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Dropping Courses

The last day to drop a course or withdraw without receiving a grade is generally four weeks after the first class day of a fall or spring semester; three weeks after the first class day of summer sessions II and III; and two weeks after the first class day of summer sessions I and IV.

The last day to drop a course or withdraw with a grade of W or F (or U) is generally four weeks prior to the last class day of a fall or spring semester, six class days prior to the last class day of summer sessions I,II, and IV, and three weeks prior to the last class day of summer session III. Graduate students who are in a warning status because they failed to maintain a B average the previous semester may not drop a course without the recommendation of the graduate advisor and the approval of the department chair.

Note: The university publishes the dates for dropping and withdrawing in the Academic Calendar listed in each semester class schedule.

Enrollment in a course may be terminated in any one of the following ways:

  1. Before the first class day and including the last day to drop or withdraw without a grade, students who wish to drop a course may do so without signature of the instructor.
  2. After the last day to drop a course without receiving a grade, and until the last day to drop courses, graduate students who wish to drop a course must obtain the signature of the graduate advisor and the instructor, who will assign the letter W or a grade of F (or U). Business, engineering, and law majors also must obtain permission from the dean of the college.
  3. An instructor may drop students only through the last day for dropping courses for the following reasons: excessive absences; if the prerequisites or co-requisites for the course listed in the current catalog have not been met; or for causes which tend to disrupt the academic process (except those actions involving academic honesty which come under the jurisdiction of the Academic Honesty Policy). Students may make a timely appeal through the office of the dean of the college in which the course is taught. Students are responsible for keeping copies of their drop forms and for verifying whether they have been dropped from a course with the Office of Registration and Academic Records, 108 Ezekiel W. Cullen Building. (Students may also use the VIP system to check their enrollment status.)
  4. After the last day for dropping courses, graduate students may drop or be dropped by their instructor from a course with a W or F (or U), as determined by the instructor, only with the approval of the dean of the college in which the course is offered and only for rare, urgent, and substantiated nonacademic reasons. Students are expected to commit themselves as early as possible (at least by mid-semester) to courses for the remainder of the semester.

The effective date recorded for termination of enrollment for all matters relating to University of Houston records will be the date the student drops the course.

Reinstatement

Students who are dropped by the instructor or who drop a course may, if extraordinary circumstances prevail, be reinstated by securing written permission from the instructor and meeting with the departmental graduate advisor, if appropriate. The prescribed forms may be obtained from the Office of Registration and Academic Records, 108 Ezekiel W. Cullen Building.