I took a class that started at 5:30. Another class I was taking started the same time. Can I get a refund or sue for this, as there should have been a message not letting me complete my schedule because of the conflict?

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    Why not check the times yourself when you enrolled and avoid a conflict? Dec 22 '16 at 16:53
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    In my alma mater you would be automatically dropped from both of them, for failing to check the schedules. You may or may not get a notification before you show up for the final exam.
    – Davidmh
    Dec 22 '16 at 17:04
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    Can I sue my university for allowing me to take classes at the same time? Yes, of course you can. In the US and most other countries I'm familiar with, anybody can sue anyone, for any reason. Now, whether you can successfully sue, that is a different question...
    – Dan Romik
    Dec 22 '16 at 17:09
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    Just a sidenote: Where I am from, people sometimes take lectures with some overlap because they do not learn from lectures anyway. So unless your presence is obligatory for all classes, it even makes sense for the system to allow you to do this.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Dec 22 '16 at 17:38
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    This sounds like a typical case of "I made a mistake, now I want to sue someone for it." Dec 23 '16 at 8:16

No, that sounds like something that you should be responsible for avoiding yourself. It might be nice if the school kept better track of this kind of thing for you, but it is ultimately your responsibility to know what you are enrolling in and paying for. You might be able to get some kind of tuition refund, if you are really polite and persistent, but even that is quite unlikely. A successful lawsuit is simply not going to happen.


if you sue:

  • You have a low probability of winning
  • Your "damages" and the amount of money to be won, seem low
  • You will likely have lawyer's fees and other cost of litigation
  • You will waste your time and focus
  • Your relationship with the university will be damaged
  • Your reputation will likely be damaged

I hope that list helps.

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