Add-drop deadline is too tight
Posted Feb. 15, 2008

With each new semester, students and faculty at the University of La Verne face the arduous task of adding and dropping courses during the registration process.

Something seemingly so easy becomes daunting, frustrating and stressful because of the little technicalities that come with it. Overrides, signatures and codes become the enemy of every student and professor during registration.

At the beginning of this semester, students had trouble adding classes even after receiving the override from their professor, which led to a race to beat the clock before facing late fees.

Recently, students and professors had a few days to add or drop a course in person without accruing a late fee. For those using MyULV, you are given two extra days. Otherwise the withdrawal period starting on Feb. 11 requires a $50 late fee. A week is not enough to finish this process in many instances.

Students and professors often get to the point of frustration after trying numerous times to use overrides. Not only is it a struggle to go through the process of adding or dropping a class, it is costly. Maybe the fees should be used to fix the glitches in the system instead of going to the general fund where we have no idea what the money is used for.

Students and professors at a small university have many perks when it comes to aspects like this, or at least they should.
It would be understandable if the system had thousands of students, like at public institutions flooding it. With a smaller student body, shouldn’t it be easier?

Instead, registering is a much more difficult task than it should be. On top of that, students already pay enough in tuition, books and lab fees that a $50 late fee, even though it seems like a small amount, is hard on the bank accounts of college students just trying to get the classes they need.

We all know that time is money, but we are college students who don’t have the extra 50 bucks to spend on adding a class because of a glitch in the system or because the add-drop time expired.

It is often the case that students are forced to fill out an appeal. Rather than spending time writing a letter stating why he or she should be let into a class after the deadline has passed, students should be focusing on the class itself.

Professors also face this burden of having to go through paperwork to help students with these appeals. With classes in full swing, the focus needs to be on the studies, not the stress that comes with the fees and appeals of missing the add/drop deadline.

Administrators have a decision to make: either extend the deadline for adding or dropping courses or eliminate the fee all together.

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