This page is intended to inform staff and faculty how wait lists work, what to look for when they don't, and what permission numbers can be used to override and what they cannot be used to override. For more in-depth information, please visit the Faculty and Staff Resources page.
- Students are directed to contact their instructor for a permission number both by email and in-person, as needed (closed/waitlisted classes first week, all classes second week).
- To change the classroom assigned to your class(es), please ask your department staff to see if a room is currently available (in 25Live) and have them submit a Room Change Request form to Academic Scheduling. Visit the College Colleagues List page for a list of department staff (and chairs).
- Visit the Final Exam Information webpage.
- Faculty should track attendance in the first weeks of the semester and utilize Administrative Drop when appropropriate, see more information on that option below.
Prereq Waivers & Enrollment Issues
Some changes have been made to the traditional prerequisite waiver process. See the Prerequisite Waivers & Enrollment Issues webpage for more information.
- Before Classes Begin:
- The wait lists will run once per day, most often in the early morning. Eligible waitlisted students will be moved into open seats. See the Wait Lists section below for more information.
- First Week of Classes:
- Wait lists do NOT run once classes begin.
- Both regular and open-enrollment students can enroll themselves in any OPEN class. It is expected that faculty will honor first week enrollments.
- All students, including those on the wait list, will need a permission number to enroll in CLOSED classes.
- Second Week of Classes:
- Students will need permission numbers to enroll in any/all courses.
Wait lists are put on class sections when the class is built in PeopleSoft. They can be added or removed at any time with the approval of the department.
Wait lists should always be built with "Auto-Enroll from Wait List" turned on. This feature allows students from the wait list to be pushed into the class when a seat opens up - please be aware the process to push wait listed students into open seats is usually run once per day. If the "Auto Enroll" option is not turned on, when a seat opens up in the class, any student can enroll in it directly, even if there are students on the wait list.
Eligible students on the wait list with "Auto Enroll" turned on, makes the section show as CLOSED in the schedule. However, if the wait list process is run to move students in and there are only non-eligible students on the wait list, those students will NOT be enrolled in the course, they will stay on the wait list. When this happens, if the section now has open seats, the section will show as OPEN even though students are on the wait list.
For more on Wait Lists, please visit the Waitlist FAQ
Permission numbers are only generated for consent required classes the day before continuing student registration begins.
When classes begin to fill, permission numbers are generated for no consent required courses, equal to the number of classroom seats minus the class cap.
During the first week of classes students do not need a permission number to enroll in OPEN classes.
After the first week of classes, permission numbers are generated equal to the number of classroom seats minus the enrollment of the class.
Permission numbers may be requested via the Permission Number Request form. However, permission numbers will NOT be generated by request unless there is space in the classroom assigned, which means students must have dropped the course or be administratively dropped (See Administrative Drop webpage). Faculty may submit a room change request if a larger classroom is needed, this should be done prior to submitting this permission number request form.
Faculty should track attendance in the first weeks of the semester and follow the instructions on the Administrative Drop webpage to remove students who do not follow attendance requirements during the add/drop period. Administrative Drop should not be used to drop student who have enrolled in an open class during the first week of the semester.
Departments seeking to restrict enrollment during the first week of classes should contact Academic Scheduling (firstname.lastname@example.org).