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'Concerned student' launches petition to make classes credit/no credit


An unnamed CMU student began a petition addressed to President Bob Davies to make classes credit/no credit for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. 

The petition was made in response to the university's extension of online-only classes until Monday, April 6 due to the rising number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Michigan.

The petition cites three key reasons for switching to credit/no credit: 

  1. Some students may lack access to the required tools to conduct their learning online. It would not be fair to those students to be held to the same standard as those that have access. This simple accessibility issue could cause some student's GPA to be lower.
  2. Some students may have difficulties learning online versus using face to face instruction. It is not equitable to change the way we have to learn and expect the outcome to be the same as it would have been given normal circumstances. This learning difference could cause, again, the GPA of some students to lower.
  3. Some students may not be able to return for finals or feel as prepared for finals. This will yield lower test results and cause a student's GPA to be lower.

As of March 15 at 6:00 p.m. the petition has over 2,000 online signatures. 

CM Life is attempting to connect to the organizer of the petition.