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From: ariella omholt <ariella.omholt@gmail.com> Date: Jan 29, 2008 10:15 AM To: registrar@law.harvard.edu Cc: nesson@law.harvard.edu


Hello, I came to the registrar's office this morning to get a form for Prof. Nesson to sign to be allowed into Freedom from the class waitlist, per Prof. Nesson's instructions. This morning I was told that there was no such form any longer and that I should talk with you. Hopefully you can help. I'm very interested in the class and will need the credits to graduate. Thanks very much.

-- Ariella Omholt


From: Charles Nesson <nesson@gmail.com> Date: Jan 29, 2008 10:19 AM To: ariella omholt <ariella.omholt@gmail.com> Cc: Moira Harding <mharding@law.harvard.edu>


yes come by griswold 501 speak with moira she will get you signed in -- when appropriate (in my judgment) to an open project and not sensitive (in my judgment) in terms of privacy, i may post email to my blog. all privacy requests respected.


From: ariella omholt <ariella.omholt@gmail.com> Date: Jan 29, 2008 5:38 PM To: Megan Markov <mmarkov@law.harvard.edu> Cc: nesson@law.harvard.edu


Your office has received by now a request from Prof. Nesson's secretary requesting that I be added to the Freedom course. Is there anything more I can do to be added to the class?

I certainly can't speak for Prof. Nesson, but we did already plan the schedule for the course of the semester based on the expected enrollment of myself and two others from the waitlist who attended class yesterday.

In light of the fact that we've already planned the class (assigned groupwork, etc.) and in light of the class that apparently this is apparently a new policy, I appeal for an exception to this rule.

Thank you for your assistance on this matter.

On Jan 29, 2008 5:19 PM, Megan Markov <mmarkov@law.harvard.edu> wrote:

Hi Ariella,

We cannot enroll you in that class, as there are six other students ahead of you on the waitlist. As spaces become available in the Freedom seminar, they must be offered to waitlisted students in priority order. Professors may not selectively enroll students.

If you need credits to graduate, you should enroll in an open class immediately. If a space in Professor Nesson's seminar becomes available to you later this week, you will be able to drop your back-up class.

Please let me know if you have any questions. If you have difficulty finding an open class, feel free to stop by the Registrar's Office and either myself or Kathy Lovell will be happy to assist you.

Best,

Megan


   From: ariella omholt [1]
   Sent: Tue 1/29/2008 10:15 AM
   To: Registrar's Office
   Cc: Charles Nesson
   Subject: freedom waitlist



-- Ariella Omholt


From: Charles Nesson <nesson@gmail.com> Date: Jan 29, 2008 6:43 PM To: ariella omholt <ariella.omholt@gmail.com> Cc: Megan Markov <mmarkov@law.harvard.edu>, nesson@law.harvard.edu


i don't want students in my class who did not show up for the first session. have i no choice in this?


From: Megan Markov <mmarkov@law.harvard.edu> Date: Jan 30, 2008 9:16 AM To: Charles Nesson <nesson@gmail.com>, ariella omholt <ariella.omholt@gmail.com>


Hi Professor Nesson,


I’m afraid that is the case. You can only require waitlisted students to attend the first day of class if the requirement is announced prior to the beginning of the semester, and is stated in your course description. Otherwise, we do not require waitlisted students to attend their waitlisted classes, as they may be enrolled in other courses that meet at the same time. Therefore, we cannot give any advantage to waitlisted students who do attend. If any spaces become available in your class, they must be offered to the top students on the waitlist, regardless of attendance.


Students are aware of this process, monitor the course availability closely, and plan their schedules using this information. Changing the procedures and rules in the middle of the process would be unfair and would do these students a disservice.


I’m sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Please let me know if you have any questions about including an attendance requirement in future semesters.


Best,

Megan


From: Charles Nesson [2] Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 6:43 PM To: ariella omholt Cc: Megan Markov; Charles Nesson Subject: Re: freedom waitlist


From: ariella omholt <ariella.omholt@gmail.com> Date: Jan 30, 2008 9:21 AM To: Charles Nesson <nesson@gmail.com> Cc: Jakob Rendtorff <jakob.rendtorff@googlemail.com>, Kellin Maurine Chatfield <kchatfield@law.harvard.edu>


Prof. Nesson: Forgive me if I'm being overly aggressive about this course. I just really enjoyed the first day of course and I am very excited about the topic that Jakob, Kellin and I could put together.

Regarding Megan Markov's most recent email, I certainly was not aware of that policy-- I've always been under the impression that, as you put it, you "vote with your feet" on the first day of class.

I wonder if the registrar does not agree to add us to Freedom-- would you agree to a back up plan? Maybe Jakob, Kellin and I could technically enroll in an independent study with you that **happens** to meet at the same time and place as Freedom class?

Again, hopefully it doesn't have to come to this. I just thought I would float this possibility by you, because I'd very much like the opportunity to take part in the Freedom class. -- Ariella Omholt


-- when appropriate (in my judgment) to an open project and not sensitive (in my judgment) in terms of privacy, i may post email to my blog. all privacy requests respected.