“I” is a neutral mark and represents incomplete. An “I” is given when a student is performing passing work, but for some uncontrollable reason is unable to complete a small portion of their final course requirements during the instructional period.
An “I” mark is excluded from grade-point average computation. Non-attendance, poor performance, or requests to repeat the course are unacceptable reasons for issuance of the “I” mark.
What the “I” policy means to online learning students
Students enrolled in online learning classes cannot request an “I” because they have gotten behind on their assignments or because they haven’t completed a large portion of the class (regardless of the reason). Students who get behind on their course work and are on track to earn a poor grade in the course as a result will not be given an “I.” This is not allowed by University policy and should not be requested. This mark is intended solely for students who are unable to complete a small portion of the final course requirement due to reasons that are out of their control.
If medical events occur early in the semester, the more appropriate action at that time would be for the student to go through the Office of Admissions and Records to request a withdrawal and refund for the class (for medical emergency and/or improper withdrawal), rather than requesting an “I” for a class that basically needs to be retaken.
Another reason online students cannot ask to finish a large portion of their class at a later date (beyond one paper or a quiz) is because a "re-experience" of the entire class is not always possible the following semester when a class is not being offered. There would be no discussion component or student-to-student interaction (which would normally take place in the online class with other students) in the “I” completion stage. This again is reflected in the policy that the intent of the University “I” is NOT to allow the student a repeat of the course or a way to avoid a bad grade due to poor performance or non-attendance/non-participation.
Some students appear to misunderstand the “I” policy, so we are clarifying it now at the beginning of your class experience, to avoid any possible confusion at a later date.