Students say no to midterms and grades below C

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Students Say No To Midterms And Grades Below C

Nothing is more disappointing than checking your grades and seeing you got a D in one of those pre-requisite college classes you never wanted to take in the first place.

Well, students at Oberlin College are taking a stance, petitioning to have C grades and below abolished.

More than 1,300 students signed the petition requesting the college abolish the poor grade levels.

They claim that between all of their activism and their heavy course loads, achieving success using a traditional grading system is difficult.

This isn't the first time Oberlin students attempted to take a stand in regard to grades.

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In the 1970s, Oberlin changed their grading system to accommodate students who were protesting Vietnam and the Kent State shootings.

Recent protests surrounding the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice prompted the latest grading adjustment movement.

Rice's shooting occurred 30 miles from campus. Students say they have been arrested for protesting or dealing with family problems due to the death, so they cannot produce the schoolwork required of them.

They claim they understand the material and their success shouldn't be measured by grades on tests and assignments.

Instead, many students are requesting a conversation with the professor in lieu of a standard written midterm.

The school has yet to make a statement on whether they will take the petition into consideration.

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