The grade of incomplete (I) is a temporary grade that indicates that a student has not completed all course requirements, but that there is a possibility that he or she will pass the course when the remaining work is completed. The grade of incomplete is therefore appropriate for students who have attended and participated in classes, but for valid reasons cannot complete all course assignments before the end of the term. The grade of incomplete is not appropriate for students who have a poor attendance record, since it is not possible to make up missed classes. (Students who have missed a lot of classes for health reasons should contact the Gallatin Office of Student Affairs about the possibility of a medical withdrawal from the course). Nor is the incomplete appropriate for students who have simply fallen behind in submitting required work; they must meet the instructor's deadlines.
Exclusion from the Dean’s List: Students who receive a grade of Incomplete are automatically ineligible for the Dean’s List in that semester. This exclusion applies only for the semester in which the Incomplete was received; students may be eligible in subsequent semesters, providing they meet the other criteria for the Dean’s List.
Impact on Financial Aid: Full-time undergraduates who are receiving financial aid should be aware that most financial aid awards are contingent upon their “satisfactory progress toward the degree.” Since financial aid is awarded for a total of 8 semesters, “satisfactory progress” means that full-time undergraduate students must complete 16 credits per semester or 32 credits per full-time academic year. The Financial Aid Office may cancel a student’s financial aid award if he or she does not earn enough credits to show satisfactory progress, e.g. if a student does not complete all course work.
Other Considerations: Students should also be aware that having an outstanding incomplete grade may affect their eligibility for athletic teams and/or for special educational opportunities such as non-NYU study abroad, concurrent registration, or membership in the Dean’s Honor Society.
Failure to Meet the Deadline: If a student does not satisfactorily complete the course requirements by any agreed-upon deadline, the grade of I will automatically revert to the grade of F. Once the grade has changed, it will not be changed back under any circumstances. The student may elect to repeat the course to earn a passing grade, which will supersede the F in the calculation of the GPA (although the F will remain on the transcript).
For a Gallatin course:
Before the last day of classes, submit the electronic Request for Grade of Incomplete form to your instructor for approval.
In extraordinary circumstances serious illness, family crisis, etc. you may need an additional extension of the incomplete grade. In order to obtain that extension, you will need permission from the Associate Dean of Gallatin, and you will need to document and explain those extraordinary circumstances.
Pick up a Petition form at the Gallatin Office of Student Services (1 Washington Pl, 8th floor).