A group of approximately 1,200 students at the North Arizona University are petitioning to stop the campus’ plan to install proximity card scanners in several classrooms, according to a campus news source.
The scanners would automate taking students’ attendance, which at the teacher’s discretion may affect the outcome of their grades. If a student fails to show up to class then they risk failing the class.
Students responded by stating that it should be their decision as to whether they attend class or not, and that the money should be spent on other, more beneficial projects.
Vice president of enrollment services, David Bousquet, said that students already have proximity cards whether they know it or not, as there student ID already has a proximity chip embedded into it.
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