Students who cannot fulfill all the work for a course due to a sudden medical or family emergency at the end of the coursework may be assigned an incomplete only if arrangements are made with the instructor. An incomplete must be made up within one calendar year immediately following the end of the term in which it was assigned.
IMPORTANT: iSchool faculty will only consider an incomplete if most of the work of the class has been done. Thus typically an incomplete is not even considered until close to the end of the semester (or close to the end of an intensive). If -close to the end of the semester (or the intensive)-a student is unable to fulfill the final project or assignment due to a sudden personal or family illness a iSchool faculty member may consider awarding an incomplete. These are the only reasons for which we will consider an incomplete. An incomplete will not be granted because a student is not doing well in the class and wants more time. An incomplete will not be awarded if only a small portion of the work of the class has been completed.
The university policy on incompletes from the latest catalog states the following:
The symbol “I” (Incomplete Authorized) indicates that a portion of required course work has not been completed and evaluated in the prescribed time period due to unforeseen, but fully justified, reasons and that there is still a possibility of earning credit. The student cannot reenroll in the course. It is the responsibility of the student to bring pertinent information to the attention of the instructor (regarding the unforeseen reason(s) for requesting an Incomplete) and to determine from the instructor the remaining course requirements that must be satisfied to remove the Incomplete. A final grade is assigned when the work agreed upon has been completed and evaluated. Clearing an incomplete grade does not permit retaking previously completed portions of the course, nor does it permit assignment of additional graded work (e.g., extra credit) that was not available to other students in the class.
An “I” must normally be made up within one calendar year immediately following the end of the term during which it was assigned.
This limitation prevails whether or not the student maintains continuous enrollment. Failure to complete the assigned work by the calendar year deadline will result in an “I” being converted to an “IC” symbol, or an “NC” for non-traditionally graded courses, unless the faculty member assigns a specific letter grade at the time the incomplete is completed, which would replace the “I” in the student’s record.
To obtain an incomplete:
- It is the responsibility of the student to bring pertinent information to the instructor regarding why they cannot fulfill the final work during the current semester and to reach agreement on the means by which the remaining course requirement will be satisfied. If the instructor agrees, the instructor will enter an “I” grade for that course for that semester.
- It is a student’s responsibility to follow up with the instructor in terms of removing an Incomplete. The instructor will assign a final grade when the work agreed upon has been completed and evaluated. The instructor will then submit a “Change of Grade” form to the University for processing.