If your college roommate dies, do you really get a 4.0 for the semester?
Snopes.com believes the legend started as a joke among stressed-out college students. Over time, the desperate and dimwitted started believing it. To be fair, it does have a certain kind of logic to it. The death of a roommate would be traumatic for anyone, so it makes sense for the administration to give the grief-stricken survivor a free pass. Alas, while bereavement leave is often granted in these situations, no school automatically gives out straight A's.
An article on urban legends mentions a few other tall tales from campus. Our favorite is the one about the two slackers who decide to ski instead of study. After a day on the slopes, they return to school, tell their professor they had a flat tire, and ask for a make-up exam. The understanding professor obliges and puts the two in different rooms. The last question on the test simply reads: "Which tire?"
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