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Requirements for a Grade of Incomplete

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Owner Academic Affairs
Contact [email protected]
Document Type Policy
Issue Date December 11, 2001
Last Review February 5, 2024
Related Documents Application to resolve an "I" (Incomplete grade)


  1. Purpose Statement
  2. Policy
  3. Audience
  4. History

A. Purpose Statement

The purpose of this policy is to establish guidelines for the awarding of an incomplete grade for students that have not successfully completed all of their work in a course.

B. Policy

Within Ferris State University, the “incomplete” (I, Inc.) is one of the grading options available for student coursework. The intent and the use of the “I” grade is not to avoid student probation, dismissal, or unacceptable grades, nor should it be considered as an extended alternative to withdrawal from a class (W).

The following guidelines should be used in assigning this grade:

  • The “I” should only be considered for extenuating circumstances that have led to a student missing a portion of the course. Extenuating circumstances are generally defined as those situations over which the student has little or no control — e.g. illness, birth, jury duty, death of parent, injury, or military service. Instructors may wish to require suitable documentation.
  • Students must be making reasonable progress in their coursework as evidenced by completion of at least 75% of coursework at passing levels before assigning the "I".
  • Instructors will require students to sign an agreement stipulating assignments and deadlines that must be met in order to complete the course.
  • An "I" grade will automatically become an "F" prior to final exam week of the following semester (not counting summer) unless the faculty member files another grade or extends the incomplete grade.

C. Audience

The intended audience for this policy are students, faculty, and staff.

D. History

This policy supersedes the original policy, previously referred to as 01:9, was created on 12/11/2001 and revised on 3/6/2008.