Petition for Nipissing University to offer Pass/Fail option for Winter 2020 Semester

Petition for Nipissing University to offer Pass/Fail option for Winter 2020 Semester

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A Frustrated and Concerned Student started this petition to Nipissing University and

The SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly effected everyone in some way shape or form. As students we have the right to be offered more than just the option to forgo all the work, time, and money we have invested into this semester on top of everything else that we're facing in our personal lives. 

Students are worried about their personal health, the health of their loved ones, are facing unemployment, and the inability to pay bills, all of this on top of studies and whatever else a student may be facing personally. This just leads to further stress and anxiety, which only further impacts how a student is able to deal with school during this trying time. 

Additionally, while Professors are being encouraged to be flexible, I know I have at least one who is doing nothing to accommodate students and make this difficult time easier for them, being completely unsympathetic to the situation at hand. 

With the exceptional circumstances students are facing today, Nipissing University should give students the option to be graded using the Pass/Fail system. This request is not unprecedented; universities and colleges across both Canada and the United States have been implementing this system for students. - Dalhousie University on implementing the Pass/Fail system: "...we have heard your questions and concerns. We have developed a process to ensure the protection of your academic record, given the unusual and extreme circumstances of the 2020 winter term. We have come up with a number of academic options for you to consider once you receive your final grades".

There's also numerous other school's implementing this system.

But no, the only option we're getting is an extended withdrawal period. Being forced to decide between taking a hit to our gpa and jeopardizing it, or giving up on something we've invested time and money into (during a time where money is tight enough to begin with), essentially getting penalized while getting nothing in return. 

This is honestly showing a blatant disregard for students during this trying time, and shows that Nipissing University's true priority is money. 

Nipissing University can make this change, just like many other colleges and universities have done. Students should be allowed to have this safety net, and the option should things not work out due to today's circumstances without being penalized for them. 

Please sign this petition in support of students at Nipissing University during this trying time. We deserve more than this, we deserve better!

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