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Courses and Registration

Academic Majors, Minors and Other Programs


Courses and Registration

How can I get into a closed section?

Realize that such “force” opportunities are unusual, a privilege, and that your request implies a commitment to perfect attendance and extra effort. Start by asking the instructor if he or she is willing to take another student in the class. Be prepared to explain why you have to take the course this semester in this time slot and demonstrate that you have met the prerequisites, if any. If the instructor approves, have him or her write a note to the chair of the department, then take that to the secretary in the department office. The chair must sign and date a “force” card.  During “course change week” (the first week of the semester), freshmen must then take the card to their advisor, obtain a course change form, and then go to the Registration Center in Rodman Hall, Rm 205-206 to make the change. Sophomore and upper division students don’t require the change form and therefore may bypass the advisor during “course change week,” but it is recommended they also make that contact. After the first week, the force card has to be taken to an assistant dean in the appropriate school for approval before being taken to the Registration Center in Rodman Hall for processing. If you cannot get instructor permission and a force card, an alternative would be to watch the course seat numbers on Banner Web for someone else to drop the course. This often happens in the first week of the semester. For courses within the Boler School of Business (not PL 311), please see the Assistant Dean of the Boler School in SB 117 to inquire about a force.  Since forces are usually done for students registering late, this eliminates the necessity to visit five or six different instructors and department chairpersons.

Some courses allow student to sign up on a waitlist once a course is closed. Please refer to the following for instructions on waitlisting.

Waitlist option

What if I am unable to attend classes due to illness or a family emergency?

If you expect to be absent from classes due to illness or a death in the family, you will need to report your absence to the appropriate Assistant Deans Office, providing documentation from your doctor, medical center, or hospital, or a copy of the death notice, obituary or funeral card. If possible, you should also contact each of your instructors regarding missed homework and exams and, if you live on campus, notify the RA in your dorm. The assistant dean will also notify your instructors of your absence (without details). Missed materials will be handled at your instructors’ discretion.

What courses transfer from my previous school?

The Transfer and International Admissions Office, working with the Registrar’s Office, will do an initial evaluation of the transferred courses based on a transcript from the other school. If there are questions about courses, these offices will contact the appropriate department chair to answer them. The Assistant Dean’s Office will prompt the student’s academic advisor to follow up on any work that is pending. Contact the Assistant Dean’s Office for any problems that may come up.

Among the questions that may come up are those having to do with whether a particular course can be awarded Academic Core credit. Courses that transfer in as a JCU equivalent in any particular division can be used to fulfill a divisional requirement, but may not necessarily carry the special letter designations such as “D,” “L,” “R,” “S” or “W.” Students may use the student academic course petition form to get the special designation for such courses and must supply evidence (course description, syllabus, etc.) that a course meets the intent of the special designation as indicated in the  document.

Courses that transfer into departments as electives will not automatically satisfy divisional  requirements. Courses that transfer in as general electives not affiliated with any department do not count in the divisional requirements of the . No more than two of the special designation requirements (DLSRW) in the  can be satisfied by transfer courses.

Students with 55 or more transfer hours may petition to have a maximum of 6 hours waived. Normally this will include the First Year Seminar. Requirements that will not be waived include courses in Division V (PL and RL); D, R, S, and W courses; HS or AH, L, MT, and Laboratory Science. Exceptions to the above and/or questionable cases are handled by the University Core Committee through the normal academic petition process.

When a new bulletin comes out, am I bound by the old one or the new one?

When the student starts taking classes at JCU, the bulletin in effect for that semester governs what rules will apply in areas such as Core requirements. When a student declares a major, usually during the second semester of his or her sophomore year, academic major requirements in force at that time apply. Students seeking exception to any of these rules may petition the dean of the appropriate college. You should begin such a process with your academic advisor, then fill out the petition online and submit it for approval. The petition will ultimately be forwarded to the Assistant Dean’s Office.

How do I register for courses?

Registration at John Carroll is now done through an online system called “Banner Web.” Incoming freshmen registering at Summer Orientation will work side-by-side with an academic advisor at a computer workstation on the second day of that visit. After that, students are expected to consult with their advisors on a plan. If satisfied the plan is good, the advisor will electronically release the student to register. The student may then complete that process online (on or off campus) or, do so in person at the Registration Office in Rodman Hall, Rm 205-206. The first date a student may register for courses for the next semester will be determined by the Registrar’s Office based on a “priority registration schedule” that takes into account class standing. Honors program and nontraditional evening students may be granted an exception to the priority schedule.

How do I know when it’s time to register?

Students may find their registration date by looking on Banner Web. Usually, the Registrar’s Office will send a notice to all students about when registration opens and advise them to check Banner Web to find out when they can register.