Review policies for incomplete work on our Fall 2020 and Spring 2020 grading pages.

What you need to know

undergraduate students

If you receive an I grade, the completion date for outstanding work is normally Add Date of the next regular term (fall or spring), unless your instructor has set an earlier or later date for pedagogical reasons or extenuating circumstances. Read more about the resolution of incompletes from the Committee on Academic Performance (CAP).

  • Instructors are required to submit a separate form to the Registrar’s Office for each incomplete grade reported as part of the grade submission process.
  • On the form, your instructor provides a default grade and the date by which you must complete the outstanding work. This default grade represents what you would have earned, using appropriately low scores for the missing work.
  • The I grade remains on your internal grade report and external transcript with the final or default grade, as appropriate, next to it (e.g., I/B).
  • If you do not complete the subject by Add Date of the next regular term, the default grade will be posted to your record unless you and your instructor have explicitly agreed on a later deadline.
  • After you complete the missing work, your instructor will submit a final grade, replacing the default grade on your record.
  • Incompletes must be resolved prior to graduation; you cannot receive an I grade in the semester in which you graduate.

graduate students

If you receive an I grade, you must complete any outstanding work by Add Date of the next regular term (fall or spring) unless you receive the explicit approval of the faculty member in charge of the class to do otherwise.

  • Instructors are required to submit a separate form to the Registrar’s Office for each incomplete grade reported as part of the grade submission process.
  • Once the work has been completed, the internal grade report and external transcript will show the final grade next to the I grade (e.g., I/B).
  • Certain departments will not allow you to graduate with an unresolved incomplete on your record. Check with your program office for departmental rules on incompletes.