College of Liberal Arts


From the thirteenth class day through the mid-semester deadline to drop a class for academic reasons in a long-session semester, and from the fifth through the last class day in a summer term, a student must drop a class through the Dean’s Office. Students must initiate a drop with  the Dean’s Office before 5 p.m. on the deadline.

In most cases, students will be able to complete the drop process in one visit; however, some students may be required to seek the approval of other campus offices before dropping. Graduating seniors and students on scholastic probation must consult with an advisor. Students needing additional approval will be given no more than three business days to complete the process from the date the form is picked up (except if picked up on the last class day in a summer session when there is no extra time given because the drop deadline is the last class day). Instructors will receive an email notifying them the student has dropped their class.

Academic v. Nonacademic Drop

Any drop during this period is considered a Q-Drop; a “Q” identifies the drop on a student's academic record. All drops during this period will be considered “academic”; however, students may submit a General Appeal to request the drop be counted as “non-academic”. If the dean determines the reason is academic, the drop is counted toward the six-drop limit.

After the deadline, students may be eligible to drop using the One-Time-Exception (OTE). Students are encouraged to meet with a Dean’s Office advisor as soon as possible to review options.

Spring 2020

Note: the information below summarizes changes to policy that were in place for spring 2020. These changes were only in effect for spring 2020 and are not applicable in any other term or semester. Please speak to your academic advisor if you have any questions. 

Students had until May 29 to drop a course for any reason. Any course dropped that semester was considered a non-academic drops and not count toward the state’s six drop limit. No appeals were necessary and all academic drops previously completed this semester were automatically be converted to non-academic.

Students should consult with Texas One Stop on possible financial aid, scholarship, and fellowship ramifications, and/or with Texas Global on visa and immigration matters (if you are an international student). Additional implications students should consider before making registration changes include (but are not limited to): time to degree completionhonorsVeterans' benefits; professional certification; employment eligibility; graduate/professional school applications (healthlawgrad); and athletic eligibility.