Prerequisite and Registration Override Information

Prerequisite Information

GVSU is committed to student retention and the successful completion of courses is crucial to this effort. Satisfying prerequisite requirements greatly enhances the likelihood of passing courses, particularly those in the upper division. For this reason, students who attempt to register for a course but do not meet the prerequisites will receive an error message.  A full list of registration error messages, their meanings, and ways to resolve them is available on our website. 

Students who wish to request permission to register in a class for which they do not meet the prerequisite may submit a registration override request through myBanner.

For detailed information regarding math placement and math prerequisites, please visit the mathematics placement webpage.

Determining Course Prerequisites

Failure to Meet a Prerequisite

If a student does not meet a prerequisite due to withdrawal or failure of a previous course, he or she must withdraw from the course requiring the prerequisite. It is the responsibility of the faculty/department to notify students accordingly.

The Dean's Office will be provided reports of students who have failed the prerequisite checking process. They will notify the student within one day of receiving the report and request that the student drop the course or appeal to the department for approval to remain in the course. The student will have five days to respond by either dropping the course or appealing. If the student fails to respond, the Dean's Office will instruct the Registrar to drop the student. Upon receipt of this notification, the Registrar will notify the student that the course has been dropped.

Requesting a Registration Override

If a course requires a registration permit; is closed; or prevents registration based on major, class, prerequisite, etc.; students can request electronic overrides through myBanner. Instructions for requesting a registration override through myBanner are available.

All decisions regarding registration overrides are made by the academic department that offers the course. If the student is waiting on a decision from the department or feels that the override request was wrongly denied, the student should contact the department directly. This list provides contact information for our academic departments. After the request has been submitted, all communication regarding the status of the request is sent to the student's GVSU email address. If the request is approved, the academic department will enter the electronic override into the Banner system, and the student is then able to register. The issuance of an electronic override does not automatically register you in the course. 

The Registrar's Office can only view the status of the override request and the override permit that was issued by the department.

Page last modified March 31, 2021