Make classes credit/no credit at KCAD and FSU for the spring semester during CVOID-19.

Make classes credit/no credit at KCAD and FSU for the spring semester during CVOID-19.

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Emma O'Beirne started this petition to Tara McCrackin and

This month has been one of the most chaotic and draining times in U.S. history because of the unexpected impact of the COVID-19 virus, also known as the "Coronavirus." The virus’ had drastic social impact on our society, and due to unforeseen circumstances KCAD, and FSU have moved all classes for this online. As hands on students who rely on other’s input in order to succeed, we are lacking necessary interaction in order to produce out best work. This is why we are fighting to have the current semester evaluated on a pass/no pass or credit/no credit basis. The classes this semester should have no effect on any student’s grade point average because of the drastic change in our learning environment, and the lack of accessibility to necessary materials. Some reasoning for this is:

1. Some students may lack accessibility to the required tools, such as wireless internet, to conduct their learning online. Also, with us perusing a degree with a non-digital formal, we lack the ability to use tools such as printing/pressing tools and other workshop materials.  This is especially the case after Governor Whitmer's decision to no longer allow access to buildings (such as campus), or to environments where many students gain ability to use these tools. It would not be fair to those students to be held to the same standard as those that do have access. This simple accessibility issue could cause some students' GPA to lower, just because pure lack of access.

2. Some students may have difficulties learning online versus being face to face contact. Us art students, and many within other fields, such as science thrive and depend on hands on learning, and the constant access to our professors. It is a necessary part of art to have critiques and play off of other creatives in our fields of choice. It is not equitable to change the way we have to learn and expect the outcome to be the same. This again might cause a student’s GPA to be lowered.

3. Some students may not feel prepared for exams or other important assessments because of lack of access. This will cause lower test results and cause students' GPA to be lower than normal.

4. Mental impact, especially within isolation can drain one’s motivation and overall sense of time and awareness. There is a heightened chance of mental illness being a risk within students our age due to circumstances and the many difficulties we are facing at this time. Many of have lost our main source of income making it hard to plan our lives financially, especially while trying to focus on our education.

Why is our GPA so important?

Many issues arise when you have a rapid decrease in your GPA. First and foremost, students need a high GPA to gain internships and full-time employment. Though it is not the only thing that employers look at, it is a large factor now and days, especially when we are digitally sorted and not properly reviewed due to circumstance, Secondly, internships are a necessary part of successful jobs when entering the workforce, especially within an artistic field. When we are unable to gain these, and participate in such things, it decreases our chances of success for the future.

Solution:

The solution is to make all classes for Spring 2020 credit/no credit courses. This solution will provide equality for all students and allow the students to maintain some sense of normalcy in their college careers, without having to feel tainted due to lack of resources.

We understand that this situation is out of everyone’s hands, and an unexpected change to our environment. We did not ask to be here, and no one has control of the situation, but KCAD/FSU administration does have the ability to aid us in our education performance during this time.

Please consider,

A concerned KCAD student.

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