SAS Faculty Resources: How to Update the Catalog

Restrictions

 

There are a variety of reasons a student may not be able to register for a specific course. Many courses have specific major or level restrictions or prerequisite requirements. 

 

Since restrictions and prerequisites are placed on classes at the request of the department, students must request an exception from either the instructor or the department.

 

Below are a few examples of the types of error messages students may encounter when attempting to register for a specific course:

 

 

Restriction Explanation Contact
Prereq or Test Score Error Student has not completed the prerequisite or the text required for the course Instructor or department
Major Restriction The course is restricted to a certain major Instructor or department
Class Restriction The course is restricted to a certain class level (i.e., only juniors and seniors) Instructor or department
Time Conflict The course conflicts with the time of another course for which the student is already registered. Instructors of BOTH classes
Program Restriction The course is restricted to a certain academic program. Graduate Program Director
Maximum Hours Exceeded Student is attempting to register for more credits than is allowable. Student Academic Services
Closed-999 Waitlisted The course is closed. Student has the option to Waitlist.
Instructor Permission Required The course requires special permission from the instructor. Instructor

 

The difference between a "hold" and a "restriction"

  • A hold will prevent a student from registering for any class.
  • A restriction prevents a student from registering for a specific course.