2022 - 2023 Catalog
Dropping a Course or Withdrawing from College
Based on section 51.907 of the Texas Education Code, Dallas College or any other Texas Public institution of higher education may not permit students to drop more than six college level credit courses for unacceptable reasons during their entire undergraduate career without penalty. All college-level courses dropped after the official drop and add period for the course 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 campus official that one of the following events occurred to the student during the semester or summer session:
- A severe illness or other debilitating condition that affects the student's ability to satisfactorily complete the course.
- 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.
- 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.
- The active duty service as a member of the Texas National Guard or the armed forces of the United States 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.
- 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.
- Other good cause as determined by the campus official.
- The enrollment is for a student who qualifies for a seventh course enrollment who:
- has reenrolled at the institution following a break in enrollment from the institution or another institution of higher education covering at least the 24-month period preceding the first class day of the initial semester or other academic term of the student's reenrollment; and
- successfully completed at least 50 semester credit hours of coursework at an institution of higher education that are not exempt from the limitation on formula funding set out in (1) through (6) of this title before that break in enrollment.
This law was effective 2007 and 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 Dual Credit, Early College and Collegiate High School are waived from this requirement until they graduate from high school.
Note: SB 165 of the 87R-2021 Legislature prohibits a Texas institution of higher education from counting courses toward the number of courses permitted to be dropped if the courses were dropped by a student during the 2020 spring semester or summer or the 2020-2021 academic year because of a bar on in-person course attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This bill is retroactive
Contact your campus' Advising Center or Admissions and Student Records/Registrar's office for further details related to exceptions or visit the FAQ's on Facts about Dropping Classes at https://econnect.dcccd.edu/DroppingFacts.jsp.
To drop a class or withdraw from Dallas College, you must follow the prescribed procedure. It is your responsibility as a student to drop or withdraw. Failure to do so will result in your receiving a performance grade, usually a grade of "F".
You can drop or withdraw from classes in three ways:
1. In person
Visit your campus Advising Center at https://www.dallascollege.edu/resources/advising/pages/default.aspx and complete a drop/withdrawal form.
Drop classes online through eConnect at https://econnect.dcccd.edu/. In certain instances, you may not be able to drop online; you will have to drop in person or by mail.
3. By mail or fax
Print this drop form (PDF - 36KB) https://www.dallascollege.edu/apply-reg/reg/Documents/DropRequestForm.pdf, fill it out and mail or fax it to the campus Admissions and Student Records/Registrar's Office. You must give at least one reason why you are dropping for each class. Forms that are mailed or faxed must be postmarked or date-stamped on a date prior to or on the last day to drop the class. Be sure to include a legible copy of a photo ID with your form.
A drop/withdrawal request by any means must be received in the Advising Center (and/or Admissions and Records Office) by the official drop/withdrawal deadline as indicated on the Academic Calendar and the current class schedule. No drop or withdrawal requests are accepted by telephone or email.