My sister knows a chemistry professor from Harvard who won the Nobel Prize in 2013. He’s coming to my university to give a physics related colloquium lecture. I’m not a huge fan of physics, but have a lot of respect for this professor, so I am very interested in attending his lecture. Furthermore, my sister even told him in person that I am planning on attending; so he is expecting me to be there. Problem is that I have physics discussion/quiz at the same time as his lecture. The quiz is administered during the last 20 minutes of discussion. If you miss the first 10 minutes of discussion, you get an automatic 0 for the week.
My physics TA told me that I can’t take the quiz early unless I have a disability.
My physics professor told me that I can’t make it up and that my reason is not valid.
I emailed the chemistry professor and he himself suggested that I be excused from discussion that week to attend his lecture.
I emailed the head of the physics department at my university explaining my situation, and he says he’s going to make an arrangement for me to get an excused absence and be able to attend the professor’s colloquium lecture, therefore not impacting my quiz grade.
TL;DR: A chemistry professor who won the Nobel prize and the head of the physics department is overruling my physics professor and TA’s quiz attendance policy in order to let me attend the colloquium lecture.
So to my professor and TA who told me I had no choice but to take a 0 for going to a physics-related event: