We had some sympathies with him but felt that his performance up to that point was too far behind the required level to catch up – to maintain a C grade average. Hence we denied his first appeal. He persisted and eventually persuaded the dean of our faculty to grant him another chance.
Amazingly he started getting As and Bs instead of the Cs, Ds (marginal failures), and even Fs (failures) that he was consistently getting before. Eventually he did a good final year project and was able to graduate with a decent record.
His case tells us that in some cases a student who performed poorly can indeed turn around and be successful. Unfortunately he was an exception rather than the norm. Should we continue to keep giving them second and third chances? With limited resources, generosity towards one student may deny another student a chance to study at the university. How is one to decide?