Jun 23, 2024  
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Dropping Courses

Policies  > Dropping Courses

The last day to drop a course or withdraw without receiving a grade is the twelfth class day of the Fall or Spring semester and the fourth class day for each of the summer sessions.

The last day to drop a course or withdraw with a grade of “W” is generally four weeks prior to the last day of class of the Fall or Spring semester and six class days prior to the last class day of summer sessions 6W1, 9W, and 6W2; approximately three weeks prior to the last day of class for 12 week Regular summer session. 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 until the official report date for the term, students who wish to drop a course may do so by going online to myUH without signature of the instructor.
  2. After a grade, and until the last day to drop courses, graduate students who wish to drop a course must submit a drop form with the instructor signature to the Welcome Center by the deadline. The student is then assigned the letter “W”. 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, see Undergraduate catalog). 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, located in the Welcome Center.
  4. After the last day for dropping courses, graduate students may drop or be dropped by their instructor from a course with a “W”, 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 of the dropped course will be date that the requests has been processed by the registrars office


Students wishing to seek reinstatement should discuss the request with the instructor and departmental advisor. If both agree, the student and advisor should complete a general petition requesting the reinstatement. The petition must be signed by the instructor, department chair, college dean (or his/her designee), and the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies.