Petition for Pass/Fail Option in Spring 2020 Courses at UTEP

Petition for Pass/Fail Option in Spring 2020 Courses at UTEP

0 have signed. Let’s get to 5,000!
Petitions with more than 5000 signatures are 50% more likely to reach victory!

Claudia Duran started this petition to The University of Texas at El Paso

On March 13, 2020, The University of Texas at El Paso released a memorandum stating that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all course content for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester was going to be shifted to an online version and delivered remotely. This pandemic also resulted in the majority of UTEP mass events to be cancelled or postponed, including commencement, pre-commencement, class ring ceremony, conferences, and multiple academic trips.

We believe that UTEP’s appropriate action in response to this pandemic should be to join additional institutions of higher learning and provide students the option to be graded on a pass/fail (P/F) scale or on the regular letter grade scale once the final grades are posted at the end of the semester. The pass (P) grade would be given to students that have satisfied their course material with a letter grade of C- or above, or in accordance to each college’s specific requirements for each specific course.

We also ask to include an appropriate indication on every student transcript that indicates the fact that a global pandemic occurred during the Spring 2020 semester and resulted in significant changes to coursework and grading patterns. This would provide the opportunity for students to explain their decisions and reasoning behind their elected grading method to future employers and/or Graduate schools.

UTEP is a unique institution because 80% of its student population is Hispanic, this is due to the “demographic composition of the bi-national region” UTEP stands on. This is seen through the fact that a significant percentage of the student body commutes from the sister city of Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico in order to attend daily classes or work/work-study responsibilities. The current COVID-19 public health emergency that we are all facing resulted in the borders being closed and many families are unable to be united for an indefinite time period. We ask the faculty senate of the University of Texas at El Paso to be considerate of the effect in academic performance that the uncertainty of these circumstances, combined with the fact that the student body will participate in an unprecedented online method of course learning, that neither students nor professors were prepared for.

0 have signed. Let’s get to 5,000!
Petitions with more than 5000 signatures are 50% more likely to reach victory!