December 22, 2022

Equality: Demanding A's For All Students?

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By Jackson Kincaid

In Brief: 

An elite, private university in New York City is being occupied by disgruntled students. The students have camped out in a campus building with the demand that all students be given A grades. 

The Background: 

The New York City school, The New School, which is receiving these demands has approximately 10,000 students and tuition is $26,854 a semester or $51,900 for a full year. 

The sit-in originally started as a way to show support for faculty who were staging a strike in demand of higher wages and better health care. And while the faculty strike has since been resolved, the students have now issued a list of their own demands.

These demands include a final grade of A for all students as well as tuition refunds for the time the faculty was on strike. 

The letter said, "We demand that every student receives a final course grade of A as well as the removal of I/Z grades for the Fall 2022 semester. Attendance shall have no bearing on course grade." (According to the New School’s website, an "I" grade is a "temporary incomplete" and a "z" grade is an "unofficial withdrawal.")

Notable Quotes: 

“We demand that every student receives a final course grade of A as well as the removal of I/Z grades for the Fall 2022 semester. Attendance shall have no bearing on course grade. Grading shall not be conducted by anyone other than the official course instructor or teaching assistant, with no ‘Temporary Progress Reviewer' allowed to grade students.” – Demands List

The university supports peaceful free expression by our students, and we are listening closely to all of our students’ concerns,” – a spokeswoman for The New School 

 

What do you think?