Does a global pandemic warrant letting every college student pass, or even get an A, in every class?

Some of the hardest schools in America — M.I.T., New York University School of Law, the University of Chicago — were having this debate while the coronavirus raged across the country with students following orders to vacate their dorms, and professors switching to Zoom classes, often clumsily.

Some students demanded that they go further and switch to “universal pass.”

From a New York University law student’s email to fellow students:

“As I said, I’m a 3L and I had serious doubts about my own efficacy as a student this semester before covid-19 even started (lol), but zoom classes? Call me skeptical I just don’t think they’re going to be that productive a use of my time during a global pandemic. You know? Call me crazy. This is not to knock online schools/schooling AT ALL; I’m not trying to be elitist here, just honest about whether or not this is really going to be productive for students who are probably frayed to bits. My heart goes out to any student who is having serious anxiety re: exams/health/pandemic.”

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