Athletes, nurses and technical students will no longer get preferential treatment when registering for courses at North Idaho College.
College President Bob Bennett and the administrative council have agreed to support a faculty recommendation to abandon the early registration policy, which recently came under fire.
Bennett sent a letter with the new instructions to the registrar this week, he said.
The registrar, Karen Streeter, also chairs the Registration Advisory Committee that made the recommendation to require that all students register at the same time.
“My only suggestion was to meet again with those people (athletes, nurses and technical students) next spring to find out if that arrangement is causing any hardship,” Bennett said.
The 3-year-old policy allowed those students to enroll in classes a day before other students. The rationale was that they had a limited block of time to fit in their required classes.
During registration this semester, other students complained about the policy. They argued that they also often have special scheduling conflicts.
From now on, students will enroll at the same time. If they cannot get into a particular class, they can be put on a waiting list and appeal to the academic department head.