Courses will automatically be graded as Satisfactory/Fail this semester.

Satisfactory credits will count for majors, minors, and degree requirements. Students may choose to get a letter grade through an online form.

This marks UR’s latest response to the COVID-19 outbreak that has sickened at least 36 people in Monroe County.

The change, which encompasses both the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering (AS&E) and the Eastman School of Music, was announced by emails from Dean of the College Jeffrey Runner and Dean of AS&E Faculty Donald Hall on Friday afternoon. Runner said that while all courses graded this semester as satisfactory can count for degree requirements, they will not contribute to GPAs.

Students who want any or all of their courses graded on an A-E scale this semester must submit a petition on no later than April 3. Requests on this are final, and an online platform for submitting this petition is not yet available.

In addition to the grading change, the course withdrawal deadline has been extended to April 22, and Fall 2020 registration is now scheduled for April 20. The Dean’s List has been suspended, and course withdrawals and major declarations  can now be done using an online form.

The changes come following a student push for modified grading in recent days, in light of UR’s transition to remote learning. By Friday afternoon, an SA Impact petition asking that AS&E provide all students with an A or A- in every course for the semester garnered over 1,000 signatures.

Thanks to another UR decision in the wake of a popular Impact petition, AS&E courses are slated to begin online on Monday, March 23.

Reflections on an empty campus

So, what does our campus scenery look like, now that so many of us are gone and those remaining are encouraged to stay inside?

Candidate profile: Justyna Gorka and Marc Haddad

The Ticket: Justyna Gorka, Class of 2021. Marc Hadad, Class of 2021.

Jessie Reyez came to kill love songs in her debut album

The imperfections in her voice are the most beautiful aspects of her sound. And on that note, “Before Love Came to Kill Us” brings something a lot of popular music misses today. True emotion.