Office of the Registrar
Revised 6Drop Rule (New Legislation: SB 1231)
January 13, 2009
Any student who began college for the first time as a freshman in Fall 2007 or thereafter may not drop more than six courses during their entire undergraduate career. This includes courses dropped at another 2year or 4year Texas public
college or university. For purposes of this rule, a dropped course is any course that is dropped after the published Census Date (See Schedule of Classes for the date). Exceptions to the 6drop rule include:
- students totally withdrawing from the university;
- students administratively dropped from a course by the university;
- dropping a course for a provable illness or disability, for care for a sick or injured person, or for a death in the immediate family;
- dropping a course for documented change of work schedule;
- dropping a course for active duty service with the U.S. armed forces or Texas National Guard;
- dropping a course that does not carry college level credit such as a developmental course or a zero credit course; or
- dropping courses taken as required co-requisites such as lecture class with a required laboratory. In such cases the lecture and lab are counted as one drop when dropped at the same time.
Additional exemptions may be granted upon petition to the Office of Academic Affairs and must be accompanied by documentation of the extenuating circumstance beyond performance in the course. For more information, contact the Enrollment Services Center at (903) 566-7180.
A designation will appear on transcripts of any student who has dropped a course where an exemption or exception was granted. All Texas institutions are required to honor the exemptions or exceptions granted by a transferring institution.
Procedures for implementing the law vary among institutions. Therefore, students have an obligation to keep track of the number of nonexempt dropped courses across all institutions to ensure that they do not exceed the six dropped courses limit.