The GSD utilizes a system of deficiency units based on a student’s grades and the number of semesters completed in order to determine satisfactory progress and whether the termination process is initiated.
Receipt of an excessive number of incompletes, low passes, or failures may result in action under the policy on Satisfactory Progress and Termination (see below).
Permission for an INC in studio courses will normally be granted only for medical reasons and by the program director.
The normal deadline for removal of an INC is the last day of the examination period of the corresponding term of the next academic year, unless an earlier deadline is specified by the instructor.
The petition must be submitted prior to the last class meeting for that course.
Students missing a final examination or submission of a final project cannot receive an INC unless the absence was owing to illness, as verified by University Health Services or a physician, or for another major justifiable excuse.The GSD does not use a grade-point average or rank-in-class system.Non-GSD students who cross-register into a GSD course are evaluated on the same grading system as are GSD students, with the exception of Ph D students who may submit a Request to the Office of the Registrar.Evaluation of a student's performance in each course is the responsibility of the instructor of record for that course. For grades other than ‘Incomplete' grade changes can be made by the instructor of record and with the approval of the department chair only for the purpose of correcting an error made in calculating the grade. However, a student who feels that a grade is unfair due to negligence or discrimination on the part of the instructor has the right to appeal formally.Whether or not a student decides to invoke the formal appeal process, a student always has the right to request in writing, informally, an explanation of an assigned grade by the instructor. This appeal must be filed within the first 30 days of the academic term immediately following the term for which the grade was given or within 30 days of the date grades are distributed by the registrar, whichever is later.No grade may be changed after graduation for any reason other than as the result of a formal appeal as described above.Additional information on procedures related to grade appeals is available from the Dean of Students.Non-GSD students who cross-register into a GSD course are evaluated on the same grading system as are GSD students.Cross-registered courses will have a different grading system so check out information about Cross-Registration or the Harvard Cross-Registration site.Occasional extensions to this deadline are granted upon petition to the program director.This deadline is not automatically extended for students who withdraw from the GSD after receiving an INC, but is extended for those who take an approved leave of absence.