Granting UNT Students Pass/Fail for Fall 2020

Granting UNT Students Pass/Fail for Fall 2020

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Katie Whitefield started this petition to UNT Office of Registrar and

We are petitioning on behalf of the UNT Student Body to extend the pass/fail option for classes until the last day of the Fall semester. Currently, students cannot apply for one class to be changed to pass or fail because the deadline has already passed. Many UNT students were unaware of this deadline, which was October 2, 2020, because there was no email sent out by the University. Additionally, Professors did not address this matter in classes, through Canvas, or by email. Therefore, most of the students attending the University of North Texas who are taking online or in-person courses missed this deadline.

It is important to note that this semester has been more unpredictable than the previous semester given that the pandemic has worsened and the amount of Covid-19 cases have significantly increased over time. Also, since the transition to remote learning, it has been more difficult for students to complete their coursework in a way that reflects their full academic potential. The added responsibility to adjust to a new form of learning in a way students were not used to before only adds stress to individuals' course load and therefore has negatively impacted their mental health as well as their grades.

By extending the pass/fail option, UNT would be alleviating some of the stress multiple students are currently experiencing. By not extending this deadline and failing to communicate the pass/fail option to students, The University of North Texas is unsuccessfully acknowledging the severity of the situation including how it may be impacting students academically and personally. Compared to the Spring 2020 semester, students were given the opportunity to apply for pass/fail for a class until the last day of the semester. Whereas now, students are revoked of that privilege. The Student Body is politely asking that you extend the deadline for pass/fail until the last day of the Fall 2020 academic semester. We recognize that this is a substantial request, but we truly believe it will positively impact the Student Body. 

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