Storing supplies within the Cloud is at all times a greater concept proper up till it isn’t. It saves on paper and offers innumerable safety benefits, but when the system lacks the correct redundancies, the vagaries of recent computing can depart you watching a naked cabinet in the midst of your legislation college finals. In that situation, you’d count on the legislation college to name a halt to every little thing whereas the scenario obtained sorted out.
You’d count on this since you’re an inexpensive individual.
That’s not the way in which issues performed out at George Washington Regulation over the weekend the place college students took a break from being rightly embarrassed of Jonathan Turley to seek out class supplies gone and no technique to formally flip in take residence exams:
GW’s web site, housing all our class powerpoints, slides, syllabus, on-line readings and so on is down…. The web site has been down all day and we have been initially informed they have been hoping to revive service by EOD. We are actually with out these essential assets for your entire weekend and many people (myself included) have exams Monday and may’t get entry to fundamental class supplies. A few of us additionally reached out to professors within the hopes of getting these supplies and it sounds just like the professors can also’t entry the supplies as a result of they have been saved on GW’s web site (mylaw) which is down.
One other pupil posted on social media:
When GW legislation’s portal goes down within the MIDDLE of finals (and be aware, this isn’t the primary time it’s gone down) and nobody has entry to any portal paperwork, course rosters, or course recordings…and also you notice the inequities that exist (along with inequities extra usually), particularly between college students who already submitted an examination v. those that have but to start out the exact same examination (and could have entry to totally different data). Then administration emails and says proceed as deliberate and “please contact the Dean of College students Workplace, which is able to be capable of clarify the circumstances to the college member grading your examination with out figuring out you.” And also you simply suppose, “how can ANYONE account for this?”
This isn’t the primary time GW’s suffered laptop points:
Please be aware our OCI bidding web site additionally went down a day or two earlier than bidding closed. After loads of backwards and forwards, with the administration initially refusing to increase the OCI bidding deadline, they lastly prolonged it. It appears each time the scholars want entry to a web site throughout an important time, the IT group at GW encounters points preserving it working.
If this hypothesis is an correct prognosis it means the varsity expects pupil curiosity in school supplies to stay flat and constant all through the semester which is… a daring assumption.
For its half, the varsity knowledgeable college students that the positioning could be down all through the weekend and that they need to flip of their take residence exams by way of Gmail, which elides the entire “nobody has supplies” challenge… form of a key level for an open-book take residence.
Information equivalent to PowerPoints which might be saved in your course pages on my.legislation.gwu.edu usually are not obtainable. In the event you want such recordsdata, chances are you’ll try and contact the college member, as long as the examination has not already begun.
Besides the above tip famous that professors can’t get on the paperwork both and, clearly, that is wholly ineffective if the coed is mid-exam on the time.
Whereas we’ve not heard of final week’s LexisNexis outage — a part of the AWS crash — fatally compromising anybody’s work, if that occurred, courts would inevitably afford just a little leeway. GW Regulation ought to comply with that mannequin.
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