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English Department Over-Enrollment Policy

PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE REQUESTING AN OVER-ENROLLMENT

 

The English Department normally does not grant over-enrollments in its courses.

As much as we would love to allow every student to enroll in the course and section of his or her choice, over-enrollments result in larger class sizes, less faculty attention to individual students and their work, and a seriously diminished education for every student.  In order to maintain the high level of educational quality in all ENG courses, therefore, the department will consider over-enrollment requests ONLY under the following circumstances--and there is no guarantee under any circumstances that your overenrollment request will be accommodated.

First, do this:
Check the university's online course listings regularly and repeatedly for newly opened seats in existing courses as the semester begins.  (In many of these courses, there is plenty of add/drop activity near the beginning of the semester.  If you're diligent, you may well be able to pick up a seat in the course you want.)

For 100-level courses:
Over-enrollment will be considered if there are no available seats in other sections of the desired course and

  • In the department's judgment, it is unlikely that openings in any section of the desired course will occur before the end of Add/Drop;
  • You have a documented physical or other disability that requires you to take a course in a particular time slot or location;
  • You were in a composition course that was cancelled;
  • You are completing a course with an instructor who previously assigned you an "I."

If you meet the above conditions, contact Professor Brian Johnson, by email (johnsonb2@southernct.edu) or by phone at (203) 392-7049 to discuss your situation.

For 200-400-level courses:
Over-enrollment will be considered if:

  • You are in your last semester of study;
  • You need the course to fulfill either the university literature requirement or an English major/minor requirement;
  • No open course or section will fulfill the requirement;
  • In the department's judgment, it is unlikely that openings in a course that fulfills the requirement will occur before the end of Add/Drop;

Day, time, or location preferences will NOT be considered grounds for overenrollment UNLESS you have a documented disability that requires you to take a course at a particular time or in a particular location.

The English Department WILL NOT OVER-ENROLL "W" COURSES

If you meet the above conditions, contact either Professor Michael Shea, chair (sheam1@southernct.edu) phone:  (203) 392-6741, or Professor Steven Corbett (corbetts5@southernct.edu) phone: 203-392-6732 to discuss your situation. 

This policy sheet is available online at www.southernct.edu/english/ and follow the link for "Undergraduate Programs."

 

Updated Aug. 2010.