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The S/U grading option was reinstated last October and announced the seventh week of classes on the BGSU website.

BGSU students are advocating for flexible grading modifications to be continued into the Spring semester, as they are still navigating school, work and extracurriculars, alongside the challenges of a global pandemic.

This policy was passed starting in spring of 2019 up until last fall, and has given students the extension to pass/fail a few or all classes at the end of the semester.

This semester will mark the third time the policy will be voted on.

Sana Ali
Senior | Criminal Justice Forensic Investigations major

“These difficult times bring both financial and mental instability, which will only further burden our students, causing their education to suffer if they are concerned with numbers rather than learning,” Ali said.

This policy allows students to continue to succeed through hard work, while providing a safeguard to those who are facing adverse situations caused by the pandemic, she continued.

“The numbers show that students do not abuse this policy, but rather save it for when it is absolutely necessary. In those circumstances, we must offer a way for our students to continue their education without suffering due to a situation that is out of their control,” she added.

Nolan McHugh
Junior | Adolescence to Young Adult Education: Integrated Social Studies

“In the midst of a global pandemic, in which one's physical health is only a cough or sneeze away from an ICU bed, in which one might need to attend to, care for or grieve their loved ones, in which one might feel an increasing, all-encompassing social isolation, it is not at all too much to ask for the extension of a pass/fail deadline,” McHugh said.

In addition to the current mental health and financial crisis, students are also faced with the uncertainty and concern over their physical well-being, as well as their families, he added.

“BGSU should first and foremost aim to serve its students, and should therefore make haste to pass any policy which serves to benefit their mental health and ease their anxiety in these uncertain and dark times,” he said.

Eric Cox Sophomore | Political science and communication major

“I am very happy to support a policy benefiting our students who have had to adjust their entire lives to our ever-changing situation regarding Covid-19. We have all been in this for almost a year now, we know digital learning is not as effective as in-person instruction,” Cox said.

While professors have modified their curriculum to meet online and remote standards, students have still been forced to make hard adjustments due to this restricted learning environment.

“Access to professors is much more limited. While office hours are digital and accessible, the simple task of asking a quick question one-on-one after class is gone, and for many it was their main means of seeking help,” Cox noted.

Cox has also noted that we are still in this pandemic and that “a simple S/U allows us to relieve some of the anxiety and stress from our student body.”

Alex Chiarelott
Junior | Business and Marketing and Applied Economics student
Chair of Academic Affairs Committee of USG

"COVID-19 has presented tremendous challenges for students and educators alike. The pass/fail policy introduces a level of humanity and leeway for students who may be struggling during this unprecedented time. Students may be working on the front lines, raising a child, food insecure, and/or a multitude of other unique circumstances that make being a learner challenging,” Chiarelott said.

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