In most graduate courses, the grades A, B, C, F, I (Incomplete), W (Withdrawal), and WF (Withdrawal with an F) are awarded. In some graduate history courses, particularly thesis hours and some internships which are intended to last more than one semester and are not completed during the semester in which the student is registered, the notation IP (In Progress) is used. A student then has to pay to enroll for the same hours in the next semester. When the work is completed, this In Progress notation must be replaced with an appropriate grade by the instructor. For the thesis hours, grades will be awarded as an “S” (satisfactory) or “U” (unsatisfactory). These grades shall not be computed in the student’s grade-point average.
Students may receive a grade of “I” (incomplete) if they are unable to complete a substantial portion of the course work by the end of the semester for non-academic reasons beyond the student’s control. The awarding of an “I” is done at the discretion of the professor and is not a prerogative of the student. Students have a semester in which to finish the course requirements. If a student is not enrolled during the next semester, the “I” must be removed no later than the end of the second academic semester after the Incomplete was assigned.
Students admitted into the program are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 while enrolled. Students do not receive graduate credit for any course in which they earn a final grade of C or below. Students receiving a grade of C or lower will be placed on academic probation and a letter of warning will be sent by the department outlining the conditions of their probation. Students receiving a grade of C or lower in two courses will be dismissed from the program by the Graduate School. Students receiving a grade of F will automatically be dismissed from the program. These departmental standards are above and beyond those stipulated in the Graduate Catalog.
Students wishing to appeal their dismissal should contact the Dean of the Graduate School to begin the appeals process. The Graduate School will then forward such appeals to the History Department for consideration by the Graduate Committee and the Department Chair. The Graduate Committee and Chair will then advise the Dean of the Graduate School of their decision. The Dean of the Graduate School will ultimately make the final decision regarding a student’s appeal. Upon approval from the Graduate School, students may register for classes pending the outcome of their appeal, with the understanding that, if the appeal is unsuccessful, they will be removed from those classes.