Grades

Grading policy is governed by the Berkeley Academic Senate and each school or college. Grades are posted to the official transcript the day after instructor approval. Students can view their grades in CalCentral.

Go here for detailed information on grading policies and regulations. Please note that the grades P, S, NP, U, I, and IP carry no grade points and the units in courses so graded are excluded in determination of the grade-point average.

 

Grading Topics

Checking Grades

Students’ grades are displayed in CalCentral once an instructor posts them, and they may take up to one day to appear after posting. The grades that will post in CalCentral include deficient mid-term grades, assuming they are reported by the instructor, and final grades after the term ends. 

Appealing Grades

If you believe your instructor submitted an incorrect grade because of a clerical (for example, computational) or procedural error, please speak directly with your instructor.

If you believe that your instructor has used nonacademic criteria (for example, race, religion, gender, or politics) in assigning your grade, you can appeal the grade. Begin the process by speaking with your instructor and/or the Students Ombudsperson.

Your next step is to try to resolve the issue by speaking with the department chair. If you cannot resolve your dispute informally, there is a formal procedure you can follow that is outlined in the Berkeley Academic Guide under "Academic Policies."

Resolving Incomplete Grades

FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

The method of replacement of the I grade by a final grade will be determined by the Dean of the Graduate Division and the Graduate Council. 

FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS*

Completion Deadlines for Undergraduates

All undergraduates* must observe the following deadlines for replacement of an I grade.

At the instructor's discretion, a deadline for completion of undergraduate student work can be imposed. If no such deadline is set by the instructor, the student must complete the required course work at least 30 days prior to the deadline for replacing the I grade (see table below).

 

I Grade Received Course Work Completion Deadline Deadline for Replacement of I Grade by Instructor (Lapse Date)
Fall semester 30 days prior to the first day of instruction of the following fall semester or the instructor-provided deadline, whichever is earlier. First day of instruction of the following fall semester
Spring semester & Summer Sessions 30 days prior to the first day of instruction of the following spring semester,  or the instructor-provided deadline, whichever is earlier. First day of instruction of the following spring semester

 

Graduating Seniors: All incompletes required for graduation must be finished by the last day of finals in the term you are graduating.

Note: The I grade has no effect on the GPA until it is converted into a letter grade.

 

* Deadlines and procedures for Incomplete grades in Fall Program for Freshmen (FPF) classes are different from those at UC Berkeley. Please contact your FPF Advisor for more information. Incompletes earned Summer 2016 and prior must be resolved via the Petition to Remove an Incomplete Form and submitted to records@berkeley.edu

Understanding Lapse Date - Incomplete Grades

The lapse date in CalCentral is the date by which the Incomplete grade must be replaced in order to avoid "lapsing" to an F or NP. Lapse dates only appear for undergraduates. Incomplete deadlines and procedures are different for students who took Fall Program for Freshmen (FPF) courses and those questions should be directed to FPF advisors.

Students with a pending incomplete must resolve the I grade by the deadlines listed in the “Resolve an Incomplete Grade” section. The I grade will lapse, or convert, to an F grade (or NP if the course was taken for pass/no pass) if the I grade is not replaced on or before the lapse date. The F grade will be part of the term and cumulative GPA calculation. Please note, lapse dates will not appear in CalCentral until approximately 6 weeks after the end of the semester for which it is assigned. I grades will convert to F grades within 4 weeks following the lapse date. 

Students with questions about the lapse date should open a case via Cal Student Central.

 

Extending Incomplete Grades

If you are unable to finish a course on time, you may request an extension from the Dean of your College or School prior to the completion deadline (see "Resolving an Incomplete Grade" above).

Once an approved extension request is forwarded to the Office of the Registrar from the Dean of your College or School, it will appear in CalCentral within 2 weeks.

 

Freezing Incomplete Grades

If you are unable to complete your work by the completion deadline, your I (incomplete) grade will be converted (or lapsed) to an F (or NP if the course was taken pass/no pass basis). The F grade will be included in your GPA calculation.

Once an I grade is frozen, a notation indicating “frozen” will appear alongside the I in CalCentral.

Note: Please discuss this option with an adviser. Once the I grade is frozen, you cannot repeat the course, nor may the grade be removed by taking an equivalent course.

Students with VA Benefits: The VA will not pay for units assigned an I grade permanently (“frozen”) under VAChapter 33 (Post 9/11) and 31 (VRE). Please contact veteransbenefits@berkeley.edu for more information before you submit this petition.

Repeating Courses

The following rules apply to both undergraduate and graduate students who wish or must repeat a course. For more specific guidelines about Repetition of Courses for graduate students, please refer to the Berkeley Graduate Division page.

  • Students may repeat a course only if they received a grade of D+, D, D-, F, or no pass (NP or U). 
  • If you earned a grade of D+, D. D-, or F and have taken the course only once, you must take the course for a letter grade because courses previously taken for a letter grade may only be repeated for a letter grade.*
  • After repeating a course, both grades will show on the transcript, but only the most recent grade will be calculated into your GPA. As a general rule, when repeating a course for the first time, it is the 2nd attempt that counts. 
  • From A201.D.2: Repetition of a course more than once requires, in all instances, approval of the Dean of the College, School or Division in which the student is enrolled at the time the course is repeated. Without this approval, a course repeated more than once will not be included in the grade-point average, but a passing grade in the repeated course will be accepted in satisfaction of unit requirements for the degree. 
  • If you earned an NP, and have taken the course only once before, you may repeat the course for either a letter grade, if allowed in the course, or take the course on a pass/no pass basis.

*For spring 2020 classes only, students may repeat courses previously taken for a letter grade with the P/NP option. A passed or not passed grade would replace the previously deficient grade. 

To better illustrate the UC Berkeley repeat rules, we have created two documents with a series of repeat examples. One document shows the most frequent repeat scenarios and the other document is an example of a student who has repeated more than 12 units.