A problem with the computer system that gives Sonoma State University upperclassmen priority in registering for classes was discovered last week, potentially delaying the graduations of at least several dozen seniors.
Seniors registering for fall 2013 classes were not given priority by the number of units they had, as in previous years, said SSU spokeswoman Susan Kashack.
In the past, SSU's registration software sorted students by both class and number of units taken. This meant students who were further along in their education had first shot at classes they needed, said Kashack.
The problem also occurred during the registration period last semester, but the school was not aware of the problem until students complained during the current class registration period, said Kashack.
“Everybody's really upset,” said Rachel DeLeon, a senior majoring in biology. “We had no classes to register for, (and) we're all on the wait list.”
The university reportedly found the software glitch Thursday and expects no problems for the next registration period.
Kashack said the university will continue to review classes with large wait lists and work to open up new sections.
DeLeon said she will no longer be able to graduate on time because she was unable to get into the final two classes she needs for degree completion, an issue she believes is the result of both the system registration problem and budget cuts within the department.
“If students are unable to graduate on time, it's not a result of the registration problem,” said Kashack. “It's a result of budget cuts and departments are not given enough money for classes.”
Anthony Gallino, the executive vice president of the Associate Student Body, agrees the budget cuts are the primary constraint.
“The registration issue distracts from the real issue at hand which is that the university wasn't able to provide all the classes because of budget cuts,” said Gallino. “It's unfortunate these students weren't able to get the classes, but it's indicative of the cuts to each particular school or department.”