True Story?: “I told my professor I was at a doctor’s appointment”

A student came to me last week for advising.  She was struggling in one of her major classes.  She was working over 30 hours a week and was missing class or arriving late to class due to being overtired from work.  She told me she arrived at class 20 minutes into a 50-minute lecture; after class, the professor asked her to stay for a few minutes.  The professor proceeded to lecture the student on the importance of being on time to class.  The student did not attend the next lecture where vital information about the mid term was given out.  The student arrived late to the midterm; the professor refused to allow the student to take the exam.  The student told the professor that she was a doctor’s appointment; the student assured the professor she could provide documentation and the professor allowed the student to schedule a make up exam.

But, here’s the thing:  the student was not at a doctor’s appointment.  She was merely uninformed about the location of the midterm due to missing class too often.  In short, the student lied to the professor.

Is this OK?  Is this ethical behavior?

What would you do?

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