Apr 08, 2020  
2011-2012 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
2011-2012 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Enrollment



The Enrollment section explains matters related to registering for classes, dropping classes, attending classes and taking final examinations.

Mandatory Orientation

All accepted undergraduate students new to UNT Dallas are required to attend an orientation for academic advisement prior to registration for classes. More information about the mandatory orientation is included in the Student Life  section of this catalog.

Change of Address

It is the responsibility of the student to provide correct permanent and local mailing address information at all times and on all documents at the University. Students who change their mailing address must notify the Office of the Registrar immediately by submitting the change in writing or by updating their address at my.unt.edu.

Student Load (Fall/Spring)

Undergraduate

The normal load for full-time undergraduate students is 15 semester hours for each fall or spring term/semester, or 30 hours for the nine-month academic year. Note: For information pertaining to the required semester hours for enrollment verification purposes, refer to “Enrollment Certification” below.

No student who registers for or earns fewer than 9 hours of college work each semester may hold a responsible extracurricular office.

An undergraduate student with a GPA of less than 3.000 may schedule a maximum of 19 semester hours.

An undergraduate student with a GPA of at least 3.000 may enroll for a maximum of 21 hours for the fall or spring term/semester by meeting the following conditions:

  1. at least a 3.000 GPA on a minimum 15-hour residence load for the term/semester just completed,
  2. at least a 3.000 GPA on a minimum 12-hour residence load for the summer term/semester just completed, or
  3. at least a 3.000 GPA on all work completed at UNT Dallas and a minimum 24 hours of credit in residence.

Graduate

Graduate students may schedule a maximum of 16 hours during any fall or spring term/semester.

Student Load (Summer)

Undergraduate

The normal load for full-time students is 12 hours for the summer term/semester.

During the summer term/semester, a full-time undergraduate student with a GPA of less than 3.000 may select multiple sessions for a maximum of 18 semester hours.

Undergraduate students may schedule a maximum of 4 hours in 3W1 session, a maximum of 9 hours in 8W1 session, a maximum of 8 hours in 5W1 session, a maximum of 7 hours in 5W2 session, and a maximum of 15 hours in 10W session.

Note: For 3W1 (three week one) the normal load for full-time students is 3 hours. Undergraduate students may schedule a maximum of 4 hours in 3W1 session.

Graduate

A full-time graduate student with a GPA of at least 3.000 may select multiple sessions for a maximum of 18 hours.

Constraints apply to graduate course enrollment. Graduate students may schedule a maximum of 4 hours in a three week session (3W1), a maximum of 7 hours in a five week session (5W1, 5W2), a maximum of 9 hours in a ten week session (10W), or a maximum of 9 hours in an eight week session (8W1). At no time during concurrently running summer sessions can graduate students’ enrollment exceed 10 hours. For purposes of fulfilling the graduate residence requirements, a load of 9 semester hours is considered a full load. Graduate students enrolled only in undergraduate courses, for undergraduate credit, may request special consideration of the dean.

Note: For 3W1 (three week one) the normal load for full-time students is 3 hours. Graduate students may schedule a maximum of 4 hours in 3W1 session.

Enrollment Certification

Enrollment verification and loan deferments are completed in the Office of the Registrar and are based upon a student having registered and paid tuition and fees according to the following criteria. See “Special Conditions for Financial Aid Applicants ” in the Financial Information section of this catalog for loan deferment requirements.

Undergraduate

Full Time: fall, spring or summer term/semester, 12 or more hours.

Three-Quarter Time: fall, spring or summer term/semester, 9 to 11 hours.

Half Time: fall, spring or summer term/semester, 6 to 8 hours.

Graduate

Full Time: fall, spring or summer term/semester, 9 or more hours.

Three-Quarter Time: fall, spring or summer term/semester, 6 to 8 hours.

Half Time: fall, spring or summer term/semester, 4 to 5 hours.

Extension courses are considered nontraditional credit and are excluded for certification purposes.

International students also may request the Registrar to issue letters of enrollment for the use of foreign governments, embassies, scholarship agencies and banks. Interested International students should see the Office of the Registrar for information.

Teacher Preparation

One of the following four certifications must be selected to complete the interdisciplinary teacher preparation degree.

  • grades 4–8 mathematics teacher and ESL;
  • grades EC–6 generalist and EC-12 special education;
  • grades EC–6 ESL generalist; and
  • grades EC–6 grade bilingual generalist.

Course Auditing

Upon payment of a fee and with the written permission of the department chair and the dean of the division in which the course is taught, an individual fully eligible to enroll in the university may audit a course by attending classes with no expectation of receiving college credit for their attendance. An auditing student will not be enrolled in the class roll, and the instructor will not accept any papers, tests or examinations from the auditing student.

Only one audit fee is required per semester regardless of the number of courses audited. Tuition and fee information is available online at: http://essc.unt.edu/saucs.

Students may request permission to audit a class on forms that will only be made available in the offices of the academic deans after classes begin.

A person 65 years of age or older may audit a course without payment of a fee, if space is available and if approved by the department chair and the appropriate dean. Such enrollment entitles the person to library privileges, but not to the use of laboratory equipment and supplies, or admission to university-sponsored fine arts events.

Registration

All registration and student-requested schedule changes are conducted via web registration at my.unt.edu. Specific information and instructions as well as dates are found online at http://dallas.unt.edu/registrar and at my.unt.edu.

Late Registration

Students who are unable to enroll during the official registration periods must pay an additional fee for late registration. Refer to http://dallas.unt.edu/registrar for late registration information.

Concurrent Registration

A student in residence who wishes to enroll concurrently at another college must first secure the written permission of the appropriate dean at UNT Dallas. Failure to obtain advance approval may result in the refusal of the university to accept such work in transfer.

Special provisions for avoiding more than one minimum tuition charge are available for students enrolling concurrently in more than one state-supported institution of higher education. Students planning concurrent enrollment are cautioned to check these provisions prior to enrollment in any state institution.

Enrollment at the Universities Center at Dallas

Students enrolling for upper-division undergraduate courses or graduate courses offered by the partner universities of the Universities Center at Dallas (UCD), a Multi-Institutional Teaching Center (MITC) located in downtown Dallas, may enroll at their home institution for courses offered by the other UCD universities.

Three universities cooperate in offering upper-division undergraduate courses and graduate courses at UCD: Texas A&M University–Commerce, the University of North Texas and the University of Texas at Arlington. For details and course offerings, call UCD at 214-915-1900 or visit the UCD web site at www.ucddowntown.org. UCD is located at 1901 Main Street in downtown Dallas.

Schedule Changes

For information concerning adding or dropping courses, consult the online Academic Calendars at http://dallas.unt.edu/registrar or my.unt.edu.

Advanced Placement and Credit by Examination

UNT Dallas awards undergraduate college credit on the basis of local and national examinations, subject to general limitations. This also includes military service credit and classroom instruction offered through the non-academic institutions approved by the American Council on Education. Such credit is not included in determining grade point averages and has the following additional restrictions:

  1. may not be used to reduce the general degree requirement of completing a minimum of 30 semester hours in residence at UNT Dallas;
  2. may not be used to reduce the general degree requirement of completing at least 24 semester hours of advanced work at UNT Dallas;
  3. may not be used to reduce the general degree requirement of completing at least 12 advanced hours in the major at UNT Dallas;
  4. may not be earned in any course the student has previously completed at any university; and
  5. may not be earned in any course prerequisite to another course in the same subject for which the student has previously earned credit.

UNT Dallas recognizes exam credit in transfer from other accredited institutions within the limits outlined above. Scores from exam credits accepted in transfer are not re-evaluated by UNT Dallas. Credit by examination cannot be substituted for any grade, including an F earned for a course in high school, at UNT Dallas or at another college or university. The credit earned through examination will not be included in the grade point average at UNT Dallas, but it will be included in accepted semester credit hours and on the UNT Dallas transcript.

Credit and advanced placement may be granted only in accordance with policy and procedures in operation at UNT Dallas. Departments that honor the CLEP Subject Examinations, the College Board Advanced Placement Examinations or other instruments for granting advanced placement set departmental standards for their use.

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations

Students who have received college-level training in secondary school and who present applicable scores on the appropriate Advanced Placement Examination will be granted, on request, placement and credit for comparable courses at the university following enrollment.

Visit www.unt.edu/pais/insert/ucebr.htm for updated information.

AP Examination
AP Exam Score Semester Credit Hours UNT Dallas Course Equivalent
Composition and Literature
English Language and Composition

4

5

3

6

ENGL 1310D 

ENGL 1310D , 1320

English Literature and Composition 4 or 5 3 ENGL 2210D 
Fine Arts
Art History 4 or 5 6 ART 2350, 2360
Music, Listening and Literature 3, 4 or 5 3 MUMH 2040D 
Studio Art – Drawing Portfolio 4 or 5 3 ART 1500
Studio Art – 2D Design 4 or 5 3 ART elective; 1000 or 2000 level
Studio Art – 3D Design 4 or 5 3 ART 1450
Languages
Chinese Language

3

4

5

8

11

14

CHIN 1010, 1020

CHIN 1010, 1020, 2040

CHIN 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050

French Language

3

4

5

8

11

14

FREN 1010, 1020

FREN 1010, 1020, 2040

FREN 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050

German Language

3

4

5

8

11

14

GERM 1010, 1020

GERM 1010, 1020, 2040

GERM 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050

Italian Language

3

4

5

8

11

14

ITAL 1010, 1020

ITAL 1010, 1020, 2040

ITAL 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050

Japanese Language

3

4

5

8

11

14

JAPN 1010, 1020

JAPN 1010, 1020, 2040

JAPN 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050

Latin – Vergil

3

4

5

8

11

14

LATI 1010, 1020

LATI 1010, 1020, 2040

LATI 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050

Spanish Language

3

4

5

8

11

14

SPAN 1010D , SPAN 1020D 

SPAN 1010D , SPAN 1020D , SPAN 2040D 

SPAN 1010D , SPAN 1020D , SPAN 2040D , SPAN 2050D 

Mathematics
Calculus AB 3, 4 or 5 4 MATH 1710D 
Calculus BC 3, 4 or 5 7 MATH 1710D , MATH 1720D 
Calculus AB Subscore for the Calculus BC exam 3, 4 or 5 4 MATH 1710D 
Statistics 3, 4 or 5 3 MATH 1680D 
Natural and Computer Sciences
Biology 3 6 BIOL 1112, 1122
Biology 4 or 5 8 BIOL 1710D /BIOL 1730D , BIOL 1720D /BIOL 1740D 
Chemistry

4

5

4

8

CHEM 1410D / CHEM 1430D 

CHEM 1410D / CHEM 1430D , CHEM 1420D /CHEM 1440D 

Computer Science A 4 or 5 3 CSCE 1030D 
Computer Science AB 4 or 5 7 CSCE 1030D , CSCE 1040D 
Environmental Science 3, 4 or 5 3 BIOL 1132D 
Physics B 4 or 5 8 PHYS 1410/1430, 1420/1440
Physics C (Electricity and magnetism) 4 or 5 4 PHYS 2220D /PHYS 2240D 
Physics C (Mechanics) 4 or 5 4 PHYS 1710D /PHYS 1730D 
Social Sciences and History
Economics- macroeconomics 3, 4 or 5 3 ECON 1110D 
Economics- microeconomics 3, 4 or 5 3 ECON 1100D 
Government and Politics – Comparative 3, 4 or 5 3 Political science elective hours
Government and Politics – U.S. 3, 4 or 5 3 PSCI 1050D 
History – European 3, 4 or 5 3 History elective hours
History – U.S. 3, 4 or 5 3 HIST 2610D , HIST 2620D 
History – World 3, 4 or 5 6 HIST 1050, 1060
Human Geography 3, 4 or 5 3 GEOG 1170
Psychology 4 or 5 3 PSYC 1630D 

The College Board Advanced Placement Examinations are offered in May each year and are administered by The College Board in most school districts. Students typically complete an AP course offered by their high school before taking an AP examination in that subject. However, in consideration of homeschooled students and students whose schools do not offer AP courses, The College Board does not require a student to complete an AP course before taking an AP examination. All requests for information should be directed to the Advanced Placement Program of The College Board, P.O. Box 6671, Princeton, NJ, 08541-6671.

AP Credit Evaluation and Notification

Entering freshmen who took the Advanced Placement (AP) Exam for credit (and who designated that their scores be sent to the University of North Texas at Dallas, code 5999) will receive an evaluation of their scores at Freshman Orientation during the summer, if scores have been received and qualify for credit. Students who do not receive their AP evaluations at that time should check with the Office of Admissions prior to receiving academic advisement to confirm that their AP results have been received.

Former, continuing and transfer students who wish to have their AP test results applied to their UNT Dallas transcript must initiate this process through the Office of Admissions during their first term/semester enrolled at UNT Dallas. (Note: students who fail to initiate the process during their first term/semester at UNT Dallas may still be eligible to receive credit, but may be subject to the standards in place at the time of initiation, rather than those that were current when the test was taken.)

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

UNT Dallas recognizes credit earned through College-Level Examinations of the College Board only if the credit is first certified by the Office of Admissions. The dean of the student’s division at UNT Dallas has the option of applying CLEP credit to the student’s degree audit.

CLEP General Examinations

UNT Dallas does not grant credit on the basis of College Board CLEP General Examination scores.

CLEP Subject Examinations

Credit is certified but not necessarily applied to a degree if the student scores at or above the average scores of those students in the national norms sample who earned a C in regular college courses on the subject.

Effective July 1, 2001, CLEP began using a new “common recommended credit-granting score” for all CLEP exams. UNT Dallas recognizes CLEP credit recommendations as posted on the official student score report.

Use of CLEP Credit

A student may not earn examination credit for any course failed. All general regulations for credit by examination apply to CLEP credit.

CLEP Subject Examination Maximum Semester Credit Hours
Languages
College French (two to four semesters) 8–14 hours
College German (two to four semesters) 8–14 hours
College Spanish (two to four semesters) 8–14 hours
Mathematics
Calculus with Elementary Functions 6 hours
Pre-calculus 5 hours
College Algebra 3 hours
Natural Science
General Biology 6 hours
General Chemistry 6 hours
Social Sciences and History
American Government 3 hours
History of the United States I 3 hours
History of the United States II 3 hours
Human Growth and Development 3 hours
Introduction to Educational Psychology 3 hours
Introductory Psychology 3 hours
Introductory Sociology 3 hours
Principles of Macroeconomics 3 hours
Principles of Microeconomics 3 hours
Western Civilization I 3 hours
Western Civilization II 3 hours

SAT Subject Tests

UNT Dallas does not grant college credit on the basis of The College Board SAT Subject Test scores.

Educational Experience in the Armed Services

Credit may be given for formal service school courses completed in the armed services after evaluation of official documents by the Office of Admissions. The student’s academic dean decides if credit awarded for such courses will be applied toward requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Credit for Work Experience

Credit will not be granted for knowledge acquired through prior work, certification, or performance experience regardless of whether these experiences were of a paid or voluntary nature.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

UNT Dallas awards a minimum of 24 semester hours of credit to students who have completed the International Baccalaureate Program and have received the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Students must earn a minimum score of 4 on tests that count toward the diploma. The admissions office will certify the examination credit based on the qualifying scores.

A student who has completed a high school International Baccalaureate Program but has not earned the diploma and who has scored 5, 6 or 7 on the higher level IB examination will receive college credit at UNT Dallas. Credit is awarded as listed in the chart below. 

Subject Area
Hours UNT Dallas Equivalent
Arabic – Language B 14 ARBC 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Art/Design 3 ART 2900, applied to degree audit as lower-level elective COVAD policy regarding IB Credit)
Biology 8 BIOL 1710D /BIOL 1730D , BIOL 1720D /BIOL 1740D 
Chemistry 8

CHEM 1410D / CHEM 1430D , CHEM 1420D /CHEM 1440D 

Chinese – Language B 14 CHIN 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Computer Science Computing Studies 8 CSCE 1030D , CSCE 1040D 
Danish – Language B 14 LANG 1010, 1020, LANG 2040D , LANG 2050D 
Dutch – Language B 14 LANG 1010, 1020, LANG 2040D , LANG 2050D 
Economics 3 ECON 1100D 
English – A1 12 ENGL 1310D , 1320, ENGL 2210D , ENGL 2220D 
French – Language B 14 FREN 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Geography 3 GEOG 1200
German – Language B 14 GERM 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Hebrew – Language B 14 HEBR 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Hindi – Language B 14 LANG 1010, 1020, LANG 2040D , LANG 2050D 
History 6 HIST 1060, HIST elective
History – Culture of the Islamic World 3 HIST elective
History of the Americas 3 HIST elective
Italian – Language B 14 ITAL 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Japanese – Language B 14 JAPN 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Management 3 MGMT elective
Mathematics 4 MATH 1710D 
Music 3 Music elective
Norwegian – Language B 14 LANG 1010, 1020, LANG 2040D , LANG 2050D 
Physics 8 PHYS 1410/1430, 1420/1440
Portuguese 14 PORT 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Psychology 3 PSYC 1630D 
Russian – Language B 14 RUSS 1010, 1020, 2040, 2050
Spanish – Language B 14

SPAN 1010D , SPAN 1020D , SPAN 2040D , SPAN 2050D 

Swedish – Language B 14 LANG 1010, 1020, LANG 2040D , LANG 2050D 
Visual Arts 3 Visual Arts elective

Note: The minimum score requirements for awarding credit based upon International Baccalaureate examinations is under review and subject to change.

The IB institution code for UNT Dallas is 01800. Students should use this code when requesting to have IB scores sent to the UNT Dallas undergraduate admissions office.

Admission policies are reviewed periodically and are subject to change. Check the UNT Dallas web site at http://dallas.unt.edu/admissions for the latest admission information or contact the Office of Admissions at 972-780-3645, 877-868-3257, Dallas–Fort Worth Metro 972-780-3600. Answers to the most frequently asked questions can be viewed at (http://dallas.unt.edu/admissions); if a particular question is not answered there, it can be e-mailed to the Office of Admissions through that site.

Class Attendance

Regular and punctual class attendance is expected. Although in general students are graded on intellectual effort and performance rather than attendance, absences may lower the student’s grade where class attendance and class participation are deemed essential by the faculty member. In those classes where attendance is considered part of the grade, the instructor should so inform students at the semester’s beginning by a written notice. Any instructor who informs students in writing about the necessity of class attendance may request of the Registrar that a student be dropped from the course with a grade of WF upon the accumulation of the stated number of absences. Instructor drops for non-attendance may be processed up to two weeks prior to the first day of final examinations for fall or spring terms/semesters and equivalent dates for summer sessions.

Refer to http://dallas.unt.edu/registrar for specific dates. Departments and similar academic units have authority to establish a department or course attendance policy, so long as the policy is in accord with the above stipulations.

If the instructor-initiated drop action falls within the time the student is eligible to drop with instructor consent and without penalty, the Registrar’s Office notifies the student that a WF will be recorded unless the student initiates the drop procedure, in which case a W will be assigned.

Authorized Absences

Absences due to participation in sponsored activities must be approved in advance by the department chair and academic dean. Within three days after the absence, students must obtain authorized absence cards for presentation to their instructors. Students with authorized absence cards may make up the work missed when practicable or be given special allowance so that they are not penalized for the absence. For more information, see the University’s policy on excused absences (7.005) at: http://dallas.unt.edu/offices-and-people/university-administration/human-resources/university-policy-handbook.

A student will be excused from attending classes or other activities upon providing notice of participation in active military service.

Student Absence Due to Military Service

A student will be excused from attending classes or other activities upon providing notice of participation in active military service.

  1. A student called to active military service must provide a copy of the student’s military order to each faculty member instructing a course in which the student is enrolled.
  2. An excused student will not be penalized for an absence due to military service and will be allowed to take an examination or complete an assignment from which the student is excused within a reasonable period after the absence.
  3. The course syllabus or instructional plan for a course in which a student was enrolled when called to active military service will be retained so that the student may complete the course without prejudice and pursuant to the course requirements that were in effected when the student enrolled in the course upon the student’s return from active military service. All course work completed by a student prior to being called to active military service will be retained until the student returns.
  4. A student who returns from active military service who will not be able to satisfactorily complete any outstanding assignments or examinations within a reasonable period of time must contact the Office of the Associate Provost for Academic Success to develop and develop a written plan and timeframe for completing all outstanding assignments or to make any other arrangements as may be appropriate under the circumstances.
  5. The maximum period for which a student may be excused will be no more than 25% (twenty-five percent) of the total number of class meetings or the contract hour equivalent (not including the final examination period) for the specific course or courses in which the student is currently enrolled at the beginning of the period of active military service.
  6. A student returning from active military service who believes that they have not been given full and fair treatment in accordance with this policy, or all other relevant state or federal laws relating to return from active military service, may seek review by the Associate Provost for Academic Excellence. The Associate Provost for Academic Excellence will review the complaint asserted by the student, meet with all university officials who may have knowledge of the circumstances, and attempted to resolve the dispute amicably in accordance with UNT Dallas policy and state and federal law.

Absence for Religious Holy Days

In accordance with state law and university policy, a student absent due to the observance of a religious holy day may take examinations or complete assignments scheduled for the day(s) missed, including those missed for travel, within a reasonable time after the absence. The student should notify the instructor of each class of the date of the anticipated absence at the beginning of the semester.

Only holidays or holy days observed by a religion whose place of worship is exempt from property taxation under Section 11.20 of the Tax Code may be included. A student who is excused under this provision may not be penalized for the absence, but the instructor may respond appropriately if the student fails to complete the assignment or examination.

If a student and faculty member disagree about the nature of the absence being for the observance of a religious holy day or about whether the student has been given reasonable time to complete any missed assignments or examinations, either the student or the faculty member may appeal to the Associate Provost for Academic Excellence. The student and faculty member will abide by the decision of the Associate Provost for Academic Excellence. For more information, see the university’s policy on student attendance (7.005) at: www.unt.edu/unt-dallas/policies.

Course Drop

  1. A student may drop a course prior to the census date (the 12th class day of the fall or spring semester or the equivalent dates in a summer session) in the Office of the Registrar. Courses dropped prior to the census date will not appear on the student’s transcript and will not be included in the limitation of dropped courses as set forth below. .
  2. After the census date a student must receive written approval from the faculty member prior to dropping a course. A faculty member may withhold consent to drop a course for any reason that has been communicated to students, in writing, at the start of the semester.
    1. If a course is dropped prior to the end of the sixth week of classes for the fall or spring semester of the equivalent dates for the summer sessions the faculty member will assign a grade of W.
    2. If a course is dropped after the sixth week of class for the fall or spring semester or the equivalent dates for the summer session and the student maintains a passing grade at the time the course is dropped the faculty member will assign a grade of W.
    3. If a course is dropped after the sixth week of class for the fall or spring semester or the equivalent dates for the summer session and the student is not maintaining a passing grade at the time the course is dropped the faculty member will assign a grade of WF.
  3. No student may drop any course after the date designated by the Office of the Registrar during the tenth (10th) week of the fall or spring semester, or the equivalent date of the summer session.
  4. No student may drop more than six (6) courses during their academic program except as set forth below. A faculty member or the Registrar may refuse to allow a student to drop a course if the student has dropped six (6) courses previously.
  5. Students applying for financial aid must contact the Office of Financial Aid prior to dropping any class in order to understand the potential impact of the dropped course on student financial aid eligibility.
  6. All relevant course drop dates will be published annually by the Registrar and will be made available on the UNT Dallas on-line academic calendar. All drop procedures must be completed by 5:00 p.m. on the deadline dates specified on the UNT Dallas academic calendar.

Limitations on Course Drops

Undergraduate students who enrolled in higher education for the first time after fall 2007 will not be permitted to drop a total of more than six (6) courses, including any course a transfer student dropped at another institution unless the student shows good cause for dropping more than six (6) courses, including but not limited to a showing that:

  1. A severe illness or debilitating condition affects the student’s ability to satisfactorily complete a 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 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;
  5. The change of the student’s work schedule that is beyond the control of the student and affects the student’s ability to satisfactorily complete the course; or,
  6. Other good cause as determined by the Assistant Provost for Academic Excellence.

Courses dropped for complete withdrawal from UNT Dallas are not calculated for purposes of the course drop limitation.

This limitation does not apply to courses dropped prior to the 12th day of classes or to courses dropped with a grade of WF. Courses dropped for complete withdrawal from UNT Dallas are not calculated for purposes of the course drop limitation.

Requests for exception to the drop limitation must be made in writing to the student’s academic dean and must occur during the semester that the dropped course was taken.

Leave of Absence

Leave of absence applies to students admitted to the master’s or doctoral degree who wish to discontinue work toward the degree for a specified period of time due to exigent circumstances. Leave of absence may be granted by the academic program, which then notifies the Graduate School. If the student has begun thesis or dissertation and is under the continuous enrollment requirement, a waiver of continuous enrollment must also be requested and approved by the Graduate School. Degree requirements and graduation must be completed within the appropriate time limit for completion of the degree. (See “Time Limitations ”)

Withdrawal from UNT Dallas

A student may withdraw from UNT Dallas any time prior to two (2) weeks before the first day of final examinations for the fall or spring semester or the equivalent dates for summer session.

The Registrar will record a W for each course in which a student was enrolled for withdrawals processed prior to the sixth (6th) week of classes for the fall or spring semester or the equivalent for summer sessions. For withdrawals process by the Registrar after the sixth (6th) week of classes for the fall or spring semester or the equivalent for summer sessions, the a W will be recorded for those courses in which a student was passing at the time of withdrawal and a WF will be recorded for those courses which a student was not passing at the time of withdrawal.

Students called to active military service during a semester in which they are enrolled may be entitled to a refund of tuition and fees if they withdraw or the student may be entitled to receive a final grade or incomplete grade in courses. Students should contact the Office of the Registrar at 972-780-3662 or 972-780-3664 to determine their options.

Students seeking to withdraw for medical reasons should consult the relevant UNT Dallas policy.

Official dates and deadlines for withdrawing are specified in the Academic Calendar at http://dallas.unt.edu/registrar.

Notice:

  • Students receiving financial aid also must contact http://dallas.unt.edu/financial-aid before dropping a class or withdrawing. Students receiving financial aid may be required to go through an exit interview with a financial aid counselor before they are permitted to withdraw.
  • Students who withdraw from UNT Dallas will have student services and privileges terminated.
  • To receive a refund for a parking permit, a student must return the parking permit to the Student Financial Services.

Effects of Withdrawal on Academic Status

Any student who withdraws from UNT Dallas prior to the end of the sixth week of classes (or the equivalent dates for summer sessions) is given grades of W and is not penalized with a reduced CGPA. Any student who withdraws after this period, but at least two weeks before the first day of final exams (summer session, six class meetings prior to finals; three week session, three class meetings prior to finals), is given grades of W or WF depending upon the student’s grade average at the time of withdrawal. Grades of WF are included as hours attempted in calculating a student’s minimum UNT Dallas cumulative grade point average required to remain in good standing. A student who does not officially withdraw from the university is held responsible for grades of F and is placed on probation or suspended from the university if the grades of F bring the CGPA below the minimum required.

Pre-Final Week

So that students can more adequately prepare for their final examinations, special rules apply to the seven calendar days preceding the final week of each fall and spring term/semester.

During pre-finals week, student organizations do not meet; activities requiring student participation such as field trips or performances by dance, drama or music ensembles are not scheduled.

On the Friday of the week immediately preceding final exams (reading day), no classes are held.

Final Examinations

Faculty members are expected to administer final examinations at the designated times during the exam week of each long semester and during the specified day of each summer term. Any deviation from the published schedule of final examinations must be approved in advance by the appropriate academic dean.

Students who have as many as three final examinations scheduled on one day may appeal to their academic dean to reschedule one of those examinations on another day during the final examination period.

Commencement

Application for Graduation (Undergraduate Students)

Applications for graduation are available in Academic Advising located in Building 1. (Visit http://dallas.unt.edu/registrar for degree application deadlines.)

Degree applications are accepted only from undergraduate students who have a minimum overall C average. See “General University Requirements ” in the Academics section of this catalog for grade point calculation details. Before applying, the student also must remove grades of I in required courses necessary for graduation if these courses increase the term/semester load beyond the maximum permitted.

Students otherwise eligible for graduation who complete their final course or courses elsewhere will not graduate at the end of the term/semester or summer session/term in which the work is completed because of the time required for obtaining transcripts; such students will have their degrees conferred at the close of a subsequent UNT Dallas term/semester.

August graduates may file for graduation before the end of the spring term/semester.

Application for Graduation (Graduate Students)

It is the responsibility of the student to stay abreast of progress toward the degree and to file the appropriate degree application in the office of the graduate dean. Consult www.tsgs.unt.edu/academics/graduation for the proper dates. The applicant’s grade point average on all graduate work attempted must be at least 3.0 for the application to be accepted.

Because of the time required for receipt of transcripts, students otherwise eligible for graduation who complete their last course or courses elsewhere will not graduate at the end of the term/semester or summer session/term in which the work is completed, but will receive their degree at the close of a subsequent UNT term/semester or summer session/ term.

Tuition and fees information is available online at www.unt.edu/unt-dallas/costtoattend.htm. Students anticipating graduation should consult the online academic calendar at www.unt.edu/unt-dallas/academics/calendar.htm for final dates for payment of fees and meeting other graduation requirements.

Graduation with Honors

Candidates for graduation whose overall grade point average, based on grades earned in University of North Texas at Dallas resident credit courses and transferred resident credit courses, is at least 3.500 but less than 3.700 are eligible to graduate cum laude; those whose GPA, as defined above, is at least 3.700 but less than 3.900 are eligible to graduate magna cum laude; and those whose GPA, as defined above, is 3.900 to 4.000 are eligible to graduate summa cum laude.

Hours earned through correspondence and extension courses, or pass/no pass courses, may not be counted in calculating the GPA for determination of eligibility for graduation with honors. Candidates for a second bachelor’s degree are not eligible for graduation with honors.

Commencement Exercises

Commencement exercises are held in May. Diplomas are mailed to candidates approximately eight weeks after the end of the semester in which the student has applied for graduation and the coursework has been verified. Degrees granted will be the same as those earned by students attending the Denton campus until UNT Dallas achieves separate accreditation.