Veteran and Military Affairs
Students Called to Active Duty
Withdrawal for Active Military Service
If a student withdraws because of a call to active military service, the university, at the student's option, shall:
- refund the tuition and fees paid by the student for the semester in which the student withdraws;
- grant a student, who is eligible under the institution's guidelines, an incomplete grade in all courses by designating "withdrawn-military" on the student's transcript; or
- as determined by the instructor, assign an appropriate final grade or credit to a student who has satisfactorily completed a substantial amount of coursework and who has demonstrated sufficient mastery of the course material. (See Excused Absences for Active Military Service)
Excused Absence for Active Military Service
Any student who has been called up for military service after a semester begins should immediately provide the Office of the Registrar and course instructors a copy of the military orders. Such students are excused from attending classes, turning in assignments, taking examinations or participating in any other required activity if the absence is for no more than 25% of the total number of class meetings (excluding final examination period). If the absence is for more than 25% of the class meetings, please refer to the policy on Withdrawal for Military Service.
Within 5 days of the student returning to UT Tyler from active service, he or she shall notify the Office of the Registrar and course instructors. The student will be allowed to complete all assignments and examinations within a reasonable time as agreed upon by the course instructors and under the same requirements in effect when the student enrolled in the course.
Should any dispute arise as to the student's inability to complete assignments or examinations within a reasonable time after the absence, the student should first seek informal resolution with the faculty member, the department chair and then the dean of the college in which the course or courses are located. If an informal process is not successful, the student may institute a grade grievance process after the final course grade is recorded.
If a student has not attended UT Tyler during the past academic year, the student will need to submit a completed application, official transcripts from any institution attended since leaving UT Tyler, and a $25 application fee. Readmitted students come under the catalog in effect at the time of readmission. Students who withdraw from the university to perform active military service (not including Texas National Guard training exercises) will not have to reapply for admission but will be readmitted upon a request made within one year of being released from active military services and may be eligible for the same financial assistance provided before the student's withdrawal. See Texas Education Code, Section 51.9242.
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 2-year or 4-year Texas public college or university. For purposes of this rule, a dropped course is any course that is dropped after the published census date.