As the pandemic continues, LSU students are beginning to wonder whether they should once again be given the option of choosing pass/fail over a letter grade for a class since the fall semester has been a similar experience as this past spring for so many people.
Though some have said students knew ahead of time what they were dealing with going into this semester, there are many, such as LSU junior Ally Adoue, that disagree.
"Even though we have more information now, we’ve had more time to adjust, it’s still just not normal. It’s not back to normal and it’s not fair to expect people to perform like normal," Aboue said.
Even those that were not affected as badly as others cannot help but wonder why the option has not been offered for their peers, such as student Hillary Bourque, who has noticed the difficult conditions her friends are facing.
"I have friends within architecture, I’m studying architecture, and I have friends within architecture who had to go home, all the way, you know, back to Vietnam, and completely uprooted their lives from Louisiana," Bourque said.
In the midst of a pandemic and hurricanes, many have lost their homes, jobs, and even loved ones. So while mental health has been greatly affected and therapy has become essential to many, NAMI member Savannah Weisensee says students have faced challenges in receiving help.
"A lot of people have been wanting to reach out to student health center and just outside resources and there’s this huge influx and not enough people to combat the needs," Weisensee said.
Though the faculty is aware of students’ struggles and are trying to help, LSU Provost Stacia Haynie says that the school fears providing a pass/fail option might do more harm than good.
"In conversations with student government, they have asked about this, and we are not seeing across the country as we did in the spring, you know, almost every university had some sort of adaptation for students in the spring. We are not seeing that this fall. So we also don’t want to disadvantage our students when they are applying to a med school, or to a law school or to a job," Haynie said.
Provost Haynie does say, however, that LSU is considering extending the drop date to better accommodate students during this difficult time.
Meanwhile, many continue to prepare for the worst as the pandemic continues with no definite end in sight.