Information and Instructions for Faculty

Wait List

The Wait List feature is available to faculty (and students) using Student Services Online (SSOL).   

Faculty have two options for Wait List management:

  • All faculty will be defaulted to having a Wait List established for their courses using the first-come, first-served “Auto-Fill” option.
    • Under this option, the auto-fill will admit students from a course Wait List as space is available, based on the date and time stamp of their initial placement on the Wait List
    • The simplicity of the auto-fill Wait List is its primary feature. Faculty need do nothing to create, monitor, and admit students from the Wait List. The tool handles all of this automatically.
  • For faculty who want to take a greater role in managing their Wait Lists, there is also a custom option.
    • Under this option, faculty keep track of their Wait Lists using SSOL.
    • If a spot opens up in a course, they can personally decide which student on the Wait List gets put into the course based on any criteria they want to use.
    • The faculty member will admit the student into the course, the student will be registered for it automatically, and then the student will receive an email confirming enrollment in the course.

Our Faculty Quick Guide (PDF) shows the brief, step-by-step process for using the available Wait List options.

Post-Change of Program Add/Drop Period

The Post-Change of Program Add/Drop Period tool provides an electronic mechanism for students to add/drop courses after the Change of Program period by electronically routing requests to the course instructor and, where appropriate, the student’s advisor, using SSOL (https://ssol.columbia.edu). The tool allows the student to add a course in SSOL following online approval from the instructor and, where necessary, the advisor, as well as electronically manage course drops.

Our Faculty Quick Guide (PDF) shows the brief, step-by-step process for using the Post-Change of Program Add/Drop Period tool.

Change of Grade Tool

The Change of Grade tool is available to faculty using Student Services Online (SSOL).   

The Electronic Change of Grade tool provides an electronic mechanism for managing grade changes in SSOL after an initial grade has been submitted, significantly shortening the time required to post grade changes in SIS and display them to students.

Our Change of Grade Overview (PDF) shows the brief, step-by-step process for using the electronic Change of Grade tool.