Request To Make Classes Pass/Fail Along With Final Examinations And Assessments An Option

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Given the fact that Coronavirus has forced classes online, we believe that the appropriate action that Baylor University should take is to allow students the opportunity to choose if their classes will be graded on a pass/fail scale or on the regular grading scale by receiving a letter grade, with a grade of P (passing) will be awarded if you earn the equivalent of a letter grade of C- or higher. We also ask that all instructors make final examinations and assessments optional for the remainder of the semester.

This would mean that:

-if you take the final examination (or submit final assessments/papers) you will receive grades according to the principles set out on the course syllabus.

-if you opt not to (or cannot) take the offered final nor submit the final paper or assessment, you will be assigned a grade based on the coursework you have completed to date.

-if you do not want to take the chances of the other two options, you can opt for a pass/fail option to be enlisted on your transcript.

We also ask to include language on every student transcript that points to the fact that a global pandemic in spring quarters 2020 required significant changes to coursework and led to unusual enrollment patterns and grades. This way all students are able to provide explanations to future employers and Graduate schools the reasoning behind the students' decisions.

Whatever the choice, all classes should still count for their respective requirements. In reality, many of these classes do not properly translate into an online environment. In addition, many of the professors in our school, while being unbelievable forces in their fields, have very little to no experience managing courses online. Furthermore, the grading process will be severely limited and will place undue stress on students who have much less control over their ability to properly prepare for exams. The benefits of implementing these administrative changes severely outweigh the risks. It is much fairer to students that graduate schools and employers see "P's" on students' transcripts than potentially risking students getting grades well below their GPA potentially negating all the hard work they have done (and will do in the future), destroying their employment and graduate prospects. It is also much fairer to allow students to maintain their current grades to avoid the fear of their grades suffering from an online environment in which both they and instructors are not used to. We hope that Baylor University enacts these changes to the benefit of the entire student community.