WHAT TO DO IF YOU DON'T GET INTO A COURSE and get a message that you need department permission

IT MEANS:

(1) the course is fully enrolled for the time being, or
(2) course enrollment is reserved for a particular group of students, or
(3) it's an LPS course (College of Liberal and Professional Studies. Is there a .601 after the main course number?)
(4) It is a graduate level course for which all undergraduates need permission from the department or instructor of the course.

WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT THIS:

1) DO NOT ask Drs. Aronowitz, Greene, Barnes, Voskuhl or Ms. Brennan to give you a permit.  
Only the course instructor can give you a permit

2) YOU CAN
do the following:

  • Keep trying to register--sometimes places open up in the class and you can get in without a permit.
  • Is the course crosslisted? Try to register for it under one of its other departments/numbers. 
  • Contact the course instructor and ask if they are keeping a waitlist and if you can be on it.
  • Attend the class on the first day (HSOC and STSC instructors do not give permits to students who do not attend the first day of class)
  • Understand that if the course is full, it is full.

3) If it is an LPS course, there are special conditions--scroll down for more information.

"WHAT IF I ABSOLUTELY NEED TO GET INTO THE COURSE?" 

  • Unless its an LPS course*, contact the course instructor and ask if they are keeping a waitlist and if you can be on it.
  • Talk to your major adviser and College advisers to verify if you absolutely need to get into the course.

WHY CAN'T THE COURSE JUST ENROLL MORE STUDENTS?

  • If the course is a seminar course, it cannot take in more students and remain a seminar course.
  • If the course is a lecture course with recitations, the lecture could expand in size but the recitations cannot (1) because of limits on teaching loads (2) classroom size (3) limited numbers of additional instructors to teach additional recitations.

IF YOU GET A COURSE PERMIT FROM AN INSTRUCTOR...

  • Make sure the course instructor contacts Ms. Brennan and has her issue you a permit. 
  • Permits are only good for 24 hours and then they expire and must be re-issued.

WHY COURSES IN THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIES ARE DIFFERENT:

  • LPS courses have strict quotas on non-LPS students (the College, Wharton, etc.) and these quotas remain in place until the second day of the term. If the quota is filled, you will get a message saying you need "department permission." There are no permits for LPS courses before the second day of the term.
  • However, what it really means is that you cannot register for the course. Though you may receive a message saying you need a permit, this is only because the system had identified you as a non-LPS student. There are no permits for non-LPS students.
  • Even if the system shows that the course is not full and has room in it, this is because it is being held open for LPS students, but not for other undergraduates.
  • Wait until the second day of the term when unclaimed slots are available for non-LPS students, and attend the first meeting of the course