The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has decided to not offer emergency grades for the Spring 2021 semester. They addressed this in an email on March 23.
“Emergency grades will not be offered for the Spring 2021 semester,” the email from the university reads.
Emergency grades were offered from the Spring 2020 semester to the fall of that same year as a result of switching to online or remote instruction because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
They allowed students to replace grades of an A, B or C with a “P” for pass or a grade of “D” or “F” with “ED” or “EF” respectively.
Some students believe that the emergency grades should still be in effect because the majority of classes are still online.
“I think that they should have kept it for this semester because classes are so mainly virtual. I mean, people don’t do well online,” Tessa Paul, a kinesiology major said. She also added that they are particularly helpful for students who are still adjusting to the online course system.
She and another student, Aaliyah Allen, a nursing major, said that they have roughly the same number of classes online as last semester and that the online classes are the majority. Allen also said, because of online classes, professors are not as reachable by students, and do not always respond to emails.
“It's kind of really hard, and then you reach out to these teachers; they can't respond,” Allen said. “They're not as progressive with responding back to emails.”
She believes that emergency grades should be in effect because of the above reasons, and also because there is not as much clarity with the subject material as there is in person. The UL Lafayette staff has not commented on this situation.
An email sent to students suggested that if students were having issues in a course, that they could talk to their professors about it. On the university side of things, the last day to drop a course with a grade of “W” has also changed from the last spring semester, and instead of it being May 1, the last day of classes, it is now April 23.
The university is still administering COVID-19 tests, and outside of the vaccines, it is believed that not much has changed since last semester.
“So, we’re close – but we’re not home yet. Reaching our destination requires that we remain as vigilant, cooperative and considerate as we have been,” President Savoie wrote in an email to the university on March 11.