Graduate students in the Master of Fine Arts in Writing receive the following grades at the end of each semester:
AWD indicates full credit is awarded and indicates work of excellent or acceptable quality.
NOC indicates Credit Not Awarded because of failure to master the minimum essentials of the course or unauthorized withdrawal from a course. A course receiving an initial grade of NOC may be repeated in an attempt to earn the grade of AWD. Two course grades of NOC for the same or different courses are cause for automatic dismissal.
I indicates that the student's achievement in the course has been satisfactory but the work is incomplete due to a justifiable cause, in the judgment of the mentor and Program Director, and that permission has been given for the work to be completed after the end of the grading period. The date agreed upon for completion of the work should be as early as possible, but will not exceed 90 days (which should be used only in cases of unusual illness or circumstance). If the work is not completed by the date stipulated, a grade of NOC is recorded.
X indicates course work that, in the judgment of the mentor and the Program Director, is of excellent quality but is incomplete due to a justifiable cause, in the judgment of the mentor and Program Director, and that permission has been given for the work to be completed after the end of the grading period. This grade is only used in extraordinary circumstances where the work cannot be completed within 90 days.
See the MFA Student Handbook for further requirements.
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