Teacher Offered $50 in Syllabus. Too Bad No One Read It

Professor hid cash. It was there at the end of the semester
By Josh Gardner,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2021 7:45 AM CST
$50 If You Read The Syllabus. But None of His Students Did
Would you have found the $50?   (Rafmaster / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Professors share a syllabus each semester in order to ensure students understand all that's expected of them. That's why it's such a drag for them when, without fail, college student after college student neglects to read it. It's also why Kenyon Wilson, associate head of performing arts at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, decided to play a little game. Per CNN, this past semester, Wilson offered $50 in his syllabus to the first student who went to a designated locker and used the combination he included to open it. One guess what happened when Wilson went to the locker once school let out for the semester.

"At the start of the term, I placed $50 in one of our lockers and included the locker number & combination in my syllabus for a class with over 70 enrolled," he wrote on Facebook this month. "Today I retrieved the unclaimed treasure." You may not blame the students, though. As CBC notes, Wilson slipped the instructions into the end of the syllabus where class-specific content had ended and mostly COVID protocols and other legal ramblings had begun. While he doesn't plan to try the gag again next year, Wilson told CBC he believes other professors might--and even if they don't, students might wonder if they did. "I really think that spring of 2022 is going to be the most well-read syllabi of all time," he said. (More professor stories.)

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