Virtual Learning and the New Pass/Fail Option


Syeda Saberi

News Editor

Image courtesy of Time Magazine

Benedictine University has moved over to a virtual campus from March 16th, 2020 until May 31st, 2020. While the campus will be open to essential faculty and staff, any non-essential staff have been encouraged to work from home until the end of the term. Should any student need access to any campus building, campus police will still be available to assist. As this is a very fluid situation and is ever changing, the University will be communicating with students via Ben alerts.

This past week, the University announced that they will be allowing students to adopt a pass/fail option as well as extending the deadline for Fall 2020 registration until April 6th, 2020. The new pass/fail option is recommended for any students that feel that they will end a course in the D range. In order to convert to a Pass/fail option, students must fill out the pass/fail grading form which will be available until Friday, April 17th 2020. This form will allow the student to choose which courses to change to pass/fail and will not reflect a letter grade on their transcript. The pass/fail grade will NOT count towards the student’s GPA however they will count towards degree requirements. All students are encouraged to speak with their advisors (athletes must consult with their athletics compliance officer) before converting to pass/fail as there are some limitations. Any student that is on academic probation, students repeating a course, students pursuing a teaching license, students attempting to boost their GPA before graduation, and students planning to attend health professional schools are among those who should be cautious before converting to pass/fail.

The pass/fail form can be accessed below:

https://benu.formstack.com/forms/spring_2020_change_of_grading_basis_request