Honors Grade Policies Spring 2020

NIU recently made policy changes for the spring 2020 semester regarding grading, withdrawal, incompletes and academic probation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The University Honors Program supports these changes and wishes to explain their impact on your progress toward graduation with Lower Division, Upper Division, University, Associate University, or Full University Honors.

Be sure to reach out to your major advisor to determine how these policy changes will affect your progress toward degree completion.

Academic Probation and Dismissal

If you were on academic probation due to your NIU GPA at the end of fall 2019, you will not be on academic dismissal if you don't earn the cumulative NIU GPA of a 2.00 by the end of spring 2020. The academic probation has been extended to fall 2020.

You won't be placed on probation or dismissed from the University Honors Program due to NIU cumulative GPA or Honors GPA during spring 2020 or as a result of spring 2020 grades. You will also not be placed on probation or dropped from the University Honors Program due to inactivity. This includes taking Honors courses or completing Honors Engaged experiences.


"I" (incomplete) grades received during the fall 2019 and spring 2020 must be cleared within a year of when the grade was assigned (not 120 days). All incompletes must be cleared before a degree will be awarded.

If you earn an incomplete in an Honors course, we'll direct this course to your completed Honors courses when the new grade is posted. Incompletes must be cleared for the course to fulfill Honors requirements.

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Changes

All undergraduate and graduate students (except law students) will be permitted to convert any of their courses to Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grading for this semester. This policy applies to all full-semester courses and second-half courses. Once final grades have been posted, you'll have until Wednesday, May 20, 2020 to choose to move a course or courses to S/U grading.

If you opt to change an Honors course grade to Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grading, you'll secure the Honors credit if you earn "satisfactory" in that course. Please be sure to contact your major and Honors advisors to discuss all implications regarding this option.


Friday, May 1, is the deadline for any course or semester withdrawal request for spring 2020. For courses that started in the second half of this semester, the self-service drop time window has been extended to Sunday, March 29.

If you withdraw from an Honors course, it will not be counted toward graduation with Honors and/or you will not earn a point for that course.

Contact Us

University Honors Program 
Campus Life Building 110
DeKalb, IL 60115

Phone: 815-753-0694
Email: honors@niu.edu