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University of Louisiana at Lafayette students prepare for changes to grading system

Posted at 7:22 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 20:32:03-04

LAFAYETTE, La. — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is hoping to help students as they adjust to online courses after they announced changes that are being made to the grading policy.

Some UL Lafayette students believe their grades may suffer because they are no longer sitting in classrooms this semester.

"Being in class, it just helps me focus," said Chris Alfonso, a junior at UL Lafayette. "But, whenever I'm online, it's like almost everything seems like due dates. They were expecting to go into a class, like in a classroom setting, into a lecture, and so that switched to an online class. Wasn't something that student was prepared for."

That's why some changes are being made to the university's grading policy.

At the end of the semester, undergrads will have the option to request a grade change.

For example, a "C" can be changed to a "P" for "Pass;" a "D" into an "ED" for "Emergency D;" and an "EF" for "Emergency F."

The students will get approval from their college's dean's office once final grades are posted.

"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," said Travis Williams, a senior at UL Lafayette.

But 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.

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