The grade "Incomplete" "I" is to be used by an instructor at the end of a term to designate incomplete work in a course. It should be used when a student, due to extenuating circumstances such as illness, military service, hardship or death in the immediate family is unable to complete the requirements of the course in the term in which the student is registered for credit. "Incompletes" should be given only if the student has already substantially completed the major requirements of the course. Each instructor must judge each situation as to whether an "I" is appropriate.
Normally there is no time limit for graduate students to remove an incomplete. However, the instructor does have the option of determining the requirements for completing the course and requisite date for removal of incompletes. It is helpful to have these requirements in writing to ensure there is no miscommunication between the instructor and student.
Accrual of Five or More Incompletes
Five or more "I" or "IP" grades (excluding thesis or research courses) will result in a stop enrollment for any new courses; the stop enrollment will stay in effect until the record shows no more than four "I" or "IP" grade.