Change TAMUC grading for Spring 2020 semester

Change TAMUC grading for Spring 2020 semester

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Due to unfortunate circumstances caused by Covid-19 we the students of Texas A&M - Commerce have been needlessly and unfairly affected and we demand that steps be taken to minimize the damage to our GPAs, careers, and futures.

We acknowledge that the university has taken steps to meet us halfway by making satisfactory-unsatisfactory grading an option. This grading system does help many students and should remain an option but for a considerable portion of students this is unacceptable. Students who were trying to raise their GPA now lose that ability, this is especially true for graduating seniors and PSA students. Furthermore, students who do opt for the pass-fail grades take a great risk because many graduate, or professional programs, such as UT-Southwestern, will not accept such grades, even in light of this pandemic. It is also an opt in system, which means that any student who does opt in, will have a value-judgment passed on their grade by virtue of the fact that other students decided to accept a regular letter grade from the same institution. It is not fair that we should be forced to choose between a grading policy that is not acceptable to our future educational institutions or have our grades brought low by this dilemma. We can accept these grades now, and then find out our chosen programs don’t want them, and by extension us, and we either have to retake courses or choose entirely different career paths. All because we have been offered a choice that is little more than a band-aid slapped over a larger issue. This endangers not only our near futures, but the potential path for the rest of our lives.

Most importantly is the fact that the negative impact of this pandemic will be most felt by students who have the least resources. Our student body is largely composed of minority students, who have historically and continue to this day, to be denied the same access to resources and will therefore suffer from huge disparities in access to housing, healthcare, income, education and more, all of which are doubly true in the state of Texas. This means that TAMUC's students will be disproportionately affected by Covid-19, more so than a national baseline and our grades will be that much more in danger because of it. So students who have trouble getting their needs met on a regular basis are now slammed by this new predicament and are expected to somehow work miracles.

We paid for and expected our courses to be in person and while we acknowledge that no one could have foreseen our current predicament we have been unfairly burdened nonetheless. Many of us have issues finding housing, food, or consistent internet access. We have all had to take on roles such as caretaker or wage earner which compromise our ability to find time or space to concentrate on school work. Not to mention many of us work in the medical field and our first priority is the health and treatment of our communities. But all of us regardless of our own personal situations have had to deal with professor giving us more work than was required in person, some are not responding to students emails, others will not upload grades. We realize these are trying times for everyone but this is a service we paid for and expecting us to take on all of the risks when our futures are the most vulnerable is outrageous and offensive.

In light of this we ask TAMUC to acknowledge our dire predicament by moving to a grading policy similar to Wiley College and other universities, in which an A is a grade 80-100, B is 79-60 and a C is 59-0. We feel this would more accurately reflect our abilities and efforts and not the terrible circumstances with which we find ourselves. We are constantly receiving emails telling us that TAMUC cares about our well-being, we are asking you to prove it.

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