Office of the Student Body President and Undergraduate President
Suite 3109 Frank Porter Graham Student Union
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Message from the Executive Board Officers In Response to University Pass/Fail and Academic Flexibility Decisions
May 5, 2021
To the Carolina Community,
In a semester and academic year unlike any other — filled with unparalleled uncertainty — students, faculty, and staff have had to navigate difficulty after difficulty and challenge after challenge.
Today, we write to you not only as Executive Board Officers and student leaders, but as student advocates. We have heard what our community has come together to say — we recognize intentionally the concerns that faculty, staff, and students alike have voiced in support of comprehensive pass/fail policies and academic flexibility.
As a result, in the past few days, we made it our collective mission as the Executive Board Officers of the Undergraduate Executive Branch to address this very concern for our Community, appealing directly to our University’s Administration and petitioning them to do what is in the best interest of this University’s students, faculty, and staff.
We write to you all to share, unfortunately, that the University’s leadership has decided to move forward with the pass/fail deadline of May 5, 2021.
What remains clear despite this decision, though, is that students and faculty alike are struggling so very much right now. This inaction on the part of the University speaks volumes.
Allowing for academic flexibility and a comprehensive pass/fail deadline extension would have not only enabled students the opportunities required to make monumental and pivotal decisions regarding their futures and offer support, compassion, and understanding, but would have also served to support our faculty and staff, who have had to make many sacrifices of their own in such extraordinary times.
Over the past few days, we have received countless emails and touching messages from undergraduate students, graduate students, teaching assistants, faculty, and staff, highlighting their concerns about the lack of academic flexibility the University has provided for students, especially our marginalized communities, over the course of this past semester.
Today, we have a clear message for our University’s leadership — we have only just started. Our administration has only just begun its work. Student leadership will continue advocating full steam ahead for a Carolina that works for all — not just some. For a more equitable Carolina. For a more student-centered, student-focused, and student-driven Carolina.
To our student body, we thank you. Thank you for standing up and sharing your concerns with us. We encourage you all over this coming year: be heard and be loud. It is our solemn promise to you all to fight for each and every one of you — today, tomorrow, always.
Yours for Carolina,
The Executive Board Officers of the 2021-2022 Undergraduate Student Government Executive Branch