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Incomplete (I) grade stipulations

  1. The I (incomplete course work) is given when, due to illness or other circumstances such as personal emergency beyond the student's control, a student has been unable to complete the required course work. The I grade is normally given only after the contract form (Incomplete I Grade Authorization) has been completed and signed by both the instructor and the student, and received by the Registrar.
  2. The I grade is given only in instances of truly incomplete course work, such as laboratory exercises, course project, term paper, etc. Under no circumstances may the I be given for the following situations:
    • Absence from a final examination.
    • Student on class list who has never attended class.
    • Student who wishes to do additional post-semester work in order to improve a grade.
    • Student who wishes to repeat the course as auditor, retaking examinations, etc., in order to improve a grade.
  3. The I grade must be completed within one semester. If facilities (i.e., laboratory) are required to complete the outstanding work but are not available during the next semester, then one year is the maximum time limit.
  4. Effective Fall 1999: If the agreements made in the I grade contract are not faithfully observed, or if the I grade is not cleared in the time specified in the contract, the grade automatically becomes the grade noted below. (See Item 5.)
  5. Note: the grade I is considered a penalty grade in the calculation of the term QPA. The grade of "I", until it is changed, is calculated as if it were the grade of "F".
  6. The Incomplete Form is located in the Instuctor menu of SIS.