Students petition for Pass/No Pass classes, citing disruption from online transition

A student has launched a petition to urge GW to add pass/fail options for classes this semester, citing disruptions caused by the move to online classes.

The petition, created by sophomore Eve Levenson, asks administrators to extend students the option to take some or all of their classes on a Pass/No Pass basis, which does not impact GPA. The petition currently has logged nearly 800 signatures as of Monday evening.

“Students in particular are under unique pressures due to the disruptions of having to move home and taking classes online,” Levenson wrote in the petition. “GPAs determine scholarship eligibility and are crucial for any student wishing to pursue graduate studies, which is why allowing students to take classes pass/fail is necessary to minimize the impact of this epidemic on our academic experience and career success.”

Levenson could not immediately be reached for comment.

The petition comes as other universities in the District, like Georgetown, have extended the deadline for students to switch classes to a pass/fail basis.

Juniors and seniors in good standing are currently able to fill out a Registration Transaction form to convert electives into Pass/No Pass classes through the 8th week of the semester, according to University websites.

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