COVID-19 Updates & Policies

In an effort to ensure the health & safety of the University of Iowa Community, the Blank Honors Center building will be closed, and our team will be available virtually Monday, March 16th until further notice.  To read our student announcement, click here. All Spring 2020 commencement ceremonies have been cancelled and the University of Iowa has announced an alternative celebration for graduates. 

The Honors Program Team is available Monday - Friday from 8 AM - 5 PM via phone 319.335.1681 or email You may also reach out to specific team members by visiting our directory here and scheduling a Skype or Zoom meeting. 

Experiential Learning Credit:

Click here to read the experiential learning announcement emailed to all current Honors Program students on 3-27-20. 

*NEW* Honors Summer 2020 Project This is an opportunity for students to gain up to 3 experiential learning credits this summer from home.

Important Notice Regarding Experiential Education – Summer 2020  (CIMT approved language issued 5/15/20)

Out of concern for the safety and welfare of its students, the University of Iowa is strongly recommending all Experiential Education activities that are University affiliated (including, but not limited to, internships, externships, field experiences, research activities, clinical programs, practicums, co-ops, student teaching programs, service-learning, etc.) occurring domestically or internationally be conducted virtually/remotely for the duration of summer 2020 due to the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). University affiliated Experiential Education activities includes those registered for academic credit, transcript notation, and/or where funding or stipend is provided by the University. 

If you are considering an in-person Experiential Education activity, you should consult the University’s COVID-19 web page for domestic and international travel restrictions as well as refer to state and national Public Health Department web pages for up-to-date health and safety information. In addition, you should discuss the health and safety plans of the site with the organizational supervisor of the experience.

Should you, as a student, determine that you will complete an in-person Experiential Education activity, the University is not responsible for your safety or welfare regardless of whether the experience is University affiliated or whether the program was originally sponsored by the University or by another entity. You should recognize the potential health, safety, security, and other risks associated with participation in an in-person Experiential Education activity and make a personal determination whether to pursue or continue in that activity. Globally, these risks include, but are not limited to, disease, illness, exacerbation of a pre-existing medical condition, death, inadequate medical care and facilities, and/or other unforeseeable dangers. Should you choose to participate in an in-person Experiential Education activity, you do so voluntarily and assume all risks associated with that decision.

In addition, the University will not be responsible for any costs associated with your decision to participate in an in-person Experiential Education activity. You assume full financial responsibility for any and all costs associated with such participation, including but not limited to, housing, transportation, medical care or treatment for disease, illness or injury, as well as all unanticipated costs associated with COVID-19 related restrictions on, modifications to, and cancellation of the Experiential Education activity. You will also be solely responsible for all health and safety measures in the event of a medical emergency.

Changes made over the spring semester: 

Research: If you are unable to complete your research hours due to the public health crisis, you will still be awarded your Experiential Learning credit hours. IF you are conducting research on a Volunteer or Paid basis you had the opportunity to complete the Alternative Honors Credit Research Assignment by May 4th, 2020 for credit. IF you are enrolled in a credit bearing or an URES course, continue as directed by your mentor or per departmental guidance. Your credits will be accounted for.

Study Abroad/Internships: Since COVID-19 is apart of your experience, you will still receive credit if you complete a pre-questionnaire, post, questionnaire, and narrative. Please contact or with questions.

Service Learning: Students seeking experiential learning credit through Service Learning should confer with their instructors and site supervisors on any changes required. Credit will be awarded as long as students comply with instructor/supervisor expectations. If you feel compliance is unsafe, please contact or


A note from the Housing team: "Students must move out of their residence hall starting March 19. Students will sign up for their move out time slot. There are two hour time slots in which you can move out of their room. The time slots are: 7:00-9:00 a.m, 9:00-11:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., 1:00-3:00 p.m., 3:00-5:00 p.m, and 5:00-7:00 p.m. Students must move out at the time you sign up for onlyDo not travel to campus until it is time for your assigned move out slot. Any guests coming to help you move out of your room must be symptom free." 

**All students with housing contracts were contacted by the Housing team via email to access their portal. If you fill out a housing exemption and are denied, please reach directly out to Becky Wilson at for further assistance. 

Please stay tuned as additional details develop. For more information as to how the University of Iowa Community as a whole is handling the latest details regarding COVID-19 please visit:

Honors Contract Courses

If your original contract agreement has been interrupted due to campus closing (e.g. No longer having access to Astronomy Observatory), try to renegotiate it with your professor if possible. If it is not, contact the Assessment Manager for a future contract exemption and delay of the 4 semester rule. Honors is now permitting students to contract classes during the Summer session. In accordance with the P/N designation by the Registrar due to COVID-19, Honors will accept P/N grading for Honors courses as well as contracted courses.