Penn is just one of many schools where students have been constantly fighting administration over pass/fail policies while leaving out a larger, tougher debate regarding fairness and true equity

As the world reacts to the widespread impact of the coronavirus pandemic, a step that many schools have taken is switching their grading systems to allow flexibility for students who are adversely impacted by having to leave campus, inconsistent access to internet services, and inequality of resources. While Penn decided to pursue an opt-in pass-fail grading system, which bodes similar to the policies changes made at Carnegie Mellon and Cornell, other schools such as Columbia and MIT have decided to make pass-fail mandatory for all students. Many students, school publications, and faculty are scrambling to prepare arguments for and against…

Sid Jaiswal

Student at the University of Pennsylvania.

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