2017-2018 Graduate Academic Catalog


Faculty members submit grades via LOIS at www.lesley.edu/lois to the Office of the University Registrar. Grades are due within 15 days after the final end date of the semester or term. All grade submission deadlines can be found on the academic calendars at lesley.edu/students/academic-resources/academic-calendars.

Students may view recorded grades and request grade mailers by accessing LOIS. Grade reports are not issued to students having financial indebtedness to the university, including library obligations and parking fines.

Most courses offer evaluation of student performance according to the grade and the quality point system listed in the “Grade and Transcript Key.” In some courses, students will receive a pass/fail grade instead of a letter grade. Grades submitted by faculty on LOIS are final grades. Faculty members should discuss in each course the criteria and evaluation system used for grading. No grade changes are accepted after graduation. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure s/he understands the expectations of course requirements and grading procedures.

To compute a GPA, the student may use the key to the transcript to translate letter grades into quality points (for example, a three-credit course with a grade of “B” [3.0] is worth nine quality points), add all quality points earned, and divide the total by the number of credits attempted. The grades “P” (pass), “I” (incomplete), “W” (withdrawal), “AW” (administrative withdrawal), and “NA” (never attended) are not included, but “F” (failing) is always included in calculating the grade point average, except when the course is repeated.

For graduate degree students at the Master’s, C.A.G.S., or Ph.D. levels: a grade of “B-” or better must be earned in all core or required courses for the course to count toward degree requirements. A student must re-take core or required courses for which a grade of “C+” or below was earned.

Graduate students may earn a maximum of three (3) credits of “C+” grades in elective courses to apply the courses toward degree requirements. A grade of “C” or below in elective courses is considered a failing grade and will not be applicable toward degree requirements. Elective courses may be repeated or another elective course may be added as a substitute. All grades will be recorded and appear on a transcript.

If a required course is failed, the course must be repeated or an equivalent course taken. No credit is accrued with a grade of "F". If a student repeats the same course, both grades will be recorded on the official transcript, but only the second grade will be used to compute the cumulative GPA.

If a student repeats a course in which a grade other than an "F" was received, both grades remain on the official transcript, but only the second grad will be counted toward the number of credits completed and will be used in computing the cumulative GPA.

Grades — Incomplete

Students who have successfully completed a majority of course requirements (as determined by instructor) but are unable to complete all requirements due to extenuating circumstances may request a temporary grade of “I” (incomplete). The course instructor will determine whether a student is eligible for an Incomplete. Incomplete grades are not guaranteed.

An incomplete grade request must be 1) initiated by the student before the end of the semester/ term in which the course is taken or by a date set by the instructor in the course syllabus, 2) agreed to by the instructor, and 3) committed to in writing by completing, signing, and filing a Contract for Completion of Incomplete Coursework (Incomplete Contract). Students should be prepared to provide documentation of their circumstances when submitting a request. Incomplete Contracts are available through the Office of the University Registrar (all students) or assistant director for academic advising (graduate students) and must be completed by the student and instructor. Completed contracts will be disseminated by the student to the relevant offices as indicated on the Incomplete Contract.

Remaining course requirements must be completed in accordance with the Incomplete Contract. Course instructors will set deadlines for the completion and submission of outstanding course requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all work is completed and submitted within the established deadlines.

In all cases, the incomplete grade must be changed no later than the grading deadline for the subsequent semester/term (e.g., fall 2013 incomplete grades must be changed by the posted grading deadline in the Academic Calendar for spring 2014 courses; fall term 1 incomplete grades must be changed by the posted grading deadline in the Academic Calendar for fall term 2 courses.) The changing of an “I” to an academic grade is relayed from the instructor to the Office of the University Registrar via a paper grade change form.

An “I” grade that is not resolved within the timeframes indicated above will automatically become a grade of “F” (Failing). If the course is a requirement and a passing grade was not earned, the student must repeat the course at the current tuition rate to earn a passing grade. The policy regarding incomplete grades remains in effect regardless of the student’s withdrawal or leave of absence status. No grade changes are accepted after graduation. Students who receive two or more successive incomplete grades will be subject to an academic review to determine eligibility for continued enrollment.

In those exceptional cases in which a student wishes to request an extension of the incomplete course contract beyond the original time frame, the student must submit a written request to the faculty member and the program/division director. The extension request must be submitted before the due date on the original incomplete course contract. Extensions are not guaranteed and extension requests submitted after the original deadline will not be reviewed. Further extensions will not be considered.

Grade & Transcript Key

Graduate & Undergraduate programs

Letter Grade Point System P/F GRADE



































Additional Grades/Codes

(not included in cumulative average)


= Pass


= Credit


= Not for Credit


= Audit


= Incomplete*

ATT = Attended
ABS = Absent 

* “I” followed by a grade signifies a prior incomplete which has subsequently been graded   This is only used for undergraduate courses (Fall 1996-Spring 2013). Grade point scale above applies.

Special Codes


= Administrative Withdrawal*


= Never Attended*


= Course Still in Progress


= Transfer Credit


= Withdrawal


= Repeated Course

WV = Waiver
YL  = Year Long Course 

* AW and NA grades effective fall 2004–forward.