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posted at 12:15 p.m., March 7, 2016

Redlining helps both LCCC and students

Failure to attend by deadline removes students from class

Primarily implemented to save Laramie County Community College money, “redlining” has been found to prevent academic and financial issues for students.

Redlining is when a student is removed from a course as if he or she was never enrolled to begin with. If a student never attends class during the first week, instructors are required to remove them from the course. Redlining applies not just to face-to-face courses but also to online courses.

“Since online instructors do not physically see students in their classes, students must complete an introductory assignment specific to each course within the timelines required by the instructor,” said Stacy Maestas, LCCC registrar. “As long as students attend the first day of class and complete the required introductory assignment(s), they can avoid being redlined for the course.”

Prevent financial aid charges

In the past, the financial aid administration has charged back as much as $100,000 during a single semester because of not redlining non-attending students. Because instructors have redlined non-attending students by the deadlines during the Fall 2015 semester, only $10,000 in financial aid was charged back.

When instructors redline students before deadlines, they are saving LCCC money by removing students from classes without charges.

“This prevents the student from going to collections for charges on their account or financial aid charged back at the end of the semester when it is determined that the student never attended,” Director of Scholarships and Financial Aid Julie Wilson said. “Also, because it resolves the compliance issue, the institution is not subject to potential fines for failure to maintain compliance.”

According to Wilson, redlining resolves compliance issues by preventing federal financial aid from disbursing to students’ accounts when they have never attended classes.

Avoid negative impacts financially, academically

Maestas explained that redlining was implemented so that students would not be negatively impacted both academically and financially by forgetting to drop their courses if they later chose not to attend.

“This way the student does not owe a full semester of tuition and have an unsuccessful semester on their transcripts,” Maestas said.

Wilson added that students who are not redlined would instead receive an F grade and would be subject to a charge back in their financial aid as well.

In some cases, a student may have a family or medical emergency that would prevent them from attending the first week.
“In both cases, the student must get permission from both the instructor and dean to be reinstated in the course due to extenuating circumstances,” Maestas said. “If approved, we then re-enroll the student.”

According to Wilson, financial aid will also be reinstated for students in these situations.