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Princeton Students Petition for Changing Grading System to Pass/Fail for Spring 2020

Princeton Students Petition for Changing Grading System to Pass/Fail for Spring 2020

“The Daily Princetonian Editorial Board is leading the charge.”

Normally, I would disagree with this. But given the drastic changes in such a short period of time, these students may have a point.

Campus Reform reports:

Ivy League students demand laxed grading system to alleviate ‘stress’

Students at Princeton University are calling on their college to implement a universal Pass/D/Fail grading option for all spring 2020 classes. This comes after widespread student support for a mandate to “reevaluate the weight of Princeton U midterms.”

The Daily Princetonian Editorial Board is leading the charge. On Saturday, the board published an editorial calling on the university to consider the P/D/F grading option mandate.

The board is composed of 11 Princeton University students who say that this step will alleviate the “stress” placed on students as classes have moved online for the duration of the semester.

According to the university, students may request a Pass/D/Fail grading option in as many as four of their classes per semester. They can request a grade as such between the seventh and ninth weeks of classes. Additionally, this university policy says that “pass” is considered as grades A+ through C-, a “D” grade signifies “low passing,” and a “fail” grade designates “very low performance.”

This policy was instituted before the call from students to allow all of their classes to allow this option for the remainder of this semester.

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My two-year college is discussing the same thing. But not because students have petitioned about “stress.”

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