Well, many years later, and I'm still the student who flat out refuses to coddle a slacker.
We had a group presentation due tonight where each of us in the group had a weekly assignment we each had to do individually that contributes to the semester group work. This student did about 2/3, sporadically, and then had one claim after another why she couldn't do her assignment (the most recent one was that she was in a really bad car accident, which I wouldn't have doubted normally, but then when I had to review everyone else's work for our assessment of our groupmates, I saw she also managed to have computer problems and phone problems and blah blah blah. She also showed up to the final presentation late and, of course, without her assessment completed at all (she actually asked me if I had the names of the other group members; I told her no but that she could log into the class' online presence and get it from there). I am totally the wrong person for slackers to sit next to because I am not going to help them. I worked really hard in this class and went above and beyond for my group work so I wouldn't let anyone down (I despise group work). Had she bothered to even look at anything I contributed online towards what was needed for the group and for us to do individually, she would've had half the info she needed for her assessment. I didn't intend to at first, but I made it very easy for everyone in the group to see how much work each groupmate put in (I set up an Excel spreadsheet; I wasn't going to share originally but I figured I just would since I already did it anyway. They, otherwise, would've had to do research that would've taken a couple of hours, at the very least, for each of them). She had access to that info same as everyone else...if she bothered to log into the class site at any time in the past few days, never mind the past few months. Instead, she came in late, sat in the seat next to me like a bump on a log while everyone was discussing the presentation. I don't know what she was thinking was going to happen -- someone was going to coddle her and hold her hand through the process? There's a reason why schools ask students if they are sure they are prepared to take an online class.
Anyway, I supposed someone would ask that if I were willing to help my groupmates before, then why not when she was asking? Because it was obvious she wasn't doing a darned thing to help herself. My work was all done before I got to class, including my assessment. I work full time and had a full-time class load for the semester. Hey, I've been having major health issues, too! Basically, I did my work, and my groupmates let me know they never felt I wasn't going to contribute my part of the presentation (I just included my part yesterday afternoon). By the time this student arrived, despite all the work I had already provided to my groupmates, she still hadn't bothered doing anything so I wasn't about to let her "cheat" off me by getting info from me without even making the "effort" of logging into the computer in front of her and getting it there. It'll be a blessing and a gift if her group grade is even passing. She finally put in her part of the presentation three hours before class. How did I know? Because I went online to see if I had the most recent version of the presentation and discovered she ruined my individual slides in the process but didn't bother to fix what she ruined in the presentation, thus creating more work for me when I thought I was done. Don't sit next to the person you just created even more work for and expect any more help than what I already gave willingly to the group as a whole.