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Class/Enrollment Management

Who can take my class?

Please note that unless specifically requested, our classes are reserved for Ross School of Business students only. Non-Business students will need instructor permission to enroll in a course.

  • Core Courses: We are academically committed to teaching both our BBA and our full-time MBA core classes in student cohort groups. These student groups are managed through Academic Services, and students are mass enrolled into the appropriate sections. Students should NOT be permitted to change sections from their cohort assignment in core courses. Should you receive such requests, please redirect the student to our office. Note that BBA students are permitted to change sections if they have a documented requirement conflict or if they identify a “swap-partner”. They have processes in place to facilitate making changes and should not be coming to faculty with requests to change core sections.
     
  • ACC 300/301 (Formerly ACC 271/272): These classes require a minimum of Sophomore standing (25 Credits Toward Program (CTP) or greater). Check your class roster to ensure that everyone has sophomore or higher standing. Students who are freshmen should be directed to drop the class in advance. There are no exceptions to this rule. Students who need transfer credits finalized to validate their sophomore standing can also work with Academic Services to either keep their seat in the class as the credits are posted, or make the necessary class adjustments.
     
  • Courses Numbered 300-499: With the exception of ACC 300 and ACC 301, students must have Junior standing (defined as second year (Junior) in the BBA program for Ross students or as having CTP = 55 or greater for non-Ross students) to enroll in 300+ level courses. The registration system does enforce this restriction. However, an electronic permission overrides the student level restriction. This means that LSA or other non-Ross students asking permission to add 300-level classes must attest that they are juniors or higher. If non-junior standing students do not remove themselves from a 300+ level class, Academic Services will remove them at a later, less convenient date. There are no exceptions to this rule. Do check for this when you get requests for adding your class!
  • Courses numbered 500+: Reserved for Graduate Level students only. Undergraduate students may take Graduate Level courses with permission of instructor if the following criteria are met:
    • Student must have earned at least 90 credits before taking the class
    • Student must have a Ross GPA of 3.3 or above
    • The class cannot be an MBA core course
    • The class cannot be a course for which a close approximation exists at the undergraduate level
       
  • Prerequisites: Wolverine Access will enforce prerequisites only for those classes that have requested enforcement via a course approval form. For most of our classes, the registration system currently does not screen for prerequisites but does list them as “advisory”. If a certain prerequisite is required for your course, please be sure to note that in the first class sessions, as well as on your syllabus and CTools site. This protects you and the other students who did abide by the guidelines.
     

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When can I let students into my class?

Seats in Ross classes are first reserved for Ross students, and may be reserved for specific student groups within our student population (e.g. MBA1, MBA2, Evening MBA, etc.). We need to ensure that students in the correct student group have had ample time to register for the class before issuing permissions to students who do not match the reserved seats (a permission will override any requirements in the system). Some cross-disciplinary classes may also arrange with Department Chairs and our Curriculum Manager to reserve a portion of class seats for other appropriate student populations outside of Ross. These conversations and plans should occur before the class is open for student registration.

How do I let students into my class?

  • Waitlist Management: Wolverine Access does NOT automatically pull students from the waitlist of a closed course if seats become available. Students will need a permission (override) from the instructor in order to move off the waitlist and enroll in the course. General waitlist rules are that students should be admitted in order of their waitlist standing, and Ross students should be given priority over non-Ross students.
     
  • Permissions/Overrides: Granting a student a permission (or override) to enroll will override ALL prerequisites and student level requirements. To help enforce the above enrollment guidelines, we suggest that you clearly state the course entry guidelines up front, so that only appropriately qualified students are asking for Permissions.

    How to Issue a Permission: Academic Services accepts emailed permissions only. Instructors must email rossacadservices@umich.edu indicating the student (include full name, uniqname and/or student ID if possible), and the appropriate class/section for which a permission should be issued.
     

  • Permission Expiration: Unless requested by the instructor, student permissions are valid for one week from the date they are issued.  At an instructor's request, Academic Services can specify that permissions expire at an earlier or later date. This is often helpful when managing sections with long waitlists. 
     
  • Drop/Add Procedure for Students: Click here to link to our student pages instructing students how to drop a class or how to add a class before/after deadlines.
     

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When can I drop students from my class?

An instructor may set up specific guidelines regarding attendance of the first class meeting for once-a-week classes or first two class meetings for twice-a-week classes.  You are strongly urged to state attendance guidelines in the class syllabus, on CTools and in an email sent directly to enrolled students.  Should instructors require an attend-first-class-or-be-dropped policy, students must be notified prior to the start of the term via these media.

Can students Audit my class or take it as Pass/Fail?

Audit and Pass/Fail rules are controlled at the student level by each individual school. In other words, Ross students may have different rules and processes for auditing or taking a class as pass/fail than non-Ross students - even if both are in a Ross class.

  • Audit Rules & Procedures
    • Instructor Consent: All students need to request instructor permission in order to Audit a class. The permission should be granted only if there are open seats; students wishing to take the class for credit should be given priority if seats are limited. Ross students must present instructor approval to Academic Services (email or signed add/drop slip). Academic Services then signs/stamps the form and the student takes the form to the Registrar to have his/her enrollment modified.
    • Core Courses: Ross students are not allowed to audit core courses
    • Changing from Audit to Graded: Students are not permitted to change their enrollment from Audit to Graded (or vice versa) after the third week of a full term course, or the second week of a half term course.
    • Participation: Auditing students are expected to participate fully in the course. Instructors who feel a student has not participated adequately may submit an SGR to have the students' record altered to an "E" or "ED" (unofficial drop).
       
  • Pass/Fail< >BBA, MBA, WMBA, MSCM, MAcc students are not permitted to take any Business classes as Pass/Fail, unless the course is set-up as a Mandatory Pass/Fail course.Non-Ross students may elect to take a Ross course on a Pass/Fail basis if approved by their advisor/school registrar. Instructors cannot view whether or not a student has elected a course as pass/fail.(return to top)