Priority registration allows a student to register for classes on the first day of the registration period each semester. This provides the opportunity to arrange a schedule (to the greatest extent possible) that is suitable based on a student’s disability-related needs. Priority registration does not override any University or departmental policies such as the need to meet with an academic advisor, removal of any holds (e.g., Bursar), permission number requirements for specific courses, etc. In addition, priority registration does not guarantee the provision of classes at specific times. Students who may qualify for priority registration include:
- Students with mobility disabilities or those who work with personal assistants;
- Students following a strict medication or treatment regimen;
- Students who use American Sign Language interpreters or captioning services;
- Students approved for alternate media for printed materials.
Contact the student’s Disability Service Professional (DSP) at the CSD, or Jennifer Lucia, Associate Director, at (860) 486-2020 or Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding priority registration.
- Meet with your Disability Service Professional at the CSD to discuss the need for priority registration.
- Check your UConn email address for a notification from the CSD with information regarding priority registration each semester.
- Prior to registering for classes, meet with your Academic Advisor to determine an appropriate schedule for the semester.
- Discuss your accommodations and needs with your Advisor to assist them with course recommendations, and to assist you in developing a schedule that best meets your needs each semester. Notify your DSP if you would like them to contact your Advisor ahead of time to share information regarding how your disability may affect your course schedule. As an additional resource, please see the Frequently Asked Questions below.
- Check your status in the Student Administration System (PeopleSoft) to ensure there are no holds (e.g., Bursar, Advising) that may prevent you from registering.
- Meet with your DSP prior to registering for classes to discuss any concerns.
- Register for your classes using the Student Administration System (PeopleSoft) on the designated day. NOTE: Students will have continuous access to register for classes beyond the priority registration start date; however, choosing to register late may result in classes no longer being available.
- Meet with students to discuss priority registration;
- Send notifications each semester to students approved for priority registration with information regarding dates and procedures;
- Collaborate with Academic Advisors and students regarding student course schedules when indicated.
- Discuss with students any CSD approved accommodations they will be using in their courses in order to develop a schedule that allows the student to utilize the full extent of those accommodations;
- Make course recommendations and schedule selections that will allow students to utilize the full extent of their accommodations for each course without affecting another course (i.e., if a student is approved for extended time for tests, advise the student not to schedule back-to-back courses);
- Collaborate with the student’s Disability Service Professional at the CSD regarding a student’s course schedule when indicated.
What is academic advising?
Schools and colleges, as well as the Academic Center for Entering Students (ACES), assign advisors to help you meet your academic goals and complete degree requirements. Academic advisors are a valuable resource and provide you with information regarding courses, program requirements and registration procedures and may also refer you to other University resources and services. Although your advisor will assist you to determine appropriate coursework each semester, you are responsible for your own academic progress.
How do I know who my academic advisor is?
Information regarding your academic advisor is available in the Student Administration System (also known as PeopleSoft) which you will use for various functions throughout your career at UConn. You can locate your advisor by visiting the following website: http://studentadmin.uconn.edu.
How do I make an appointment with my advisor?
AdvApp is an online advising appointment system used by the schools, colleges and academic departments. You can schedule, look up or cancel an appointment with your advisor using the following website: http://advapp.uconn.edu. You may also call and/or e-mail your advisor to schedule an appointment.
How often do I need to meet with my advisor?
You are encouraged to meet with and communicate with your advisor on a regular basis and at least once a semester before registration. Your advisor is a valuable resource and can provide you with information regarding courses, program requirements and registration procedures and may also refer you to other University resources and services.
Can the CSD assist me with advising?
The CSD can assist with the academic advising process to suggest appropriate classroom accommodations. Meeting with your DSP gives you the opportunity to discuss the impact of your disability on your course schedule each semester. Your DSP can also contact your advisor to inform them about your approved accommodations and how they may impact your class schedule. Please note, however, that any recommendations from your DSP does not replace the need to meet with your academic advisor.
Should I disclose information about my disability to my advisor?
Maybe. Although you are not required to disclose your disability information to your advisor, it may be helpful to let your advisor know you are working with the CSD. Telling your advisor about your accommodations and needs may assist with specific course recommendations or assist you to develop a schedule that best meets your needs each semester. For example, tell your advisor if you need breaks between your classes in order to eat or rest in order to avoid scheduling classes that are back-to-back.
Telling your advisor how you learn best (e.g., visual learner, auditory learner) may help him/her make specific course or faculty recommendations, and provide you with information about other resources on campus (e.g., Writing Center, Q Center, Academic Achievement Center, CSD Beyond Access Program) that may be helpful.
How many classes/credits do I need to take each semester?
It depends. In general, you must be enrolled for a minimum of 12 credits to be considered full time. Some majors and programs may require enrollment in more than 12 credits each semester. However, depending on the nature of your disability, it may be appropriate to take fewer credits. You are encouraged to discuss this with your DSP at the CSD if a full time courseload is not feasible. Additional information regarding a reduced courseload is available on the CSD website at www.csd.uconn.edu/reduced-courseload/.
What if my disability impacts my ability to travel across campus quickly?
If your disability impacts your ability to travel across campus quickly, let you advisor know so that you can schedule an adequate amount of time in between classes to travel. Scheduling classes back-to-back may not leave enough time for you to arrive to each class on time. Talk to your DSP at the Center regarding transportation resources, including the Accessible Van Service.
Does my advisor need to know that I take medication on a regular basis?
Probably not. However, if you take medication which affects your ability to be alert during certain times of the day, it may be helpful to tell your advisor about times of day that are better than others so this can be taken into consideration when creating a course schedule.
How do I know if I’m taking a balanced courseload each semester?
Your academic advisor plays a key role in assisting you with selecting appropriate courses based on your degree requirements every semester. The CSD can also assist by meeting with you to discuss any courseload concerns either during registration or before the start of the semester. For example, if you have difficulty with reading speed or comprehension, try and avoid taking several classes that require extensive reading in the same semester. If you are challenged by math or other quantitative tasks, try not to schedule more the one Q (quantitative) course in a semester. If writing is a concern, spread out your W (writing) requirements throughout your academic career.
If there are several sections available for a course, how do I know which instructor to choose?
It is fine to ask your advisor if they have any information about a specific instructor. Your advisor may have information about the instructor’s teaching style, course structure, course assignments, or other information that may help you make an informed decision. Other students are also a valuable resource and may have information to share. You are also encouraged to reach out to instructors to seek more specific information regarding their courses. For example, e-mailing an instructor to request a sample of a previous course syllabus is a great way to get an early understanding of a course.
I work with personal assistants who assist me with my activities of daily living – should I share this information with my advisor?
Sharing this information with your advisor may assist in creating a course schedule which allows you time throughout the day for your personal assistant needs.