The Chronicle of Higher Education
August 27th, 2014
The College of Coastal Georgia said on Wednesday that a chemistry
professor had removed a rule from his syllabus that had warned students
that they faced grade reductions for disrupting class by saying “bless
you” when someone sneezes.
News of the rule went viral after drawing the ire of national conservative news media.
The college said the professor, Leon C. Gardner, had made the rule to
stop class disruptions and not to advance any religious or political
On his class syllabus,
Mr. Gardner wrote that saying “bless you” is “especially rude” and that
disruptive behaviors could result in a deduction of as much as 15
percent of the final grade. Other examples of disruptive behaviors on
his list included being late to class and getting up to sharpen a