Alternative Grading for Fall 2020 & Mental Health Days for Spring 2021

Alternative Grading for Fall 2020 & Mental Health Days for Spring 2021

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Ayana Amaechi started this petition to University of Utah Students

In light of changing life circumstances that may have impeded your academic success including, but not limited to, the following:

COVID 19 Repercussions

-Rising interpersonal violence cases

-Abnormal financial stressors

-The ICE Directive

-Full ICU beds in Utah Hospitals

-Lack of internet connection

-No fall break & news of no spring break

Extraneous University Dealings

-Banjo data privacy fallouts 

-Vice Presidential Debate

-Target of phishing scams & University payouts to re-obtain student and patient information

-University Settlement of 13.5 million to the McCluskey family

National Stressors/Natural Disasters

-Elections, supreme court confirmations

-Fires, hurricane force winds, earthquakes in SLC

our overall mental wellbeing as students has severely deteriorated due to the previously listed items.

Please sign your name if you, as a University of Utah Student would approve of the following:

1) the OPTION to CHOOSE between a traditional grading system and a CR/NC option, identical to last spring semester. This would suspend UNIVERSITY RULE 6-100A: ELECTION OF CREDIT/NO-CREDIT (CR/NC) GRADING FOR UNDERGRADUATES [EFFECTIVE DATE: JULY 1, 2011] (https://regulations.utah.edu/academics/rules/R6-100A.php). This would allow for students to have CR/NC for major requirement classes and surpass the 15 credit hour limit for CR/NC options among other policies listed in the rule. 2)  the option to mental health break days in place of spring break, to assist your mental wellbeing.

DISCLAIMERS: 

1) Changing one’s grade from traditional to CR/NC can have a negative effect on your admission to graduate programs, and prospective job applications, as these entities often view CR as about equivalent to a C. It should be noted that if you are doing poorly in a class, the potential grade would also have a negative effect on your admission to graduate programs, and matriculation into the workforce. 2) By having either of these breaks, students are more susceptible to travel, and this may cause a rise in COVID-19 cases.

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