If students are working on dissertation or thesis research beyond the required 7 research credits for dissertation or the number required for thesis by their program, they should be registered in the appropriate research course (e.g., Individual Dissertation or Individual Master’s Thesis), and the course work graded as P or UP, not NG or I. Students should be graded for the semester based on their progress/achievements in that semester.
SP grades should no longer be used as long-term placeholders while students complete long term projects. If an SP grade is used, it must be converted to a final grade by the end of the following semester. An SP grade should only be used for short-term extensions to allow completion of specific assignments. NG grades are also not appropriate as long term place holders. Students should be graded for the semester based on their progress/achievements in that semester.
Change-of-grade forms for research courses are initiated by the instructor and submitted directly to the Registrar’s Office. They do not need to be approved by the Graduate School.
Note: The definition of a “research course” is a course outside of formal class work or instruction that allows a student to be registered as a graduate student while he/she is working independently on his/her thesis or dissertation under the guidance of his/her adviser or dissertation committee. This policy also applies to internships and other multiple semester or series courses.