Pass/Fail Grading Option at Biola University
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In the midst of the difficulties associated with COVID-19, we would like to request that Biola give the option for students to move to a pass-fail grading system. We also request that they make the change sooner rather than later, as academic stress will continue until they make the change.
It is unrealistic to expect students to be able to perform at the same level right now with so many stressors including family members getting sick, not being able to return home, technological difficulties, struggling with finances, time-zone differences, and the general difficulty of online learning.
It is also unrealistic to expect professors to be able to teach at the same level as they usually do.
Grades should not be adding to the student body's anxiety right now, rather we should be focusing on our mental health and riding out the storm. Biola should join the plethora of schools that have already made the switch such as Harvard, MIT, Abilene Christian University, University of Texas, Rice, Georgetown, and many others.
We appreciate all that the school has done in addressing the crisis thus far, and recognize how difficult moving to online classes has been. But we believe at least one more measure must be taken. Since COVID-19 has forced all classes to be conducted online, we believe the university should make all classes have the option of being pass/fail and add relevant notation on every student's transcript that alludes to the global pandemic's influence on grades in the spring semester of 2020.
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