Pass/Fail Classes For Health Science and Nursing Majors

Pass/Fail Classes For Health Science and Nursing Majors

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Dana Witek started this petition to Administration

      During this pandemic, all students are experiencing the same thing as they adjust to this new normal. All students are still paying the same tuition at the same school, to which their education went online (for an understandable reason). So, why should these students not all be graded on the same, equal scale? If pass/fail is being implemented at a university, it should be implemented across ALL majors, and not just the chosen ones that now get a relief of pressure from their academics during this time of uncertainty. These health science and nursing majors are the ones who will be the next frontline in the health care field in the future, so why should their grading be evaluated any differently than anyone else or any other major right now? 
      Other universities have health science and nursing programs that have put pass/fail in to place, as well as the option for students to decide which classes they want as pass/fail on their transcript (since they are too trying to adjust to this different learning and studying style). Health science and nursing are competitive programs, and it is un-settling knowing that our GPAs could be negatively affected from this change in learning, while other programs get to pick and chose which grades will be affecting their GPAs or not. During this un-precedented time, all programs and students across the board should be treated and graded equally. 
      Pass/fail is not meant to encourage students to try any less. It is not meant to turn off a switch in students, so they lose the motivation to work towards the grades they want, and earn. But during this time of still trying to be just as hardworking as we all were before this, we are trying to adjust, we are in a different environment than the classroom, and we are surrounded by the daily news and media of what is happening while we’re in the bubble of our own quarters. The option of pass/fail is supposed to take some pressure off of us so that we know there is a life jacket to keep us afloat in our education and academics, if something were to potentially get in the way or becomes momentarily more important. Students could have sick family members, as an example, but the point is ANY student could have a sick family member during this time, and for one to be able to focus on that verse their grades because they know they have the pass/fail option to keep their grades from sinking, is not fair to us health science and nursing students. 
      When it comes down to it, it is the pure idea of equality and fairness between all of us students and programs across the board during an un-expected time like this. Thank you. 

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