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AA/PPS 02.02.20 - Schedule Changes, Drops, and Withdrawals

Schedule Changes, Drops, and Withdrawals

AA/PPS No. 02.02.20 (4.09)
Issue No. 2
Effective Date: 4/30/2018
Next Review Date: 6/01/2022 (E4Y)
Sr. Reviewer: University Registrar

  1. POLICY STATEMENT

    1. The Office of the University Registrar at Texas State University is responsible for issues concerning schedule changes, withdrawals, and course drops. This document lists the policies and procedures for student- initiated and administrative schedule changes as well as procedures for drops and withdrawals. For information regarding “I” grades, see AA/PPS No. 02.03.12, Grades and Changes of Grades.
  2. DEFINITIONS

    1. Schedule Change – adding a class, dropping a class, or a combination of adding and dropping classes during the published “schedule change period.”

      1. Student-initiated schedule changes originate with a request from the enrolled student by the student via the student self-service portal.

      2. Administrative schedule changes originate with a request from a department chair to split a class or combine classes.

    2. Drop – a student-initiated drop of a class after the published “schedule change period.”

    3. Withdrawal – when a student drops all classes and “withdraws from the university.” The student initiates withdrawals, except in the case of disciplinary or medical reasons, when the appropriate university official may withdraw a student.

    4. Chair – the head of the academic unit that offers the class (e.g., department chair, program director, school director).

  3. PROCEDURES FOR STUDENT-INITIATED SCHEDULE CHANGES

    1. Schedule changes are processed by the student via the web during the schedule change period.

    2. A student who wishes to drop all classes and withdraw from the university should be referred to the Office of the University Registrar’s website. The student must complete an Official Withdrawal Form to document the transaction.

  4. PROCEDURES FOR ADMINISTRATIVE SCHEDULE CHANGES

    1. An administrative schedule change enables one or more departments to change the student’s schedule.

    2. Chairs must assure that the administrative schedule change meets the criterion that classes to be added and dropped must be approved by all affected departments.

    3. The Administrative Course Change Form must be completed and filed with the Office of the University Registrar by no later than the census dates:

      3-week session = 2 class days
      4-week session = 4 class days
      5-week session = 4 class days
      8-week session = 6 class days
      10-week session = 7 class days
      12-week session = 9 class days

    4. Each change must have the student’s signature before it is processed.

    5. In the case of an off-campus class, the Office of the University Registrar must be contacted if an extension is required.

    6. All Administrative Course Change Forms processed after the census date must have documentation from the chair attached, supporting the reason for late add or drop.

  5. PROCEDURES FOR DROPS AND WITHDRAWALS FOR NON-ATTENDANCE

    1. If a student is listed on the census roster as “Never Attended,” the Office of the University Registrar will administratively drop the student from the course. The student will be notified of such action via email.

    2. If all of the student’s courses are listed as “Never Attended,” the Office of the University Registrar will administratively withdraw the student from all of his or her courses. The student will be notified of such action via email.

    3. In the event a student was listed in error as “Never Attended,” the Office of the University Registrar will update the census roster to “Attended” and reinstate the student into the courses.

  6. PROCEDURES FOR DROPS AND WITHDRAWALS DURING THE AUTOMATIC “W” PERIOD

    1. The student must initiate and complete the drop or withdrawal request during the automatic “W” drop or withdrawal period, during the first 60 percent of any semester. The last day to drop will be the next working day after 60 percent of the specific semester has elapsed.

    2. To initiate a drop, the student must drop his or her classes via the web.

    3. Students dropping the only class in which they are enrolled, or all classes in which they are enrolled, should be referred to the Office of the University Registrar or their website to withdraw.

    4. If the drop or withdrawal is completed within the “automatic W” period, a grade of “W” will be assigned. After the drop deadline, students will be unable to drop individual classes and will receive the grade earned in the course (see AA/PPS No. 02.03.12, Grades and Changes of Grades, for a list of grades). Costs will be refunded for withdrawals ONLY if the date falls within the published refund period as noted on the Student Business Services website.

  7. PROCEDURES FOR DROPS AND WITHDRAWALS AFTER THE AUTOMATIC “W” PERIOD

    1. Dropping All Classes – Withdrawals processed after the automatic “W” period, but prior to the withdrawal deadline (two weeks prior to the start of final exams for fall and spring semesters and one week prior to the start of final exams for summer terms) will be assigned a grade by the instructor during the grading process. The term “withdrawal” will appear as a note on the grade roster for the specific classes in which the student is enrolled at the time of withdrawal.

    2. Dropping One Class – When students experience documented medical or similar emergencies that preclude completion of a class (such as a broken limb affecting completion of a “jogging class”) after the drop deadline, they may appeal with documentation to the chair. The chair will review the documentation and forward a recommendation to the Office of the University Registrar for or against dropping the course. If a drop is recommended, the term “dropped” will appear on the grade roster for the specific class.

    3. If the student is passing the class on the official date of drop or withdrawal, a “W” grade will be assigned.

    4. If the student is failing the class on the date of drop or withdrawal, a “U” grade will be assigned.

  8. PROCEDURES FOR ADMINISTRATIVE DROPS AND WITHDRAWALS BASED ON APPEALS AND AFTER FINAL GRADE ROSTERS OR AFTER THE SEMESTER ENDS

    1. To initiate an appeal to drop a class or classes after the semester has ended, the student must provide the following items to the appropriate deans:

      1. a written letter of appeal; and

      2. documentation of extenuating circumstances.

      Some colleges have a specific form or format for the letter of appeal and the documentation. If, in the judgment of the appropriate dean, extremely extenuating circumstances do not exist, the appeal will be denied.

    2. Dropping All Classes (Withdrawal) – To register an appeal to drop the entire semester’s schedule and withdraw from the university, the student must submit the documents described in Section 07.01 to the college dean of the student’s major (or dean of University College for undeclared majors). If, in the judgment of the dean, extremely extenuating circumstances exist, the dean will appoint a committee of three (or more), constituted as follows:

      1. an assistant dean, associate dean, or chair (other than the individual noted below) from the college of the student’s major. This person will serve as chair of the committee; and

      2. the faculty members of the courses involved. Such faculty who are unavailable will be represented by their chair or program coordinator;

    3. Dropping One Class – To register a drop appeal involving less than the entire schedule of classes, the student must submit the documents described in Section 07.02 to the dean of each college in which the course is taught. Such appeals will be treated no differently than any other grade appeals, and each college dean will follow his or her college’s procedures for handling such grade appeals.

    4. The committee recommends to the dean whether or not the documented extenuating circumstances warrant the assignment of “W” grades. The dean has the final decision.

    5. The dean will complete the “Change of Grade” request as referenced in AA/PPS No. 02.03.12, Grades and Changes of Grades.

    6. The dean will notify the student of the results of the appeal.

  9. PROCEDURES FOR ABSENCES AND WITHDRAWALS FOR STUDENTS CALLED TO MILITARY ACTIVE DUTY

    1. Students required to participate in active military service, including the National Guard, will be excused from attending classes or engaging in other required activities, including examinations. Prior to the student’s departure or immediately upon their return to the university, the student must provide the faculty member with a copy of the military orders to validate the absence.

      1. If the student wishes to withdraw, “W” grades will be assigned in all courses enrolled and tuition and fees paid by the student for the semester will be refunded.

      2. If the student wishes to complete currently enrolled courses, grades will be determined on a course-by-course basis. The student will not receive a refund of tuition and fees.

      3. If the student is away for a brief period (one class period or one week), faculty will excuse the absence and assist the student in making up any missed assignments or examinations.

    2. When a student chooses to complete a class prior to the end of the semester, an instructor will, with the permission of the chair and dean, collect any projects and assignments as appropriate, give a final exam, and assign the appropriate grade. In exceptional circumstances, with the permission of the chair and dean, some portion of the course assignments may be waived and a grade may be assigned, based on the work actually completed.

    3. When a student chooses to complete a class at a later date, an “I” grade may be assigned. A written agreement outlining assignments to be completed and a time limit must be signed by the student.

      1. The student will be allowed to complete assignments or take examinations from which they were excused within a reasonable time after the absence, up to one year following completion of active duty assignment.

      2. The maximum period for excused absences will be no more than 25 percent of the total number of class meetings (not including final examination period). If the student will miss more than 25 percent of the classes, they should be instructed to complete a withdrawal and provide the Office of Veterans Affairs with their orders to ensure they get 100 percent refund for the specific course or courses in which the student is currently enrolled at the beginning of the period of active military service.

      3. The course syllabus or instructional plan in effect at the time the student was enrolled in class will be used to complete the course to ensure the student is treated as equitably as other students who took the course during that same time.

      4. The instructor will be responsible for the retention of a student’s course work and grades completed before student was called to active military service.

      5. A student who fails to satisfactorily complete assignments or examinations within the required timeframe, one year following the completion of active duty assignment, will receive a final letter grade of “F.”

      6. The student has the right to appeal to the chair if a dispute regarding excused military absences occurs.

    4. The student will provide the Office of the University Registrar a copy of military orders; however, a copy of the orders is not required prior to the student’s departure.

  10. REVIEWER OF THIS PPS

    1. Reviewer of this PPS includes the following:

      Position Date
      University Registrar June 1 E4Y
  11. CERTIFICATION STATEMENT

    This PPS has been approved by the following individuals in their official capacities and represents Texas State Academic Affairs policy and procedure from the date of this document until superseded.

    University Registrar; senior reviewer of this PPS

    Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing

    Provost