Computer Science

Permission to Add (PTA) Policy

The Department of Computer Science cannot guarantee you a seat in the class if you are on the waitlist, so please find a backup plan as soon as possible. Whenever possible our department tries to expand the capacity of the class, but we are sometimes limited by classroom space and TA and instructor resources. Your instructor will keep you informed about any developments related to enrollment. If expansion is not possible, your only way to get off of the waitlist is if enrolled students drop the course. Please do not request a PTA number from your instructor, advising staff, or peer advisors without completely reading the list below. PTA numbers are only issued for extenuating circumstances related to graduation. 

Additional Information:
  • PTA numbers will only be issued after the 10th day of instruction (drop deadline for ECS courses).
  • Students may request PTAs for core, required courses (*not* elective courses) if they have filed for graduation or the course is not offered again before their expected graduation date.
  • PTA numbers will only be issued if students can provide documentation of their extenuating circumstance related to graduation.
  • The only appropriate documentation will be an email from the student’s major advisor confirming that the student has no other options.

A PTA will only be given if you meet the above criteria and after you have joined the waitlist.  After the 10-day drop, please contact the instructor and cc  Explain the circumstances and provide any necessary documentation.  A PTA will only be given once the information has been verified, the instructor has approved the PTA, and there is physical space in the classroom.

Failure to do the above will result in you NOT receiving a PTA.

Below are NOT acceptable reasons to issue a PTA number:
  • Classes dropped due to non-payment of fees
  • Classes dropped accidentally
  • Time conflicts with other classes (unless they receive an exception from their instructors and the course does not have a wait list)
  • Missing Pass 1 registration
  • The class is listed on their academic plan for the current quarter
  • Completing a Minor
  • Elective course for completing a Major (if they have other options/opportunities to take the course)
  • Completing CS/CSE classes for other university requirements
  • Circumventing course registration restrictions (ex. Pass 1 registration restricted to CS/CSE majors)
  • This course is recommended for a job, internship, research position, or admission to a graduate program
  • To maintain full-time status and/or receive financial aid
  • To meet the minimum progress requirement
  • To change their major