Implementation of Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option throughout all McGill Faculties.

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In light of the current Covid-19 Pandemic, University students have to learn remotely during the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 Semesters. Remote learning can be a great solution in theory. However, it has become clear that students are struggling a lot to maintain a proper mental health/social life/school balance. 

This semester has been very difficult for many students at all levels of education, especially at the university level. For example, we at McGill have struggled to commit to studying as some students cannot find quiet spaces as the library is closed and homes may be chaotic. Second, students have suffered mentally as the workload was increased and teachers are not considering student wellness as midterms are graded harder and assignments are coming at us from every direction. Online learning has blurred the meaning of "weekdays" and students find themselves working harder than ever to adapt and try and keep up with their courses. In most cases, teachers are expecting more or less in terms of assignments and exams, without taking into account the challenges that students have to deal with.

The implementation of the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option, as it was the case during the Winter 2020 semester would give hope to students across all faculties. It would allow students to balance their school and personal life during these tough times. In addition to the challenge of remote learning for international students, Montreal-based students find themselves isolated at home more than ever. Gyms, restaurants and University facilities are closed indefinitely, making it even more challenging for students to thrive in both their academic and personal life.

Other Universities such as Bishop's University have already announced that they would implement Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option for at least the Fall 2020 semester. If they can do it, how can "one of the greatest University in the world" not adapt to and consider its student’s needs?