Watch Those Incompletes -- They Can Become F's
Author: Flora Barone
Posted: October 25, 2006

A new policy regarding Incomplete grades for undergraduate courses taken Fall Term 2006 and subsequently, known in short as "I to F", is in effect. The Faculty Senate approved the change last June. It is important for students to fully understand how the policy will affect their GPA, and to request an Incomplete grade with full knowledge of the repercussions. The policy has changed in two important ways:

A. "Failure to make up an Incomplete in an undergraduate course by the end of one calendar year will result in the mark of "I" automatically changing to a grade of "F" or "NP", depending on the grading option chosen by the student at registration. The instructor, department chair, or dean may set earlier deadlines."

B. "For graduating students, Incompletes in undergraduate courses awarded Fall Term 2006 or later will be automatically changed to a grade of "F" or "NP" prior to conferral of the degree. The faculty of record must file supplemental grade changes no later than thirty days after the degree is awarded. Grades of "F" or "NP" will remain on the academic record after the degree is awarded, and cannot be removed."

For more information, see the 2006-07 PSU Bulletin/Catalog, or go to and scroll to "Incomplete Grade (I)"; for the complete policy, see For further questions, students are encouraged to discuss the new policy with their instructor or academic adviser.