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Grade of Incomplete

A grade of incomplete ( “I”) is assigned to signify temporary deferment of a regular final letter grade. It is used sparingly in compelling situations when a student is not able to complete work in the course by the end of the semester due to extenuating circumstances beyond the ability of the student to predict and control. Assignment of an incomplete grade presumes both that the student will be able to complete the coursework in the timeframe established below and that the instructor will be able to review the completed work in that timeframe.

Incompletes must be completed within these deadlines, or earlier if so established by the course instructor, or the grade will automatically revert to an “F.” If exceptions are required, they must be approved by the Department Head.

February 1—Deadline for completion of work in order to replace incomplete grades awarded in the previous Fall semester

March 15—Deadline for completion of work in order to replace incomplete grades awarded in the previous Wintersession

October 15—Deadline for completion of work in order to replace incomplete grades awarded in the previous Spring semester or the previous Summer. Work received (by faculty) in the summer must be evaluated within ten (10) days after Fall term begins.

It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements with the instructor to complete the coursework by the established deadline. The replacement grade must then be recorded with the Registrar within ten (10) days from the applicable deadline for student completion of work established above. (Note to students expecting to graduate this year: Incompletes from the Spring semester must be made up with the instructor and recorded with the Registrar by September 1, not October 15 as listed above. Refer to the section on Graduation for further details.)

Incomplete grades are averaged into a student’s semester GPA with a grade point value of 0.00. Incompletes can affect a student’s academic standing. If the student’s GPA falls below the required minimum as a result, that student will be put on conditional probation. However, when reviewing a student’s record and determining his or her academic status with respect to good standing, probation, or academic withdrawal, the Academic Standing Committee will take note that this status may be temporary. If a student would otherwise be in good standing, a single incomplete grade will not normally be interpreted as justifying probation or academic withdrawal.

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