Getting into classes: fall 2020

Here’s what you will need to know about getting into economics classes that show as closed on MyMadison:

  1. If you’re interested in a class, join the waiting list in MyMadison. We will maintain waiting lists for all Economics classes and will open up some seats from time to time. We will use the waiting list system as a way of gauging demand for classes. For requests that are a matter of getting a preferred instructor or time, the waiting list system is the place to go.
  2. If you’re on the waiting list and you have a particular academic reason for taking a class, then beginning July 21 use this online form to apply for an override. Requests will be handled in the order received. If your override request is declined, you’re still maintain your previous waiting list position and you may end up getting the class that way.
  3. The last resort if you’re unable to get a class you need is this: No later than the first week of class, come to my office in COBB 1061 at 7:30 a.m., dressed business casual or above, with a cover letter stating the academic case for the class you need and including your JAC Card number. We’ll make a list of everyone present at 7:30 a.m. and make sure you have a chance to make your case.
  4. If you know you’re going to have an enrollment problem and you don’t take action as soon as possible, you are automatically lowering your priority. We’re closing the override system at the end of the first week of classes each semester. If you are looking for a schedule adjustment after that, you need a really good reason (and “I just didn’t get to it” is not a really good reason).
  5. OK, here are the negatives: We can’t add students beyond the social distance-compliant maximum for any classroom. Schedule changes for convenience alone are the lowest priority. Any trace of dishonesty in a student’s request is disqualifying.
  6. If you prefer a particular professor or you need a specific time to make your schedule work, say so forthrightly. We’ll respect that, though we may not be able to honor every request. However, we ask that you refrain from this particular illogic: “I’m in Professor X’s section but I need Professor Y because it’s a graduation requirement.”
  7. And a final point: In the scheduling and override process, our number one priority is to get students the classes they need to make progress and graduate on time. Together we’ll make it happen!

Welcome back!

Here’s where we are for the fall of 2020 — in the brand-new College of Business Learning Complex on the left, even as Zane Showker Hall on the right goes through an extensive renovation. Starting in Summer 2021 we’ll occupy both spaces, with room for exciting new initiatives!

Meanwhile, for the current academic year, things will be a little different because of COVID-19. Here’s a full listing of JMU’s response and adjustments: