Petitions Requiring the Associate Dean’s Signature

UA Engineering students dropping a class after the deadline or exceeding 19 units must get the associate dean’s signature.


Dropping a Class after the Deadline

To drop a class after the drop deadline, signatures of the instructor and the associate dean are required on the Change of Schedule form. In addition to the signed Change of Schedule form, students must complete the Petition for Late Registration Change, which requires the signatures of the instructor and your academic adviser.

Petition forms are available in -- and are submitted to -- the Academic Affairs Office, Room 200 in the Engineering Building. Students dropping multiple courses must complete a petition for each class.

Approval for dropping a class requires documented proof of extenuating circumstances. Poor academic performance is not an acceptable reason for a Change of Schedule after the drop deadline. Petitions will be reviewed within 48 to 72 hours. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the Academic Affairs Office for a decision and submit the approved Change of Schedule form to the Registrar's Office in the Administration Building, Room 210.

The deadline to submit all paperwork is 5 p.m. on Monday in the last week of classes. No exceptions are made.


Exceeding 19 Units

Academic Criteria
Once sophomores, juniors and seniors have established a substantive track record of academic achievement, they may be permitted to exceed the 19-unit limit if they meet the following academic criteria:

  • Students with Advanced Standing have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00
  • Students without Advanced Standing have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50

As a policy, the College does not grant freshmen permission to take more than 19 units of coursework per semester.

Submission Process
Submit a completed Change of Schedule form with the instructor's signature to the Academic Affairs Office, Engineering Building Room 200, and in your presence, we will verify your status. If approved, we will stamp and submit your Change of Schedule request for processing.

Please note that a request to go more than 3 units over the 19-unit limit will require a meeting with the associate dean for an approval.

Students who do not meet the criteria but feel they are capable of managing the courseload may complete the following steps for consideration:

Submit a paragraph stating the reason for the request along with an academic plan for managing the additional courseload.

Get your academic adviser’s written approval.

Complete the Change of Schedule form and obtain the instructor’s signature.

Attach a copy of your Advisement Report.

Return the packet to Room 200 in the Engineering Building, and ask to be added to the associate dean’s calendar.

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Exceeding Limits in Winter and Summer Sessions

The College of Engineering follows the limits published in the University of Arizona catalog:

  • Pre-session:  3 to 4 units (one course)
  • First Summer Session:  6 to 7 units (two courses)
  • 2nd Summer Session:  6 to 7 units (two courses)