Frequently Asked Questions
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Will my financial aid change if I choose Q-drop? (December 8)
If you do choose to Q-drop any course(s), please be sure to speak to a Texas One Stop coordinator about the impacts that a Q-drop or withdrawal would have on your financial aid.
I am an international student. How will taking a COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception affect me? (December 1)
Students in F-1 and J-1 status may switch any number of courses to Pass/Fail without affecting their immigration status.
Students in F-1 and J-1 status must remain registered full-time to maintain their immigration status. There are exceptions for students who require fewer credits in their graduating semester and students with documented medical issues. Students should verify their plans with International Student and Scholar Services prior to dropping below full-time.
Will the COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception be available for students to apply to grades received during the Summer 2020 semester? (November 30)
The policy does not apply to Summer 2020 or Summer 2021.
Why use “P” as opposed to “CR” on transcripts? Will this impact the way these exceptions are viewed by graduate schools and future employers? (November 30)
The “CR” notation on transcripts has been UT practice for a long time. Transcripts will look no different than they have previously for students applying to graduate school or employment.
I assume I still need 30 or more credit hours to use the regular Pass/Fail, correct? (November 30)
The 30 credit hour rule still applies to all standard P/F requests.
How do I Q-drop a class? (November 25)
Students are required to speak with their academic advisor before taking any action. Dropping a course (Q-drop) can have adverse effects on your enrollment status and can affect financial aid, scholarships, veteran and athlete status, and other important aspects of your life.
Will my veterans’ benefits change if I choose Q-drop or Pass/Fail for my course(s)? (November 25)
There may be impact to your G.I. Bill® and/or Hazlewood education benefits, please contact Veteran Certifications.
Will the Q-Drop deadline be extended for fall 2020 and spring 2021? (November 25)
Yes. The following modifications for fall 2020 and spring 2021 have been approved:
Students will be given until Wednesday, December 9, 2020, to Q-drop a course for fall 2020 and until Tuesday, May 11, 2021, to Q-drop a course for spring 2021.
If you are considering a Q-drop for any of your classes for fall 2020, contact your advisor. There may be some conditions when a Q-drop is not available. Additionally, Q-drops may have an impact on financial aid as well as other implications.
Will a COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception count toward degree requirements? (November 25)
Using a COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception during fall 2020 and spring 2021 will allow the class to count toward degree and course requirements, where a standard Pass/Fail will not. Standard Pass/Fail options remain available to students. Students are encouraged to speak with their advisor before making a decision.
Are there modifications to the Pass/Fail policy for fall 2020 and spring 2021? (November 25)
The modifications are as follows:
COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception
For the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters, undergraduate students may choose to have a total of three (3) classes graded on a Pass/Fail basis without penalty.
These exceptions are new and apply only to the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters.
- Students will be able to view their final grades prior to making a decision about the fall or spring semesters.
- Selecting to convert a course to Pass/Fail is not a requirement; it is a choice and an opportunity for you to use if it is helpful.
- Using a COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exception will allow the class to count toward degree and course requirements, where a standard Pass/Fail will not.
Standard Pass/Fail options remain available to students.
Will a Q-drop in fall 2020 and spring 2021 be treated as an academic or a nonacademic Q-drop? (November 25)
Please note that all Q-drops during fall 2020 and spring 2021 will be treated as “substantive, non-academic course drops,” which means that they will not count against the maximum of six allowed Q-drops. The Office of the Registrar will convert all academic Q-drops to non-academic after final grades are submitted. Since all Q-drops will be treated as a non-academic Q-drop during fall 2020 and spring 2021, any One-Time-Exception (OTE) used during these semesters will once again be available to use in a future semester.
When were the Q-drop extensions and COVID-19 Pass/Fail Exceptions communicated to students? (November 25)
In an email to students on November 25, 2020, Interim Provost Jaffe shared these policy changes.
What is the deadline for dropping a course (Q-drop)? (November 25)
We are extending the Q-drop deadline for the fall 2020 semester to December 9. For fall 2020 and spring 2021, all Q-drops will be considered “non-academic,” which allows students to drop a class without counting toward the six-class limit. If you already applied for a Q-drop this semester, these changes will be applied retroactively. We will similarly extend the Q-drop deadline in the spring 2021 semester to May 11.
If you are considering a Q-drop for any of your classes for fall 2020, contact your advisor. There may be some conditions when a Q-drop is not available (e.g. students on probation). Additionally, Q-drops may have an impact on financial aid, scholarships, veteran and athlete aid status, and other important aspects of your life.