considering dropping a course or changing a grading basis to R, P/F, W, or I,
please carefully consider the following ramifications that apply to all classes required by your
MS students are full-time students. Reducing to part-time status after
admission always requires, at minimum, departmental permission, and other
restrictions may hold.
status: If you are a student on an F-1 visa, your visa specifies that you must
be enrolled full-time (3 classes or 300 units) and your course
choices/activities must be directed to the degree program (your Master's in
Statistics). This is a legal requirement, with exception only for serious
medical or family reasons. Only during your last quarter—the quarter you
plan to graduate—can you apply for a reduced course load through OIA. You
can do this only once and it must be both your last quarter and the quarter in
which you will graduate.
you are an F-1 student past the add/drop deadline who cannot add another course,
“W” is not an option because a "W" grade is as though you never
enrolled in the class in terms of your visa records—it puts your quarter
record in illegal visa status.
courses with letter grades may count toward your degree and the Department will
not accept courses with "P," "F," "R," or
"W" grades as part of your degree program. You would have to retake
such courses or take other courses in their place to meet degree requirements.
Any departmental financial aid given to you at admission carries the
expectation that courses are taken for quality/letter grades.
"R" grade means "registered" and is like auditing the
course; it should be requested before taking any exam and certainly before the
Final Exam. Courses with an "R" do not receive credit within the
University but will not jeopardize visa status.
"P/F" grade can be obtained only by the student making the request
directly to the professor/instructor of the course prior to the Final Exam
date, and it is granted at the discretion of the instructor. Courses with
"P/F" do not count toward your degree.
Grades of “I” indicate “Incomplete”
work. Once the work for an "I"-graded course has been completed, the University
Registrar will record the new quality grade but leave the initial "I" as a qualifier,
indicating that the work was completed late, e.g. "IA or IB+".
any and all grading or course performance issues, students should seek out the
professor. After the 5th week of a quarter, it is extremely difficult and
sometimes impossible to "drop" a course or add another. Speak to your
instructors early in the quarter to insure your best performance and success.
life crises do happen. We always hope such does not happen to our students, but
if it does, please talk to us and we will do all we can to be supportive to you
and your educational endeavor. However, challenging graduate-level coursework
is usual and not a life crisis; thus, efforts at changing to part-time status
or pursuing nonstandard grades as a remedy for academic performance are best
avoided. It is better to seek help early on before you find yourself falling
behind in a class.
always consult with your professor/instructor and the department first. The
Office of International Affairs (OIA) is a first resource only for matters
pertaining to the legal obligations of visa status for all international
students. The Department, the Dean of Students, and the Registrar (in that
order) are the authorities on academic concerns for all students, but it is
expected that concerns be dealt with at the departmental level whenever