University of Louisiana at Lafayette announces grading system changes

Posted at 12:54 PM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 08:00:45-04

LAFAYETTE — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is hoping to help students as they adjust to strictly online courses.

The students have been taking all classes online for about two weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Being in class, it just helps me focus," said junior Chris Alfonso. "But, whenever I'm online, it's like almost everything seems like due dates."

Some students believe grades may suffer because of the change.

"They were expecting to go into a class, like in a classroom setting, into a lecture, and that switched to an online class," said Alfonso. [It] wasn't something that student was prepared for."

Changes are now being made to the university's grading policy for the spring semester.

Undergraduates will have the option to request a grade change after final grades are posted:

  • C or better with a grade of P (Pass)
  • D with a letter grade of ED (Emergency D)
  • F with a letter grade of EF (Emergency F)

Students must be seek approval from their college's dean's office by midnight on May 20.

"It gives them an opportunity to sort of collect themselves at the end of the school year, see how they did and how they adapted to the situation and decide what they should do with their grades," offered senior Travis Williams.

Applying to both undergraduate and graduate students, the last day to drop an undergraduate or graduate course with a grade of W during the spring semester is the last day of classes, May 1.

As for now, some students are making the best of the situation.

"I'm ready for to get back to normal, but I'm sort of enjoying the freedom of 'This is my schedule now, and I run it myself,'" said Williams.

Others need routine.

"I'm ready to go back to normal, honestly, like I'm sleeping in too late," admitted Alfonso.

For a look at all changes to the grading policy, click here.