Incompletes and Withdrawals are viewed unfavorably by the graduate faculty, graduate dean, and prospective employers. An Incomplete (I) grade must be requested by the student and is given when the instructor deems that circumstances beyond the student’s control prevented timely completion of course requirements. A written contract, signed by the instructor and student, sets the date and condition for completing the class. Most I’s can be removed within 90 days; all must be removed within one year. Students with excessive Incompletes may be restricted in the number of hours they may take in a subsequent semester.
A Withdrawal (W) is recorded when a student drops a course after about the first week of classes or withdraws from all University coursework during a semester. A pattern of class or semester withdrawals can indicate unsatisfactory progress and may lead to dismissal from the graduate program or Graduate School.