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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY

 

PROPOSED CHANGES TO CLARIFY THE DROPPING A CLASS POLICY FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS IN THE GENERAL INFORMATION CATALOG

On behalf of the Educational Policy Committee (EPC), Professor Janet Staiger (radio-television-film) has submitted the following proposed changes to the “Dropping a Class” policy in the General Information Catalog (GIC).

On February 13, 2012, the EPC approved the revision in the language to make the rules and process clearer. The Faculty Council has the authority to approve this legislation on behalf of the General Faculty. The authority to grant final approval resides with UT System.

The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of general interest to more than one college or school and is being put forward to the Faculty Council on a no-protest basis. If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by February 29, 2012, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If an objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its March 19 meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.
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Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council


PROPOSED CHANGES TO CLARIFY THE DROPPING A CLASS POLICY FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS IN THE GENERAL INFORMATION CATALOG

Dropping a Class: Rules for Undergraduate Students,
pg 92 2011-2012 GIC.

PREVIOUS LANGUAGE

After the deadline to drop a class for academic reasons.  After the deadline to drop a class for academic reasons has passed, a student may drop a class only with the approval of his or her dean and only for urgent, substantiated, nonacademic reasons. Unless granted a one-time-exception, drops that occur during this period are not counted toward the six-drop limit described above. A student must request the drop form from the student’s dean’s office by the last class day. The completed form must be returned to the student’s dean’s office before the first day of final exams.

PROPOSED LANGUAGE

After the deadline to drop a class for academic reasons.  After the deadline to drop a class for academic reasons has passed, there are only two possible ways for a student to drop a class.  One way is in the case of urgent, substantiated, nonacademic reasons, which must be approved by his or her dean.  Approved nonacademic drops that occur during this period are not counted toward the six-drop limit described above. The other way is for the student to seek approval to use the One-Time-Exception.  Approved One-Time-Exception drops that occur during this period are counted toward the six-drop limit described above.  To seek either type of drop within this period a student must request the drop forms from the student's dean's office by the last class day, and the forms must be returned to the student's dean's office before the first day of final exams.

Rationale: In the course of the work of the Revision of Student Records Committee1 (RSRC) and the Educational Policy Committee, it was decided that the wording for dropping needed improvement.  This is an editorial change; it is not a change in policy. 

 

Distributed through the Faculty Council website on February 16, 2012.


1Committee appointed by Provost Leslie and Vice President Gonzalez.