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Undergraduate Permission Code Request Process

  • This form is only for courses with a PSY prefix. If you need a permission code for another department, please visit the Office of the Registrar’s website.
  • Permission codes will be processed within five (5) business days in the order they were received. All communication will be through UMail.
  • The submission of this form does not guarantee enrollment into a course.
  • A FERPA Consent to Release Pin will be required if we call you in regards to your request. Make sure you have your pin created before we contact you. Here’s how to set up a FERPA pin.
  • As per the Psychology faculty’s request, permission codes will not be given out the second week of the semester.
  • Do not contact the Psychology Permission Code Team, Psychology Advising Center, Psychology department, or faculty regarding your request as this slows down processing time.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • A student does not meet the prerequisites as listed in the catalog for a course;
  • The course met capacity and is now restricted to students that have been issued permission codes. (See The course is open, why can’t I add it? for more information.)
  • The registration system doesn’t recognize you have met the prerequisite and a permission code is required to override the system. (See I am a transfer student; do I still need to submit a form? for more information.)
  • Permission codes are also necessary during the second week of the semester if an exception to add that week has been granted.

All 3000-, 4000-, and 5000-level Psychology courses have prerequisites.
Exceptions are PSY 3040 Psychology of Gender, PSY 3245 Human Sexuality, PSY 3620 Environmental Psychology & Sustainability, and PSY 4450 Intergroup Relations.

Please refer to the catalog for individual course prerequisites.

1000- and 2000-level Psychology courses do not have prerequisites.  These courses are managed through CIS and permission codes are generally not issued for these courses.  This is also the case with PSY 3040 Psychology of Gender, PSY 3245 Human Sexuality, PSY 3620 Environmental Psychology & Sustainability, and PSY 4450 Intergroup Relations.

If you took the prerequisite course from an institution outside the state of Utah you will need to request a permission code.  Due to system limitations in the University’s system, the course will simply not be recognized.  Therefore, you will need to submit a permission code request form for all PSY courses with prerequisites for all semesters after Spring 2019.

You are able to submit a permission code request form on the first day of your registration appointment until the first Friday of the semester.  To determine when your appointment begins, log onto your CIS account, click on the Registration tile, then View Registration Dates.

Generally, permission code requests submitted the second week of the semester are denied.

The Psychology Permission Code Team will evaluate the request.  After processing you will be notified through UMail that either:

  • Your permission code request was granted and a permission code;
  • You have been denied with specifics regarding the denial; OR
  • You have been added to the internal waitlist and your position on that waitlist. The permission code team review course capacities daily and you will be contacted with a permission code if a seat is available and you are next on the waitlist.

Through the Registration tile in your CIS account, add the course to your cart, then, and on step 2, there will be a box in the right-hand corner prompting you to add the permission code you were provided (Permission Nbr).  Permission codes are 5-6 digits, single-use codes that is associated to the specific course and section number it was assigned.  Do not copy and paste the number and ensure that there are no spaces before or after the code.

Students that received a 3 or higher on an AP test OR a 5 or higher on the Psychology IB subject test meet the requirement for the PSY 1010 prerequisite.  If the score has been sent to the University of Utah and the course is still open (without being restricted), you should not have an issue enrolling in the course.

If you have not sent your scores to the University of Utah, you will need to fill out the permission code request form and attach proof of your scores to your request.

Students that do not meet the prerequisites are still able to fill out a permission code request form and will need to provide details about why he or she feels prepared for the course without completing the prerequisite(s).  Each request is review on a case-by-case basis and issuance of a permission code is not guaranteed.

Department consent is given by the Psychology Permission Code Team after verifying students have met prerequisites and that seats are available.

Instructor consent is given when faculty requires an application for their course and/or gives special permission to a student.  The faculty member will request a permission code on the student’s behalf to the Psychology Permission Code Team at permissioncodes@psych.utah.edu.

NO. Students should not contact faculty as the Psychology Permission Code Team manages all enrollment. The only exception is courses that need instructor consent.

Once a course has met capacity the department automatically restricts, or locks, enrollment to ensure that all students have an equal chance of adding the course.  The Psychology Permission Code Team manages internal waitlists for all PSY courses, with the exception of 1000-, 2000-, and 3000-level courses as noted in What Psychology courses require a prerequisite?.  If you try to register for a course that shows online as available and gives you an error, the course is restricted to enrollment.  You will need to request a permission code through the online form.

Yes, you are able to waitlist a course that is full.

PSY 1000- and 2000-level courses will have an option to waitlist courses through CIS through the Registration tile.  You must check the box that says “Wait list if full” on step 2.

PSY 3000-level and above courses will be managed through an internal waitlist by the Psychology Permission Code Team.  See What is an internal waitlist…? for more information.

The internal waitlist is a waitlist managed by the Psychology Permission Code Team.  This is not an automatic waitlist, and as such, 2000-, 3000-, 4000-, and 5000-level Psychology courses are not updated with the current available seats after enrollment has been restricted.  Therefore, if students try to enroll in a course that is listed as open in the course catalog and have met the prerequisites, but are prompted to obtain department consent, the student will need to fill out a permission code request form.

Once a course is restricted by the department, enrollment will be on a first come, first served basis.  Due to institutional systems, this is the only fair way to implement waitlists with courses that require prerequisites.  Once a form is submitted, the student’s information is kept on file and the Psychology Permission Code Team will reach out to students via UMail if they are next on the list to enroll in a course.  Students will have 48 hours to add the course after a permission code is issued before expiration.

This process is significantly different than the automatic waitlist in the scheduling system.  Students will not see the waitlisted course in their course schedule, but as long as the student has received an email to the original permission code request form, the student can be reassured that they are in the internal waiting list

Simply respond to the original email in which you were told your position, or email permissioncodes@psych.utah.edu with the catalog number, section, and/or class number in question and we will be happy to update you.

Permission codes for internships are managed through by our CSBS Internship Coordinator.  Learn more about internships by visiting the CSBS internship opportunities website.

You must already be accepted into the lab, as a TA, or peer advisor.  Contact the faculty or staff member you will be working with and request that they email permissioncodes@psych.utah.edu endorsing your working with them with your name and UID.
  • You have completed the prerequisite at another institution in Utah that has not yet been transferred.

Submit the permission code request form and attach a screenshot or unofficial transcript with your grade in the prerequisite.

  • You have completed the prerequisite through a test, such as AP or IB, but the credit has not yet been transferred to the University of Utah.

Submit the permission code request form and attach a screenshot or unofficial transcript with your test scores.  To earn credit for PSY 1010, AP Psychology must have been passed with a 3 or better and IB Psychology must have been passed with a 5 or higher.

  • You are currently taking the prerequisite at another institution in Utah.

Submit the permission code request form and attach a screenshot or unofficial transcript as proof of registration for the prerequisite.

  • You are a transfer student and completed the prerequisite at another institution outside of Utah.

Submit the permission code request form and attach a screenshot or unofficial transcript with your grade in the prerequisite.

  • You took the prerequisite but did not receive the appropriate grade.

Submit the permission code request form with a detailed explanation as to why an exception should be made.

  • You have received instructor approval to enroll in the course.

Submit the permission code request form with proof of instructor approval.  After the Psychology Permission Code Team has contacted the instructor, you will either be issued a permission code or placed on the internal waitlist.  Alternatively, you can have the instructor email the Psychology Permission Code Team at permissioncodes@psych.utah.edu to endorse your taking their course.  Instructor approval is only per course section, per semester.

  • You are receiving credit for Human Factors Project, Research, Teaching Experience “TA” or Special Projects.

You must have already received consent from the faculty member.  Submit the permission code request form.  After the Psychology Permission Code Team has contacted the faculty member, you will receive a permission code.

This permission code request form is not to express interest in academic advisors finding you an opportunity.

  • Another reason not outlined above.

Submit the permission code request form.  Provide details about your situation and why you are requesting a permission code.


EXAMPLES OF WHEN NOT TO SUBMIT A PERMISSION CODE REQUEST FORM

  • You are receiving research credit in a research lab outside of Psychology.

Fill out the Psychology Research Contract and turn it into the Lead Psychology Advisor.  Do not use the permission code request form.

  • You are trying to receive a permission code for an internship opportunity.

Visit the CSBS Internship Opportunities page and make an appointment with the Internship Coordinator.  Do not use the permission code request form.

  • You want to express interest in finding a research/internship/teaching experience/special project opportunity.

If you are interested in these opportunities, make an appointment with your advisor.

  • You want to bypass the waitlist.

Instructor approval does not override the waitlist—NO EXCEPTIONS.

  • You are a graduate student.

Contact Mary Looser (mary.looser@psych.utah.edu) for a permission code for a 6000-level or higher course.

Permission Code Request Form

Last Updated: 11/7/19