Laurier announces option to convert final grades to “credit” or “withdraw”

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In a statement released on behalf of Maureen Mancuso, interim provost and VP academic, Wilfrid Laurier University has announced their decision to offer undergraduate and graduate students the option to convert their final winter semester grades to a “credit” or a “withdraw.”

Normally, this process would require the approval of an academic petition, however, Laurier has waived this former requirement in order to coordinate with the evolving challenges caused by the global outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

“We understand that the situation you now find yourselves in is unexpected and unpredictable, and that some of you face significant challenges that impact your ability to complete the term remotely with the level of attention and focus you would normally bring to bear. We want to provide you with as many options as possible to support your health, well-being, and academic continuity,” the statement said.

Students on social media have been raising concerns over the previous online course grading options, including the creation of a petition that garnered over 400 supporters.

For students who wish to convert their grades, it’s recommended that they contact their academic advisor or graduate coordinator to discuss the implications of their decision.

The statement breaks down the process of how to go about altering grades but encourages students to complete any outstanding work and complete their exams if they have the ability to do so.

As well, the final day to drop all undergraduate and graduate winter 2020 courses without academic penalty has been extended to April 7.

More information to come.

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