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  • Grade Definitions

    Incomplete Grades

    The mark of “I” (incomplete) is granted when students are unable to complete course requirements for reasons beyond their control and when arrangements have been made with the instructor before the end of the semester. If an incomplete requires substantial class attendance in a subsequent term, the student must register to repeat the course and pay tuition and fees. It is the student's responsibility to meet the instructor's requirements for completing the course. "I" grades are administered by completion of the "Incomplete Grade" form by the student and instructor. "I" grades must be completed by the finish of the next semester or they will change to "F". All "I" grades will be converted to an "F" before a degree is conferred.

    In Progress Grades

    The grade of "IP" (in progress) is reserved for special cases when a course is not designed to be completed by the end of the term. An "IP" must be completed by the student within two semesters (undergraduate courses) and four semesters (graduate courses), not including summer. If the in-progress grade is not completed within the specified time, a grade of "F" will be awarded. Students completing an "IP" should not re-register for the class. "IP" grades will be converted to "F" before a degree is conferred.

    Repeating Courses

    When a course is repeated, all attempts remain on the academic record but only the credits, grades, and related honor points for the most recent attempt will be used in calculating the cumulative grade-point average and credits for graduation. Students forfeit the previous grade no matter what grade is earned when the course is repeated. Courses taken for regular A-F grades may not be repeated for Pass-Fail grades. To assure that the GPA is corrected; students must submit a “Repeated Course” form to the Registrar's Office. All course attempts will remain on the permanent academic records. All repeated courses are noted on the transcript to indicate the course was repeated in a following term and excluded from cumulative totals.

    Pass-Fail Courses (P/F Grades)

    Certain courses which offer insufficient opportunity for graded evaluation may be offered with only the grading options of Pass “P” of Fail “F”. Student teaching and internships are always graded on a pass-fail basis.

    Pass-Fail Courses (P/F Grades) Option

    • Students with sophomore, junior, or senior standing may request to take letter graded courses on a P/F basis. Students may not request this option for courses required for their major or minor program. No course taken with P/F grading may be applied to the Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum (LASC). 
    • Students may make this request for only one course per semester. Students may apply up to 16 credits under the P/F grading option to a baccalaureate degree program.
    • No letter graded course which a student has previously failed may be repeated under the P/F grading option.
    • A grade of “P” will be recorded for any course successfully completed under the P/F option. The grade of “F” will be recorded if the course is failed and computed in the GPA.
    • A P/F Grading form to request the P/F grading option must be returned to the Registrar's Office on or before the tenth class day of the semester. Summer session due dates vary based on the length of individual sessions and classes. Once the form has been submitted, the student may not change the course back to letter grading.