Incomplete (I) Course Work and In-Progress (IP) Grade

An incomplete grade of “I” may be awarded at the discretion of the instructor when illness or other unavoidable extenuating circumstances prevent completion of a course by an individual student, provided that academic performance for the completed portion of the course (50% or more) merits a grade of B or better. The instructor will provide the student and the department head/school director with a rationale for the “I” grade, will specify the work required to remove the Incomplete and the time by which the work must be completed.

An “I” grade must be removed within 12 months. The instructor of the course determines the actual amount of time. A request to extend the 12-month limit may be made only under unusual circumstances and upon the written recommendation of the instructor, department head/school director and academic dean. Final approval of the extension rests with the Office of the Provost. The initiative for the conversion of an “I” to a letter grade rests with the student. No extensions will be granted after three years, or the conferral of a degree, whichever is first. At such time, the “I” or “IP” grade becomes a permanent part of the student’s academic record and will show on the student’s transcript.

Incomplete (I) or In-Progress (IP) grades received in courses that constitute the final project/experience required for graduation, such as those with “capstone”, “practicum”, “final project”, “thesis”, “dissertation,” “research,” or “internship” in the title are not governed by the 12-month limitation regulation. (If confusion arises over whether a course qualifies, determinations will be made by the Graduate School.) Both Incomplete and In-Progress courses must be completed within the Time Limitation requirements governing the applicable degree.

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