The Associated Student Government Senate passed a resolution Tuesday supporting a policy change that would give UA students the option to receive pass or no-credit grading for the spring 2020 semester.
The ASG senate passed the resolution 32 to 0, and ASG representatives will present it to and discuss it with the Faculty Senate Wednesday. The Faculty Senate is expected to vote on a piece of proposed legislation to amend the current grading policy April 8.
The legislation would allow undergraduate students to apply through their colleges to have any of their spring 2020 grades changed to Pass or No Credit, said ASG President Jared Pinkerton. Students would be able to apply for the changes after receiving their final grades. The system would not be mandatory, and students may still have their grades recorded on a 4.0 scale if they choose.
Anything above a D would be graded as a Pass, while anything below would be considered No Credit. Neither Pass nor No Credit grades would count towards GPA calculations.
Over 8,700 students signed an online petition started March 20 by sophomore Presley Wilson, in support of a pass or no-credit system.
Pinkerton said he thinks a pass or no-credit option is fair for students, considering the disruptions to in-person learning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In this time of turbulence and worry,” Pinkerton said, “the last thing (students) want to worry about is having their GPA completely tanked because of this terrible situation.”