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Students who have enrolled in a Texas public institution of higher education as a first-time freshman in fall 2007 or later are permitted to drop no more than six courses during their entire undergraduate career. This limit includes all transfer work taken at a Texas institution of higher education and to second baccalaureate degrees. This statute was enacted by the State of Texas in spring 2007 (Texas Education Code 51.907). Any course that a student drops after Census Day is counted toward the six-course limit if "(1) the student was able to drop the course without receiving a grade or incurring an academic penalty; (2) the student’s 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."
The limit on dropped courses is subject to the following conditions:
**Please note: The Spring term does include Winter Intersession and the Spring session as a whole. The Summer term does include Summer Intersession, Summer I, Summer II, Summer 11 Week and Summer 14 Week as a whole. And Fall stands alone as there are no other sessions associated. For students in the Accelerated Online and Finish@UT programs, each dynamic dated session is included for the whole term with no regard to the start date of each course.
Exceptions to the 6-course drop limit may be granted based on the following:
Students may petition to drop more than the 6-course limit, or to drop a course and not have the drop count against the 6-course limit. These petitions will be reviewed by the Vice Provost for Academic Analytics and Operations. The following circumstances will not be considered valid reasons for requesting an exception to the 6-course drop limit policy:
To request an exception, this form must be submitted with supporting documentation.
Students will be notified of their status of withdrawals at the time of transfer evaluation.
The Office of Admissions, Records and Registration will monitor all transfer credit from other Texas public institutions of higher education to determine (count) any withdrawals affecting students impacted by this legislation.
The Office of Records and Registration will exclude any transcribed course withdrawals from independent/private Texas institutions or from out-of-state colleges and universities from counting against the student’s 6-drop limit.
A UT Arlington student affected by this statute that has attended or plans to attend another institution of higher education should become familiar with that institution’s policies on dropping courses. This statute applies across Texas public institutions, and procedures for implementation may vary between institutions. Students who enroll in course work at more than one institution of higher education have an obligation to keep track of the number of dropped courses across all institutions and insure that they do not exceed the six dropped course limit.
UT Arlington students who also enroll at other institutions of higher education have an obligation to ensure that UT Arlington has a complete and accurate academic record. Students who enroll in coursework at other institutions must transfer a record of that course work to UT Arlington’s Office of Admissions, Records and Registration at the conclusion of each semester.
To request an exemption, the Undergraduate Petition for Exemption to 6-Course Limit Drop Policy form must be completed online and submitted using the link at the bottom of this page. It is strongly encouraged that you meet with your Academic Advisor prior to submitting your request to discuss potential impact on degree progress and other considerations.
Supporting documentation must be included with the form before the appeal will be processed, you can upload your attachments when you complete the form. Supporting documents should be official documents (e.g., be on letterhead, contain contact information, etc.). All supporting documentation is subject to verification.
Students who request an exemption should not assume the petition will be approved. It is the student’s responsibility to continue to attend class, complete assignments, and take any tests until and unless the student is informed that his or her petition has been approved.
A decision related to the petition will be communicated to the student via the student’s UTA email address. This decision is final.