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This page provides the latest information you will need to navigate the changes for Spring 2020 semester, including resources and forms you may need to connect with us or share your preferences.
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We want to thank all the students, faculty, and members of the community who shared feedback on our Spring 2020 Grade Accommodation Process (“Accommodation Policy” or “Policy”). Taking into account all the feedback we received, and circumstances as we know them today (April 3, 2020), we have determined that this Accommodation Process remains the right policy for our community. While no policy is perfect, we believe the Accommodation Policy provides more and better options and protections for our students while leaving the determination of what is best for you in your hands.
This policy is specifically for the Spring 2020 semester only and solely for JD Students. We will inform all students if this policy will be extended to future semesters.
As more questions are raised, or as specific guidance is altered, we will inform students via email.
Although the Accommodation Policy is unique to ASU Law students, it is worth reproducing, immediately below, Arizona State University’s statement on grading.
By April 26th, ALL JD students must fill out the Semester Grading Accommodation Request Form. The reason for this is solely because we want to ensure that every student is aware of this Policy.View Policy | Semester Grading Accommodation Request Form
As ASU continues to monitor COVID-19, the university has transitioned from in-person teaching and learning to remote options. The university’s primary goal is the continuation of classes and the commitment to high-quality delivery of learning, so that all students can progress toward their academic goals uninterrupted.
The topic of grades has come up at ASU as well as other universities across the country. Learning at many other institutions may not have the technology ASU deploys nor the large number of faculty experienced in teaching online. ASU has the capacity to teach in multiple modalities and maintain a high-quality delivery of learning environments through modern technologies and technological platforms. As a result, this is not a cause to change the grading system.
Grades are important to students, employers, graduate schools and professional programs in medicine, law and other disciplines. Grades indicate whether a student’s performance in a particular course is excellent (A), good (B), average (C), passing (D) or failing (E). To award everyone performing at A, B, C or D levels a grade of passing (P) is unfair to those who excel in their classes and could, ultimately, be a significant disservice to students with high aspirations for graduate school, law school, medical school or other endeavors where grades play an important role in competitive admissions. In addition, a grade of P does not meet a prerequisite requirement since anyone with a grade of D or higher will receive the passing grade but all courses that are prerequisites require a grade of C or higher to advance.
Faculty have a responsibility to provide consistent, fair and sufficient opportunities for students to demonstrate mastery of course content. This can be accomplished in an online environment. During this transition to remote learning, faculty may make adjustments to assignments and assessment activities, and they have an obligation to tell students how mastery will be assessed and evaluated.
At any time, if a student is not able to participate in an assessed activity due to the transition to remote learning, the student should communicate the details of the situation to the instructor, and instructors should be flexible and make adjustments using good judgment. Instructors should notify their supervisors when students are unable to participate in an assessment activity due to technology constraints. The university has resources to assist students in many of these cases.
University Provost Mark Searle has communicated with faculty about the need to be as accommodating as possible with students at this time, particularly with assignment deadlines and related matters. We understand the stresses of the COVID-19 situation, but changing the grading system is not an action we believe to be appropriate at this time. Students should connect directly with their instructor or the Dean of Students office to discuss any concerns they have.
Read more, for the remainder of the University statement on grading.
May 15, 2020 - Updates: Post-Grade Accommodation section
April 24, 2020 - Update: Examinations section
April 17, 2020 - Update: Spring Graduation
April 3, 2020 - FAQ created