Simon Fraser University: Change your Final Exam Procedures

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EDIT: CW: Mental  health

Unprecedented changes have happened in the wake of COVID-19.  From lectures being moved online, self-isolation and sometimes quarantines being imposed, and hard circumstances for many for the upcoming final exam season, these could not be worse conditions to study in.  Not taken into account is the major stress and anxiety from the COVID crisis as well as other issues, such as familial layoffs.  It's evident that student grades will suffer - as a student Senator, I've heard students discuss inability to pay attention in lectures, trouble studying, and even talk of suicide from too many students to count.   SFU must act to provide equitable relief to SFU students.  

SFU must give students additional choices, such as:

a) Pass/Fail instruction, whereas there is no effect on GPA but credits are awarded, or;

b) A grade freeze, where further instruction and examination/work terminates effective immediately and letter grades are awarded based on all coursework up to this date, or;

c) Allowing students to finish the semester as normal.

These are extraordinary times, and SFU must implement extraordinary measures to preserve student mental health.  SFU, please do the right thing.