Fall 2020 Pass/No Pass option
In light of the transition to a new and unfamiliar course delivery method for a normally in-person university, there should be a pass/no pass option for students and their classes.
Online classes present a challenge to STEM students because of the need for hands-on learning which has been sparse even in "hybrid" style classes. It has been evident that students struggle to uphold the same level of comprehension, and professors find it difficult to provide the same level of teaching in this enviornment.
Giving students this option will allow for more peace of mind when dealing with unforeseen circumstances in their education and lifestyle due to COVID-19. The school has done its best to be accommodating, but the reality is that this is a new and unprecedented time for all of us. Therefore, appropriate action must be taken.
The pass/fail option was made available to students last semester due to the unforeseen change in class delivery that was made. This semester, it was made apparent when registering that classes would be hybrid, remote, or online. So, it was decided before the start of the semester that pass/fail would not be an option.
With all that being said, USG is well aware of the petition and has discussed it at senate. Many senators are very much in favor. Yet due to the withdraw deadline being passed, there is doubt that pass/fail will become an option. However, I would like to encourage you and all other interested people to attend our next senate which will be next Tuesday at 6:30pm (December 1st). You can find the link on our website: mines.usg.edu