This week a student I hadn’t seen in awhile showed up to ask a favor. No, not to pass her…she wanted an “ Incomplete”. She knew she couldn’t make up the many assignments she had missed in class, she wanted the “I” on her transcript so her GPA and financial aid monies would not be ruined for the upcoming semester. Her plan is to take the same class next semester, earn a passing grade and that passing grade would supersede the “I”!
I had never used the “I” in such a way. I didn’t even know if this was allowable. I went to the registrar’s office, posed my question and was told that yes, I could submit an Incomplete for this purpose.
I did wonder if this was an ethical action for me to take because I didn’t see this situation on our ethics test this year. However, this young person had some believable contretemps which would have caused most anyone to stumble at the end of the semester. Also, she is taking the class again, paying for it in some way and if she does not do what she promises, the grade because an F anyway.
I can’t imagine I would do this often, but I like that this student’s education is not seriously hindered by something she had little control over. Do you have comments, suggestions, or concerns on the power of “I”.