Confused upperclassmen gathered in Woody Hall after they were unable to register for lower division courses on the first day of registration Nov. 23 due to a registration restriction.
“I was thinking, ‘I need to get in contact with the Provost, I need to fix this and get a straight answer,’ because we were completely blindsided,” said senior Associated Students of University of La Verne President communications major Lauren Crumbaker.
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Lawrence Potter authorized the restriction, which prevented upperclass students from registering for 100-and 200-level courses.
The restriction was rescinded later that day by the order of Provost Jonathan Reed.
ASULV addressed the restriction at its weekly meeting in the Campus Center Ballroom and invited the student body to attend to speak out against it.
“My immediate thought was that we had to get this fixed because there were so many people trying to graduate for fall,” Crumbaker said.
“My heart went out to them because I was one of those students since I was trying to get into a class.”
University administrators, including President Devorah Lieberman and Provost Reed attended to provide their perspectives.
Michaela Bulkley, junior theater major and Campus Activities Board marketing chair, planned a student protest to be held at the University House in Claremont, but it was cancelled after the restriction was rescinded.
“I felt we needed to do something that shows that as a unified student body we are going to get something we want, and I guess it worked,” Bulkley said.
Bulkley was frustrated with administrators for failing to communicate their actions to faculty and students.
“The lack of transparency and the lack of communication with whoever made that policy to the advisers and students was what was most frustrating to me,” Bulkley said. “That should never occur. It’s inappropriate, unprofessional and is absolutely awful.”
Other seniors and juniors were negatively affected by the unexpected policy.
“I was just really frustrated that I couldn’t register for the last class that I needed…I didn’t want to stay another semester just for one class,” said Daniela Tirado, senior computer science major.
The restriction was meant to help the University retain first-and second-year students by giving them the opportunity to enroll in classes they need without competing with the upperclass students who have earlier registration dates, Potter said.
Potter said students are more likely to leave the University if they are unable to register for courses that are filled by upperclass students, and hoped the restriction would help prevent the retention rate from dropping.
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