School preventing volleyball player from playing in national championship

Posted on: 10:04 pm, November 19, 2013, by

UNION, MO (KTVI)– A Missouri college gives a full ride scholarship to a student because of her volleyball talents.

She makes good grades. But now the school is preventing her from playing in the national championship.

Confused? You`re not alone.

People showed up for an all day long protest outside East Central College in Union, Missouri.

Nineteen-year-old freshman Hannah Leslie was awarded a scholarship to play volleyball. During the season she missed three biology classes for games, she says she got an excuse note for those absences from the school`s athletic director. But the biology professor known to students as Dr. Parvee has apparently told Hanna miss one more class and she`ll have to take the course all over again. Those are the rules. Excuse note or not.

Some folks wonder why the school gave her a scholarship to play volleyball if she wasn`t going to play every possible game, especially the championship.

The school has decided to fly Hannah to one game in Ohio and back in time so she doesn`t miss class. Administrators say they`ve tried but failed to reach a perfect solution for everyone involved. The college president says professors run their classrooms the way they see fit.

Both sides seem to agree on one thing, it does not appear there will be any changes for Hannah in time for the championship games.

Hannah plans to change schools next semester; ironically she wants to become a biology teacher.

The school president said the biology professor declined to be interviewed.


  • No Child Left Behind says:

    This is a community college, the No Child Left Behind program is no longer enforceable. Not everyone get a trophy!
    Why does sports trump education..this is what is wrong with our educational system…many ‘kids’ of today, think society OWES them..guess what….you have to WORK for it. received a scholarship, but now you have to do the work. The students know what is expected in the course when they get the syllabus, if she couldn’t handle the pressure, she should have dropped the course the first week of classes..not wait until the semester is over when the failing grade she EARNED is about to be finalized.

    So what you are planning on attending a different college next semester, I guess you didn’t need that scholarship afterall.

    Go cry to someone else, you’re not getting sympathy here!

    • Listen says:

      You need to pay attention to the facts before you comment. It said she was getting a B in the course!!! She obviously was performing in the classroom and performing on the court. If you miss class for a school sanctioned trip and you are still performing above average in the classroom you should not be penalized for missing a once in a lifetime opportunity. It would be a different story if she missed class on her own or wasn’t above average, but she is.

    • James Austin says:

      She was given a scholarship to play volleyball.. The SCHOOL paid money for her to play volleyball..The problem is this Dr Parvee sees himself in an elevated position. Most colleges would allow her to make up the classes, especially since she is a B student, and probably half of the rest of the class is doing no work and failing.

      • Huxels kid says:

        Dr. Parvi is Parvidah Godvindiswami. I had her for biology also at East Central. She is a tough teacher and getting a B in her class is equivalent to an A from anyone else. There are several teachers at East Central that will rarely give better than a B grade. A chemistry teacher there makes it difficult to get better than a C. Knowing this, I am sure she is a great student and deserves to be able to attend any extracurricular activities that she wants – as long as she can keep those grades up. I am glad she is leaving East Central – the fairness of the grading at that school is not what it should be and does not reflect the true potential of the students.

    • john hookland says:

      No child behind…along with some other heartless people. The student is not asking for a excuse to skip class or free grade. She is earning a B in the class that shows she is not a slacker. She works hard to be a successful student and athlete, work with her a bit.

    • Sherril says:

      This isn’t kindergarten — this is college. She shouldn’t have to attend EVERY class. As long as the work is done, the tests are takend and passed that is ALL that is required. Some of these professors need to get over themselves — there are people who are capable of learning without them. If she is good enough to earn a scholarship then let her play — she has to keep up her grades when she is in atheltics — so let her do the work and pass the tests. It doesn’t have to be that complicated!! One more pathetic example of controlled every simple thing is getting by our glorious government. I don’t blame her for changing schools!!! Wonder how many others they have discouraged from being all they can be. I do have to wonder if it was a predominately male sport and it was a male athlete if the situation would be different.

  • Father of 3 says:

    Most of the comments place blame on professor or the student. This is not a athletic team outside of the school but this schools Volleyball team. To make comments that it’s your 15 min of fame or welcome to real world really shows gross ignorance because playing a sport for your college is the real world. Let me explain for those who are slow. When you attend college everyone is expected to do their part to academically and athletically to show responsibility to prepare them for real world situations towards teammates and fellow classmates or people you will work with. The problem arises when someone takes a stand against something or doesn’t prepare themselves for potential failures or responsibilities. For someone to not be able to play in championship Volleyball game shows many people failed here. Hopefully this young lady who may have done everything possible, can learn that preperation can take on many looks. My suggestion for her is to try to get professor to come to a practice to see how much dedication it takes to play a college sport. Also have her coach attend the Biology class to see how important 1 class period can be. Respect for both is not only not present but likely resented by each the professor and coach. My grandfather said, “you get more results with honey than you do with vinager”. Just saying.

    • Becca says:

      My son also had this professor a few years ago before transferring to a different college. I do not believe this professor has any interest in seeing things from any point of view but her own. She is not at all flexible and teaches as if every student there is majoring in biology. She is not interested in making biology fun and interesting for the common student who is forced to take Biology whether or not they are Science majors. This professor needs to teach upper classes at a four year university where she could share her brilliance with academia, not at a Junior college. And the college needs to look at their policies for students who are trying to live life, work, raise families, etc. while attending Community College.

  • Sammy J says:

    Maybe the whole team should take a stand? It’s nice to see media attention given to Parvee. Terrible attitude toward students and no flexibility. Maybe ECC will wake up and decide if they want students, who pay for classes and support the college, to be happy or the instructor, who so many dread taking biology.

  • jackandjoey says:

    Seems like the Athletic Dept. and the Education Dept. should get together and make some addendums to the syllabuses they pass around at the beginning of the school year. If they want each area of ECC to be successful, (Sports, Academics, etc.), they will all have to make some changes and compromises. Hannah was very brave to come forward and in the words of Dr. Seuss, “unless someone like YOU cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, ITS NOT! ” If changes aren’t made, I can see their attendance levels dropping in the next few years.

  • Vanessa says:

    As an ECC student, I commend Dr. Govindaswamy’s actions. There is a policy written in the handbook and the syllabus that states what is required for attendance, and the results of not complying. The student was made aware of this on day one (whether she chose to read the syllabus or not is completely on her). Dr. Govindaswamy is known for her strictness and tough course load. There are other teachers that teach the same class that this student could have taken that are known to be more lenient. Her advisor, knowing she was an athlete, should have helped her with this. If I don’t adhere to the attendance requirements, I would expect the same results, regardless of the reason I missed. You can’t expect special treatment because of your situation; we all have special circumstances. We all find a way to make college fit into our lifestyles.

    From what I understand, this is the girl’s first semester at ECC, which may imply she did not know of Dr. Govindaswamy’s tough reputation prior to registering. However, she would have had to work with an advisor who would have know the teacher’s stance on her policies. Her advisor should have helped steer her in the right direction, that’s his/her job!

    Stop attacking the teacher who is doing her job the way it is meant to be done. She challenges her student to become the best they can be, and expects nothing less from them. Too many students attend a junior college expecting easy courses, and the teachers in the Science Dept. don’t believe in that! They believe in preparing their students for the road ahead. Four year universities have tough teachers and tough course loads, and these teachers are giving us the foundation required to succeed in our futures!

    • Explain says:

      You talk about all these tough requirements that Dr.parvee has. It sounds to me like the student is performing above average academically in her class. Why punish a student for a SCHOOL sanctioned event when she is performing fine in classroom. So we should teach the student athlete to leave her team abandoned. Yes student come before athlete but it sounds like she is doing this by her academic performance. So explain to me why a student athlete should be punished for performing in the course because isn’t that what education is about understanding the material and retaining it?

      • Vanessa says:

        Simply because the rules apply to everyone regardless of grade or reason why the class is missed. Why should an athlete get special treatment over a parent of a sick child? Or of a student who was sick him/herself? Why is the game more important than any other viable reason everyone may have?

      • Kim says:

        I agree with you. These are issues and decisions that we make on a daily basis. That is why college classes should NOT have absence stipulations in the first place. This is the where young adults learn to prioritize and make decisions based on many variables. That is part of the learning process.

      • Vanessa says:

        Whether it’s a school event or a personal crisis, it’s just as important to the one it affects. I understand that the game is important, to the student and the school; however, you cannot blame a teacher for not bending the rules for one student. Especially where there were other options available from the beginning. It’s not like she chose to start playing volleyball in the middle of the semester!

      • Explain says:

        The player is representing the school that he or she attends how is attending to a sick child or yourself the same? I would give no excuse if an athlete missed because he or she was ski herself but she was gone representing her school. Would you penalize a student that would be involved in an all day event for instance a world government mock meeting and they missed other classes for it that day?

      • Explain says:

        I agree. I do not blame the teacher for sticking to the policy. I believe it’s the policy that is flawed. If a student is receiving an above average grade in the course and has EXCUSED absences by the AD why should she be punished.

    • Sandra Pich says:

      And the other teachers were doing their job also. The president of the college said “it is the teacher’s discretion” to enforce the absentee rule or not. Hannah’s other teacher’s let her go and they were following the rule. Also, I agree with Kim Graziano, there shouldn’t even be a rule for absence. That’s like your standing over you yelling get to school. Come on, Hannah is more mature than that. She has proven it by not missing any classes unless it was for volleyball. And Dr. Parvee excused her then, why not now?

    • Sandra Pich says:

      Speaking of syllabuses Vanessa, my daughter has taken classes where there were no syllabuses or you had to pay for it. Are you kidding? You pay for the class; the syllabus should be included in that price. My daughter is also a single parent of two (ages 8 and 2). The eight-year-old has asthma and allergies and my daughter has a very serious illness that affects every organ of her body. She has missed alot. She has had to get doctor’s excuses. It is rare that her ECC teachers don’t excuse her. And that is one of the reasons why she doesn’t want to be in Dr. Parvee’s class.

      • Vanessa says:

        Not to be rude, but do you know what a syllabus (pl. syllabi) is? It’s a document that lays out the rules of the class and the school, as well as what is to be expected of you during that course. It will generally have a week-by-week description of information covered, homework assignments, etc… No teacher would make you buy one, and I’m pretty sure its required for the teacher to give every student one (at least at ECC). I don’t know why your daughter wouldn’t receive one, unless it was on online class (which then it was on Moodle) or she was absent that day or the teacher is one of very few that didn’t provide them. I have taken a lot of classes at ECC (I changed major once when I was almost done with my first choice) and have NEVER seen or heard of a teacher that made the students pay for the syllabus. It’d be like buying a book and having to pay extra for the Table of Contents or Index…

      • Sandra Pich says:

        Also, Vanessa, my daughter was one of the protesters. She believes if you miss a class for another class’s activity then there should be no reason why she should be punished this way. And yes Vanessa, I know what syllabus is. I took offense to that. Hannah plays volleyball on a full ride scholarship because of her previous academics and volleyball skills. So, in a sense, she is working for the school everytime she plays in a game. She is representing the school. And, this is her pe class. So, therefore she is still attending school. In my eyes I don’t consider absent. All Hannah’s other teachers excused her. The rest of the team member’s teachers excused them. Dr. Parvee is the one and only holdout.

    • If ECC is “preparing students for the road ahead”, then why don’t they have a 40.0 hours of “sick time” policy, and a few personal days, like most companies do. I frequently have to travel for my job, and I’ve never been fired for “missing work” on my office duties. In fact, “real world” companies find others to cover for you when you are out. The fact that this young woman has kept up her grades while missing class, is like being sick, and still getting all your work done you missed at the office. (Which, granted, does happen in the real world.)
      As others have said, it is the Administration’s responsibility to step in and make it work. Say: “Good job upholding your class policy, but we have a contract with this student that supersedes yours.”

      • Vanessa says:

        You are completely right, Jason. But until the administration fixes it on their end, you can’t blame the teacher for keeping her stance on something she firmly believes in.

        I still think the advisor should be at fault in all of this.

      • Duke says:

        Good mention of the word “contract”. She has a contract with the school to play volleyball. ECC recruited and contracted her to to come there over competing colleges specifically for volleyball. One part of the consideration the college provides is paying for her schooling via a scholarship. Another part of their consideration to her is that she is involved in the volleyball program. By both playing well and making high grades, she is upholding her end of the deal. ECC is violating the contract on a technicality, not the student-athlete.

  • J. Pataky says:

    The school has it’s policies and principles completely mixed up, for the president to say it’s the professors choice to run the class as they see fit, while having a team of Athletes that have to attend games and having no policy in force for a recourse and mutual agreement is insane! It’s neither the student or the professor here… It is clearly the administration’s problem and they should stand up , take responsibility and find a resolution.. Passing the blame and the problem off to anything else is unacceptable. Even our high schools know if there is a game the athletes will be ABSENT… they can work this out, Why can’t a college? Also ECC is the only college I know of that treat their students like middle school children. Telling them what they can enroll in, that they must attend every class and so on.. If it’s the real world and the students are adults, paying to attend, students should be in control of their own destiny. This is one of the exact reasons that my child transferred from ECC the first year. An Athlete with a B average, whom obtained a scholarship has proven that she stepped up and is ready for any challenge , but this is a ridiculous bad judgement call!

  • LOL says:

    Lol, ECC courses are a joke and that professor is just trying to feel validated despite only teaching high school level courses. You could miss every single class and probably easily end up with at least a B+ grade.

  • Reta De La Garza says:

    As an ECC alumni, I feel obligated to comment. Dr Parvada Govindaswami was and still is an amazing instructor. At the beginning of each semester she explains how the course is going to work and gives you a chance to give her dates that you will be missing class, and then offers you times to make up what you missed in another lab section. If you have an absence that wasn’t on your beginning of semester list all you have to do is talk with her and she will work with you, even if you have to take a penalty. She is a very kind, understanding woman, and a fantastic instructor; one of the best I had at that institute. She does not need to be fired, she does not need to be reprimanded, she should be commended on fair treatment to all students. This student in distress is a freshman and probably didn’t realize what she needed to do to be excused from the class or how to make it up, but that’s not Dr Parvi’s fault. It wouldn’t be the first time something was lost in translation with a first year student and certainly won’t be the last.

    • Mandi says:

      I totally agree! I credit Dr. Parvi for my success at ECC. She is very strict, by the book, “no bull” kind of instructor. And so very smart! She is fair in that the rules are lined out and made clear in the syllabus and in class. If you are struggling, it is your job to come to her to work out the kinks. If you do not take it upon yourself to be successful, make the changes needed, come to class, participate and study, she is not going to hold your hand and make it happen. Personally, I think all Freshman students should have to take her course… A great lesson in responsibility and accountability! This case has nothing to do with the fact that this student is an athlete, obviously. It’s in the rules. If it was the other way around, and she missed all of the class she wanted, then someone else would be mad that she is doing less work for the same end means… You can’t make everyone happy.
      Moral of the story, Dr. Parvi is great, and although this is unfortunate… It’s just the way it is.

      • Afischbach says:

        It is hard to admit but I am in complete agreement with you Mandi. Dr. Parvi was an instructor of mine and she lays everything out in plain writing at the beginning of the semester. She is not a “Mickey Mouse” course instructor and she will not hold your hand through her course. She is honest, fair, and completely follows the rules(whether anyone likes it or not). I learned more in her course than I could ever thank her for. Truthfully, I was failing in her course and had to withdraw to maintain my GPA. When I went to retake the class, at another institution, my professor was lackluster and I skirted by on what Dr. Parvi taught me.
        It may not be what the overindulged want to hear but rules are rules and the world is not going to bend to your whim. She follows the rules in her classroom to keep her job not to make people happy.

  • Leeann says:

    You attend school to go to class, not play sports. The athlete has a choice. She can take the class over or miss the game. They cannot change the policy for one student.

    • Response says:

      You obviously have no idea what it is like being part of a collegiate team otherwise you woulda not have made that comment. Yes student is first but if she is performing in the class room then more power to her to also be involved in a sport. Iiys interesting that so many colleges have sports even though as you so put it ” school is for join to class not sports” I would say they help each other out, but that is just my opinion.

  • Dean says:

    The brought her there to play volleyball. She cannot be punished for working for the school, which is basically what she does. A company cannot send an employee on a trip then punish them for being gone.

  • Jeffrey says:

    When it is not necessary to make a choice, it is necessary not to make a choice! What is her grade in the class? Is she flunking already? Is she trying to learn, or trying to attend classes?; and which is more important? If she can pass the tests, why is she required to attend at all? There are lots of sides to this argument, but the school doesn’t REQUIRE the teacher to enforce this rule. Why didn’t the coach have her sit out one of the matches earlier in the year, to avoid this possible conflict?

  • amanda says:

    OK. Think of a volleyball scholarship as a job. They give you free tuition in exchange for your athletic services. Scholarship athletes are required to also maintain a minimum GPA. So a scholarship athlete has two “bosses” one is the coach and another is the teacher. What if you went to work and had two bosses and one told you to take the van and take the day and leave and pickup something for the company and the other says you’ve left work too many times (for the company) and if you leave you will be fired and they argue and disagree on it endlessly and then the boss says, basically, the one boss has the right to fire you for doing your job and there’s nothing he can do about it.

    It’s idiotic. She is EARNING her scholarship through her work on the vball court. Who knows, if she didn’t earn this scholarship through VOLLEYBALL she might not be attending biology or any other class at all. I think her number one priority should be pleasing the person who pays her bills that allows her to attend college in the first place.

    • CBL says:

      If She has a free ride scholarship what difference does it make. She didn’t pay for the class in the first place. Play volleyball then take the class over. What’s it going to cost her $ …..nothing just time. Might be different if she had to pay for the class twice.

  • lizy says:

    I go to ecc and am currently in a course with dr. Parvi. She is a very educated professor and all she is doing is following the rules. We shouldn’t be blaming the professor, aim the anger toward the college and their absolutely outrageous attendance policy. Students are only allowed two absences. For me, I have medical reasons which caused me to miss two classes and those werent forgiven even with a doctor note. I think it is totally unfair for them to say they can drop students for missing more than two classes. I’m paying for the class, that should be my decision. I have no aide in paying my tuition and I think I wouldn’t have transferred to ecc if I would’ve known about the attendance policy sooner because not only do you have limited absences available, professors are allowed to drop you at any point in the class without warning nor reason. I have seen dr. Parvi exercise these rights on a student who had an a and hadn’t missed a day of class. That student didn’t know she had dropped him from the class until 3 weeks later when he was taking to an advisor, so the student had been wasting three weeks of his time with nothing to show.

  • Val says:

    As an adult learner who attended East Central at age 35, I was quite astounded at how they have policies that treat students who are paying for classes out of pocket as if they are children. I felt then and now that the school needs to re-vamp its policies on attendance. Some students can do the readings and work without wasting a bunch of time sitting in front of a professor. That shows initiative, not lack of dedication.
    At the same time, I have no idea why East Central would offer scholarships for athletes if they are not going to be allowed to play in the games? Sounds like a waste of money to me. Therefore, I would say, don’t tell the girl to grow up, tell the college to grow up. No four year university would ever allow a professor to fail a student on an athletic scholarship for missing a class because of a game.

  • chris weber says:

    As a Volleyball coach and professor, I can see both sides. Professors need to hold students accountable for expectations (it may be the first time for some older adolescents), but the school has the burden of creating a path to success for their student athletes. This is why our school has four day a week classes with Fridays off . The bulk of our away matches are over the weekend, very little conflict. Sounds like the school needs to look at their scheduling to erase the conflict.
    Coach Weber, Salem International University

  • Dr Parvi, is an amazing instructor she does demand the best from her students and excepts nothing else.
    The school has an attendance policy, and students are expected to follow this, and it is handed to each student at the beginning of each class in the course syllabus. In fact, Dr Parvi has you sign saying you read and agree to the syllabus ( or did when i had her class). As adults we know we must make choices, sometimes it is hard to identify which have priority in our lives, but even my eight year old knows that school comes first and he is allowed to miss so many days a year, and those days better be saved for the most important reasons.
    Perhaps she should have went to class during a less important game to be able to attend the championship??
    I am sorry, but I would be upset if this student got to be excused when I had to send my sick children to babysitters because I HAD to be in class.

  • sir ralph says:

    Your literally all idiots. I played college basketball and skipped like 50% of my classes and I am rich as shit. This is all over COMMUNITY COLLEGE woman’s volleyball. What a joke. can you even get a job from a community school anymore

  • Nevik Yesnik says:

    I tend to agree that there’s a two-sided issue here, but I’d also like to point out to the college that many universities don’t care whether you go to class at all, and there is such a thing as “slack”, particularly if the student in question has good marks in the class so far.

    Sounds to me like some of my fellow Missourians have been using corncobs instead of Charmin …

  • Solution says:

    Switching schools next semester? Just drop the class and redo it at a school where they fit your ideals. Easy as that.

  • eileen rhodes says:

    Is she the ONLY student who has gone to ECC on a sport scholarship that this has happened too?

  • Ben says:

    This is quite possibly the worst article I have ever read. I don’t even have an opinion on the topic, as both sides have valid points. The problem I have is that it seems like a fifth grader wrote it. There is almost nothing about this that is grammatically correct and it just made me want to slam my head against a wall reading it. I honestly hope nobody was paid to write this.

  • Larry Henson says:

    To all the people on here who think the teachers and Administrators of ECC did the right thing. Who are you kidding ? Only yourself that’s for sure !!! So in other words all of you people who agreed with the teacher and Administration mean to tell me that if this was you or your kid that you would just stand back and not say a word. Really? I have a very hard time believing that. Or wait….maybe I don’t since you are probably too BIGGG of a Chicken to stand up for what you believe in. That is what’s wrong with this world today. I’d hate to have these people in my fox hole with me when the enemy’s shooting at us.
    I commend all the people and family of this college student who stood out in the cold to picket to let the community know how ECC is treating their athletes and not standing behind them. We need more people with the guts to stand up for what they feel is right in this country just like you all did this week. I think that ECC needs their administration revamped really soon since they can’t make a decision on what’s right and what’s wrong. Hopefully with Fox 2 News getting involved something will get done about the Spine less ADMINISTRATION at ECC. Larry Henson

  • Ricky Briggenhorst says:

    I feel as though this should not be something worthy of a “protest”. You pay to go to the school (apparently not in this case); use the money and time wisely. For one to gain success through this journey you much honestly be aware of every situation and react accordingly to said situation. If you have the time in your degree plan to drop a class for a sport; I implore you to do so.

    There are other ways to achieve scholarships such as: academics, fine art, performing art, literature, PTK and countless others that to in almost any situation you would only have to show respect and attention to those fields.

    I honestly loath the common occurrence of athletes getting special treatment. Those who are speaking in terms of the college to “prepare you for the real world”; really should not be supporting something as frivolous as a sport and use constructive criticism toward the institution that very many attend.

  • Jane says:

    This is college, not a job, she has a responsibility to her team also. Class attendance should not be mandatory in college. If she has a passing grade sounds like Dr. Parvi should be thrilled someone is passing her class. I think the college needs to look into finding a new professor who is able to teach. Apparently Dr. Parvi is a poor teacher if this many students aren’t able to pass. Or maybe school likes taking students money and are in on this as well. Ridiculous!

  • KB2 says:

    Am I the only one wondering why the school would give her a scholarship to play volleyball for them and then punish her for missing classes to play volleyball? I understand that there is an attendance rule, but she missed the classes for the school! Also some of you should understand that when you get an athletic scholarship you are expected to attend all practices, attend all games and have a certain GPA. So if she misses games or practices she could lose her scholarship and if she misses classes for games she basically fails the class? Sounds to me like the school needs get their things in order and all be on the same page. Worst part for the school is that they now have some very bad PR for any upcoming talented athletes. What athlete wants to attend a college were they are not supported by its teaching staff?

  • Penny says:

    Wow! What a shame that this is even an issue. A professor, from the community college that gave the girl a volleyball scholarship, will not allow her to participate and represent that same school in a national competition. If I had any authority at all, the professor would get an earful from me. The only things that should stop that girl from going to nationals should be either bad grades or poor performance. Neither of these seem to be the case. What’s stopping her is someone who is overstepping the Schools Authority.

  • Jerry says:

    As one who attended a major four-year university, I NEVER had an attendance requirement for ANY of my classes, with the possible exception of certain labs, which always offered multiple opportunities for each lab each week for fluctuating schedules. The antiquated attendance policy is what needs to be changed. The student’s responsibility should be to perform at the highest quality, not just occupy a seat in a class. And the teacher’s responsibility should be to TEACH the class, not play time policeman to the student. The student PAYS for the class, regardless of the attendance, and to punish the student for not being able to attend is insane. If the student can pass the course and the exams, what difference does it make if his butt was in a seat. I knew a very intelligent student at that university that never attended class after the first day, when each student was required to acknowledge his being on the class roll. He crammed before each exam and usually made no less than a “B” in his classes. Today, he is a business owner with over 100 employees. He PAID the school, he made the grades, and his professors got paid for teaching his classes, so where is the issue today? ECC needs to be a college, not a prep school. Adults who are paying for a class are entitled to receive that education and get credit for it, regardless of his ability to be at every single day of the class. if his results warrant such credit, regardless of his attendance record.

  • sprinkman says:

    Tragic. Our most promising Americans are being discarded at the the behest of jack s&@ like this contemptuous PHD. Take her and every like minded individual as far far away from that, or any other learning institution and we my finally start to see our true potential. More important that we learn than conform to some insane professor’s idea of how we should have to learn. Bully for her for being strong enough to leave that sad institution in her wake & share her blessings with a more deserving school. Her gain. East Central’s tragic loss. It will be kinda cool watching her gain her degree while kicking EC’s butt all over the court. I am her new biggest fan.

  • Seriously? says:

    All this drama over a community college volleyball player having to retake a course or miss a game? I am so glad there isnt more important news to be disussed! I went to a real 4 year college and some professors were strict with policies just like most bosses are in the job world. I had to retake a class after missing 4 days due to a death in the family out of state. I didnt wine, complain or call the media. I acted like an adult and respected the professors requirements. This is really childish that this girl and this website is even entertaining this. Wahh I didnt get my way so I am changing schools. Good luck with that community college degree sweetie although I am not sure how well it will serve you if you cant read a syllabus and stick to policy.

  • Scholarship or not, I paid for my college. If I choose not to show up, that is on me. If I choose not to catch up on my own that is on me. This isn’t elementary school. I don’t need a babysitter. Teach the class and leave the rest up to the student.

  • Dave says:

    In college students ought to be measured on the quality of their work and their ability to demonstrate mastery of the material, not on attendance. After all, aren’t goals of a college education to train people to think critically and to manage themselves? Freshmen level classes at large school generally have no roll call, particularly the kind with 400+ students sitting in them.

  • Wendy says:

    Life is about choices, and the decisions are not always easy. Hannah obviously chose this school because it was close to home and offered a volleyball scholarship. She’s a good student, and a great player. Let the girl play volleyball! We hope that our choices are always correct, but if not, I’m sure ECC will figure that out soon enoughg . When they start to see attendance drop, student athletes quit trying for athletic scholarships, the extra financial support from campus events quits coming in through concession purchases, then they may take a look at their policies, I’m a firm believer of what comes around goes around. Dr. Parvee will someday regret the decision she had to make on this one instance. Best of luck to you Hannah. I wish you most success!

  • Brent says:

    IF it’s a school team why are they scheduling meets during class?

  • Candace says:

    She was not “brought” to the school to play volleyball as some have said in previous posts. She chose to go to the school to play volleyball because of the scholarship offered. Her choice. She is a student, first and foremost. If you took the classroom and academia away, there would not be volleyball. However, if you took volleyball away, school would still be there.

    I am also confused at those saying college is preparing you for the real world. Isn’t that what high school should have already done? College is the real world with real deadlines, accountabilities, and responsibilities. The teacher is to be an aid in learning and not hold the student’s hand. If an attendance policy is in place it is for a reason. If I miss several days of work, I could be fired, despite any flexibility my employer may have.

    I am shocked at the number of people arguing about an attendance policy. Like sports, classroom attendance creates a team environment and fosters collaboration…like the real world at work. Has anyone asked if there are attendance policies for the team? What is she missed so many practices? Would she then be benched for a game or two? If so, people are being very tough and hypocritical to the professor.

    Not all students play sports like this student to get a team-based experience outside of the classroom. This student is fortunate to be able to experience both unique environments. Tests or homework are not a robust indicator of overall academic performance. Human interaction and communication play a part as well and to assess that, you must be in class. Being in class also allows a student to build invaluable critical thinking skills, which many adults are lacking. The ability to regurgitate information on tests and assignments does not mean a person understands or is retaining the information; it just means a person is a decent test taker and memorizer. This may or may not have been the case with this student, but I think it is a point grossly overlooked by those who are quick to judge the professor.

    Regardless, both parties made the decisions that they thought to be correct. The professor stuck by a policy, a student missed classes. Also, in the real world, things don’t always go your way but you have to manage it in a professional and appropriate manner.

  • Jessica says:

    ECC has already lost their baseball program, their field is now used for high school baseball games; continuing to treat student athletes in this manner will also soon have other sports programs being sent down the toilet. No athletic programs will sooner than later equal no programs at all, so the adult students will have to drive farther to take the same classes they are currently able to take close to home, although gas prices have fallen recently, you need to consider the price of the commute to another campus in the tuition you pay “out of pocket”, and stand behind your fellow student athlete, they are what is keeping ECC “a community college”. I’m an ECC & Mo Bap alumni, so I’ve been behind the desk as a student in both c.c. & university level environments, and I agree that the attendance policy is a joke, I wasted more time being in classes than if I would have studied the material on my own. Although I have not had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Parvi, it’s apparent that the Dr title has gone to her head, and she’s bitter for having to work in c.c. rather than at the university level, which would pay off her own student loans. Just saying!

  • Josh says:

    Welcome to adulthood where you don’t get everything you want.

  • Sparky says:

    My daughter is a college athlete in Oklahoma at a Jr. College. She plays softball. She took all the classes she did not want to miss or were harder classes for her this fall. During the spring semester when they have their season she only took classes on MWF as they play on TTH and the weekends. The girl in the story should have checked to see if she could have dropped the class and took it in the spring once she found out the situation in this biology class at the beginning of school. This summer my daughter will take summer school (again) to get some classes out of the way so her schedule works for softball and she is not overloaded. Athletes should know going in that they have twice the work and should be prepared for the consequences .

    My daughter has missed many family get togethers and birthdays this fall because of practicing sports in college and not being able to come home because they practice on the weekends also. She gets up for practice at 6 am before classes. She practices every afternoon after classes and does homework and study hall after dinner. She will be prepared for the real world thanks to the discipline that softball/school has given her. She worked very hard to earn her scholarship and playing softball is why she went to college. She probably would not have gone had she not played therefore missing that all important college degree the world says we need.

  • Linda says:

    It would be a different story if one of her top biology students had a chance to compete in a national science competition of some type and had missed too much in a physical education activity class. She would be protesting up a storm over it. If you are representing your school in any activity academic, athletic, musical, theatrical, art..whatever it might be and that caused you to miss class and that is the only reason you missed class, you should be excused. I once took a totally different mid-term from the rest of the class, and completely essay after I came back from a spring break softball trip because I missed for the trip. He made it more difficult but he excused us.

  • G. Chapel says:

    This professor is being completely unreasonable. I teach at a major Ivy school and to think that a professor would interfere with something this large that can bring positive attention and more $$$ to the school is ridiculous. The dean of biology needs to have a sit down with this professor and explain to her that their salary is funded by the students and tuition. A positive event like this is very important to the school.

    Now had the student been failing this course then it’s completely different story.

  • mary says:

    This is absurd. This instructor should accommodate on occasion and stop being a prck.

  • Bryan says:

    Parvadha Govindaswamy

    Instructor, Biology
    Phone: 636-584-6627
    Off: HS 206
    Mailbox: 2HS

  • Jerold H says:

    This is why our country is losing out to South Korea, China, Japan, Brazil, etc. A professor has the audacity to think a college student should actually attend class instead of playing a game and everyone gets mad at the teacher. Which is more likely to lead to a good job for this young lady — winning a volleyball game or learning biology?

  • M says:

    I don’t know if anyone is still reading these posts, but it should be pointed out that the FEDERAL LAWS affecting financial aid have been changing rapidly over the last few years. Most schools today (not 10 years ago, not 5 years ago, today) are required to take attendance per federal regulations.

  • K.S. says:

    The Chem and Bio professors at ECC need to replaced. I teach and live in the area. I have hundreds of high-level students (kids who put their all in their work), and I am aware of their unrealistic expectations, especially in “INTRO to Chem” <–let that sink in… These professors act as though they are preparing Doctoral candidates–no exaggeration (I have 3 degrees; 2 of which are from St. Louis University (SLU) and Webster–I'm aware of the intense rigor of a course this is insane!). Their God Complex is more severe than any surgeon's I've encountered. These teachers brag about more than 65% of their students dropping, which carries a $450 fine if on A+, and most can't earn a C. The professors are ruining students' GPA, blocking them from classes of which Bio or Chem are a pre-req, and both of these consequences are blocking them from grants, scholarships and entrance into great universities. I encourage all of my students to drive the extra hour to two to take those 2 classes at St. Charles Co Comm College or St. Louis Comm College!

  • Terry says:

    She had the option to go to class or not go. She chose to not go. She pays the price. How far do you think a chemistry major or art major would get with this excuse?

  • Juliann says:

    I believe that Hannah should be able to play the game, because she had a full scholarship to the school for that sport. The teacher, although does have a point because it is unfair to the other students who have to attend the class every day. The school is helping Hannah to get her to the game and back in time. This is a great compromise. I believe that the school is helping Hannah be the best she can be. I understand how Hannah would want to change schools, because she wants a better schedule. The one she has now is not working for her. The teachers have to teach their class and the students are supposed to attend. If prior commitments come up, maybe there should be a way to still get everything that occurred in that class period. That would accommodate everyone in the situation. I believe that if Hannah loves the sport and wants to play she should be able to do what she wants, while maintaining school work. Although if it is just a teacher policy, the family and the teacher should discuss a way for Hannah to stay connect with class. If it is a school policy a discussion would take place with the office. In this case, I believe that working out a plan with the teacher is the best plan. After her season ends, she can stay on track with her studies.

  • DaninSTL says:

    Just some professor on a power trip like so many are. If this happened at MU to some football or basketball player what do you think would happen?

  • brenda says:

    I know Dr. Parvi on an outside level. She is a super intelligent, super nice person who would under no circumstance set out to hurt anyone. She is FAIR, HONEST, NO NONSENSE in EVERYTHING she does. I tend to believe there is no good answer to this situation at this time. The problem will always be “what’s good for one should be good for ALL”…EXCEPT…when it doesn’t suit someone’s need. I think we have all battled with these types of feelings on many everyday life situations. The question I see coming is if this talented young lady, and that I’m sure she is, switches schools, and something doesn’t suit her situation, is she going to up and move again? It would be her decision, I suppose but I just wish there was an easy solution and there just doesn’t seem to be one yet. And while I’m fully aware of athletic commitments as I have a student who plays sports, and I’m the parent who says, “you signed up, you will play and support your team until the end of season”, which includes a lot of extra time, practices, games, banquets, along with homework, and household chores, I think it’s important to also realize there are many “students”, who are working 1 and 2 jobs to pay tuition, car expenses, support households, doing homework, etc. Let’s face it LIFE ISN”T EASY on any standpoint and “what’s good for one isn’t always good for all”, but trying to see both sides is valuable in reaching a positive solution. Let’s hope a positive solution can be made or at least attempts to move forward in a positive direction even if it’s slow, small steps can be made.

  • No Child Left Behind says:

    I agree! It’s also rumored the college requires the instructor to have students sign a form that the student will adhere to all guidelines and rules of the course.

    Again, why is it the instructors ‘fault’ for enforcing the rules set by the college and administrators?

  • Student Athlete says:

    I am a student athlete at a different college and I disagree with you 100%. Your taking the teachers side which means you obviously don’t see Hannah’s point of view..going to the national championship is a once in a lifetime opportunity, its not something that happens all the time. For you to say student athletes expect special treatment is so wrong because the majority of us don’t. We understand that were there for school first and athletics second. Obviously Hannah understands that too considering she’s getting good grades and doing great in her sport! Student athletes do both and not all of us only focus on out sport. This professor is taking Hannah’s right to play away from her and that’s just wrong because she worked hard for this and she earned it and the professor is completely taking that away from her. I have friends at ecc and they say this professor is crazy and her classes started with 15 students and drop to 5 by the end of the semester. A lot of people fail her class, but Hannah is passing and actually doing well and she’s playing a sport! And she’s only missed a few classes and not skipping but for volleyball. She earned the right to play and she doesn’t deserve to have it taken away from her. You obviously don’t understand what’s its like to be a student athlete. We have to do both academics and athletics and Hannah is balancing it well by getting good grades and doing well in her sport and that’s what makes a student athlete! For you to take this awful professors side is absolutely ridiculous!!

  • Kelly says:

    Its the teacher’s policy, not the school policy. The administrators have asked the teacher to make an exception and the instructor has refused. I am a teacher, in this case, this teacher, is being the bad guy.

  • You can always tell it's says:

    It’s funny you can always tell the “adults” that are bitter because they were never given this kind I chance. It’s a privilege to play a collegiate sport. Yes, volleyball will probably not be a future for her, but if you have the talent to play a sport that you love while getting your degree and on top of that et school paid for…..well more power to her. It sounds like you need to grow up and quit being bitter from your past.

  • Student athlete says:

    Meg I take it you never made any sports team with your hatred. Student athletes put in double the work than students that are just students. We study outside the classroom more than in because games take us away we don’t ask for grades we still earn them.

  • prepzone101 says:

    Hate to break it to you, but if you miss too many days of work (class in this instance) you are fired, so yes they are preparing her for the real world.

  • Sandra Pich says:

    Well said Kim. My daughter is presently attending ECC in another Biology class. When it was time for her to register for this class, only Dr. Parvee’s was available and they were having a hard time filling her class. My daughter said she would transfer to another school before she would register for that class. Face it folks Dr. Parvee’s reputation is well known. She is a good teacher but has no Golden Rule skills. The whole science department needs over-hauled. Every class my daughter has been in so fare is filled mostly with students that are repeating it at least their 2nd or 3rd time. There are the rare very few that make good grades. My daughter took some of the same classes at Maryville years ago and made an “a” in each. Not true at ECC. She is only taking these now because the Maryville classes were too old. Another thing: most of the classes start out with 15+/- students. And end up with 4 or 5 at the end of the semester. One class ended up with 2. This is not good publicity for the school. I pay taxes for this? At least the athletic program can promote this school through it’s accomplishments like the volleyball team going to nationals. All the other instructors Hannah has excused her and wished her well. I would like to come and monitor the science classes to see why they are not doing their job. I could get cocky about it and say maybe the college is doing this on purpose because if the student has to take one class over 2 or 3 times then they are also paying for that class 2 or 3 times. More money for the college. But I’m not like that.My daughter is seriously considering switching schools. Wouldn’t you?

  • Aardvark says:

    The teacher has a power trip going. And because her boss, the school President, clearly doesn’t have any guts, she’ll probably be allowed to continue her bullying ways.

  • Interesting says:

    It interesting how man jobs and companies are allowing employees to make their own hours based on their performance. So do not base it just on attendance.

  • Interesting says:

    It interesting how many jobs and companies are allowing employees to make their own hours based on their performance. So do not base it just on attendance.

  • Vanessa says:

    Actually, it’s a school policy that is stated in the handbook. Some teachers choose not to enforce it.

  • M says:

    Actually, taking attendance is now required by federal regulations regarding financial aid.

  • A says:

    Can you show me which science courses started out full but ended up with 2 students? Looking back at the past two semesters, every science course ended up with the majority of the seats filled.

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