Policies and Regulations on Coursework Completion
Each graduate student should be familiar with both departmental and Graduate School regulations for maintaining graduate status and for graduation (see http://gradschool.uoregon.edu/policies-procedures). All 15 core credits must be taken for a letter grade and passed with grades of B– or better. A B– is expected for all other courses as well. Students who fail to maintain a cumulative 3.00 GPA in two successive terms may be dropped from the program.
Please note that P indicates satisfactory performance, which is defined by the university as a grade of B– or better for graduate students.
An “I’’ is appropriate only in an extraordinary circumstance, such as serious illness or injury, which precludes completion of the course before the end of the term, and then only if the completed coursework is satisfactory (B– or higher). In particular, “I’’ may not be used to forestall a failing or otherwise undesirable grade. If the conditions for the removal of the incomplete grade are not fulfilled within one year, the incomplete will remain on the student’s transcript permanently.
An incomplete may be issued when the quality of work is satisfactory but some minor requirement has not been completed for reasons acceptable to the instructor. To remove an incomplete, a graduate student must convert a graduate course incomplete into a passing grade within one calendar year of the assignment of the incomplete. Students may request additional time for the removal of the incomplete by submitting a petition stating the course requirements that were not initially completed, signed by the instructor, to the Dean of the Graduate School for approval. This policy does not apply to incompletes assigned to Thesis (503), or Dissertation (603). Thesis and dissertation credits are automatically converted to “Pass” when the thesis is completed and accepted by the Graduate School. Students who are graduating and planning to remove an incomplete must have it completed and recorded with the Registrar within 30 days after graduation. Otherwise it will remain as a permanent “I” on the transcript.
Courses required for the Ph.D. degree may be waived if taken at another university, regardless of whether they have been officially transferred. The Graduate Committee should be petitioned to waive the course, after an advisor agrees that equivalent coursework has been met.