Western Illinois University to grant Pass/Fail option for Fall 2020

Western Illinois University to grant Pass/Fail option for Fall 2020

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Natalie Valdivia started this petition to Board of Trustees and Western Illinois University as a whole

To whom it may concern, 

We, as a student body, are reaching out to you in a sort of cry for help. With the global pandemic of Covid- 19, majority of the universities have offered hybrid classes or remote learning. As we graciously appreciate the countless efforts that the University has made, we ask of you for your understanding.

As we know, this virus was something that was completely unforeseen and has brought us extenuating circumstances. This virus has brought us death of loved ones, financial struggles, and has had such a negative impact on the mental health of several students. We ask that you put yourself in the shoes of the student body who is standing before you, asking for help during these times. As a whole, we believe that the students of Western Illinois University deserve the ability and the chance to choose whether or not they would like to have a Pass/ Fail option. There are students who are struggling to be able to pay for their tuition, only to sit behind a computer for multiple hours a day and teach themselves a semester's worth of college workload. Not to mention that the majority of the student population is unable to retain information through a screen, and is struggling to teach themselves the information that would be taught otherwise if not for this pandemic. There are students whose parents, grandparents, best friends and other family members have been impacted by COVID. Whether this may be due to them losing their battle to COVID or losing their job due to this pandemic. Nonetheless, these circumstances all take such an emotional, mental and physical toll on everyone. We ask that you stand before us and see how drained your student body is. We are asking for some sense of compassion, to support us during this time. There are so many students who are struggling with grades, to support themselves and their families, to try and make something out of themselves and have come to this bridge of COVID. Please think about what this Pass/Fail option would be able to do for us. The amount of relief this would provide students, especially during this time and during finals, would only allow us to push us to keep moving forward and to make something of ourselves. There are students who have fear of not being able to get a job after graduating, and there are students who are fearful that the impact of this remote learning has damaged their GPA, only to suppress their ability to be able to have a successful career in the future or further their education after completing their education at Western Illinois University. We ask that you acknowledge our values at our university and strive for academic excellence by helping us through these educational opportunities and to only further our personal growth. It would be our social responsibility, as a community to support one another, and we ask now that you support us too.

During these troubling times and amongst the midst of chaos that this year has brought us, we ask that you stand with the student body in unison and support. We ask that you show us an act of human kindness and willingness to be understanding through these difficult times. We thank the University for their endless hard work and for taking the protocols and extreme measures in order to keep us safe. Now, we ask that you keep us safe and support us during this time.

 

 

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