- UC Santa Cruz
- Visual Studies PhD
The Visual Studies Department strongly discourages incompletes in any of its courses. We also recommend that graduate students in Visual Studies not request incomplete grades for courses taken outside the Department.
We understand that an incomplete may be appropriate in some instances, particularly in cases of serious medical and personal emergencies. In such cases, the Department strongly urges all graduate students to submit the required coursework to the instructor before the end of the 6th week of instruction in the quarter following the issuing of an incomplete grade. In any case, per University policy, if the coursework is not completed within one calendar year, the incomplete grade will automatically revert to a Fail (F) or Unsatisfactory (U).
Failure to complete coursework in a timely manner can severely hamper a student's progress toward the degree and will reflect unfavorably on his/her performance during scheduled periodic reviews. For example: