Priority Registration Procedure
The purpose of this procedure is to define the guidelines for students, staff, and faculty to follow with regard to a priority registration accommodation.
For the purposes of this policy, priority registration shall be defined as: Permitting a student with less than 60 or more earned hours to enroll beginning with the first day of the registration period for the upcoming semester.
- Priority registration allows eligible undergraduate students early access to the registration system.
- Priority registration is considered a reasonable accommodation for students with disabilities
as illustrated by the following examples:
- Individuals with a mobility disability which prevents them from getting from class to class in a timely fashion,
- Students with a chronic health condition who need to carefully schedule classes around medication schedules,
- Students undergoing periodic medical treatments (for example, chemotherapy or dialysis) which preclude class attendance at certain times or certain days.
- Students seeking a priority registration accommodation must register with the Office of Disability Services (DS), complete an intake interview with the Director of DS/designee, and formally submit a request for the accommodation. The Director of DS/designee will review and evaluate each request on a per semester and case-by-case basis. Supporting documentation may be required.
- The Director of DS/designee will evaluate the student’s request in terms of the impact of the disability and demands of the student’s proposed schedule for that semester.
- The Director of DS/designee will verify the student’s eligibility for a priority registration accommodation for a particular semester in a written letter to the appropriate University departments (for example, Office of the Registrar, Academic Advising).
- Priority registration does not override any institutional or department policy (for example, the need for academic advisement or removal of holds.)
- The priority registration accommodation is valid for one semester only. Students must meet with the Director of DS/designee each semester to review the student’s proposed course load so that a determination can be made regarding the need for a continued accommodation.