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College Professor's Rules Include Not Saying 'Bless You' In Class

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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A Georgia college professor deducts points from students who say “bless you” in class.

Dr. Leon Gardner, an assistant professor of chemistry at the College of Coastal Georgia, handed out a syllabus that included his six rules of behavior for his Intro to Physics class.

Number six says a student’s grade will be lowered up to 15 percent if they are heard uttering “bless you” during his class.

“Saying ‘bless you.’ We are taught that it is polite to say ‘bless you’ when someone sneezes. However, if you say this while I am talking, it is NOT polite, it is very rude!” the syllabus says, according to WAOK.

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Gardner says students final grades will be lowered for disrupting the class with a “bless you” – an immediate one percent grade deduction for each occurrence.

“Especially egregious behavior could result in expulsion from the class, withdrawal from the course, and disciplinary action from the college,” the syllabus warns.

When Campus reform asked for comment from the professor, he reportedly said: “I don’t know why I should be addressing this to you.”

He then hung up.

Last week, a Tennessee high school student claimed she received an in-school suspension after she told someone “bless you” after they sneezed.

Sources: WAOK, Washington Times

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