Hi I was wondering if anyone had any advice for me real quick. So when I signed up for classes in April everything was fine but one of my classes Psych 240 the lecture switched from Remote to in-person and now it’s messing with my schedule because of time conflicts. The only other section for Psych 240 is with Professor Snodgrass who some people told me is a really tough teacher and now his lecture seems to be open but all the discussion sections are on the waitlist? Does this mean that I’ll be able to take his class come fall or will I be scrambling last minute to find a new class if I can’t get on the discussion section? Any advice on this situation would be helpful thank you!
I hope you’re doing well! Unfortunately, discussion/lecture waitlist policies tend to vary depending on subject/professor/term. Sometimes seats do not match up because there are students who have been granted overrides but have not used them yet. There is no set rule whether you will get into a class that you waitlist yourself for, so I do not want to mislead you and say you will for sure be able to take the class. I have been waitlisted for courses and emailed the professor and was subsequently granted an override, but in the psychology department, there should be a standardized form that you should be able to fill out. I will link that page here.
One thing to keep in mind would be that this year with COVID restrictions, GSIs may be stricter with their discussion override policies. If you do decide to waitlist for a section, I would at the least make sure that you are enrolled in a full course load outside of Psych 240 in case you do not receive an override and scheduling another class becomes an issue. I also took a look at the course guide and there appear to be some discussions open–I am not sure if you are getting an error message when you try to register, but that may be worth checking out again.
I hope this helps! Feel free to reach out if you have any more questions.
-Cate, PMH Advisor