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Enforcement of Recommended Preparation and Prerequisite, Concurrent, or Co-requisite courses

Beginning with course registration in Fall 2019 for courses to be offered in Spring 2020, the College of Health and Human Development will implement automatic enforcement at the time of course registration of prerequisite, concurrent, or corequisite courses, following Penn State Policy. This approach, called “enforced prerequisites” means students registering for courses will only be allowed to register for courses for which they have met the prerequisite, concurrent, or corequisite requirement.

Students will be allowed to enroll conditionally in a course with enforced prerequisites if, based on their current official enrollment, they will satisfy the enforced prerequisites prior to the time that the course they are enrolling in begins. Students who have the enforced prerequisites in progress and are conditionally enrolled in a course may be disenrolled if they fail to complete the enforced prerequisites.

If students do not have the enforced prerequisites completed or in progress at the time of course registration, they will be blocked from enrolling in the course. Students can request an override of enforced prerequisites, if they believe they have evidence of mastery of the learning required through the enforced prerequisites.

Override Procedures icon-olus-circle
  1. Discuss your plans for enrolling in a course where you do not have the enforced prerequisites with your academic adviser.
  2. Prepare documentation of your preparation for taking the course. Such documentation may include: 
    • Current registration in a course that can be transferred as a direct equivalent for the enforced prerequisites 
    • Registration in or completion of courses that are not direct equivalents but demonstrate mastery of the learning required in the enforced prerequisites
    • Prior learning assessments (credit by examination, credit by portfolio, AP examinations, etc.) that demonstrate mastery of the learning required in the enforced prerequisites
    • Other assessments demonstrating mastery of the learning required in the enforced prerequisites
  3. Request a Prerequisite Override from the College of Health and Human Development department that offers the course using the Prerequisite Override Form, attaching all documentation as a single pdf file. Review the department’s Prerequisite Page for any additional instructions before completing the Override Form.
  4. The academic department offering the course will review the student’s request. The determination of whether the prerequisite override is given is made by the course instructor or others as designated by the academic department.  If a prerequisite override is approved, the department notifies the student and their academic adviser, and has department staff add the student to the course.  If the prerequisite override is not approved, the department notifies the student and adviser. There is no appeal for an override that is not approved. The adviser will document the decision in an advising note. 
Course Disenrollment Procedures icon-olus-circle

Students who are conditionally approved to enroll in a class because they have enforced prerequisites in progress will be disenrolled, if they fail to complete the enforced prerequisites satisfactorily.

  1. During the week before the first day of classes for the semester, the Office of the University Registrar will notify students who are enrolled in a class, but do not satisfy enforced prerequisites (the PERC roster).
  2. To prevent disenrollment, students have 24 hours after receiving this notice to submit a Prerequisite Override Form to be reviewed by the department using the Override Procedures described above.  If a prerequisite override is approved, the department notifies the student, their academic adviser, and the College Records Manager. If the prerequisite override is not approved, the department notifies the student and adviser. There is no appeal for an override that is not approved. The adviser will document the decision in an advising note.
  3. The College Records Manager will submit a list of students to be removed from the PERC roster to the Office of the University Registrar. On the Friday before the first day of classes, The Office of the University Registrar will disenroll students remaining on the PERC roster from courses where they do not satisfy enforced prerequisites. The Office of the University Registrar will notify these students and their academic advisor of the disenrollment.
  4. Students who are disenrolled because they did not satisfy enforced prerequisites should meet with their academic adviser to discuss possible changes in their course planning.
Department Prerequisite Procedures icon-olus-circle

Review the individual guidelines per department below.

  • Biobehavioral Health
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Health Policy and Administration
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Kinesiology
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management