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Incomplete Grades

Petitioning Process

The grade Incomplete (I) may be assigned when a student’s work is of passing quality but is incomplete. A completed Petition for an Incomplete Grade MUST be returned to the Office of the Registrar by the last day of the quarter for an I grade to be placed on a student's record. Petitions must be signed by the instructor, and are available in the Office of the Registrar. A $5.00 processing fee will be billed to the student’s BARC account.

Notification of the receipt of the approved Petition for an Incomplete Grade will be sent to the dean of the student’s college and the instructor. In the absence of the petition or another specific grade, the Office of the Registrar will record a grade of F, NP, or U.

One-quarter completion deadline

The grade of Incomplete may be replaced by a grade as determined by the instructor. You will receive unit credit and appropriate grade points if you earn a passing grade and the coursework is completed by the end of the term following the term in which the I grade was reported. You need not be enrolled for that quarter nor must the course be offered to receive the final grade.

Unless the work is completed and a grade is reported to the Office of the Registrar by the deadline, the I will be changed automatically to F, NP, or U, as appropriate. The deadline for completion of coursework for Incomplete grades is the end of the quarter following the quarter the I grade was received. If the instructor is unavailable, the chair of the department in which the course was offered is authorized to supervise completion of the work and to make the appropriate grade change.

The instructor or the chair has authority to extend the deadline for completion in the event of unusual circumstances that would clearly impose an unfair hardship on the student if the original deadline were maintained.

An I grade on the student’s record at the time of graduation necessary for the fulfillment of degree requirements will disqualify the student for graduation.

An I grade on the student’s record at the time of graduation in a course not necessary for the fulfillment of degree requirements may be removed only up to the end of the fifth week of the term following the date of graduation. If not removed, it will not be changed to an F or NP but will remain an I grade permanently. At the time of graduation, an I grade in a course taken for a letter grade must be utilized in the computation of the grade-point average. Its effect in that computation is identical to that of an F.

Grade Changes to Incomplete

A grade may be changed to an I grade only with the approval of the dean of the student’s college or the dean of the Graduate Division, as appropriate, and successful completion of the above petitioning process.