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Academic Policies and Procedures

Dropping or Adding Courses

Dates and time limits for dropping or adding courses are listed in the Comet Calendar.

Newly admitted students to The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) wishing to add courses or register for courses must do so prior to the first day of class.

Students that drop all courses in a given semester must officially withdraw from the University. (See "Withdrawal/Resignation from the University").

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

Students who believe they have dropped a course, but receive a grade for that course at the end of the semester, have one calendar year in which to provide documented proof of the processed drop to the Dean of Undergraduate Education to appeal the posted grade.

Deadlines for Adding or Dropping a Class

NOTE: Students 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 review the Comet Calendar for specific summer deadlines.

Deadlines for dropping a course are based upon the course and not the student. For example, when an undergraduate student takes a graduate course, the drop procedures for graduate courses take effect.


Beginning the first (1st) day of class through the sixth (6th) class day, students may add a class on-line without the instructor's or advisor's signature. However, students in the following categories must still meet with an academic advisor before adding classes:

  • Students newly admitted to The University of Texas at Dallas (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 academic section for specific deadlines.


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 courses by completing a drop form and having it signed by their academic advisor and course instructor. A grade of “W” (withdrawn from course) will appear on the student’s transcript.

WP/WF Period

During the fifth (5th) through ninth (9th) weeks of a long semester, students who submit a completed drop form will receive a grade of “WP” (withdrawn passing) or “WF” (withdrawn failing) as determined and assigned by the course instructor. The student must obtain the instructor's and advisor's signatures on the form. If a grade of "WP" or "WF" is not recorded by the instructor on the drop form, then the default grade of "WF" will be assigned.

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

Non-academic Drops

To drop a course for noncademic reasons, students must complete a written petition detailing the nature of the request and include supporting 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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This catalog is a general information publication only. It is not intended to nor does it contain all regulations that relate to students. The provisions of this catalog do not constitute a contract, express or implied, between any applicant, student or faculty member and The University of Texas at Dallas or The University of Texas System. The University of Texas at Dallas reserves the right to withdraw courses at any time, to change fees or tuition, calendar, curriculum, degree requirements, graduation procedures, and any other requirements affecting students. Changes will become effective whenever the proper authorities so determine and will apply to both prospective students and those already enrolled.

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