All course work assigned must be completed before a grade is awarded. The mark of "I" (Incomplete) is reserved for conditions in which a student has been unable, due to circumstances beyond his or her control, to complete the course by the end of the term. An incomplete must be removed within twelve calendar months. If the course work is not completed during this time then the "I" will convert to an "F" on the student's transcript and cannot be changed other than by reregistering for the course. A student must complete course work for theses, scholarly studies, or field studies within two years of receiving an incomplete.
If an extension is desired, the student must initiate a written request for a specific time of extension, must exhibit extenuating circumstances beyond his/her control, and must make the request in advance of the twelve-month expiration. The request must be supported by a written endorsement from the course instructor, and submitted to the Registrar's Office prior to the expiration of the twelve-month period.
In order to ensure reasonable progress toward degree completion, students' registration is limited by the number of "I" grades they receive. Students with two "I" grades may register for six hours, or nine hours with permission of their Graduate Program Committee and the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. Students with three "I" grades may register for three credit hours, or six hours with permission of their Graduate Program Committee and the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. Students with four "I" grades may register for three credit hours only with permission of their Graduate Program Committee and the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research.