On March 22, Premier François Legault announced that all Quebec schools, CÉGEPs, and universities must remain closed until May 1.\nAs a response to this, university students have started a petition to completely suspend the Winter 2020 semester and to let all students pass without a final grade.\nFind out more below!\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nOn March 22, Premier François Legault announced the closure of all Quebec schools, CÉGEPs, and universities until May 1. He also noted that these higher education institutions will continue to offer online courses so that students can complete their school year. But now an online petition has been making the virtual rounds to suspend the Winter 2020 semester in Quebec completely. Students are demanding that all credits be recognized without a final grade, much like elementary and secondary schools are doing.\nThe petition, which has already garnered nearly 72,000 signatures, demands that Jean-François Roberge, the Minister of Education, offer a "comprehensive and fair solution" to allow students to spend their semester "focusing on the essentials."\nThe petition asserts that the current living situation is not conducive to learning due to "psychological distress." This affects all students who may have lost jobs, homes, loved ones, those who do not have the necessary technology to take online courses, and those who may have small children at home, along with a list of others who may be struggling due to living situations and unforeseen changes.\nLike everyone around the world, CÉGEP and university students are also adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.\nAs an example listed in the petition, l'Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQÀR) has already stated that it will credit all courses for which assessments have already taken place. For those courses where no evaluations have been entered, an agreement between teacher and student will take place.\nChange.org\nThe petition has hit a chord in the student community with signatures adding up quickly. The next goal is set for 75,000 and looks like it will far exceed that in even the next few hours.\nRead Also: Quebec Now Has 1013 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases, Up From 628 Monday\nThe petition does go on to say that suspending the winter semester will aid in the "well-being of all" in this unprecedented crisis.\nLa pétition "Suspension de la session et reconnaissance des crédits sans note finale (COVID-19)" a, en une seule journée, cumulé plus de 56 000 signataires.Je salue cette solidarité étudiante !Pour ceux et celles qui sont intéressé-es : https://t.co/et1G6HOB5U #COVIDー19— Pat (@Pat_awan) March 24, 2020\nAs of now, there is no response from Jean-François Roberge regarding the petition and courses will continue online for CÉGEP and university students.\nIf you want to read or sign the full petition, click here.