Salem state University pass/fail

Salem state University pass/fail

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shane berkin started this petition to Salem State University

On behalf of the students at Salem State University we would like to continue with the option of a choice to chose pass/fail as we have been doing. The email that was sent out to your students starts off with the university saying you know that we “have had to cope with hardships that we have not known for a century.” So if you know this then why are you adding another hardship to our plate! We are basically teaching ourselves with little to no help with exception of a few great professors. As a community we need help in each other when we are in need not make it harder! We are students that have to work a full time while being a full time student at the same to keep simple things as a roof over head or food on our table , some students have their family to care for now in the pandemic because no one else can , someone people probably have children to look after and work full time and be a full time student at the same time and now you’re just adding another thing to your students plate and not totally seeing the negative impact this will have on your students. We try as community to help each other when we most need it but it seems like Salem State doesn’t really seem like it cares right now trying to force letter grades on its student knowing fully well that we are in a pandemic that really hasn’t gotten any better and new strands have even started to show. Where in Texas there’s a major snow storm happening down there and many more destructive news where people have family members in those places, and the only thing Salem state could decide to do was give us letter grades where the students that have a full time job or have to care for family and etc now have to probably work less and risk getting food on their table or keeping a roof over their head, heck most people don’t even have a stable home to go to or live in and now they have one more thing to stress about, especially the students that are paying their tutoring out of their own pockets, what time will they have to go to work and do hours of homework and projects at the same time and focus in school because if they don’t work to pay their tuition then they can’t go to school, but if they don’t pass they also can’t go to school so it’s a lose lose situation you put most people in! I hope you’re happy with not having the best interest of your students but instead you do what’s best for your corporation instead of your students and that speaks volumes especially when most schools are doing pass fail cause they know the hardships we have to deal with!!! How could one University say they care about its student but doesn’t listen to them! I say let’s just finish this year with the option of pass/fail and next fall 2021 we can start the letter grades then not right now when things are at it’s hardest! 

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