Six Drop Limit Policy

 

Undergraduates Only

Students Enrolled in an Undergraduate Program for the First Time Beginning Fall 2007 and Thereafter

In Texas, you are not allowed to drop more than six classes after the census date (12th class day in fall and springterms, 4th class day in summer terms). If you are an undergraduate student and if you started as a first-time undergraduate at any Texas public community college, four-year college, or university in the fall of 2007 or later, you can’t drop more than six courses during your entire Texas college career. This law is designed to motivate you to complete your coursework and your degree as soon as possible. College credit taken while enrolled in high school and below college credit courses do not count toward the total of six courses.

Any student who drops a course after the official census date of the term will receive a grade of WX. A student who drops a course and who has reached a total of six WX grades will receive a grade of F in all future drops. Any course taught on a shortened format or between regularly scheduled terms will have add/drop, WX-grade and withdrawal dates proportionally the same as if the course were offered in a regular term. These dates will be determined by the Registrar. Unusual circumstances may be considered if the student can show good cause for dropping more than the allowed limit of six courses, including but not limited:

  1. a severe illness or other debilitating condition that affects the student's ability to satisfactorily complete the course;
  2. the student's responsibility for the care of a sick, injured, or needy person if the provision of that care affects the student's ability to satisfactorily complete the course;
  3. the death of a person who is considered to be a member of the student's family who is otherwise considered to have a sufficiently close relationship to the student that the person's death is considered to be a showing of good cause;
  4. the active duty service as a member of the Texas National Guard or the armed forces of the United States of either the student or a person who is considered to be a member of the student's family or who is otherwise considered to have a sufficiently close relationship to the student that the person's active military service is considered to be a showing of good cause;
  5. the change of the student's work schedule that is beyond the control of the student, and that affects the student's ability to satisfactorily complete the course;
  6. the loss of transportation causing the student a hardship with the commute to the campus;
  7. the loss of child care that necessitates student to remain at home with dependent children; or
  8. the lack of financial resources to meet requirements of course (supplies, travel, etc.).

If an appeal for unusual circumstance is approved, the student will receive a grade of W for the course. The decision of the Registrar shall be final. Courses in which a grade of W is approved will not be counted in the six total limit. Drops are not official until received and processed by the Center for Enrollment Services.

Students Enrolled in an Undergraduate Program Before Fall 2007

The six drop limit policy does not apply to students enrolled as undergraduates in a public insitiution of higher education in Texas prior to the fall of 2007 term.  For these students, the grade of W is given for courses dropped after the official census date (12th class day in fall and springterms, 4th class day in summer terms) through the last day to drop a course with a W as published in the university's calendar. Students who wait until the published deadline must have complied with the class attendance policy of the current catalog. An instructor is not obligated to recommend a W for a class if excessive absences have occurred. Students will not be permitted to drop a course or withdraw from the university after the published deadline.