Academic Policies

The School of Information and Library Science follows all academic policies set by the Graduate School, the University, and upholds the university honor code. Any specific questions regarding these academic policies may be directed to the students faculty advisor or to the associate dean.

Academic and Campus Policies

Graduate School Handbook

Campus Policies and Procedures

SILS Master's Program Handbook

Honor Code

All SILS students must follow the University Honor Code. In brief, the Honor Code is a standard of conduct that upholds “high ideals of personal honor and respect for the rights of others.” It requires students to refrain from giving or receiving unauthorized aid on examinations or assignments: cheating and plagiarism are strictly prohibited and punished.  For more information, please consult the Instrument of Student Governance at:

Waving A Required Course

Students who wish to waive a required course must provide documentation that proves they have knowledge of the concepts in the course you wish to waive. To waive a course:

  1. Email the graduate student services manager regarding the course you wish to waive.
  2. Wait for an email with a link to the electronic form. 
  3. FIll out the form, uplaod the supporting documents which should include a course description of the course you feel is equivalent to the course here at SILS, a syllabus, and a transcript from the university from where the course was taken.  
  4. Sign the form.
  5. The form will then be routed to the instructor of the SILS course you wish to waive, the associate dean and the graduate student services coordinator 
  6. Once the process is complete you will receive an email with the completed form and a decision. 


The SILS grading policy is based on the University Grading Policy. SILS uses the graduate grading scale, which is defined as follows:

H - Clear excellence
P - Entirely satisfactory
L - Low passing
F - Failed
IN - Work incomplete