"Landysh Zaripova, Russian Prof., Forces Students To Endure 23-Hour Oral Physics Exam"
July 6th, 2012
The Huffington Post
Around 15 Russian students may have now seen the chaos theory at work after sticking out (and failing!) a 23-hour nuclear physics exam proctored by their allegedly drunk and belligerent professor.
According to RIA Novost, a Russian media outlet, Kazan University students said that their physics professor, Landysh Zaripova, "stank of alcohol" and forced the students to listen to her prattle on about her business and wardrobe during her long-winded oral examination.
She refused to allow students to leave the room for any reason - not even to go to the bathroom or grab some food. The exam began at 10 a.m. on June 26 and lasted until 9 a.m. the following morning.
“Towards the end, everyone was just sitting there, totally exhausted,” one student said, according to RIA Novost. “The lecturer would go into another room, drink, come back and start telling us about her business.”
In response to the ordeal, the students wrote a letter to the University administration asking for Zaripova to be suspended.
Zaripova denied she was drunk, instead suggesting that the students were seeking vengeance on her for failing them. In order to pass exams in Russia, students must receive satisfactory clearance from their professor based on their oral answers.
Albert Aganov, Kazan University's physics department head, did not believe the professor was intoxicated, according to RIA Novost, saying, “I would have fired her immediately, if I had seen her drunk.” He also told Russian media that the test's length was "not unusual."
However, Aganov, also told the Daily Mail that even if Zaripova were to be found to have proctored the exam while under the influence, she could not be terminated until her 5-year contract was up.