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DEFERRED GRADE (DF)
(Senate Policy 48-40)
If, for reasons beyond a student's control, he/she is prevented from completing a course within the prescribed time, the student may ask the instructor for a deferred grade. If the instructor agrees to this action, the instructor reports the student's grade as a DF at the end of the semester to delay issuing a grade and to allow the student more time to complete course work.
Deadline for Course Completion
Impact on the Student's Record
Transcript and Grade Reports
Impact on the Student's Financial Aid
REQUEST DEADLINEA student should request a deferred grade before the beginning of the final examination period in the semester/session the course was offered. In an emergency, an instructor can approve a deferred grade after the final exam period has started.
DEADLINE FOR COURSE COMPLETION
Effective spring 2012, when an instructor defers a student's grade by submitting a DF, the deadline is ten weeks following the end date of the course (as it appears in the Schedule of Courses). After the end of a semester or session, when the Schedule of Courses is no longer available, a course's end date is available to authorized advisers on ISIS. Use ARUAC to access the official course end date by entering the semester/session, the DF course number, and section. (The section number is available on ARIRS.)
The deadline is calculated in calendar weeks; breaks and holidays have no effect on the calculation. For example, if a course has a 04/27/12 end date published in the spring schedule, the deferred grade deadline for the course would be July 6, 2012.
The deferred grade deadline does not change if a student is on a leave of absence or chooses not to enroll for the subsequent semester or session.
Unless an extension has been granted, a DF becomes an F if the instructor does not change it to a grade by the deferred-grade expiration date.
Extension beyond ten weeks may be granted for extenuating circumstances only. The course instructor must approve the extension. A deferred grade form (available from appropriate deans' offices) indicating the date the deferral expires must be processed. Deferred grades should not be extended beyond the end of the semester following the semester when the DF was granted.
IMPACT ON THE STUDENT'S RECORD
If a student has a deferred grade, his/her degree audit will include a section titled Incomplete Courses and will list any DF courses. (See section 6 of this sample degree audit.)
Transcript and Grade Reports
When a student receives a deferred grade, DF will appear on the student's transcript and grade reports instead of a grade. The student's grade-point average for that semester will be calculated without the deferred-grade credits. The letter "I," signifying "incomplete," is printed next to the student's grade-point average on his/her transcript. A student with a DF on his/her transcript will not be allowed to graduate, even if the course in which the DF was recorded is not required for graduation in the student's degree program.
When the time limit has expired, a grade will be assigned, the grade-point average will be recalculated, the "I" will be removed, and, if appropriate, the student will be named to the Dean's List. When these changes are entered on the student's official record, the student is notified by e-mail to check eLion for the corrected grade.
IMPACT ON THE STUDENT'S FINANCIAL AID
Credits from a course in which a student is assigned a deferred grade are not counted toward the student's satisfactory academic progress until a letter grade is recorded. Students receiving aid should investigate the impact a DF could have with the Office of Student Aid.ADVISING RECOMMENDATION
To ensure clarity, the instructor who has approved a deferred-grade request should provide the student with a written statement detailing the agreed upon plan for completing work. For example:
I have agreed to give John Doe a deferred grade for PHIL 321, spring 2012. He must hand in two book reviews and take the final exam in order to complete course requirements. This work must be turned in by July 1 to allow time for grading prior to the deferred-grade deadline. Dr. George Jones, 04/26/12
A deferred grade form (available from appropriate deans' offices) is only required if the instructor
Students follow the same procedures to defer a grade in a Continuing Education or World Campus course as in a resident instruction course.
The World Campus offers information about deferring a grade in the courses that they offer.
It is important to consider the impact that the completion of course work required to remove the DF will have on the student's workload during the next semester. A student deferring 6 credits of work and registering for 19 credits could be carrying an effective credit load of 25 credits during the first six weeks of the following semester. The student should be advised that this is an extreme overload.
The University may make changes in policies,
procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. Please
consult a Penn State academic adviser for more detailed information.
This page is part of the University Undergraduate Advising Handbook, which is maintained by the Division of Undergraduate Studies, DUS@psu.edu.
Last Update: June 2012