Scheduling a FYS

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Instructions for Scheduling a FYS

  • First Year Seminars (FYS) are scheduled in ConnectCarolina.
  • FYS should be scheduled during the Course Scheduling Maintenance period set by the Registrar’s Office.  Please note, FYS are only offered in the fall and spring terms.
  • FYS should be scheduled using a standard time slot and meet at least twice a week. Some instructors prefer to hold one long seminar per week and/or to meet at a non-standard time, but this makes it difficult for students to schedule other courses. FYS instructors who seek an exception to this policy should send a request and explanation to the Assistant Dean (fys_dean@unc.edu). Permission is only needed once, not every term the FYS is offered.
  • FYS should be scheduled with a cap of 24 unless the instructor has requested and been granted permission to set a lower cap.  Instructors who teach their FYS in a format that works best with fewer than 24 students should send a request and explanation to the Assistant Dean (fys_dean@unc.edu). Permission is only needed once, not every term the FYS is offered.
  • FYS should not have a waitlist.  An instructor may opt to put a waitlist on a FYS on the first day of classes.
  • FYS should not have an instructor or department consent requirement. An instructor may opt to put the instructor consent requirement on a FYS on the first day of classes.
  • If you make changes to an FYS after March 1 (fall term) or after October 1 (spring term), please contact the FYS Office at fys_admin@unc.edu.  The First Year Seminar Office uses the information from Connect Carolina to produce a First Year Seminar Brochure (fall term) and online course list (fall and spring term); however, the First Year Seminar Office relies on notifications from course scheduling officers to help keep the Brochure and online course list up to date.

Scheduling a New FYS Special Topics (89)

  • Instructors offering a new FYS must submit an FYS Prospectus Form and Syllabus by October 1 for the subsequent spring term and by March 1 for the subsequent fall term.
  • If a FYS Special Topics 89 course has been offered twice, please submit the course for a permanent number using the Course Request Approval System (CRAS).  This will ensure that it is available as a permanent number for scheduling next time.