Petition to student body, Teachers
Georgia Schools Should Void 4th Quarter Grading and Pass All 2019/20 Classes
The Georgia Public Education system has crumbled in the recent COVID-19 Pandemic. The schools have began a “digital learning” course which is new to both the students and the teachers. The schools are forcing the teachers to put out more work than the normal workload during this online period, not to mention, for no actual cause, due to the EOC’s being put up for termination this Spring 2020. The workload, along with the stress and anxiety being put on students does not provide a healthy working environment for the student body. As a result of this, our future generations are having trouble keeping a high GPA or even focusing academically at all. Without the proper help from teachers or having the ability to actively question teachers and receiving rapid responses, students are not truly learning, but rather grabbing the information temporarily. I have started this petition in hopes of getting our GPA for 4th quarter voided and receiving our credits in full for this 2nd semester. You shouldn’t penalize your students for a global issue that is fully out of our control.
Petition to The President of the University of Central Arkansas
The students of the University of Central Arkansas want courses to be pass/fail.
Students at the University of Central Arkansas signed up to take classes that were to be taught in-person and in an environment that most accurately demonstrates their efforts as students. COVID-19 has completely changed the course of the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, and I believe that keeping the standard grading scale does not accurately represent a student's academic ability given the current circumstances. In order to better support the students of the University of Central Arkansas through these trying times in both the United States and the world, the grading scale for the Spring 2020 semester should be transitioned to pass/fail. It is no secret that UCA's decision to move to online courses was in the best interest of public health, however students have been suffering greatly. Without the face-to-face help from professors and other students, learning virtually has proven to be incredibly difficult. Personally, I am a hands-on learner. Doing classwork in isolation and on a computer screen makes learning especially strenuous, therefore doing work online simply cannot accurately represent my ability to learn and retain information for my classes. I can't ask my professors questions as they arise, and I can't learn collaboratively or study with my peers. Myself, along with others, did not sign up for online classes with reason. This unforeseen transition to online classes should not have the capacity to negatively affect the GPAs of UCA students. What students need now is SUPPORT. Things are scary. Assuming that students can maintain the same level of focus and discipline when it comes to academics is misguided. At this time, the number of COVID-19 cases in the United States is still increasing, and people's friends and family members are dying. Not to mention the fact that resources that were provided on-campus are no longer available (wifi, the library, computers, and places to study). The world is changing in a way that no one could have predicted. So why are students being graded as if nothing has changed? I am proud to be a student at the University of Central Arkansas. However, no one could have predicted the sudden and drastic changes to the lives of each and every student. That being said, it is only fair to change classes to pass/fail in order to equally measure the efforts of students this semester. We will get through this together. Go Bears!
Petition to Administration of Reed College
Reed College Administration: Implement a Universal Pass or Double-A System
In recent weeks, Reed College, alongside the rest of the world, has experienced a series of unprecedented and extreme changes and disruptions to our academic system. With classes moving online, students removed from campus housing, all academic buildings and resources no longer accessible, we cannot continue to pretend that it is possible to function as we have before. Our situation now has fundamentally changed, and our solutions for responding to it must radically adapt as well. In light of these changes, we, the undergraduate student body of Reed College, respectfully petition the Registrar’s Office, the Dean of Students’ and Dean of Faculty’s Office, and the President’s Office, to implement either a Universal Pass system or a Double A system for ALL Spring 2020 classes. To do this would be to acknowledge the severe disruptions every Reed student has experienced as a result of a global pandemic, and to protect each student from being punished or penalized for the ways COVID-19 has affected their lives. With the closing of on-campus facilities and resources, including on-campus housing, students have been forced to pack up and relocate, cross-country or even internationally, in a matter of days. For some students, this can mean returning to an unsafe or an abusive home; risking their own safety or that of their immunocompromised or elderly family members through unnecessary travel; no longer having access to regular meals, stable internet and crucial technology; radically different time zones which prohibit participation in online classes; or not having anywhere to return to at all, risking homelessness and housing instability. Though an option to petition to stay on campus has been provided, ostensibly without a cap on the number of petitions granted, many students’ need-based petitions have nevertheless been denied. Students thus no longer have access to any of the countless material resources and spaces which they once relied on to succeed academically. Many Reedies no longer have the resources they need to access remote learning: an internet connection, a personal computer, a quiet or private space to study and attend class in. Students have also lost access to on-campus resources with the closures of the library, PARC, and IMC, which means students cannot access not only books but the study space of the library and the research support provided by library staff. If they are able to access online class, the quality and access provided from remote learning is nowhere near what it would have been prior to these disruptions; it is not even possible to access many classes, such as lab sciences, studio and performing arts, through remote learning at all. Students have lost income, through the loss of on-campus work as well as mass layoffs and unemployment outside of Reed, and risk losing their housing, electricity, water, or their ability to feed themselves as a result. And looming above all of these concerns is the threat of COVID-19 itself, which has found all Oregon residents under a strict shelter-in-place order, and which threatens the health and lives of the friends and families of many Reedies. During this time of global loss and grieving, it is a simple fact as well that it is incredibly difficult, not just for students but for everyone living in this time, to feel motivated, hopeful, or able to continue on as normal. There are countless extenuating circumstances which would prohibit a student’s ability to successfully participate in class, too many to consider or grant exceptions individually with the care that each case deserves. More importantly, in a global crisis in which the lives of students, their family and friends are threatened, in which the cooperation of many is needed to keep all safe, in which all hands are required to create networks of mutual aid, students, as well as faculty and staff, should have the right and the ability to prioritize their and their community’s essential well-being and survival over their schoolwork and grades, which have already been irreversibly disrupted. On Friday March 27th the Dean of Faculty announced an opt-in Cr/NCr program to address some of the concerns above. While this move is a step in the right direction, we do not believe this is sufficient, as it does not address the issue of equity amongst the student body. The opt-in Cr/NCr program outlined by the Dean of Faculty still places the burden on the student to obtain and maintain a passing grade, when the extenuating circumstances outlined above would make it much more difficult for many students to do so, undoubtedly along lines of socio-economic and racial marginalization. Additionally, it also excludes thesis and year-long classes such as Hum 110, compulsory classes which roughly half the student body are enrolled in, for unknown reasons. A C/NC system does not adequately address the numerous complicated extenuating circumstances which block students’ access and ability to complete graded work. We ask that students receive an automatic and universal pass for ALL classes in Spring 2020, not just semester-long courses; our proposal takes two forms that the administration can choose to enact. The first is a strict Universal Pass (UP); rather than a letter grade, Reed would place a “P” on student transcripts along with a statement of the extenuating circumstances of COVID-19. We also request that a petition system be created in which students may opt out of the UP system in favor of their letter grade, based on work completed in the spring semester, so that students who want to maintain their grade for graduate school or internship applications or GPA purposes may do so. The Universal Pass system is not perfect though, and does not ensure full equity amongst all students, regardless of their situation. Many students require graded courses for scholarship eligibility, graduate schools, professional certifications, and more. While the Universal Pass system outlined above does allow for some students to get grades it also puts an extra burden on them to submit a petition in order to receive those grades. In this time of extreme uncertainty, where people have lost jobs, lost housing, and may be in the process of losing friends and family, it cannot be stressed enough that any extra burden placed upon anyone is not an equitable process. One alternative to the Universal Pass system is the Double A system. Under Double A grading, students will receive credit for all of their courses and a grade of either “A or ‘A-” on their transcript. Faculty are able to distribute these grades as they see fit and no student will be penalized for factors and circumstances outside of their control. Every student at Reed College will receive one of these grades in all of their courses and receive credit towards their departmental, distribution, and degree/graduation requirements. For the context of graduate schools and jobs that require a transcript to be submitted, students should have the option to request a transcript annotation explaining the extenuating circumstances that lead to the grading changes. We also request an accompanying UP or Double A system and school-wide extensions for thesis students, many of whom have been forced to completely change or irreversibly compromise the most important project of their Reed career in the face of COVID-19. Thesising seniors no longer have access to crucial spaces and resources which are fundamental to the success of their work: labs, books, studio and performing spaces, formatting and printing resources, research travel, and the opportunity for in-person work with advisors or objects of study. Thesis students are now also faced with the daunting prospect of graduating into a world irreversibly affected by COVID-19, throwing their post-graduate plans and chances of employment into chaos. Along with the loss of important traditions which many Reedies look forward to their entire time at Reed, such as in-person orals, thesis parade, Renn Fayre, and of course Commencement, thesis students are faced with particularly painful and difficult circumstances which fundamentally limit their ability to complete their thesis fully and satisfactorily. Both a Universal Pass system or a Double A system is more equitable than an optional Cr/NCr system as it would ensure that all students, regardless of the situation that they now find themselves in, are able to progress in their degree. The optional Cr/NCr system presented by the Dean of Faculty does not go far enough to protect students who have been put under enormous pressure by COVID-19. In response to concerns that a UP or Double A system would disincentivize students from attending class, which faculty and staff have admirably and tirelessly worked to implement, we have two points. The first is that if a student needs to prioritize securing their and their loved ones’ health and survival over attending online class, then that should be their right, and they should not be punished for it. The second is that we believe many students would actually choose to continue to participate in class if able to, with the relief of knowing that their grade is secure. We continue to believe in the passion and care Reedies have for their education; online classes remain a valuable space for learning and social connection, which we need dearly in a time of social isolation, but without the compounded stress and undue burden of grading, assignments, and assessments. Our advocacy for these policy changes takes its cues from Swarthmore College and Yale University’s petitions for UP systems. The argument for UP rather than C/NC from Swarthmore’s petition: “We ALL deserve the right to continue our academic pursuits and passions this semester without worry of the potential slipping or falling of our grades. A UP system not only benefits students of differing socioeconomic status but the student body as a whole. We believe UP is the most equitable response as it allows students to prioritize their health and safety above all.” From Yale’s petition (#NoFailYale): “The optional route [opt-in C/NC] discriminates against students who are struggling outside of Yale. Having a difference between pass/fail and letter grades creates a stigma around choosing pass/fail. When employers or grad schools compare students it will seem like students who choose pass/fail are less deserving of the position. That stigma will fall on socioeconomic lines.” We, the undersigned, deliver this request with the utmost sincerity. These are desperate, unstable, and unprecedented times. More than ever, we are called to come together to above all support each other, and take care of not only our own needs but those of our communities. We strongly urge the college to take up this spirit, and demonstrate its commitment to student well-being, equity, and safety by allowing students crucial support and peace of mind in an otherwise impossible moment.
Petition to John Bel Edwards, Louisiana Governor, Louisiana State Senate, Louisiana State House
Pass all students in Louisiana for the remainder of the 2019/2020 school year
Hello, this is in regard to COVID-19 commonly known as Coronavirus. During this unprecedented time in US history, we should be able to focus more on our families and health rather than impending school work. Due to the uncertainty of this situation and the possible, unsafe environments of some students' homes, it is likely that their academic performance will be deeply affected. However, we believe that the next step is to either pass all students by implementing the Double-A Policy, allow class the option for pass/fail or a generous curve. Reasons to adjust are listed below: - Help reduce the stress that many students are already experiencing from sudden travel, such as the anxiety and distress that students may have felt while trying to purchase plane or train tickets, checking in luggage, the act of packing to go home, etc.. Students who have left Louisiana, but have returned to states with a high number of COVID-19 cases, such as California or New York, are likely still experiencing stress, knowing that their community is at risk. - Personal difficulties: time zones, internet access and/or connection, possibly unstable homes, having to take care of family members. Unexpected barriers that low-income students may experience at home. These points are expanded below: 1. Time zone difference will affect a student's ability to operate and/or even attend class. Some students had 7 AM classes; if they had to go to the West Coast, that class would now be a 4 AM. For international students, classes could be held in the middle of the night. Inconvenient timing of classes will undoubtedly affect their academic performance. 2. If a family member becomes sick, how will a student focus on their studies? We should be prioritizing the health and status of our community over grades at this moment. 3. With the many businesses closing down (bars and restaurants), student-workers are not making money; what if this was a source of income that they or their family needed desperately? - For those out-of-state students that have stayed in Louisiana, many are staying because it is too expensive to fly back and/or they are concerned about the health and safety of their family. A lot of these students stuck on campus may also be experiencing loneliness. - Online instruction is incomparable to the experience and learning that one may have in the class and during in-person lectures; although many students may transition seamlessly to learning online, there will be an indisputable part of our student body that will face difficulties in focusing and/or truly understanding class material. In general, this pandemic is having an overall negative effect on the esteem and mental health of our student body and staff. Other universities, such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have announced that they would be changing their grading policy to pass/fail as a result of COVID-19 being a significant disruption (outline in Article 2.64 of their rules and regulations manual). Also, Harvard realized that online school is not adequate schooling and passed their students. If Harvard can do this, we know you can. Thank you so much for reading and we are counting on you, Governor Edwards!
Petition to Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson, Dr. Anne Zayaitz, Dr. Carole Wells, Dr. Annmarie Cordner, Dr. Tom Stewart, Dr. Anne Carroll, Dr. John Ward, Dr. David Beougher, Dr. Michelle Kiec
Kutztown University (COVID-19) Academic Demands
Together we can make a change. Together We Roar! Distress immediately incurs when a university's administration decides that protecting its institutional legacy takes prioritization over the safety and well-being of its students. We are in unprecedented times, so we must adapt in a manner that is equitable to all, especially students. COVID-19 has disrupted and destroyed the lives of countless people, and students have been precipitously affected by its devastation. A university’s #1 focus should be the health and wellness of its student population, so we (KU Resist*) created a list of 10 demands that allows our well-being to be prioritized, not trivialized and ignored. After the list of 10 demands, the petition breaks down each demand and explains why we are asking for that specific accommodation, so that you will have a complete understanding of our needs. The 10 Demands #1 – Graduate Students will be allowed to take any course, of their choosing, Pass/Fail. #2 – The Pass/Fail grade system will be changed to the following: Pass is any grade that is an A, B, C, D, and NC (No Credit) is an F only. #3 – If a course cannot be taught online, without a significant drop off between in-class learning and distance learning, the student will receive an automatic “Pass.” #4 – Attendance and Participation will not factor into grading. #5 – Students will be allowed to submit ALL “late” course work (without penalty to their grade) until May 15th. #6 – Classes will end on May 8th, but the deadline for students to submit course work will be extended until 11:59 pm on May 15th. #7 – If the Kutztown University Administration does not agree to the previous demand, then they need to reimburse the tuition of all students for the week of March 16th - March 20th. #8 – Students who receive an F (letter grade system) or a NC (pass/fail system) will automatically receive an incomplete and allowed a fair opportunity to “Pass” the course in the Summer or Fall. #9 – The incomplete deadline for Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 courses will be extended until 11:59 pm on May 15th. #10 – Grades will be released on Tuesday, May 26th. “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” We are all experiencing the effects of COVID-19, so to pretend like everything is alright or to go about business, as usual, is disgusting and inhumane. Our country is at war, and Kutztown University Administration must take the necessary steps to ensure that it is protecting the well-being of its students without trivializing the effects that COVID-19 has on our health, wellness, and way of life. Otherwise, it is not good to be golden. #1 – Graduate Students will be allowed to take any course, of their choosing, Pass/Fail. Many students (not just undergraduate students) are experiencing psychological, emotional, mental, physical, and financial distress, so it has become challenging and for some downright impossible to concentrate on their studies. Allowing students to take courses pass/fail releases some of that stress, so that they can focus on their health and well-being. This option also gives graduate students who wish to keep their letter grade that choice, without affecting them. Not offering the same accommodations for graduate students, which you are offering to undergraduate students, is unjust. If a graduate student was placed on academic warning or academic probation before March 8th (2020) their academic standing will not be lowered after the Spring Semester, but it can be raised. Thus, they will be allowed another full-term semester to achieve appropriate academic standing, if not reached after this Spring Semester. (Demand #2 through Demand #10 applies to graduate students and undergraduate students.) #2 – The Pass/Fail grade system will be changed to the following: Pass is any grade that is an A, B, C, D, and NC (No Credit) is an F only. In our current letter grade system, any grade that is not an F (even a D) is an earned credit. However, in our current pass/fail system, a D is counted as no credit. That model negatively affects the students who wish to switch their courses to pass/fail. That forces unneeded stress on some students to make a difficult decision between taking the D (earning them credit but lowering their GPA) or receiving an NC (not earning them credit or lowering their GPA, but impacting their graduation requirements and financial aid status). We are in unprecedented times, a students focus should be on surviving the uncertainty of COVID-19; our academics need and should take a backseat in a global pandemic. Many students are already being forced to make difficult decisions, life vs. death, every single day, and our grade model should not be one of those choices. If a(n) (undergraduate or graduate) student was placed on academic warning or academic probation before March 8th (2020) their academic standing will not be lowered after the Spring Semester, but it can be raised. Thus, they will be allowed another full-term semester to achieve appropriate academic standing, if not reached after this Spring Semester. #3 – If a course cannot be taught online, without a significant drop off between in-class learning and distance learning, the student will receive an automatic “Pass.” Students did not ask nor choose to have their courses switched to online instruction. COVID-19 has forced students into a mode of learning that isn’t conducive to many (students) and a decent number of courses. For students who are taking courses where the education outcomes have significantly dropped off need to receive adequate and appropriate accommodations. They are paying tuition (without a deduction) for a class that they are getting little knowledge and hands-on experience. Their class instruction and assignments should continue until the end of the semester. However, completing their coursework should be optional. (They should consider if the course is a prerequisite, graduation requirements, academic goals, and future ambitions.) Each student will then receive an automatic “Pass” (those courses will switch to the pass/fail model) no matter if they choose to continue their coursework. #4 – Attendance and Participation will not factor into grading. There are countless reasons why students cannot access Zoom meetings and class instruction. Some of these reasons are a lack of available technology, internet services, extra responsibilities, tumultuous home life, exacerbation of mental illness, work (essential employee), disease, sensory overload, and many other factors. Therefore, students should not be penalized for their lack of attendance or participation. For many courses, attendance and participation factors into the overall grade, but you cannot assess a student’s performance and commitment to a class based on Zoom meetings (aforementioned reasons) nor the first six or seven weeks of in-class learning. There are students who were experiencing difficulties in the first half of the Spring Semester, and the sudden switch in the mode of learning doesn’t allow them the appropriate time and resources to make up for their early absences or lack of participation. Thus, attendance or participation should not factor into a student’s grade, only assignments, tests, and coursework. #5 – Students will be allowed to submit ALL “late” course work (without penalty to their grade) until May 15th. Students should not be penalized for submitting an assignment late; they need to be taking the necessary time to focus on their well-being and surviving this pandemic, not on submitting an assignment on time. Students need extreme flexibility in this tumultuous semester, not hard-pressed deadlines. Also, taking a full course load of online classes comes with added stress, anxiety, and work that makes distance learning more difficult than in-class instruction. To place additional harm on a student's mental and emotional well-being in this unprecedented juncture is hugely inappropriate. #6 – Classes will end on May 8th, but the deadline for students to submit course work will be extended until 11:59 pm on May 15th. Students missed a full week of courses, after Spring Break, and we should not be penalized for the slow response of the Kutztown University Administration to COVID-19. Many students are also experiencing multiple symptoms of distress and should be concentrating on their overall well-being, not on the completion and submission of an assignment on-time, and finals week brings additional stress and anxiety that would be disastrous for many students (right now). The added week would also make up for the one week of learning that students were not reimbursed and allows students a week after finals to make up any incomplete assignments, which would give students time to prioritize their health and wellness in this global pandemic. #7 – If the Kutztown University Administration does not agree to the previous demand, then they need to reimburse the tuition of all students for the week of March 16th - March 20th. In the March 23rd email about refunds, we were explicitly told that we would not receive a tuition refund. “Tuition – All instruction has been moved online but will continue through the 2020 spring semester. Full tuition costs are remaining in place based on 50% face-to-face and 50% online. The change in instruction does not meet the distance education requirement of 80% online or more.” However, what the Kutztown University Administration neglected to factor in was the week of classes, after Spring Break, which class instruction was suspended (March 16th – March 20th). Kutztown University students paid for 15 weeks of tuition (class instruction and learning), which excludes Spring Break, not 14 weeks. Therefore, we need to be refunded tuition for the week of classes that were suspended, or the KU Administration must agree to the previous demand; it would benefit Kutztown University’s budget and the overall well-being of students if Demand #6 was agreed upon. #8 – Students who receive an F (letter grade system) or a NC (pass/fail system) will automatically receive an incomplete and allowed a fair opportunity to “Pass” the course in the Summer or Fall. We are in a global pandemic, students who fail a course (this semester) need to be met with the utmost compassion. These students were most likely dealing with extreme stress that inhibited their studies, severe mental health issues, technological hindrances, complications from illness, and many other unfortunate factors. To blame their failing grade on their lack of “grit” is callous and inappropriate. Kutztown University should not have a blatant disregard for the circumstances of its students, especially during this pandemic, but an understanding that many students are suffering (in silence) during the unprecedented nature of COVID-19. If a student fails a course, they need to be allowed an opportunity to complete their unfinished assignments or submit extra credit, so that they can “Pass” the course. They will not be able to receive a letter grade, only a “Pass” in the pass/fail system. If a(n) (undergraduate or graduate) student was placed on academic warning or academic probation before March 8th (2020) their academic standing will not be lowered after the Spring Semester, but it can be raised. Thus, they will be allowed another full-term semester to achieve appropriate academic standing, if not reached after this Spring Semester. #9 – The incomplete deadline for Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 courses will be extended until 11:59 pm on May 15th. The deadline was already pushed back until May 1st/May 8th. Still, students who took an incomplete for the Fall of 2019 or Winter of 2020 were already experiencing high distress, before this pandemic, which allowed for their accommodation. However, COVID-19 has compounded the stress and anxiety of students who were already suffering; thus, this pandemic has disproportionately affected them. These students should be focusing on their health and well-being, and it is impossible for that prioritization when they are taking a full course load of online classes and making up incompletes from prior semesters; online courses also come with additional work and more difficulties. #10 – Grades will be released on Tuesday, May 26th. Grades cannot be released on Tuesday, May 12th if students can submit course work until May 15th. Also, it is unjust and unfair to force professors who are also experiencing the effects of this global pandemic to grade all assignments and submit student grades to the University in less than four days, May 19th. (Demand #6 approval would have grades released on Tuesday, May 19th.) Professors should be given an extra seven days, so that they can focus on their health and well-being, especially with most being older (more vulnerable to COVID-19) and the primary caregiver for their families. Students will still have one week to decide on their grading policy (June 2nd, 4:30 pm), and final changes to their grade and financial aid packages will be made promptly afterward. “The voices of students will be ignored no longer; we will scream our truths from the mountaintops, and our souls will be felt in the heavens above.” *KU Resist is all students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, community members, and literally anyone who wants better from Kutztown University.
Petition to Students of Concordia University Wisconsin, Administration of Concordia University Wisconsin, Faculty of Concordia University Wisconsin
Pass/fail for Spring of 2020 Concordia University Wisconsin
With recent news that UW Madison implementing the change to allow students to elect an alternative Pass/Fail Covid-19 grade Concordia University Wisconsin should give their students that same option. If students who are enrolled in Concordia's undergraduate program are not allowed to make this decision for themselves they are being put at a direct disadvantage to students enrolled at UW Madison (other public schools likely to follow.) All students enrolled in these schools are in competition to obtain admissions to graduate school or jobs in their respective field, and by not giving their students this option administration would be effectively devaluing the education obtained at Concordia in comparison to the education obtained at Madison. More information on the decision UW Madison has made can be found here: https://madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/university/uw-madison-offers-students-option-to-receive-pass-fail-grades/article_071d3517-4678-5a38-b10e-199921deb78e.html If you wish to sign this petition please only do so once as to give the administration an accurate idea of how many students or faculty feel this is the correct choice for our University. If you do choose to sign the petition please also spread awareness to other students you are in contact with during this time of separation in order to further improve the accuracy of this petition.
Petition to Charlie McCormick, PhD, Travis Frampton, PhD, Schreiner University Administration
Request To Make Classes Pass/Fail Along With Final Examinations And Assessments An Option
Given the fact that Coronavirus has forced classes online, we believe that the appropriate action that Schreiner University should take is to allow students the opportunity to choose if their classes will be graded on a pass/fail scale or on the regular grading scale by receiving a letter grade, with a grade of P (passing) will be awarded if you earn the equivalent of a letter grade of C- or higher, or deemed acceptable by the professor and/or course syllabus. We also ask that all instructors make final examinations and assessments optional for the remainder of the semester. This would mean that: -if you take the final examination (or submit final assessments/papers) you will receive grades according to the principles set out on the course syllabus. -if you opt not to (or cannot) take the offered final nor submit the final paper or assessment, you will be assigned a grade based on the coursework you have completed to date. -if you do not want to take the chances of the other two options, you can opt for a pass/fail option to be enlisted on your transcript. We also ask to include language on every student transcript that points to the fact that a global pandemic in spring quarters 2020 required significant changes to coursework and led to unusual enrollment patterns and grades. This way all students are able to provide explanations to future employers and Graduate schools the reasoning behind the students' decisions. Whatever the choice, all classes should still count for their respective requirements. In reality, many of these classes do not properly translate into an online environment. In addition, many of the professors in our school, while being unbelievable forces in their fields, have very little to no experience managing courses online. Furthermore, the grading process will be severely limited and will place undue stress on students who have much less control over their ability to properly prepare for exams. The benefits of implementing these administrative changes severely outweigh the risks. It is much fairer to students that graduate schools and employers see "P's" on students' transcripts than potentially risking students getting grades well below their GPA potentially negating all the hard work they have done (and will do in the future), destroying their employment and graduate prospects. It is also much fairer to allow students to maintain their current grades to avoid the fear of their grades suffering from an online environment in which both they and instructors are not used to. We hope that Schreiner University enacts these changes to the benefit of the entire student community.
Petition to biola university, Biola Provost
Pass/Fail Grading Option at Biola University
In the midst of the difficulties associated with COVID-19, we would like to request that Biola give the option for students to move to a pass-fail grading system. We also request that they make the change sooner rather than later, as academic stress will continue until they make the change. It is unrealistic to expect students to be able to perform at the same level right now with so many stressors including family members getting sick, not being able to return home, technological difficulties, struggling with finances, time-zone differences, and the general difficulty of online learning. It is also unrealistic to expect professors to be able to teach at the same level as they usually do. Grades should not be adding to the student body's anxiety right now, rather we should be focusing on our mental health and riding out the storm. Biola should join the plethora of schools that have already made the switch such as Harvard, MIT, Abilene Christian University, University of Texas, Rice, Georgetown, and many others. We appreciate all that the school has done in addressing the crisis thus far, and recognize how difficult moving to online classes has been. But we believe at least one more measure must be taken. Since COVID-19 has forced all classes to be conducted online, we believe the university should make all classes have the option of being pass/fail and add relevant notation on every student's transcript that alludes to the global pandemic's influence on grades in the spring semester of 2020.