Oberlin College has refused to suspend failing grades this semester despite requests for relief from students who skipped classes and missed study time to protest recent deaths at the hands of police across the nation.
A student petition, signed by more than 1,300, called for the college to institute a “no-fail mercy period” that would eliminate all failing grades and make a C the lowest possible grade a student could receive, the student newspaper reported.
President Marvin Krislov responded with an email to students on Sunday, saying he and the college’s deans opted not to grant the reprieve after giving the request serious consideration.
“We are in firm agreement that suspending grading protocols is not the way to achieve our shared goal of ensuring that students have every opportunity and resource to succeed,” he wrote.
That’s the thing with our Constitution… most of the rights we have have one thing in common. You have the right to do them, but you don’t have the right to be shielded from the consequences. So if you are going to go out and protest, you need to do so with the understanding that it is going to effect your grade if you miss class or cost you your job if you don’t go to work. Simple as that.