CUNY Universal Pass/No Record Grading Policy

CUNY Universal Pass/No Record Grading Policy

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Emily Shafran started this petition to Felix V. Matos Rodriguez and

Our classes are now online. We lost our jobs, our homes, and our capacity to plan. Some of us are even more vulnerable; Others of us are fighting for the ability to breathe.

This semester is not going to be our best. During this public health crisis, we should not have to stress about things like school and class. Therefore, we need CUNY to do better for its entire student body. In solidarity with all students, CUNY must issue a universal, comprehensive pass/ no record grading policy.

Universities across the country have responded with a variety of universal credit/ no credit or pass/no record systems. Schools like Columbia, The University of Ohio, and Carnegie Mellon have decided to drop the option of letter grades altogether. Currently, CUNY has allowed its students to pass/fail after receiving a letter grade. However, choosing not to use a letter grade potentially further stigmatizes disadvantaged students.

Now more than ever, we need a universal pass/no record grading policy. For students with concerns about medical, law, business, and other schools–– with a comprehensive grading system, if a student fails the course, it is wiped from their record with a note placed on their transcript indicating that the semester was subject to significant disruption.

We must ask ourselves: If you have lost your job, and you have become critically ill with COVID-19, or you're evicted from your apartment–– for those students who want letter grades–– who are they getting that letter grade at the expense of?

CUNY fails to support its most vulnerable. But it doesn't have to be this way. We can show up for each other and unite in solidarity. 

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