THE I GRADE APPLICATION PORTAL FOR AUTUMN SEMESTER APPLICATIONS IS NOW CLOSED.
An I grade may be awarded to students who find themselves in an immediate crisis situation, coming up to or during an exam or final assessment period, which prevents them from being able to sit or complete their exams, assignments or placements. An immediate crisis can relate to ill-health, mental health issues or family bereavement/other family crisis situation.
I grades can only be awarded for full modules, not component parts of modules and therefore do not apply in the case of mid-term assessments. Your lecturer will be able to advise what alternative arrangements can be made.
Being awarded an I grade means that you will have the opportunity to undertake the assessment(s) over the summer, or to sit exams during the repeat exam period in August, with no academic penalty. Your grade will not be capped at C3 and you will not be required to pay an additional registration fee.
Being awarded an I grade during annual repeats means that you cannot progress to the next year of your programme.
In the case of final year students the situation is as follows:-
The specific requirements to clear an I grade are set at module level and as such will be available from your module leader. The module leaders have a variety of methods to utilise and these are outlined in section 4.2.3 of the Handbook of Academic Regulations and Procedures.
If your I grade is approved an "I" will appear as your result for that module when the results are published on the SI Student Portal.
Note: You do not have to attend drop-in to apply for an I grade but you must email the service (email@example.com) with your supporting documentation in advance of completing an online application.
Please read the instructions below carefully.
** Ensure to apply as early as possible to allow time for processing and online portal completion **
After you have received an approval email from the UL Student Counselling & Wellbeing Service, it is your responsibility to apply through the online portal https://ulsites.ul.ie/studentaffairs/i-grade-applications. You will receive an email from the University advising all students of when the online application will open and close.
Applications can be made via the UL Chaplaincy Service in relation to close family bereavements and immediate family crisis situations.
Students must engage directly with and have the support of a Chaplain in advance of completing an online application.
Applications will be automatically rejected where no engagement has taken place.
An applicant may be required to submit adequate third-party evidence for consideration such as a www.rip.ie notice.
Contact with a chaplain may be made in person, by email or phone.
For application queries, please email the appropriate service below:-
If your module information is not available when completing an online application form, please raise a ticket with Academic Registry via TopDesk.
The University will support our students who find themselves in crisis during exam periods. It is important that you engage with the process as outlined above in a timely manner.
Is it possible to apply for more than one I grade?
Yes, it is possible to apply for more than one I grade. There is no limit on the number of I grades you can apply for.
Can you apply for an I grade for part of a module?
No, I grades can only be awarded for full modules, not component parts of modules. If you are unable to complete a mid-term assessment your module leader will make alternative arrangements for you. You will need to check with your lecturer for confirmation as to whether or not any completed assignment/mid-term grades will still contribute towards your final grade or if the module(s) will revert to 100%.
Can I apply for an I grade in case I cannot complete my module requirements?
It is important to note that you should not apply for an I grade unless you find yourself in an immediate crisis situation coming up to or during the exam period. In the first instance you should contact your module leader to ascertain if there is a possibility to extend the submission date for an assignment or to submit an assignment as an alternative to an exam. When an I grade application is made, and subsequently approved, it is not possible to remove this from your student record regardless if you subsequently complete all the assessment requirements.
Can I apply for I grades for modules from last semester?
No, you can only apply for I grades for the current semester.
Are I grade results capped?
No, I grade results are not capped.
Can I apply for I grades for annual repeats?
Yes you can apply for an I grade for either a repeat examination or for pre-existing I grades from the previous autumn and spring semesters. Students who receive an I grade for the first time in a module during the annual repeats will retain their original grade and will be informed by Academic Registry as to what their progression route will be. Students who receive a second I grade for the same module(s) in the annual repeats (up to a maximum of two modules in any one semester) will be permitted to clear the module(s) on a link-in and uncapped basis during the following academic year.