Course Crash Policy

Course Crash and Add Code Policy

Enrolled students must attend class on the first day in order to be considered for remain enrolled in the class. Since there are extreme pressures on enrollment in all writing courses, instructors must assume that students who fail to attend the first class are no longer interested in enrollment, and no-shows are dropped from the class. If a serious emergency prevents you from attending the first class, make every effort to alert the instructor before the first class day.

Please note that Writing Program instructors do not receive add codes until the first day of the term. In no cases will instructors be able to e-mail students add codes before the beginning of instruction. Students are added to courses based on space and instructor discretion.

All crashing policies and procedures listed below also should be used by non-EAP students. For EAP students, please email wpinfo@writing.ucsb.edu for further information on crashing a Writing Department course.

Summer Quarter "Crashing" Steps:

Writing Program policy requires that students who do NOT enroll in a particular Writing Program course through GOLD attend the first day of class to sign up on a waiting list provided in class by the instructor. The instructor-generated lists are checked for prerequisites and class standing. Please note that enrolling in one section does not improve the odds of crashing another section with the same instructor.

  1. Look on GOLD to see what classes are being offered.
  2. Attend the first day of class to confirm your place on the waiting list. Remember that prerequisites must be screened for each individual student on the list.
  3. Return to the second day of class, when add codes will be distributed by the instructor. On some occasions the wait list decisions will be made on the third or even the fourth day of class.
  4. Please do not ask the Undergraduate Advisor for add codes! These can only be given by the instructor in class!

Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarter "Crashing" Steps:

Writing Program policy requires that students who do NOT enroll in a particular Writing Program course through GOLD must both sign up on the wait list and attend the first day of class. The wait lists are pre-checked for prerequisites and class standing. Please note that enrolling in one section does not improve the odds of crashing another section with the same instructor.

  1. Look on GOLD to see what classes are being offered.
  2. Sign up on the wait list through GOLD before courses close (usually the Friday before the first week of the quarter). 
  3. Attend the first day of class to confirm your place on the wait list. Remember that only students who have fulfilled the prerequisites and are on the wait list will be considered to add.
  4. Return to the second day of class, when add codes will be distributed by the instructor. On some occasions the wait list decisions will be made on the third or even the fourth day of class.
  5. Please do not ask the Undergraduate Advisor for add codes! These can only be given by the instructor in class!