How to Request/ Remove an Incomplete

If circumstances beyond your control prevent you from completing a class, you might be able to request an Incomplete (I).

To obtain an "Incomplete" in a class, you do not need to sign any paperwork or file any petitions. It's simply an agreement between you and the professor for the class.

  1. Make sure you're eligible for an Incomplete.
    • If you're not passing a class because you've simply fallen behind, you're not eligible for an Incomplete. In order to earn a grade of "I" you must be passing the class with all the work done thus far. Grades of "I" only entitle you to complete the additional class work and tests from the point when you determine you will take an "I" - they do not entitle you to redo work or make up points. They also do not entitle you to additional outside tutoring or coaching by the professor or TA.
    • If you decide to withdraw from a class, you can do so until the end of the ninth week.
    • Read the Academic Senate policy on Incomplete grades.
  2. Request an Incomplete.
    • Contact your instructor to find out if requesting an Incomplete is appropriate in your circumstances.
    • The deadline for requesting an incomplete shall be no later than the first working day after final examination week.
    • Note: Your instructor may require the submission of an Incomplete Form. This form is NOT required by the department or University anymore; the agreement is solely between you and the instructor of the class. It is at the instructor's discretion whether to grant you an Incomplete and what steps they require of you.
  3. Make up (remove) the Incomplete.
    • You must complete your work by the date given by your instructor. (This date can be no later than the last day of the next quarter's tenth week, excluding Summer Session.) If you don't complete your work, you'll receive a permanent F, NP, or U for the class.
    • If you have exams left to complete, you will need to send your request to with a minimum of 3 days/time availabilities to take each requested exam and you MUST cc the instructor for the course. If you do not include the instructor on the request, the scheduling cannot be completed. The department will do its best to accommodate your requested time, however it is not guaranteed. All exam requests must be Monday through Friday between the hours of 8-12pm and 1-4pm within weeks 2-10 of the following quarter. For Final Exam requests specifically start times can only be at 8am, 8:30am, 9am, or 1pm.
    • You will not receive any reminders to complete this work, nor will the department follow up with you. It is your responsibility to ensure that your course work is complete.
    • The instructor will assign the new grade to replace the Incomplete in your record.

Note: You do not re-enroll in the course.