Wilfrid Laurier: Offer option to pass/fail Classes.
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The spread of COVID-19 has put an end to face-to-face instruction and proceeded with virtual instruction. This protects everyone from exposure to the virus but there are many disadvantages to online education. Virtual Instruction is helpful with connecting and interacting with your professor but there are many limitations do to time zones, internet availability, and many more reasons. Laurier provides multiple resources for students including the writing center, tutoring center, international office, and other resources that students aren't provided due to the online change. These changes put students at a great disadvantage due to the amount of credit hours that were moved to online and the stress being caused by these changes.
Offering pass/fail option for all classes, especially major classes, will reduce stress caused by the major changes to students day to day life and their education. If a class this semester is used as a prerequisite for a future class the letter grade requirement should be waived as well. The Laurier student body are smart, driven, and passionate students who were unfortunately impacted greatly due to COVID-19. With students struggling to find internet access, making sure that they're turning in their work on time due to time zone differences, and having to travel back to their home country during the travel bans, it would be greatly appreciated by many for the option to pass-fail.
The option to pass/fail won't dishearten students from doing well in their classes (students doing well have the option to keep their current grade), but will alleviate stress and help students in tough academic situations. The University has done an excellent job keeping students safe and healthy. This is recognized by all students and greatly appreciated. This entire process unfortunately has put toll on students mental health and their future due to this change. We would greatly appreciate if classes were pass/fail due to this unfortunate event and circumstance. Please take these steps, as the University of Mcgill, Toronto, Mcmaster, Alberta, and BC have taken action and put this policy into place.
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