Waitlist Policies for Students

If you are unable to find an open seat in a course that you need, it is advisable to join a waitlist through the Student Information System (SIS). Since the SIS waitlist only applies to a single class section, however, you should also regularly check the Ohio State class search to see if additional sections may have opened that could fit your schedule.

You can read more about the waitlist procedures from the Registrar's Site

Here are six steps to help you enroll in popular WGSS courses:

1.  Always choose to enroll in an open class over waitlisting a full class. Waitlisting a class does not guarantee that you will be able to get a seat. If you see an open seat in a class, even one at a less desirable time, take it!

2.  If you are already enrolled in the course, there is no point in waitlisting for a different section. SIS will automatically skip you on the waitlist since it can tell that you are already enrolled.

3.  Do not get on a waitlist for a class which conflicts with another course you are taking. SIS doesn't know what your preference is and will not drop your “backup” class if a spot opens in the class you want.

4. Attend lectures and keep up with assignments while you are on the waitlist during the first week of the semester. You are strongly encouraged to attend the lectures and recitations that fit your schedule for the first week of the semester, even if you are not registered for the course. This way you will caught up if you are enrolled.

5.  Wait until after the first Friday of the semester to request instructor permission to add the class. There is often roster movement during the first week of the semester and you may get into the course without special permission. If you have not been enrolled in the course by the first Friday, speak with the WGSS instructor to see if they are willing to allow you to join the class off of the waitlist. SIS waitlists are only active until the first Friday of the semester. During the second week of the term, you will need to have instructor permission before you can be added to a class.

· Note: The Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies defers to the instructor’s preference with regards to allowing students into a course after the first Friday and/or over the course capacity. The instructor may decline your request to enroll after the first Friday for any reason.

6.  Work with your acacdemic advisor to add the course after you have permission to enroll. If you have a financial hold on your account or are overloaded with credits for the semester, you will need to work with your academic advisor to properly enroll in the course. 

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