Students that take courses in the Chemistry Department of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus (UPRRP) will have to repeat the laboratories taken during the quarantine, even if they obtained a passing grade, if they don’t pass the main subject that the lab accompanies.
The Chemistry Department did not notify students of the change in policy prior to the period for dropping courses. For this reason, students who thought they would fail the class didn’t drop it in fear of losing their grade in the laboratory.
Due to the pandemic, caravans have become a safe initiative for graduates to celebrate their achievements. UPRRP’s graduation ceremony was postponed to December, so the class of 2020 decided to celebrate the end of their academic degree in a caravan on May 30th.
The governor of Puerto Rico, Wanda Vázquez Garced, signed and made the New Civil Code official during a press conference on Monday. However, the legal protections will be officially implemented in 180 days.
Despite the governor’s decision, the approval of the bill without public hearings is still heavily criticized by the citizens. Vázquez Garced denied these claims and stated that there is evidence of attendance at public hearings that were held for the approval of the Civil Code.
Following the closing of Torre Norte and ResiCampus, two on-campus student dorms, the organization Mesón de Amor, dedicated to providing free food to students since 2010, is looking to refurbish spaces Río Piedras to create suitable housing for students in need from the UPRRP.
The Consortium of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in Puerto Rico recognized the scientific contributions of students and professors from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), the main institution of the consortium.
There are currently seven research proposals with funds allocated by NASA that exceed $10 million.
Professors from the UPR Law School asked the institution’s president, Jorge Haddock Acevedo, to announce whether classes will be held virtually the next semester or not. They expressed that teaching online classes was the unanimous recommendation of the Academic Senate of the Río Piedras Campus and the faculty of the Law School.
As an alternative, they recommended that the power to decide if online classes will be the norm or not should be left in the hands of the deans of each UPR campus.