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Waitlist and Add/Drop Policies

Waitlist

Before class starts, check your El Camino College email daily to find out if you have been admitted to the class. If space becomes available, the registration system will automatically add you to the class according to your position on the waitlist. You must pay your fees on time or you will be dropped from the class.

When class starts, the registration system will stop adding students from the waitlist. If space becomes available, the instructor will email you an add code according to your position on the waitlist. If you receive an add code, add the class through MyECC. You must pay your fees on time or you will be dropped from the class. It can take up to 24 hours from the time of your add registration to login to Etudes or the Course Management System (CMS) used by your instructor.

Add Policy

If the class is closed and the waitlist is full, you must contact the instructor and request permission to add. You may reach the instructor by:

  • Attending the first class meeting/orientation held on-campus.
  • Email. Most instructors prefer email especially if the course does not have on-campus orientation. Instructors' email addresses are listed on the Class Schedule and Faculty Contact Information page.
  • Telephone. Many of our instructors are full-time and have offices on campus. However, the beginning of the semester can be very busy and they may not respond to voicemails in a timely manner. Instructors' telephone numbers are listed on the Faculty Contact Information page.
  • In-person. You may try to catch full-time instructors in their offices. However, the beginning of the semester can be very busy and they may not be in their offices. For instructor's office hours, please contact their respective Division Office.  

If space is available, the instructor will provide you an add code. Add the class through MyECC and pay your fees on time. It can take up to 24 hours from the time of your add registration to login to Etudes or the Course Management System (CMS) used by your instructor.

Drop Policy

Voluntary Course Drop

The process for dropping classes is the same for face-to-face classes. Simply drop the class through MyECC. Check the Academic Calendar for final drop dates.

Dropped Due to Attendance

Students who do not show up for the first class session in face-to-face classes are dropped from the roster. In an online class, your instructor will tell you what s/he considers your first class meeting. Usually you’ll be given a deadline to access the course and complete a course check-in assignment. Make certain to read your syllabus to find out what you need to do for your class.

If you are uncertain about how to access your course or have questions about what is required of you, please remember to contact your instructor so that you are not dropped from the class because you didn’t check in.

Dropped Due to Non-Participation

Students who still make it to the first class, but do not attend on a regular basis will also be dropped from distance education courses. According to Federal Distance Education guidelines, frequent weekly participation is the key to measuring attendance in a distance education course.

In on-campus courses, attendance is determined by your physical presence in class and by signing the attendance sheet, however, online it is impossible to determine if you’re in class unless you participate in an activity like posting a comment on the discussion board, e-mailing the instructor, doing a project, or taking a self-assessment test.

It is not enough to just read the lectures and send in your assignments to the instructor. Make sure you follow the instructions and dates in your course syllabus for participation requirements.

 Last Published 1/23/13