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Academic Policies and Procedures

Dropping or Adding Courses

For continuing students to drop or add a class after the registration date, a 'Registration, Drop/Add and Withdrawal Form' must be completed. Forms are available in the advising offices. Dates and time limits for schedule changes can be found in the Comet Calendar (http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/) under the academic session.

Newly admitted students to UTD wishing to add/register for class(es) must do so prior to the first day of class.

Students that habitually drop a significant fraction of their schedule may lose the right to drop or may be dismissed from the university for failure to make adequate academic progress (see "Academic Progress").

Administrative Drop

Students may be dropped from a course for which they have not satisfied the prerequisites.

Drop Appeal Procedures

A student who believes he/she has dropped a course, but receives a grade for that course at the end of the semester, has one calendar year in which to provide documented proof of the processed drop to the Dean of Undergraduate Education to appeal that grade.

Deadlines for Adding or Dropping a Class

NOTE: The student should retain copies of all add and drop forms for at least one year following the end of the semester in which the student initiates a drop or add course action.

Deadlines vary during the shorter summer sessions. It is the student's responsibility to see the Comet Calendar (http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/) for specific summer deadlines. Deadlines for dropping a course follow the class and not the student. When an undergraduate student takes a graduate class, the drop procedures for craduate classes take effect.


Beginning the first day of class through the sixth (6) class day (see on-line Comet Calendar for dates), students may add a class on-line without the instructor or advisor's signature. However, students in the following categories must still meet with an academic advisor before adding or dropping classes: students newly admitted to UTD (including transfer students and freshmen), students without declared majors and those students who are not in good academic standing. Please see the Comet Calendar (http://www.utdallas.edu/calendar/) under academic section for specific deadlines.

Students may not add courses on-line after the seventh (7) class day without the consent of the instructor (instructor's signature or correspondence and the Associate Dean in the student's school). The completed 'Registration, Drop/Add and Withdrawal Form' must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar before the close of day on, or before Census Day (12th class day in long semesters).


Any courses dropped through Census Day will not appear on the student’s transcript.

Students may drop a class on-line until the end of business on Census Day without any permission required.

After Census Day, permissions to drop are required from the school or college in which the student is admitted.

W Period

Through the fourth class week of a long semester, students may drop classes by completing a drop form and having it signed by their academic advisor and course instructor. A grade of “W” (withdrawn) will appear on the student’s transcript.

WP/WF Period

During the fifth through ninth weeks of a long semester, students who submit a completed drop form will receive a grade of “WP” (withdrawn passing) or “WF” (withdrawn failing) depending on the student’s performance in the class. On the drop form containing the advisor’s and instructor’s signatures, the instructor is required to record the student’s academic progress in the class to that point.

After the ninth (9) week of class, a student may only drop a class for nonacademic reasons.

Non-academic Drops

Students wishing to drop a class for nonacademic reasons must complete a written petition detailing the nature of the request and including verifying documentation. Non-academic drop petitions are to be obtained from the Undergraduate Student Advising Office (JO 4.800). The Director of Undergraduate Advising will distribute the petition to a committee whose members will independently review the petition and either approve or deny the request to drop. The Director will inform the student of the outcome.

NOTE: It is extremely important that students petitioning to drop a class for non-academic reasons continue to attend and perform in the class if possible, until the petition request is resolved. If the petition is approved, the student will receive a grade of "W" for the course, otherwise the student will receive the grade earned in the course.


Non-academic drop petitions may be submitted anytime during the semester.

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