Time conflict

Time conflicts occur when two classes are scheduled at overlapping times. In general, the enrollment system does not allow you to have time conflicts, such as enrolling in two classes that both meet Mondays at 10 a.m.  However, some classes are set up to allow time conflicts.

Classes with Time Conflict Allowed

Some classes are set up to allow time conflicts. For example, some large classes may post the lecture online, so attendance is optional. There are several ways to find out if a class allows a time conflict:

  • Go to CalCentral > My Academics > Class Enrollment, select Add, then select Class Link and look under Enrollment Information on the Enrollment Preferences page.

  • Go to  CalCentral > My Academics > Class Enrollment > Schedule Planner and view the course detail information. Check Class Attributes for “Allow Time Conflict Enrollment”.

  • Go to CalCentral > My Academics > Class Enrollment, select "Search for Classes", enter the search criteria, then select the class section.

Enrolling with Time Conflict

Be careful enrolling with a time conflict. Final exams may be scheduled at the same time and the instructors may not allow a make-up. Always check with both instructors if you enroll in a time conflict.

During enrollment, you will receive the error message, “A scheduling conflict exists, please press ‘Yes’ to accept and continue.” This will only appear if at least one of the classes allows time conflict. Select “Yes” and you will be allowed to enroll.

Please note you will not be able to generate a schedule through Schedule Planner with conflicting classes. You need to manually add the second one from the shopping cart.

Time Conflict and Waitlists

Students on a waitlist may not be enrolled if there is a time conflict with another class. If you see a potential time conflict, check to see if one of the courses allows a time conflict. If either course allows the time conflict, the time conflict will NOT block you during the waitlist enrollment process. To understand the waitlist enrollment process, please see How Waitlists Work