DEAR SOMEONE ELSE’S MOM: For the second year I have the same professor for one of my classes. I need this course for my major and this professor is the only one who teaches it at my school. I know it isn’t just my imagination, because other people have said they notice it too that my professor is coming on to me. I find it creepy, especially since he’s an older guy with a wife and kids. I don’t know what to do since he is an assistant chair of my department and I’m afraid if I report him he’ll take it out on me and my grades. What should I do? --- UNHAPPY TEACHER’S PET
DEAR UNHAPPY: If you have any doubts, then you could either just ride out the rest of the semester, taking constant care not to put yourself in any potentially compromising situations with him.
If, on the other hand, you’re 100 percent certain your professor is pursuing you, you need to consider taking your concerns to either the dean of the school, or if your college has one, the dean of students or office of student affairs.
Another tool you have at your disposal is ratemyprofessors.com and/or whatever faculty review system you school uses. From what I’ve heard, the powers that be do pay attention to what’s shared by students, especially when it’s in the school’s best interest.