Problems with Banner During Priority Scheduling

The time has come for a Bloomsburg Univ… er… Commonwealth University (Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, & Mansfield) students to begin scheduling classes for their Summer or Fall plans. In order for students to register for classes in the Summer and/or Fall, they must have met with their advisor to get an “advising clearance” so an academic hold can be removed from their account. Failure to do so will result in students unable to schedule.

April 17th at 8:00am EST, Priority Scheduling began. Priority consists of Athletes, ACT 101, TRIOSSS, Honors College, Military, Board of Governors, Students with Disabilities, and Graduate Students. However, once they logged to Banner for the first time, things did not go smoothly.

Leah Samuel, a student in Media & Journalism, and a part of the Honors College said she encountered a few issues when trying to schedule. “When I was registering for a 200 level class, the system failed to recognize that I am currently in the prerequisite for that class and didn’t let me add it to my schedule.” Leah also mentioned she had to email the professor of the class to have them hand-enroll her into the course.

“All of my classes were on a plan together, but error messages came up within my plan that delayed me in fully registering for the fall semester,” Samuel explained.

She also stated a few benefits of the program, one being the building of different plans to keep yourself organized. She also likes that incoming freshman will not have to learn two systems at the same time as current students. However, Leah is frustrated that they rolled out a system that wasn’t ready yet.

Eliza Nevis, another major in Media Journalism, said she also encountered issues.

“The prerequisite for a class I wanted to take wasn’t in the old curriculum and that’s messing me up if i can take this class or not,” stated Nevis.

She sent an email to Dr. Jason Genovese, Department Chair of Media & Journalism to have him hand-roll her in the course, if possible. Dr. Genovese was able to do this. Eliza has no idea why she scheduled today since she isn’t in honors or isn’t considered an athlete while doing cheerleading.

Even though Media & Journalism majors have reported their individual issues with scheduling, many other students are experiencing problems with prerequisites, which could be the main issue. BUnow will report on this story as the week goes on during the rest of scheduling.


*scheduling timeline via Commonwealth University

  • Registration Earned by credits:
    • April 19-20 –  90+ credits
    • April 21-22 – 60+ credits
    • April 23-24* – 30+ credits
    • April 25-26 –  15+ credits
    • April 27-28 –  Scheduling for all open including adding additional credits over 16
    • May 1 – Early College Registration Open

Please meet with your advisor if you haven’t already so you can be prepared for your next steps in your academic career.