SECTION EC.1


INSTRUCTION
COURSE LOAD

Procedure


ACADEMIC LOAD


The maximum academic load for any student, without specific approval from the appropriate Executive Dean, shall be:

  1. For fall or spring sixteen (16) week semesters – 19 credit hours
  2. For fall or spring eight (8) week semesters – no more than 9 credit hours per session
  3. For a twelve (12) week session – 14 credit hours
  4. For six (6) week summer sessions, – 7 credit hours.
  5. For any semester shorter than six weeks a student may take no more than the equivalent of one credit hour per class week.

OVERLOAD EXCEPTIONS


Exceptional students, whose grade point average exceeds 3.0, may take up to 21 hours in the fall or spring semester or seven (7) hours in a six week summer semester not to exceed 14 hours for the entire summer, excluding minimester courses.  Approval of the exception must be in writing from the appropriate Executive Dean.


ACADEMIC PROBATION


The course load for a student on probation may be limited to 16 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters.


ADDING COURSES 


After registration has ended and only by approval of an Executive Dean will courses be added by students up to and including the official census day. The census day is established for each semester and published in the College Catalog.  Any exceptions to this procedure are under the administrative authority of the Navarro College Registrar.  Any additions to a student’s course schedule after the official census day will not be reported for state funding purposes.

Any courses added that are requested by a student after the official census date are subject to an additional late fee in addition to all normal course tuition and fees. This fee imposed includes those courses dropped as a result of failure to pay the student registration bill by the required deadlines.


DROPPING COURSES 


Courses at Navarro College may be dropped and a student entitled to a refund of tuition and fees as outlined under 19 Administrative Code 21.5. No drops will be permitted after the last date to drop as published in the Navarro College Calendar has passed.  The drop date for each semester is posted in the official College Calendar, as well as the refund dates and percentages available.

Courses may be dropped by a student or a faculty member by completing a Request for Dropping a Course form and submitting to the Registrar’s Office prior to the last day to drop.


SIX-COURSE DROP RULE 


A first-time freshman student who enrolls in a Texas public institution of higher education during the fall semester of 2007 or thereafter may drop no more than six college-level credit courses unless the student demonstrates to an appropriate College District 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; or
  • Other good cause as determined by the Registrar.

DETERMINING NUMBER OF COURSES DROPPED 


In determining the number of courses dropped by a student for purposes of this section, a course, such as a laboratory or discussion course, in which a student is enrolled concurrently with a lecture course is not considered to be a course separate from the lecture course if:

  1. Concurrent enrollment in both courses is required; and
  2. In dropping the lecture course, the student would be required to drop the laboratory, discussion, or other course in which the student is concurrently enrolled.

Date Issued: January 22, 2015

Updated: July 25, 2017