Section 51.907 of the Texas Education Code states that, beginning in the Fall 2008 semester, students who began full-time college enrollment at a Texas public institution for the first time in the Fall 2007 semester or later will be limited to a total of six (6) dropped courses for academic reasons during their undergraduate studies. This drop limit total is based on the number of courses dropped regardless of credit hour value. For example, SPN 506 would be considered one Q-drop as would PED 106.
Students may drop a course during the first 12 class days in a fall or spring semester (and during the first 4 class days in a summer session) without impacting this Q-drop limit.
Courses dropped after the 12th class day in a fall or spring semester (and after the 4th class day in summer terms) will impact this Q-drop limit. You should see the Registrar's Office academic calendar or your academic advisor for specific dates.
Additional Q-drops beyond the six-drop limit will only be allowed under non-academic circumstances as determined through appeal to your college. If you have extenuating circumstances such as death of a family member or other emergency situations beyond your control, you will need to provide detailed documentation before your appeal will be considered. If your extenuating circumstance is a personal health issue, you will need to make an appointment to meet with your advisor.
If a student cannot drop a course because he/she has reached the Q-drop limit, the student will receive the grade earned in the course. If a student reaches the Q-drop limit and appeals for a non-academic drop, the student will receive a Q-drop if the appeal is approved; however, the student will receive the grade earned in the course if the appeal is denied.
This six-drop limit will be enforced at all public institutions of higher education in Texas including community and technical colleges, health science centers that offer undergraduate programs, and universities. Therefore, beginning with the Fall 2008 semester, Q-drops from other Texas public institutions may impact your total Q-drop limit at UT. For example: A student transfers to UT from San Antonio College where she has Q-dropped four courses. She will only be allowed two additional Q-drops at UT for academic reasons.
Courses that will not count against the six-drop limit include courses dropped at independent or private Texas institutions, courses dropped while the student is still enrolled in high school, developmental courses, or courses dropped at colleges in other states. Certain other courses are also exempt; your advisor can help you determine what counts and what doesn't.
The full text of the bill may be reviewed here.
Ask your academic advisor if you with clarification of this policy or to discuss how this new policy will affect you.