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Limits on the Number of Courses that May be Dropped by Undergraduate Students

Students may drop a course without penalty before the census day of each regular semester. However, after the census date, anyone enrolling for the first time in Fall 2007 or later (at TWU or any Texas public higher education institution), are allowed only 6 unexcused drops during their undergradu­ate academic careers. Drops after the census day will count toward the 6-drop limit unless they are supported by timely, appropriate documenta­tion and excused by the university review process. Special drops forms are available in the Registrarís Office and require the signature of the student, instructor, and academic adviser. This policy is based on a new state law; see the link above. This does not apply when students drop all classes for the semester, withdrawing from the university.

Under section 51.907 of the Texas Education Code, ďan institution of higher education may not permit a student to drop more than six courses, including any course a transfer student has dropped at another institution of higher education.Ē This statute was enacted by the State of Texas in spring 2007 and applies to undergraduate students who enroll in a public institution of higher education as first-time freshmen in fall 2007 or later. Any course that a student drops after the census date is counted toward the six-course limit if ď(1) the student was able to drop the course without receiving a grade or incurring an academic penalty; (2) the studentís transcript indicates or will indicate that the student was enrolled in the course; and (3) the student is not dropping the course in order to withdraw from the institution.Ē

Policy [pdf]

Drop Form†[pdf]

Instructions for Drop Form

You, your instructor and your adviser must sign the form.† If you would like to have the drop excused, circle the applicable reason on the form.† For reasons 1-4, see Student Life.† For reasons 5-6, visit the Office of Undergraduate Studies.

Drop course deadlines

Courses cannot be dropped any later than the Thursday of the fifth week before the last day of class for either Fall or Spring or Thursday of the week before the last day of class for any summer session. The date that this form is delivered to the Registrarís Office by the student determines whether it can be processed and whether a refund for dropping is applicable. Drop deadlines are published in the Academic Calendar each semester in the Schedule of Classes and online.

Courses cannot be dropped any later than the Thursday of the fifth week before the last day of class for either Fall or Spring or Thursday of the week before the last day of class for any summer session. The date that this form is delivered to the Registrarís Office by the student determines whether it can be processed and whether a refund for dropping is applicable. Drop deadlines are published in the Academic Calendar each semester in the and online.

Appeals

If a student wishes to appeal the decision, the appeal will be directed to the Vice President for Student Life or the Provost according to the office in which the decision was made. Appeals must be made within 10 days after the decision is made and communicated to the student. The decisions of these administrators are final.

Consequences of exceeding the 6-drop limit

After a student drops a total of 6 courses without approved exception as an undergraduate in a Texas public institution of higher education, any additional requests to withdraw/drop a course will be denied and students will remain enrolled in the class to the end of the course. Reminder: Drops that result when students who withdraw from all classes for the semester after the census date are not counted toward the 6 drop limit.

After a student drops a total of 6 courses without approved exception as an undergraduate in a Texas public institution of higher education, any additional requests to withdraw/drop a course will be denied and students will remain enrolled in the class to the end of the course. Reminder: Drops that result when students who withdraw from all classes for the semester after the census date are not counted toward the 6 drop limit.

Non-academic consequences

Financial Aid Recipients: Be certain you understand what effect dropping any course will have on your current and future eligibility or your deferment status.

 

Refunds for drops

Refunds will not be made for any class dropped after the twelfth class day during the fall and spring semesters or after the fourth class day during each summer term.

Refunds for withdrawal from the university

Withdrawal from the university means officially dropping all classes through forms filed with the Office of Student Life. Refunds are pro-rated based on the day on which the student withdraws in relation to the academic calendar. For details, see the Financial Information section of the General Catalog.

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