BARUCH COLLEGE: Implement Opt. 1: Allow the use of CR/NC grades for all Fall 2020 courses

BARUCH COLLEGE: Implement Opt. 1: Allow the use of CR/NC grades for all Fall 2020 courses

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Angelika Bastrzyk started this petition to Baruch College

During the spring 2020 semester, students were graciously granted the option to convert any or all of the letter grades they earned in their classes to Credit/No Credit grading with no impact to their GPA. We implore President Wu and Provost McCarthy of Baruch College to extend this policy to the fall 2020 semester (Option 1 of the three options provided by CUNY). 

The COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing, coupled with the disorder and turmoil it generated. The matter of contention is one of equity - not every home environment is one sufficient and suitable for remote learning. Hence, regardless how well intentioned, remote learning is a diluted product. Many students lack adequate resources for remote learning - an undisturbed environment, a stable internet connection, and a reliable device. This semester is arduous, even more so than the spring 2020 semester, with inflexible coursework, disrupted Zoom meetings, and technical issues along with clustered scheduling. This becomes further complicated when an entire family, or household, is competing for devices and bandwidth for work and school. To be pitted against students who don't sustain such hardships is disheartening and unconducive - we shouldn't be scored on the sufficiency of our home environment for remote learning.

The online penalty for remote learning affects low-income students hardest - a majority of Baruch students. Grades of C's, D's, F's, or W's would not be optimal on our transcripts. The option to opt-in for Credit/No Credit for all Fall 2020 courses would be the light at the end of the tunnel for us CUNY students during this time where in addition to feeling grief over the loss of life caused by COVID-19, we're grieving the loss of our normal routines. We are grateful for receiving the policy in the spring 2020 semester, but with COVID-19 still active in New York and our lives still turned upside down, where is Baruch's compassion for its students now?

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