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A means by which Seniors concentrating in Government might possibly get away with something was unearthed yesterday afternoon as inquiries poured in regarding April hour examinations.
In three half-courses, investigation divulged, future solons may drift through the entire semester without being called upon for any proof that they have been keeping up with the course.
The courses are Government 8a, Government 10a, and Government 12a, all given in the second half year. In none of the courses is there a compulsory paper, and in Government 8a there is no hour examination. In the other two courses the hour examinations are optional for Seniors. A spokesman for Government 10a even went so far as to say that it would be "easy" to obtain a satisfactory mark in the course without doing any work. Edward P. Herring, assistant professor of Government, in charge of course 12a, told the CRIMSON that he was "urging" all Seniors to take the test.
Arthur N. Holcombe '06, professor of Government, explained that the matter of giving hour examinations rested at the discretion of the individual instructors.
In order that something may go down in the books, "a grade of 'satisfactory' will be accepted by the Dean's Office instead of a definite letter grade," it was announced in a notice sent to instructors last week. In such cases as there is no record of a student's work, the grade of "satisfactory" will be automatic.
Departmental regulations have prevented this situation from arising in other fields, some departments requiring all Seniors to take hour examinations in half-courses the second half-year, and others requiring such proof only of men not honors candidates.
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