P/NP Grading for Purdue, Fall 2020

P/NP Grading for Purdue, Fall 2020

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David Monroe started this petition to Purdue University Administration and

Purdue administration has countlessly accounted this semester as the most abnormal in our history, and yet the means by which students are graded have not met the necessary changes to adapt to this abnormality. It remains gravely unfair to the student body to reform the entire way we think about schooling, but leave the grading system in place as a means of ensured demerit.

Currently, the faculty senate passed a resolution allowed for P/NP for classes except any that count toward one's major. In effect, this exiles upperclassmen from being able to benefit from this clause, and even marginalizes the stress it takes away from underclassmen. Rather, we request that Purdue University allow students to take each of their classes as P/NP - similar to what was enacted in the Spring of this same year. With a semester that was completed more than 50% in person, the University realized the taxing nature of online classes and granted us P/NP. Now, when the stress is heightened and the stakes are higher, we are left drowning in the wake. 

At present, thousands of students are 12 weeks into a semester unlike any other, a semester that came with unknown implications and terms unbeknownst to students at the time of committing to taking classes "in-person". The lack of tuition cuts for this semester implied to students that business would carry on as usual, with in-person instruction prevailing. After 12 weeks, Purdue students can assuredly state that this promise was broken by administration.

Countless hours of work coupled with limited social interaction in the midst of a civil rights movement, the most polarizing presidential election in recent memory, and the worst disease outbreak in modern history. Needless to say, students can hardly take any more, as each of the aforementioned event alone would cause undue stress, let alone a culmination. According to a recent PSG survey, 63% of students say that online classes have negatively impacted their ability to learn, and 45% say they feel unsupported. Rather, the university is sacrificing the mental health and wellbeing of their students in the name of notoriety, instead of leading by example and placing students at the forefront. Other universities have already implemented this style of grading in an effort to aid their students, most notably being Northwestern, Penn State and Michigan State University. Now is the time for Purdue to show how much they care about their students and follow in the leads of these great institutions rather than remain the exception. 

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