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2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Drops and Withdrawals

From the first class day to census day, a student wishing to make a schedule change or drop a class will meet with an academic advisor. After the census date, students will meet with or contact their instructor to discuss their progress in the class. After coaching and discussing student progress, if the student wishes to drop the course the instructor will complete the online drop form. Dual Credit (DUHS) and Early College High School (ECHS) students wishing to drop a class must refer to their high school counselors for advising.

Before dropping a course, students should meet with their advisors. (See also Six Drop Rule) It is the student’s responsibility to initiate dropping a course by the drop deadline published in the Academic Calendar.

For refund purposes, the effective drop date is the date indicated on the online drop form, which should be the date the student contacted the instructor. The student, instructor, cashier, and admissions will receive a confirmation email.

Six Drop Rule

Limitations on the Number of Courses that may be Dropped by Undergraduate Students: Legislation passed by the Texas Senate (SB 1231) in late spring 2007 could seriously impact your college career.

This legislation applies to all students entering any Texas public institution of higher education as first-time freshmen beginning fall 2007 and subsequent terms.

Under Section 51.907 of the Texas Education Code, “an institution of higher education may not permit a student to drop more than six courses, including any course a transfer student has dropped at another institution of higher education.” This statute was enacted by the State of Texas and applies to students who enroll in a public institution of higher education as a first-time freshmen in the fall of 2007 or later. Any course that a student drops is counted toward the six-course limit if “(1) the student was able to drop the course without receiving a grade (A, B, C, D, F, S, U or Q) or incurring an academic penalty; (2) the student’s transcript indicates or will indicate that the student was enrolled in the course [signified by a ‘QL’ grade at Lamar State College Orange (LSCO)]; and (3) the student is not dropping the course to withdraw from the institution.” Some exemptions for good cause could allow a student to drop a course without having it counted toward this limit, but it is the responsibility of the student to establish that good cause. Contact the Office of the Registrar, (409) 882-3318, for more information before you drop a course.

This statute applies to all Texas public colleges and universities. Therefore, an LSCO student affected by this statute that has attended or plans to attend another institution of higher education should become familiar with that institution’s policies on dropping courses.

Any course dropped at LSCO before the 12th class day for a fall and spring semester, 4th class day for a summer term and 1st class day for a mini-session will not count toward the six-course drop limit.

Reinstatement to Class

A student may be reinstated to class upon written approval by the major instructor of the course and the instructor’s associate dean or dean or the Executive Vice President/Provost for Academic and Student Affairs. The request must be made through the Office of Admission and Records.

Instructor Initiated Drop

When absences, other than approved absences, interfere with the student’s performance, the instructor may recommend to the division dean that the student be dropped from the course. In the case of an instructor-initiated drop, the advising office will be notified. In the event, that the student has accumulated six drops and the drop is not eligible for an exemption to the rule, the instructor will not be able to drop the student. In this instance, the student will have to receive the grade they have earned.


Students wishing to withdraw from all classes must meet with or contact their program director, associate dean, or dean to discuss their desire and reason for withdrawing. After coaching and discussing if the student wishes to withdraw from the College, meaning they wish to drop all their courses, the program director/dean will complete the online withdrawal form. After consulting with their program director/dean, Dual Credit (DUHS) and Early College High School (ECHS) students wishing to withdraw from the College must refer to their high school counselors for advice. Students must clear all financial obligations and return all books, laboratory equipment, and other materials. For refund purposes, the effective withdrawal date is the date listed on the online withdrawal form, which should reflect the date the student contacted the program director, associate dean, or dean.

The student, instructor/program director, cashier, financial aid, library, and admissions will receive a confirmation email. The cashier, financial aid, and the library will communicate directly with the student via mylsco.edu email regarding any money due and holds placed on the account.

The Business Office will return such fees as are refundable according to the schedule shown under “Fees.”

A student may not withdraw after the published deadline. A student who leaves without officially withdrawing will receive a grade of “F” in all courses, will forfeit all refundable fees, and is not relieved of outstanding financial debts.

**Before withdrawing from classes students should meet with an advisor.