I am a graduate student here. There are two set of rules applying to the degree I am seeking:
rules from the university
rules from my department
Using the above sets of rules, you have to make a plan of study (POS) which would be the list of coursework you complete towards your degree.
I followed all those rules, but a few days ago the administrative assistant who’s in charge of all this suddenly said that I was not allowed to take courses from a certain department.
I asked them for the reason for this and got varying responses which included:
- The university office raised an objection.
- The department in question raised an objection.
There was some new rule which has been in power since last year.
(I found this hard to believe because as long as you follow the university and department rules to the letter, which I did, you're basically allowed to take whatever courses you want to fill in your additional requirements.)
After some digging in, it turns out there’s no such rule. In fact many people from my department have taken courses from that certain department this semester.
What should I do? I feel like I’m being singled out here. I feel this is also unfair if I’m the only one who’s forced to follow this non-existing rule.
This just happened:
I kept asking them about it and the reason for all this changed to the CSCI department again.
They denied singling me out, this was a lie, due to the reason highlighted below.
Finally, I revealed how other students in the my dept are also taking these courses and how people typically busy with research would only do so for courses which they can use towards their degree (so they were not taking them to fill in credits only).
In the end, get this, this person tells me that the whole ordeal was just a 'mistake' which also suggests that this would have gone unnoticed if I hadn't asked.