him from one hour before he was supposed to take it saying he had decided that he needed more time to take the exam. !!!! I bend over backwards to accommodate students. I swear. But, I told him he really messed up that if he "decided he needed more time" that close to exam time he should have come to the exam and discussed it with me. He had over a week to let me know so we could make alternate arrangements!! I live (which he knew) an hour and a half away so he is asking me to make a 3 hour round trip to accommodate him when I could have easily given him more time today had he contacted me PRIOR to the exam!! An e-mail one hour before his exam is not acceptable to me (I'm not checking my e-mail when I am teaching!!) So, I have three choices. Fail him. Come up with an alternate project for the exam. Or have to spend essentially a day going back in to give him an exam that I will have to create for him since everyone else has already taken the exam! I hate failing students for bad decisions, but this is a doozy. In his response he makes it worse by saying he wanted more time not just to take the exam, but more time to prepare!! He does not get more time than anyone else had!! I am so annoyed I am throwing it out to this group. A mixed bag of ages and education levels. Which do I do? Fail him (for the exam) Create an alternate project Create another exam and go back in to give it to him.