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L&S Policy Guidance: Course or Class Section Cancellation
In the College of Letters & Science (L&S), departments and programs occasionally need to cancel courses or course sections after the enrollment period begins and prior to the beginning of the term of instruction. As a general rule, decisions about cancellation are easier to make earlier in the enrollment period vs. as the semester approaches, and when there are no students enrolled, vs. when the course has enrollment.
Potential reasons for course cancellations
- Inability to identify a qualified instructor to teach the course
- Sudden changes in instructor’s plans (visa/immigration issues, research buy-out, illness, unanticipated departure from UW-Madison)
- Reassignment of instruction to manage and optimize departmental instructional resources (addressing enrollment demands by moving instructors from a lower enrollment course to a larger enrollment course)
Effects of course cancellation on students and employees
- International students must be enrolled full-time enrollment to maintain F-1 visa status.
- Students with scholarships or loans need to maintain full time enrollment to retain their scholarships or defer their loans.
- Students on academic probation may have made specific plans with their advisor to remediate performance problems or to make progress relative to identified performance milestones
- Athletes must meet credit limits to remain eligible to compete.
- Students may be taking required courses that are offered in a particular pattern, and which can only be taken in a particular sequence.
- Summer term students may be are completing degree requirements prior to entering graduate school or a post-baccalaureate professional program.