Class registration policies raise concerns among students

Santiago Gaughan / The Cougar

After returning to classes in person after the smooth opening of the University, some students do not look forward to the course registration policy.

Uh Politics For class recording, faculty have the discretion to determine whether students can record classes and people with disabilities should contact the Accessibility Center to have this privilege.

Many students are concerned that this will affect their academic performance, especially since it is possible to miss a class with the pandemic continuing.

“It’s concerning that students can go to class with COVID-19 because they don’t want to miss a class or an exam,” said Jennifer Vasquez, senior in biology.

Vasquez mentioned that not only was the risk of being exposed to her concern, but that she was also worried about her academic performance now that going back to grab something the teacher said is no longer possible.

Junior accountant Albalene Rodriquez echoed Vasquez’s concerns about her academic performance now that most of her classes are not being recorded.

“Personally, I sometimes have a hard time keeping all the information,” Rodriguez said. “Remembering everything from lectures improves my academic performance and just helps me study and try to learn concepts and at my own pace.

Rodriguez also mentioned how, especially during the pandemic, extenuating circumstances could affect a student’s ability to attend classes. The lack of registration as a safety net is not reassuring, she said.

UH, in their updated program policies, mentions that students who either have a medical illness themselves or have a sick relative can make up for work related to courses or exams that they have missed.

The University also mentions in their COVID-19 protocol for students that those with a positive test result should not return to campus, regardless of the course format, and contact instructors if symptoms affect academic performance.

Biology junior Andrea Hernandez agrees with Rodriguez’s concerns about having lectures without recordings. She said they could hamper the academic performance of those who cannot attend in person.

“I think it’s unfair for professors not to have recorded lectures,” Hernandez said. “As we are still in a pandemic, students should have access to the same content, both online and in person. “

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