College of Liberal Arts

One-Time Exception Q-Drop

After the mid-semester deadline, students may be eligible to drop using the One-Time-Exception (OTE). The OTE may be invoked only once during the student’s entire undergraduate college career regardless of the college the student was enrolled at the time the exception was allowed.

A student must request the OTE from the Dean’s Office (GEB 2.200) by the last class day. Forms must be returned to the Dean’s Office within three business days or by the last class day (whichever comes first).

Procedures for Drops

  1. A student may not drop a class in which a final grade has been assigned. This will be verified by the Dean’s Office with the instructor of the course.
  2. A student may not drop a class if there are any pending investigations of scholastic dishonesty for the class in question; this will be verified by the Dean’s Office with the instructor of the course.
  3. A student may drop a course if there is a pending investigation of scholastic dishonesty. However, a drop is not considered final until all investigations are fully resolved and the course may be reinstated to face an academic penalty. A student may receive an academic penalty for a dropped class if found guilty of scholastic dishonesty. 
  4. Drops allowed under the provisions of the OTE will be considered academic drops and will count toward the six-drop limit. Students who have reached the six-drop limit are not eligible to use the OTE to drop a course.

Students who have already used their OTE will not be allowed to drop unless there are serious, non-academic circumstances that occurred after the deadline. In this instance, students are encouraged to meet with a Dean’s Office advisor as soon as possible to review options.

Students are no longer required to speak with faculty before dropping, but it is still encouraged. 

The One-Time-Exception may also be used to withdraw from the University.

Spring 2020

Drop and withdrawal deadlines have been extended to May 29; the one-time-exception is not necessary this semester. No student will need to use their one-time-exception to drop a course or withdrawal during spring 2020. Please follow the information for q-drops or withdrawals.

If you have questions, please email your academic advisor.