2013 - 2014 Catalog
Dropping a Course or Withdrawing from College

Important information you need to know about dropping courses. 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 Dual Credit, Early College and Collegiate High School are waived from this requirement until they graduate from high school.

Based on this law, the 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 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 your college's Admissions/Registrar's or counseling/advising office for further details related to exceptions or visit the FAQ's on Facts about Dropping Classes at https://econnect.dcccd.edu/eConnect/droppingfacts.html

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board finalized its rules associated with this statute on October 25, 2007. Students affected by this law who plan to attend another institution of higher education should become familiar with that institution's policies on dropping courses.

To drop a class or withdraw from the 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 college Admissions/Registrar’s Office at http://www.dcccd.edu/Why/Apply/Pages/AdmRegOff.aspx and complete a drop/withdrawal form.

2. Online
Drop classes online through eConnect at https://econnect.dcccd.edu/eConnect/eConnect?TOKENIDX=8094075819&SS=LGRQ&APP=ST&URL=HTTPS%3A%2F%2Feconnect.dcccd.edu%3A443%2FeConnect%2FeConnect%3FTYPE%3DP%26PID%3DST-WESTS04C%26CONSTITUENCY%3DWBST&ERROR=Please+Log+In+before+accessing+Workflow+item+WESTS04C.&CONSTITUENCY=WBST . 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) http://www.dcccd.edu/Why/Reg/Registration/Documents/DropRequestForm.pdf, fill it out and mail or fax it to the college Admissions/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 Admissions/Registrar's 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.

See Refund Policy for possible refund eligibility. Students who drop or withdraw should be aware of the course Repeat Policy.