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WHAT IS AN OVERRIDE?
This is the permission that you request in Banner to get into a class
if you cannot register for it on your own.
Some classes require permission to register. These include
internships and independent studies. In these cases,
a permit override is issued. Other courses are
limited to students in a particular major or minor or limited to
junior or senior students. These courses require
a major/class override, and these are rarely issued.
You may have difficulty registering for a course if you are missing a
required prerequisite. Generally, we do not allow students to take
courses out of order. In some cases,
a prerequisite override is issued.
Sometimes Banner may keep you from registering for a course for other
reasons. You may have a time conflict (even in an online class), have
exceeded the number of allowable retakes, or need advisor permission
if you are on academic probation. In these cases, contact your faculty
advisor rather than requesting an override. It is also important to
remember to check your registration status before registering for
classes or requesting an override. You can view your registration
status on the Advanced Registration Schedule Page.
WHAT IF THE CLASS I AM TRYING TO REGISTER FOR IS FULL? CAN I
BE LET INTO IT?
We cannot allow a student into a class if there aren’t enough
physical chairs in a room. Ultimately, it is the final
decision of the course instructor whether to grant
permission to enroll in a full course. Contacting the listed professor
before requesting the override and asking for their permission may
help. In these cases – if the professor approves – we issue a capacity override.
THE COURSE I WANT TO GET INTO SAYS “ONLINE.” HOW CAN IT BE FULL?
Online courses have seat limits, even though there may not be
physical classroom seats. This is done so that classes do not become
overloaded and that you have sufficient access to your professor for
help and questions. GVSU prides itself on offering smaller classes,
and we don’t want to create a giant Internet section of a course where
students get lost.
WHAT TYPE OF OVERRIDE DO I NEED TO REQUEST?
When you make your request, the School of Communications faculty and
staff determine the right kind of override you need and whether or not
your request will be granted.
It is very helpful to give as much information as you can on the
override request form.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY OVERRIDE IS APPROVED?
When a decision is made on your override – approved or not
– you will receive an e-mail in your GVSU student
e-mail account. Please read it carefully. There may
be specifics or more information requested. Once you have an e-mail
that says you are approved, YOU can immediately enter
Banner and add the course. Getting an override does NOT
automatically place you into a course.
WHY IS MY REQUEST TAKING SO LONG?
The School of Communications gets a list of all requested overrides
each weekday morning at about 7 a.m. The list covers all requests made
in the previous 24 hours, with the Monday list including any requests
made on the weekend. Make sure to allow plenty of time when making a
request, and don’t wait until the last day for registration to make a request.
Once the request is received, the professor for the course is
contacted. Our goal is to make a decision and process a request as
quickly as possible!
I GOT AN OVERRIDE, BUT IT WON’T WORK. WHY NOT? WHAT DO I DO?
If you get permission to enroll in a closed class, your override is
. After that, it expires. This is done so that other students
have a chance to request permission. In that case, you have to request
another one and go to the back of the line.
Sometimes, there may be another factor causing the permit to fail. It
could be a missing prerequisite or a technical issue. If this happens,
please contact the School of Communications Office right away.
I WAS DENIED AN OVERRIDE. ON MY FORM I SAID THAT I NEED THIS
COURSE TO GRADUATE. WHY WASN’T I APPROVED?
We look carefully at student records in these cases. Most of the time
there is another requirement that needs to be met that a student may
have missed. (We also can’t put a student into a course when there’s
no physical room to do so, graduating or not.) It’s always a good idea
to meet with an academic advisor before you make a request like this
to clear up any confusion about graduation requirements.
You can also avoid this problem by registering
early! Don’t wait until the last minute to request courses if
you are close to graduation. Check with your advisor about when you
may register for next year’s courses.
I FILLED OUT AN INTERNSHIP FORM, AND IT WAS APPROVED, BUT
THERE IS NO INTERNSHIP ON MY SCHEDULE. WHY NOT?
The internship form through Career Services is not connected to
Banner. To get credit for an internship, you need to register for the
correct course (COM 490, CAP 490, CMJ 490) for your major and select
the section that has the correct number of credits for your
internship. All internship courses require
overrides. Your internship coordinator will NOT issue your
override without seeing your Career Services form first, so do not
make a request before you have been approved for the internship. After
your internship override is granted, YOU have to add
the section 490 to your schedule. It will not happen automatically.