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Mitchell College Grading System Spring Semester. 2020

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Dear Mitchell College faculty, staff, and students

For the spring semester of the 2019-2020 academic year at Mitchell College, the school should consider changing the grading system over the recent pandemic of the COVID - 19. The students at Mitchell College were evacuated from campus and were told to return home, and were sent back home without little instruction about online learning. Many students were having trouble with this decision from the school with a different base of education. Mitchell College is a unique college with an understanding of student's needs of education. This school has always been open to offering a different style of education and compromising with students. Many students that attend this college are living out of state from Connecticut. Some students are living in a different time zone and with certain living conditions. Some students may not have the resources covering the needs of internet support with the recent build-ups in homes caused by self-quarantine. With Mitchell College making that choice, and the school should take consideration of implementing a new grading system.

This semester, we should consider a temporarily changing that system so that individual students may choose a revised "S/U" grading option on a course by course basis:

The mark of "S" signifies that a student has earned course credits at any passing grade D- and above. In terms of GPA calculation, an "S" is not included in the computation of a student's average.

The mark of U is calculated into the student's average as an "F" (0.0).

Mitchell College should consider a deadline for students to choose the S/U option is May 1, 2020, and Mitchell College should find more details about how to choose this option over the coming weeks. For courses in which students do not select this option, they will receive a traditional letter grade. Know that students who decide this "S/U" option for a course will not be able to deny it.

Many other colleges across the United States are taking this into consideration, and Mitchell College should also take this course of changing the system of grading.

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