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Dropping a Course
Prior to the Census date, students may request to drop a course in the Counseling/Academic Advising office. After Census, students must initiate the drop process with their instructor. Students cannot drop a course by leaving a message on voice mail or online through My Viking after the Schedule Change period. Students must drop prior to the Drop deadline to receive a “W." Distance Learning students or emergency withdrawals can seek assistance by contacting an advisor via email. Dropping a course may negatively affect your financial aid.
Limit on Dropped Courses
State of Texas SB 1231 statute enacted by the State of Texas in Spring 2007 and applies to students who enroll in a public institution of higher education as first-time freshmen in fall 2007 or later. It only affects drops occurring after the semester census date. Under section 51.097 of the Texas Education Code, “an 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.” Any course that a student drops is counted toward the six course limit if (1) the student drops a course after census date or (2) the student is not dropping the course in order to withdraw from the institution. Some exemptions for good cause could allow a student to drop a course without having it counted toward this limit, but it is the responsibility of the student to establish that good cause. Students with questions should contact the Counseling Office or the Admissions and Records Office for more information before dropping a course.
- Students that attended college prior to fall 2007, excluding dual credit/concurrent high school work, are exempt from this legislation.
- Students enrolled in dual credit/concurrent high school work are still considered first-time freshmen when they enroll in college after high school graduation. So students that graduated from high school in 2007 who previously took dual credit/concurrent work from any college are limited in the number of times they drop a course.
- Students under SB 1231 are limited to dropping 6 courses over their undergraduate careers while enrolled in public Texas colleges/universities.
- A total withdrawal from the institution is different than a drop of a single course and withdrawals are not to be counted in this statute.