Administrative Rules

Subject: Instructor Initiated Withdrawal and Appeal Policy AR# 4.01.002
Based on Board Policy: D-1, Statement of Instructional Philosophy
Approved by Council/President: Academic and Campus Affairs Council
Date Approved/Amended: 05/05/1976; amended 08/15/83, 05/21/84, 08/31/84, 12/01/06

Value Statement 

Austin Community College values academic excellence and believes that students should demonstrate commitment to this value. 

Administrative Rule 

1.      Students will be informed, via a written course syllabus, of all course objectives and the instructor’s course policies.  A student who is not in compliance with course policies or not meeting course objectives in the syllabus may be withdrawn from the course at the discretion of the instructor. 

2.      A student at Austin Community College is expected to attend classes in order to progress satisfactorily toward completion of course objectives.  For distance learning courses, the student is expected to be in compliance with the course syllabus requirements. 

3.      Although it is the student's responsibility to consult with instructors and seek counseling services when course policies and objectives cannot be met, faculty are encouraged to promote student success services to their students. 

4.      When the instructor withdraws a student, written notice will be sent by the college to the last address of the student as recorded in the student's permanent file.  The student may appeal a withdrawal in writing immediately upon notification by the instructor or within five (5) business days after postmark of the college notice of withdrawal.  The written appeal shall be made initially to the course instructor, who will respond in writing within five (5) business days.  The student may appeal the instructor’s decision within five (5) business days to the appropriate Department Chair, then the Dean, whose decision will be final. 

5.      The student may attend class, submit assignments, and take tests for grading through the final disposition of the appeal unless there are established course or program guidelines that would prohibit the student from returning to class.


President:   Stephen B. Kinslow Date:   01/18/06