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(6) Drop Limit - S.B. 1231 Legislation


Effective 2007, section 51.907 of the Texas Education Code applies to first-time 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 the North Central Texas College Dual Credit and Early Admission program are waived from this requirement until high school graduation.

Based on this law, any Texas Public institution of higher education may not permit students to withdraw more than six college level credit courses for unacceptable reasons during their entire undergraduate career without penalty. All college-level courses withdrawn after the official date of record are included in the six-course limit, including courses dropped at another Texas public institution of higher education,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:

  1. A severe illness or other debilitating condition that affects the student's ability to satisfactorily complete the course.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. The active duty service as a member of the Texas National Guard or the armed forces of the United State of either the student or 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 active military service is considered to be a showing of good cause.
  5. 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.
  6. Other good cause as determined by the college official.

Contact the Office of Admissions and Registrar for further details related to exceptions.