Incompletes and Completions
Remember: Each student can skip 20% of assignments and participation items as well as ask for extensions--no explanation needed--on two assignments or participation items, moving the due date as far back as the last session. Beyond the 2 extensions, written assignments more than a week late don't count; instead, focus on doing the best you can with the remaining assignments and participation items.
1. Final date on written assignments or participation items for which you have requested an extension = Last session.
2. Final grade will be based on work submitted, revisions completed, and participation items fulfilled by the date for submission of grades.
3. Exceptions to the 1 & 2 require a serious health or family situation AND submission of a proposed completion contract, then reviewed and approved by the instructor by the last session and signed by both parties. For the proposed contract, use your assignment checklist to indicate what you have completed and your proposed contract dates for completion of specific assignments.
- Be very careful in preparing this—correcting a student's checklist is exactly what the instructor does not want to spend time on.
- Allow time to receive comments on written submissions and to revise in response.
- Participation cannot be made up after the end of classes. (Reason: It does not contribute to the class interactions for you to make up any of the others.)
- Please don't expect instructors to work with you over the summer and winter breaks to complete your assignments. (We need you to respect that we have professional "incompletes" that we need to try to make up during these periods!) In other words, do what you can by the day when grades are due and then take a break from "dialogue around written work" until the new semester starts. Please write your completion contracts with this in mind. Even in the new semester, be patient because instructors have to give higher priority to responding to students from the current semester.
- Please note that the desired learning rarely takes place during standard on-your-own incompletes, despite the best intentions of student and instructor. There is no substitute for the development of teaching/learning interactions that happens with peers and regular week-by-week sessions. Expect that comments made on work for incompletes will be brief.
4. If you don't have a signed completion contract, the course must be taken again when it is next offered to get you a passing grade or improve your grade if it is lower than you want.