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Permanent Cross-Listing Policy

Policy Number: Not assigned a number

Effective Date: Fall 1999

Policy Title:  Permanent Cross-Listing Policy

Contact: Office of Academic Programs

Policy Statement: A cross-listed course is a course listed by two or more departments (or listed under two or more course subjects) in which the same instruction is given simultaneously to students from each department (or to students registered in the course under each subject). In the class registration process, the student will be assigned into the subject requested.

It is campus policy that cross-listed courses be identical in every way. The only exceptions to this are course subjects. All requests for cross-listing will require course numbers at the same level because the level of a course reflects the complexity of a course. To help units and students identify permanently cross-listed courses, the course number chosen for cross-listed courses should ideally be the same across all units.

All requests for permanent cross-listing will be arranged in the Course Request System. Up to three courses may be cross-listed, with one unit controlling, and usually staffing and scheduling, the course.

Reason for Policy: To provide colleges with guidance when they offer interdisciplinary courses.

Who Should Read the Policy:  Faculty and staff at UIC who are involved in the creation, revision, or elimination of courses.

Policy History: Endorsed by the Senate Committee on Educational Policy (SCEP) on April 13, 1999.

Procedures Heading link

A unit that wants to cross-list a course with another unit must negotiate and obtain from the other unit an agreement to cross-list prior to the submission of the course request. Once an agreement has been reached, the controlling department fills out the course request indicating that the course is cross-listed in the appropriate field of the form. A brief justification for each cross-list is required. In the justification, units should address the role the course will play in the non-controlling unit, e.g., applicability of the course to the mission of the non-controlling unit’s program and whether it will be required, recommended, or an elective for those students, and any kind of shared instruction arrangements between the departments.

After the controlling department submits the course request, emails are generated to the controlling college, non-controlling (cross-listing) department(s), and non-controlling (cross-listing) college(s), if different that the controlling college. The non-controlling department(s) and college(s) (if applicable) must approve the course request before the controlling college can approve the course.