1. When forfeiture occurs. Irregular students enrolled in degree programmes according to the old academic system forfeit their student status if they do not sit any exams for eight consecutive academic years, pursuant to art. 149 of Royal Decree no. 1592 of August 31, 1933 (regardless of their payment of tuition fees).
Forfeiture is automatic and the University is not bound to communicate to students their forfeited or about to forfeit status.
2. Students do not incur any forfeiture of their status:
a) if they have passed all exams with the only exception of the final exam, that they may undergo any time, regardless of the time elapsed after the last exam (subject to enrolment renewal);
b) if a fail was recorded within January 31 of the eighth year following the recording date of the last exam sat;
c) if students apply for a change of academic system, provided for by art. 38 that follows;
d) if students apply for a change of degree programme.
3. Return of diploma. Forfeited students may request from the Student Office that their high school diploma is returned to them, if it was delivered upon enrolment (original diplomas were delivered to the Student Office until 1998).