Incompletes are granted when a student who was passing a class is unable to complete the class in the semester it is offered, and only a small amount of graded work (a single paper or test, for instance) remains. It is up to the instructor to decide whether an Incomplete is warranted, and then it is the instructor's responsibility to assign the grade of Incomplete (I).
If an instructor agrees to allowing a student to take an Incomplete (I) in a class, the student has until the end of the fourth week of classes of the student's next semester in residence (this does not include summer) to submit the required work. If completed work is not handed in by the end of the fourth-week deadline, the Incomplete will lapse into a grade of F. (The Incomplete deadline is the same as the pass/fail deadline and the 50 percent refund deadline.) The instructor can decide to require an earlier deadline for submitting work. Students should make sure they understand the agreement and deadline they have with the instructor for satisfying the incomplete work. Please note that a student does not need to be enrolled in order to make up the work in order to remove an Incomplete from his/her records.
Incompletes will not lapse prior to the the end of the sixth week in the semester in order to allow instructors time to submit the final grade for work completed. If a grade is not submitted electronically (or via a Grade Change Form) by the end of the sixth week, the incomplete will lapse to an "F". Any grade change submitted via a Grade Change Form will not be accepted if delivered by a student.
If an instructor decides that a student's circumstances warrant an Extended Incomplete (EI), the instructor will need to complete a Grade Change Form and submit it to room 110 Ingraham Hall for processing. The Grade Change Form requesting an extended incomplete must by signed by the department chair and the instructor. An instructor cannot request an extended incomplete electronically. If the student is granted an extended incomplete, the student must complete the work and submit it to the instructor by the end of the semester.
You need to ask yourself whether you will be able to get the work done before next semester. Many students are rushed to turn in poor work just to finish the Incomplete when they could have submitted the same quality of work at the end of the semester. Many students never finish their Incompletes, and watch them become an "F" even after being allowed the additional time to complete the course requirements. So, if you know you can get the work done when you feel better, or when your circumstances change, accept the Incomplete option. Otherwise, find out what grade you would get without the Incomplete or speak with your academic dean in 110 Ingraham Hall (262-0617) about dropping the class.