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UTPA Academic Policies for Faculty and Advisors - Fall 2008 PDF Document

Three-peat Rule [Subchapter F 13.105-13.107]
effective Fall 2005

  1. Classes before Fall 2002 (UTPA term 031) do not count in three-peat calculation.
  2. Classes taken during or later than Fall 2002 (UTPA term 031) can be taken twice within the same institution at the state resident tuition.
  3. The third enrollment to a class taken at the same institution will be charged a “repeat class fee” in addition to the state tuition.
  4. UTPA repeat class fee:  $100 per credit hour

Six Course Drop Rule [Subchapter A 4.10]
effective Fall 2007

  1. Applies to students who first enrolled in Texas public university or college credit courses during Fall 2007 (UTPA term 081).
  2. An institution of higher education may not permit an undergraduate student to drop a total of more than six courses.  Includes any course a transfer student has dropped at another institution of higher education.
  3. Concurrent enrollment courses and developmental courses do not count towards the six course drop limit.
  4. After the student has reached the six course drop limit, he/she will not be allowed to drop the course and receive a grade for the course.
  5. Exceptions to the six course drop rule exist.  The Office of the Registrar (William Morris, Joni Thomas or Cindy Blanco) can be contacted to answer questions concerning policy exceptions and procedures 381-2201.

Seven Year Catalog Limit [UTPA 2007-2009 Catalog p. 73]

  1. The degree requirements that must be completed for graduation are those in effect at the time of the student’s entrance or those provided in a subsequent catalog. In any case, the catalog used to determine the degree requirements must not be more than seven years old.
  2. The College Catalog for 1998-2000 expired for students who did not graduate by August 7, 2007.  Therefore, students who were under the 1998-2000 Catalog have been automatically moved to the 2000-2002 catalog and must obtain 51 advanced hours for graduation.

Enrollment Cap (Excess Hour) [Includes drops, repeats and withdrawals, *Subchapter F 13.102-13.104] effective Fall 1999-Summer 2006

  1. Students first enrolled in Texas public university or college credit courses will have calculated enrollment caps based on the following criteria:
    • before Fall of 1999 (UTPA term 001): NO enrollment cap
    • Fall 1999 through Summer 2006: Degree Plan + 45 hours
    • During or later than Fall of 2006: Degree Plan + 30 hours
  2. The student will be charged additional fees for those accumulated attempted college credit hours above the enrollment cap (=required degree plan credits + either 30 or 45 credit hours).
  3. The additional UTPA “Excess Hour fee” for each credit hour starting Fall 2008 is $125 per credit hour.

(NOTE: No student will be charged for both “Repeat Class Fee” and Excess Hour  fee for the same course.)

Transfer of Credit - Limit [Chapter 4, Subchapter B, 4.25 (f)]
effective 2005
No institution of higher education shall be required to accept in transfer, or apply toward a degree program, more than sixty-six (66) semester credit hours of lower-division academic credit. Institutions of higher education, however, may choose to accept additional credit hours.

Transfer of Credit - Core Completed [Chapter 4, Subchapter B, 4.28 (c)]
Transfer of Credit--Completed Core Curriculum. If a student successfully completes the 42 semester credit hour core curriculum at a Texas public institution of higher education, that block of courses may be transferred to any other Texas public institution of higher education and must be substituted for the receiving institution's core curriculum. A student shall receive academic credit for each of the courses transferred and may not be required to take additional core curriculum courses at the receiving institution unless the Board has approved a larger core curriculum at that institution.

Drop/Withdrawal Deadline [Approved by Provost Leadership Team on February 26, 2008]
effective Fall 2008

That a drop and withdrawal date deadline at the completion of 75% of the semester be set.  After that drop withdrawal deadline, students will not be allowed to drop or withdraw from classes and will receive one of the following grades:  A, B, C, D, F, I, P, S, or U for a class.  The drop dates will be published in the UTPA Catalog and Calendar.  The drop/withdrawal date for Fall 2008 is November 12, 2008.

Grading Policy Changes [Approved by Provost Leadership Team on February 26, 2008]
effective Fall 2008

  1. Grading policy (codes) for Developmental Educational courses (ENG 1310, ENG 1320, MATH 1300, MATH 1334) be changed from grades of A, B, C, etc. to grades of RA, RB, RC, etc. to indicate these courses are “Remedial.”
  2. Grading policy for drops:  DP and DF will no longer be given, only a single, non-punitive drop symbol, DR will be used.

*Based on the Texas Coordinating Board Rules Applying to All Public Institutions of Higher Education in Texas. Specifics are outlned in the Subchapter and the Chapter Section(s) indicated. More information may be found online: http://www.thecb.state.tx/Rules/TAC.cfm.

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