The petition to promote pass/fail classes for students at Illinois State University, made by junior Dylan Hummel, will be a major topic of discussion tonight during the Academic Senate meeting.

Jan Murphy, provost at ISU, is to recommend the senate to consider moving the deadline for this change to be extended until April 30 and allow students to take a total of 12 pass/fail credit hours. This would only be recommended in relation to the remainder of the current spring semester. 

“We need to make sure we have reviewed all university policies and that we understand the implications (for students) of such a decision,” Murphy said in response to Dylan Hummel and the over 17,000 supporters of the petition.

“I would also like to take a quick moment to thank you for your patience as we face this unprecedented change to our lives," she continued. "We truly do understand that this is not how you thought this semester would end. Be assured that Illinois State faculty and staff are committed to helping you complete this semester and continue to make progress toward your degree.”

Alex Campbell, a member of the Student Government Association at Illinois State, commented that he believes there will be plenty of push back on the recommendation due to the difficulty of implementation.

“I think that the administration along with faculty will investigate alternatives to the typical grading scale, but I think there are too many moving parts," Campbell said. "Students that are looking to attend, or are already graduate students, can’t really take pass-fail [courses], and certain folks will need the standard grading scale for scholarships, grants.”

The Academic Senate meeting regarding this matter will be held March 25 at 7 p.m. through an online video conference due to COVID-19.

"There are a lot of individual cases that could make the transition tough," Campbell said. "It really all comes down to what can be implemented quickly, and how the school can lessen some of the burden this situation has put onto students.”

HAILEY BIALAS is a Features Reporter for The Vidette. She can be contacted at Follow her on Twitter at @haileybialas 

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