Make all classes pass/fail this semester

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Tulane's purpose is to create, communicate and conserve knowledge in order to enrich the capacity of individuals, organizations and communities to think, to learn and to act and lead with integrity and wisdom. This is a truly noble mission statement. 

During these desperate times, we must be audacious in our ability and commitment to care for each other. Academic life has been put on hold, and for the seniors, it has seemingly ended, as our students, faculty, and staff vacate campus. Whether our community members are traveling to quarantine themselves off-campus, across the country, or across the world, stress, anxiety, and fear have surely been experienced by each member of our community. The last thing students need to worry about is how this utterly disrupted semester is going to affect their GPA. Likewise, our professors certainly do not need the extra worry of objectively grading their students in the "virtual classroom." Technology is a wonderous boon to education, but it has its limits. No one is nieve enough to think that a Zoom meeting will have the same level of discourse and intellectual stimulation as in-person interaction. Therefore, how is it fair to our students and professors to use traditional grading methods in such trying and unprecedented times? For better or worse, a student's GPA is an object of immense pride and often worry. One's GPA can open doors to employers and grad schools or slam them shut. Why would we as a community want to add another layer of stress to the student body, who has had made great sacrifices and hasty good-byes to the school and friends whom they love?

This is an opportunity for the Tulane Administration to be audacious and show its commitment to its students. Please sign this petition if you are in favor of making all disrupted classes this semester pass/fail (satisfactory/unsatisfactory) and thus showing compassion to the students in these incredibly stressful times. We can make it through this pandemic if we band together and show each other compassion and care. Stay safe in these trying times. Much love.