In cases where a student has outstanding work in a course other than a final exam, a course instructor may choose to grant a grade of Incomplete. Only an authorized dean may excuse a student from a scheduled final exam. The authority to grant an Incomplete rests with the course instructor, who may simply enter a notation of INC when submitting a student's final grade.
An Incomplete grade from the fall that is finished by the following February 1st will improve a student's academic standing (e.g. from Warning to Good Standing). Spring semester Incompletes must be completed by the following July 1st in order to count toward academic standing. If a student finishes an Incomplete by the stated deadline but the faculty member does not submit a grade by that time, the Chair of the Committee on Academic Standing may change the student's academic standing if the faculty member confirms that the work was completed and received by the deadline.
Incompletes made up after the stated deadlines but within one academic year from the time the Incomplete was granted do not change the student's academic standing. However, they do count as completed courses. Credit for Incompletes finished after the one-year deadline must be approved by the Committee on Academic Standing.
One-semester thesis courses taken in the first semester of senior year result in a transcript grade of Incomplete if the thesis is not completed at that time. If this presents a problem with post-graduation plans, students are strongly encouraged to register for the thesis course in their eighth semester of study.