Gateway Course Completion Policy

Student Ambassadors Group

The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) has prioritized Math and English completion and has issued a policy (Board of Regents Handbook, Title 4, Chapter 16, Section 1) that requires students who want to earn a degree or certificate to remain continuously enrolled in a Math and English course until completing the Math and English course required for their declared degree or certificate.

The policy is based on national data showing that students who complete their required Math and English courses early have much higher graduation rates. It is called the "Gateway" policy because Math and English courses are gateways to student success.

TMCC Compliance

TMCC has taken steps to ensure that you, the student, register and remain enrolled in your Math and English classes. Once you have registered for Math or English, you are not able to drop. If you attempt to drop any of the classes listed below in MyTMCC, you will receive an error stating “Unable to drop class, department consent is required.”

  • Math: MATH 95, 96, 120, or 126
  • English: ENG 101

What Are My Options, Since I'm Not Able to Drop Math/English?

Change/Swap a Math or English Course

As long as TMCC is still in the period to swap classes, the Math and English Departments are able to swap you into a different section of a Math or English course. The new section must be open in order for you to be swapped into it. To swap, identify the class and call number you wish to drop, as well as the class and call number you wish to add, and then contact either the English Department or Math Department. They will assist you with all the changes.

Audit a Math or English Course

If the time period to swap classes has passed, you can choose to audit the course. This means that you are still enrolled, pay for, must attend, and have access to all the course materials, but you are no longer taking the course for credit or a grade. Instead, an “AD” will appear on your transcript and will not impact your GPA. We highly recommend that you first consult with an academic advisor to discuss the potential impact that auditing may have on your academic progress.

If you decide to audit, you must complete an Audit Grade Change form before the last day to audit. Students must complete the form themselves. TMCC staff cannot complete the form on your behalf.

Appeal to Drop a Math or English Course

You must appeal to drop MATH 95, 96, 120, 126 or ENG 101 before the last day to drop by completing the form below. Appeals will only be considered for the extenuating circumstances listed in the form and must include support documentation. Falling behind or having difficulty with the course material, format, or instructor is not considered an extenuating circumstance.

If you are receiving financial aid and/or are a veteran, we highly recommend that you first consult with the Financial Aid Office and/or Veterans Resource Center to discuss the potential impact that dropping the course, if approved, would have on your financial aid.

If you have submitted an appeal to drop, and the appeal was denied, you can choose to audit the course (see Audit a Math or English Course above).


Gateway Drop Appeal Form

To appeal to drop MATH 95, 96, 120, 126 or ENG 101 before the last day to drop, please complete the form below. Please note that you are required to attach documentation.

Fill out my online form.