Consent required: Can professors exclude certain students from taking their classes?
Professor Robert Korstad, who has used permission numbers for his course “History of Poverty in the United States,” said that he usually consults with the registrar, director of undergraduate studies or director of graduate studies for the Sanford School of Public Policy when he classifies a course as requiring instructor consent. He added that though there is faculty oversight, the possibility still exists that professors could use permission numbers to target certain types of students.
“[Professors] could use this to discriminate against students you don't want in your class. If you want some particular perspective or point of view, that could happen,” he said. “I would never do something like that. But I could imagine that there are people who do do that.”
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