Philosophy Department Policy on Incompletes in Graduate Courses

~ Effective September 1, 2010 ~

This policy was approved last year by the Philosophy Department faculty, and it takes effect this fall, applying to all incompletes taken in the Fall 2010 semester or later. If you have any questions, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies.

In all Philosophy Department graduate courses, including Associated Writing courses, the following policy on incompletes applies:

The course instructor sets all course deadlines and determines the course policy on incompletes. In many cases, that policy may be to permit no incompletes whatsoever, so it is imperative that you consult your instructor for specific guidelines. However, in all Philosophy Department graduate courses, the following limiting condition on incompletes applies. Subject to the exception described below, all coursework must be completed and submitted by the first day of class of the semester immediately following the semester in which the course was taken, on penalty of receiving an F in the course. This means that all work for fall courses must be submitted by the first day of spring classes, and all work for spring courses must be submitted by the first day of fall classes. Absolutely no incompletes beyond this are permitted except by filing, in advance, a formal written request with both the Director of Graduate Studies and the course instructor. The request should be filed by e-mail, and must (1) explain the reason for seeking the extension; (2) detail a specific plan for completion, describing the work that has been completed to date and the work that remains to be done; and (3) propose a new deadline. Requests will not be granted automatically. Moreover, except under extraordinary circumstances, the written request must be filed with both the DGS and the course instructor at least one week in advance of the relevant deadline (the first day of class of the semester immediately following the semester in which the course was taken).

Everyone should also be aware of the new, and entirely inflexible, Graduate School of Arts and Science policy on incompletes, which sets further limiting conditions on how long an incomplete may be carried before it goes to an F. This policy went into effect on September 1, 2009, and applies to all incompletes taken in the Fall 2009 semester or later. The GSAS policy (stated in section 3.6 of the GSAS Policies and Procedures Manual, which is available at http://gsas.nyu.edu/page/grad.pp.manual) is as follows:

3.6. Incomplete Grades: An unresolved grade, “I”, reverts to F one year after the beginning of the semester in which the course was taken unless an extension of the incomplete grade has been approved by the Vice Dean.

3.6.1. At the request of the departmental DGS and with the approval of the course instructor, the Vice Dean will review requests for an extension of an incomplete grade.

3.6.2. A request for an extension of incomplete must be submitted before the end of one year from the beginning of the semester in which the course was taken.

3.6.3. An extension of an incomplete grade may be requested for a period of up to, but not exceeding, one year.

3.6.4. Only one one-year extension of an incomplete may be granted.

3.6.5. If a student is approved for a leave of absence (See 4.4) any time the student spends on that leave of absence will not count toward the time allowed for completion of the coursework.