SILS statement on coronavirus COVID-19 developments

Faculty, staff, and administrators at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) are staying in close contact with University officials and leaders in other schools and departments around campus. SILS will do everything possible to insure that our students, staff, and faculty are safe, and that students can complete their coursework for the semester. We will share updates on our website and email listservs as soon as they become available.

We encourage you to monitor updates from the University at

  • All non-essential ON-CAMPUS operations have been suspended as of Friday, March 20, until further notice. Students are asked not to come to campus.  Classes are being conducted online.
  • The Office of the University Registrar under the authority of the Provost has approved emergency grading accommodations. In keeping with this policy, SILS will adopt the following grading process for the spring 2020 semester.

    For undergraduate students:

    Faculty will continue to assign undergraduates grades of A-F. All INLS majors, minors, and students enrolled in other non-SILS programs can decide if they wish to take a course, multiple courses, or all courses as P/F. 

    Students can make this decision up to three months after spring grades have been released and will be coordinated through the Office of the Registrar. No action is needed by students at this time.  

    All courses taken as P/F will still count towards the INLS major/minor. All prerequisites taken as P/F will still fulfill the prerequisite for admissions considerations. Courses taken as P/F will not count toward the student’s GPA calculation.

    For graduate students:

    All courses will be graded as pass or fail (no H or L grades) for the Spring semester. No action is needed by students. All pass grades will count toward degree and continuing progress requirements.

  • The spring grading policy was one of many issues discussed during the All-School Meeting, conducted remotely via Zoom on March 25. Click here to open a pdf with notes from the meeting. You can also download the minutes from the meetings held on April 1, April 8, April 15 , and April 22, and May 13.

  • Carolina has postponed all spring commencement events, including the doctoral hooding ceremony on May 9 and the ceremony in Kenan Stadium on May 10. School and unit ceremonies, including the SILS ceremony on May 7, have also been postponed.
  • All Carolina summer 2020 courses - Maymester, Summer I, and Summer II - will be delivered through online instruction.
  • The University has introduced a student care hub at to help students navigate their new learning and living situations. Faculty can find resources to help with online instruction at
  • UNC students facing financial hardships because of COVID-19 can apply for assistance with various expenses from housing and food to travel, technology, and more. Find more information and apply on the Financial Resources page of
  • SILS has postponed the 2020 Kilgour Lecture with Arvind Narayanan and the CITAP panel "Free Speech, Paid Speech, and Fake Speech," originally set for April 3. Both events are tentatively rescheduled for Sept. 10. SILS is also postponing the 2020 Steinfirst Lecture with MK England until the spring of 2021. Additional details will be shared closer to the new dates. The 2020 Symposium of Information for Social Good and the SILS Project Fair have also been cancelled.
  • Updated 5/19/2020