The University of the Philippines has approved appeals to give “pass” marks to students in more than 60 departments and colleges across the UP System.
The U.P. Office of Student Regent (UP OSR) announced the U.P. Board of Regents’ decision on May 21, 2020, that all submitted appeals from Constituent Universities of the UP System asking for an exemption from the numeric grade system and allow the issuance of the Pass mark, as an option, to students have been approved.
UP Diliman appealed as a whole constituent university while UP Baguio, UP Cebu, UP Los Banos, UP Manila, UP Visayas, and UP Mindanao had specific units included.
“This is a big victory for the Iskolar ng Bayan as we continued to amplify collectively our campaign for mass promotion,” declared the UP OSR social media, referring to its stance on granting an all-passing grade to students for the 2nd semester of the current school year which has been affected by the ongoing community quarantine to stop the spread of coronavirus disease.
Prior to the UP BOR approval, several professors had already given out passing marks to their students and canceled further class requirements as an act of compassion during the public health crisis that had caused the stoppage of regular school work.
An earlier set of guidelines from the U.P. released on April 23, required numeric grades to be given to students after completing requirements by May 31.
Following is the list UP units with approved appeals for Pass marks, as provided by the UP Faculty Regent social media:
The UP community across the Philippines has been actively involved in providing solutions to the coronavirus pandemic. The UP Manila-administered Philippine General Hospital is a COVID-19 referral center and had set up the Bayanihan Na! Operations Center Hotline 155-200 for health concerns. UP Diliman is a COVID-19 testing center and quarantine facility. UPLB is setting up a COVID-19 testing laboratory. UP Visayas, UP Baguio, and UP Mindanao have also innovated on solutions and provided assistance to frontliners.
SEND CHEERS in the comments below to the UP community for this act of compassion for the academic community even as they continue to provide help to the nation amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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