By Bob Purvis
DEREKH FROUDE/Arizona Daily Wildcat
Lines inside the Administration building were long in September as students tried to add and drop classes before the deadline passed.
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Tuesday March 25, 2003
Proposed changes to rules regarding canceling and registering for classes could open up seats and eliminate confusion in many classes, but some students claim the changes will only add to their growing financial burden.
The Sub-Committee for Enrollment Management is discussing two major changes for the fall semester.
The first would eliminate refunds for students who withdraw after the drop deadline, which usually falls about three weeks into the semester.
In the past, students were reimbursed 50 percent of their tuition after the deadline. But next semester, under the proposal, the refund would be eliminated. Dropping a full-time class load could cost students about $900 more than this semester.
The other part of the proposal would limit the time given to students who add classes during the first week of school to pay tuition before they are administratively dropped from the class.
The current policy allows students seven days to pay for added classes before they are dropped and forced to re-register.
The change would require students adding classes to pay within the day that the drop/add form is processed.
UA spokeswoman Sharon Kha said that changes were prompted by the Bursar's Office relocation from the Administration building to the University Services Building, adding that new rules would free up spaces in crowded classes.
"When you have students dropping classes two weeks into the semester, they are taking up seats people could have used," Kha said. "In the past when someone changed their mind and decided to leave, someone else was out of a seat."
Some students and advisers said that the new policies will lead to more confusion and compound an already financially-strapped student body.
Debra Kruse, leader of the Group of Professional Advisers, said they are collecting feedback from advisers on the proposed changes, which some have already expressed disapproval for.
Paul Johnson, undergraduate adviser in the journalism department, called the changes ridiculous, saying that they would lead to mass confusion among students adding classes during the first week.
"Students are going to have to run all the way across campus to pay for classes after adding them at the Administration building," Johnson said.
Students said the rule changes are too rigid and simply another attempt to take advantage of them financially.
"I think if they are going to raise tuition that much they can accommodate students a little more," said Aimee Cegielski, a marketing junior.
Other students think being forced to pay for added classes within one day will lead to chaos in an already busy Bursar's Office.
"Not only is that going to make it harder to add classes, it's going to make that place so crowded," said Ann Hartman, education freshman. "I can foresee that causing a lot of problems."
The changes remain under discussion and Kha said that a decision will be made within the next few weeks.