Students at South Australia’s three universities are asking for some lenience from their respective schools in the light of COVID-19 shutdowns.

Students are asking for discounts on tuition fees, different grading and a delay on census dates, which would allow students to withdraw from subjects without financial penalty at a later date.

Typically, a university’s census date occurs in late March or early April, students are arguing that a delayed census date would allow students to decide whether online learning is right for them.

UniSA has already agreed to a change in census date, Adelaide Uni, however has said that delaying the census date “would only serve to prolong stress and uncertainty,” The Advertiser reports.

Students are also pushing for simplified ‘pass or fail’ grading, allowing students to opt to take a “non-graded pass/fail” instead of the typical scaled system.

A 20 per cent discount on tuition fees has also been requested, with unis already reeling from the reduced income stemming from the reduction in international students.

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