Response from the Academic Senate
Jun 5, 2020 —
We have received overwhelming support from a variety of faculty and admim! The Academic Senate released this statement on Thursday June 4th, 2020.
"Dear UCR Faculty, Students, and Staff:
Below this email, i am forwarding the communication i sent yesterday, June 3, to the co-authors of “UCR Demands to Administration – Call to Action,” dated May 31, 2020 (attached). If any of you have not yet read the Call to Action, i urge you to do so now. Crucially, the Call to Action is supported by a large and growing population of UCR students, as represented by the more than five dozen (and counting) endorsements by registered UCR student organizations. In addition to the grassroots support from students, i am pleased to note that a growing number of departments, faculty organizations, and individual colleagues are steadily expressing their public solidarity with the Call to Action.
This message to the UCR campus provides an update on the concrete measures the UCR Academic Senate has taken to maximize our collective capacity to academically support vulnerable and impacted (Black) students during this time.
The Senate’s Executive Council voted unanimously on June 3, 2020, to support the principles of social justice, social transformation, opposition to anti-Black police violence, and strengthened institutional support for Black students articulated in the Call to Action.
I write to urge all of us to embrace the call for solidarity, flexibility, and fundamental empathy that is so clearly articulated in the Call to Action. Existing instructional policies allow faculty to proactively address many of the acute academic vulnerabilities described so clearly in this urgent student authored document. Faculty may, in accordance with existing regulations, choose to appropriately modify, cancel, or render optional their Spring 2020 final exams. Some departments have chosen to support the Call to Action by making a collective decision on their final exam polices—i encourage other departments to do the same. I especially urge faculty/departments to be as attentive and communicative with students as possible as they make their decisions regarding final exams.
The following changes to Senate regulations were passed minutes ago, and provide an effective “no-fail” policy by way of a substantial temporary modification to course withdrawal regulations. I ask that students and advisors inform themselves as to any possible adverse implications to financial aid eligibilities or other corollary matters as they decide whether to withdraw from courses or change to the “S/NC” grading option.
Please note that “end of the term (quarter)” for Spring 2020 is June 12.
Measures passed by UCR Executive Council of the Academic Senate on June 4, 2020:
R1.1.4 A student may drop a course without prior approval no later than the end of the second full week of instruction. For Spring 2020, from the third full week of instruction through the end of the term (quarter), a course may be dropped with the approval of the advisor. For Summer, 2020, from the third through the tenth full week of instruction, a course may be dropped with the approval of the advisor. Any course drop which would reduce the undergraduate student's academic load to less than 12 units must be approved by the Dean.
R1.1.5 If a student drops a course before the end of the eighth full week of instruction in Spring 2020, no indication will be entered in the permanent transcript. Deans may permit undergraduate students to withdraw after the eighth week on a case-by-case basis, in which case a transcript symbol of W, signifying withdrawal, entered in the grade column. For Spring and Summer 2020, no indication of courses dropped during these quarters will appear in students’ permanent transcripts. Students who withdraw while repeating a course previously taken may register for another attempt in a later quarter.
R1.1.6 The final date to petition for conversion from letter grade to S/NC or vice versa will be the end of the term (quarter).
I end this message by expressing my strongest possible support to those working, studying, organizing, writing, dancing, researching, and singing in support and sustenance of Black freedom struggle and the abolition of anti-Black state terror, including but not limited to fatal (and overwhelmingly state sanctioned) police violence. It is an honor to be with you during this time of turmoil.
Thank you for signing the petiton and continuing to voice your support.
Lets Take Action Movement
Keep fighting for people power!
Politicians and rich CEOs shouldn't make all the decisions. Today we ask you to help keep Change.org free and independent. Our job as a public benefit company is to help petitions like this one fight back and get heard. If everyone who saw this chipped in monthly we'd secure Change.org's future today. Help us hold the powerful to account. Can you spare a minute to become a member today?I'll power Change with $5 monthly