I'm not sure if this belongs under techno-quette or here because it involves an email, but I think the larger issue doens't really pertain to tech.
About two weeks ago, I got really suddenly sick with some sort of flue-like bug that was going around my university. The timing was horrible: my last week of classes (and before finals).
BG: I have taken classes with Prof. A before because she's a faculty in the department I'm majoring in. We clearly have our differences of opinion relating to the subject (which is a very subjective course of study), but there has never been any sort of strife. I think we are just both aware that we probably won't agree and we (or at least I) respect that. Also, not that up until this incident I had not missed a single day of class or even arrived late.
One of my classes (class A taught by Prof. A) had a final "discussion" scheduled for the last class. Basically we were supposed to evaluate each others' work overall throughout the course and see how we all progressed. There is not a specific grade attached to this event, but it is an important part of the class. We also had the option of handing in our final project, *although it was not officially due until the following week.*
Well, the day of my last class, I was in no place to even get out of bed. I had a fever, coughing like crazy, nose like a faucet, and more unpleasant details. I emailed my the professors of my two classes that day to let them know I would be abscent and that I was very sorry to miss class. Since I had projects to turn in for both classes, I asked if I could drop off the projects at their office in a day or two when I was better.
Prof. B responded, "I'm sorry you won't be able to attend. You can drop off your project at my office. Feel better!" All good.
Prof. A replied:
"Kitchcat, you do realize this is the final class. If it is not serious, I suggest you not skip class." That was the entire email.
This put me off for several reasons.
1) She seemed to suggest I was not really sick and just decided to "skip" class.
2) The overall harsh tone was not really needed. I have be an A student, perfect attendance, and polite.
3) She ignored my question about when to turn in my project.
"Unfortunately I really am quite ill and have a fever. I must have caught that bug Prof. B was talking about. Not only do I not feel well enough to attend, I do not want to risk spreading it to other students right before finals. I apologize for missing class. Could you please let me know where to turn in my project?
Prof. A replied, "Leave it in the classroom." ENTIRE EMAIL.
I felt very upset by this. I understand she was upset, but I really was sick. I had to miss Prof. B's class too. Not only that, there was no "feel better" or "get well soon" at all. It seemed like she didn't give a flying feather if I was ill.
My question: Is it rude not to say "feel better" or something to that extent to a sick person? Was she rude, or does the professor-studnet relationship give her a pass?