|Approved by the:
Implemented (as modified*) by the:
|University Senate - April 20, 2000
Administration - July 28, 2000
Regents - no action required
Resolution on PeopleSoft
Be it resolved, the University Senate requests the administration to make changing the PeopleSoft system a very high priority. The system must automatically prevent students from registering for courses which end and start too close together to permit students to arrive on time at their next class.
The Assembly Committee on Educational Policy (ACEP) has been concerned for years about students who register for overlapping classes, or who register for classes with end and start times that prevent the students from reaching their next class on time. In the spring of 1997 both the Senate and the Administration approved the Policy on Classes, Schedules, and Final Examinations For Semesters, which includes the following provision:
"2. Overlapping Classes
"Only under extenuating circumstances shall petitions for overrides for such conflicts be permitted, and shall require the signatures of all faculty members involved. The decision to approve or disapprove such a petition for override is entirely discretionary with each faculty member involved."
"c) Overlapping Classes
Part of this policy has not been enforced. The PeopleSoft system does bar students from enrolling in courses which actually overlap. But the system, as presently configured, cannot preclude student enrollment in back-to-back courses with less than a 15-minute interval between them, or less than a 30-minute interval when one class is in St. Paul and one is in Minneapolis.
This problem is endemic because 5-day classes use
only the MWF schedule. But some of the problem would be solved if classes
met ONLY at the standard class periods. SCEP has been informed that some
students are late for class because their previous class did not meet at
a standard time, so they did not have 15 minutes to get from one class
to the next. Even then, however, students who have courses on Minneapolis
and St. Paul may enroll for classes that are too close together, so they
are always late.
It is most important that student not register for classes that overlap or for courses which end and start too close together to permit students to arrive on time at their next class. The administration should develop appropriate processes that will not permit this practice. This issue will be addressed as "fixes" to the PeopleSoft registration system are reviewed. Action will be taken depending upon available financial resources and other factors that determine the priority for the various modifications and upgrades that must be made to the program.