Students may deal with class changes

BY CAILIN O’BRIEN

 Sophomore Jacob Maddox had his entire fall semester schedule figured out by April of last semester. He felt ready to advance in his international affairs major.

Then Maddox found a class schedule change notice in his email.

More students than usual may have been frustrated by “notification of class schedule change” emails from the Office of the Registrar this summer, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences adviser Clayton Foggin said.

“This is the most I’ve seen [class schedule change complaints],” she said. “I’ve never really noticed it this bad before.”

Foggin confirmed receiving “three or four” emails from students complaining that the class changes they had been notified about in some way damaged their schedules.

“They didn’t know what to do because their class time had changed,” she said. “Actually, I had one student who they changed her class time, and it was still on her schedule at the same time as another class. She essentially had two classes at 10 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, or something.”

Foggin doesn’t know for sure whether this semester has seen an increase in class schedule changes. She notes that students could just be “more vocal” this semester than in the past.

The Office of the Registrar was contacted for further clarification on the issue but were unavailable at this time.

Maddox didn’t seek an advisor when one of the two prerequisite international affairs courses he had signed up for changed times and conflicted with one of his other required, scheduled classes.

Instead, he made the decision himself to drop the class with the conflict and simply make it up during a later semester.

Then he received another “class schedule change” email saying the economics class he thought would be taught by Professor Caroliniana Sandifer would instead be taught by a different professor.

“My economics teacher was changed the day I had the class,” he said. “I knew about Sandifer. That’s why I signed up for the course.”

Freshman Adriana Vicuna also received two separate class schedule changes by email before the semester began.

“My speech class actually got cancelled,” she said. “It was kind of frustrating to try to find another class.”

Vicuna ended up dropping the class only to find that her Spanish class had been moved to a less than convenient time.

“I wanted to take it at 9 a.m., but I think it got cancelled and switched to 2:30,” she said. “I don’t like taking afternoon classes because you’re sleepy by then. It was just so frustrating because that’s the only class available.”

But both Maddox and Vicuna said they felt some good came out of the schedule changes.

The changes helped Vicuna see that she probably should not have taken on such a full course load, she said.

Maddox said although he’s worrying he might not graduate on time now, he “wouldn’t really mind” graduating a little late. The change also helped him to explore some options other than on-campus classes.

“I’ve thought of study abroad opportunities I could do instead of taking [the class] at school,” he said.

Still, Maddox said he feels as though more strictly enforced stability should be applied to class scheduling.

“I think it would be great if the University was more strict on their policies with teachers and professors about coming into the school and just having them ready before classes start,” he said.