CIS 696 Thesis Continuation Policy

CIS 696 is our thesis continuation class. It is used when students don’t complete their thesis (CIS 695) in one semester. It is a 1 credit course that simply allows students access to university services (library, computer labs, etc.) while they are finishing their thesis.

How does it work?

If a student doesn’t complete their work in CIS 695, they should be given an “X” (deferred) grade. They should then be given a permit to enroll in CIS 696. Assuming they finish the work in CIS 696, they are given a grade of “R” (research) in CIS 696, and then the “X” in CIS 695 should be resolved into a “NC”, “P” (pass), or “PD” (pass with distinction). If not resolved, the “X” will be converted into “NC” after two years.

How is not completing CIS 695 and then taking CIS 696 different than an “Incomplete” grade?

According to the catalog: “[An incomplete] … may be assigned when illness, necessary absence, or other reasons generally beyond the control of the student prevent completion of the course requirements by the end of the semester.” An incomplete can still be given on CIS 695, but will only last for one year before being converted to “NC”.

Does it count toward graduation?


Does it count toward GPA?


Is it covered by financial aid?


Who decides if a student should enroll?

The student will enroll if they don’t finish with CIS 695, although access to CIS 696 is by permit.

Is there a limit on repeating the course?

No, although the 8 year graduation limit still applies.


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