Students: Stop Before You Drop!

 

Did you know that under a new Texas law (TEC Section 51.907), if you drop too many classes without having an acceptable reason, your GPA could be affected? Be sure you understand how this law may affect you before you drop a class.
The new law applies to
first time in college students who enroll in a Texas public institution of higher education (including HCC) for the first time in fall 2007 or later. Under this law, you may not drop more than six classes without an acceptable reason during your entire undergraduate career.

Important information you need to know about dropping courses. Effective 2007, section 51.907 of the Texas Education Code applies to first-time in college freshman students who enroll in a Texas public institution of higher education in the fall semester of 2007 or thereafter. High school students currently enrolled in HCC Dual Credit and Early College are waived from this requirement until they graduate from high school.

Based on this law,
HCC or any other Texas Public institution of higher education may not permit students to drop after the official day of record more than six college level credit courses for unacceptable reasons during their entire undergraduate career.

All college-level courses dropped after the official day of record are included in the six-course limit, including courses dropped at another Texas public institution of higher education, unless the student demonstrates to an appropriate college official that one of the following events occurred to the student during the semester or summer session:

  • A severe illness or other debilitating condition that affects the student's ability to satisfactorily complete the course.
  • The student's responsibility for the care of a sick, injured, or needy person if the provision of that care affects the student's ability to satisfactorily complete the course.
  • The death of a person who is considered to be a member of the student's family or who is otherwise considered to have a sufficiently close relationship to the student that the person's death is considered to be a showing of good cause.
  • The active duty service as a member of the Texas National Guard or the armed forces of the United States of either the student or a person who is considered to be a member of the student's family and such active duty interferes with the student's ability to satisfactorily complete the course.
  • The change of the student's work schedule that is beyond the control of the student, and that affects the student's ability to satisfactorily complete the course.
  • Other personal or family reason that is considered catastrophic or beyond the control of the student and interferes with the student's ability to satisfactorily complete the course (as determined by the college official).
  • Total withdrawal of all courses for the whole semester (i.e. fall, spring, summer).



Contact your professor or your college counseling/advising offices for further details related to exceptions or visit the
FAQ's on Facts about Dropping Classes.


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