An “I” is assigned when a student’s performance has been satisfactory, but for reasons beyond the student’s control, he/she has not been able to complete course requirements within the allotted time as determined by the instructor. Students are not required to register for the course again but must complete the original course requirements with the instructor. With approval of the instructor, a student has one (1) calendar year or until the time of graduation, whichever comes first, to remove the “I” during which time the “I” is excluded from calculation of the student’s QPA. If the “I” is not removed within the above time limits, it is automatically changed to a Grade of “IF” and is calculated as “F” in the student’s QPA. If the “I” is not in a required course, the student may be permitted to graduate if permission is granted by the advisor. In such cases, the “I” is computed as an “F” and the cumulative QPA must be at least 3.0. In extenuating circumstances, such as ill health, a student may request an exception to the one-year policy to the Graduate School Executive Committee, and must provide detailed and documented evidence of the circumstance that necessitated the delay in removing the “I” grade. The request must be approved by the instructor, advisor, departmental chair, and the dean of the college/school, in that order. The student’s advisor or departmental chair must be present when the Graduate School Executive Committee deliberates the request.
In order to remove an outstanding incomplete (I) grade for those students graduating, the instructor must submit the grade change to the Office of Records and Registration by the Friday before exam week each term.