I Incomplete. An incomplete may be given only when the student has been in attendance, has done satisfactory work to within two weeks of the end of the quarter, and has furnished proof satisfactory to the instructor that the work cannot be completed, because of illness or other circumstances beyond the student's control.
To obtain credit for the course, a student must successfully complete the work and the instructor must submit a grade. In no case may an incomplete be converted into a passing grade after a lapse of two years or more. An incomplete received by a graduate student does not automatically convert to a grade of 0.0, but will remain a permanent part of the student's record.
N No grade. Used only for hyphenated courses and courses numbered 600 (Independent Study or Research), 601 (Internship), 700 (Master's Thesis), 750 (Internship), or 800 (Doctoral Dissertation). An N grade indicates that satisfactory progress is being made, but evaluation depends on completion of the research, thesis, internship, or dissertation, at which time the instructor or supervisory committee chair should change the N grade(s) to one reflecting the final evaluation.
S/NS Satisfactory/Non-Satisfactory. A graduate student, with the approval of the Graduate Program Coordinator or Supervisory Committee Chairperson, may elect to be graded S/NS in any numerically-graded course for which he or she is eligible. If a student does not so elect, then he/she will be graded on a numerical basis. If approval is granted the student must elect the S/NS option either when registering or no later than the end of the seventh week of the quarter. The instructor shall submit a numeric grade to the Registrar, who shall convert grades of 2.7 and above to S and grades lower than 2.7 to NS.
CR/NC Credit/No Credit. With the approval of the faculty in the academic unit, any course may be designated for grading on the credit/no-credit basis by notice in the appropriate Time Schedule. For such courses, the instructor submits a grade of CR or NC to be recorded by the Registrar's Office for each student in the course at the end of the quarter. All courses numbered 600, 601, 700, 750, and 800 may be graded with a decimal grade, CR/NC, or N at the instructor's option.
W Withdrawal. Official withdrawal from a course may be done on MyUW through the second week of the quarter. During the first two weeks of the quarter no entry is made on the permanent academic record. The third week through the seventh week of the quarter, a W, and week designation, is recorded on the transcript.
RD Registrar Drop. Effective Spring 2020, replacing HW, Hardship Withdrawal. RD is assigned to graduate students who have been allowed a registrar drop from a course after the second week of the quarter.
HW Hardship Withdrawal (through Winter 2020). Grade assigned when a graduate student is allowed a hardship withdrawal from a course after the second week of the quarter.
Unofficial withdrawal from a course shall result in a grade of 0.0.
The grades of W and HW count neither as completed credits nor in computation of the GPA.
Of the minimum number of credits required for a graduate degree, a graduate student must show numerical grades in at least 18 quarter hours of course work taken at the UW. These numerical grades may be earned in approved 400-level and 500-level courses.
The student may petition the Dean of the Graduate School to modify the procedures described above. The petition should be accompanied by comments and recommendations from the graduate program coordinator.