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Am I a SPIRE for Staff user?
You are a ‘SPIRE for Staff’ user if you attended SPIRE training for and your current ‘for staff’ profile includes access to at least one of the following:
SPIRE Lite or Super Lite (Limited Academic Records)
SPIRE A (Academic Records)
SPIRE B (Enrollment...
Instructors, the Faculty Center provides you with a single, personalized point of access to your teaching schedule, including any class and grade rosters. You can view your teaching information for the current term or look at information for other terms (if applicable). You can...
The Course Catalog includes course descriptions, listed by academic department. Because these represent the typical course offerings for a department, not all courses are described in the Catalog. If you cannot find a course description, contact the academic department for more information.
Use this page to add a new section to an existing course. Enter Information about an existing section to use in creating a new section
(you can copy an existing section if that section has been offered within the past 3 yrs.)
Click Search if needed
Enter additional information in the new...
If a course has consent requirements (department/instructor consent), students will not be able to register themselves into the course. They must see the department or instructor first. When students are approved for registration, whoever in your department has been authorized and trained to...
CAPS automatically assigns an associated class number for graded sections. For non-graded sections (labs & discussions), pick the graded section you want your section to be linked with. When students register for this class, they first pick a graded section, and then are presented with...
A Catalog Requisite instructs SPIRE to automatically enforce a prerequisite for this course. It applies to all sections of the course. The system must find the requisite already met by the student or see that the student is currently enrolled to allow the student to register for a section of this...
A Class Association Requisite tells SPIRE to enforce eligibility restrictions.
Class Association Requisites are visible to students in the schedule of classes, so please do not repeat them in Class Notes.
Examples: “Seniors & Juniors only”; “Cryptozoology majors only”
Class Notes text is information for students. This information will appear in the schedule of classes and the SPIRE class search. Click the Change button to add or change a class note. Click the Delete button to delete a class note.
Examples of good uses for Class Notes: Use “Same as...
Class Status indicates the availability of the section.
“Active” means the section is viewable in the Class Search and students can register for it until capacity is reached.
“Cancelled” classes do not appear in the Class Search and are not available for registration, but they may be re-...
The Comms page in CAPS is used to send internal correspondence to Registrar’s staff. The RSS (Registrar Scheduling Staff) will read the comment as part of the request.
The Email Recipients section of the Comm page is optional. You can email yourself or someone else in your department a notification...
This is the full capacity of the section. It is used for room scheduling as well as registration purposes. In a multi-component course, combined laboratory and/or discussion section capacities greater than or equal to the capacity of the related lecture section(s).
Grading Access controls the instructor’s access to final grade rosters in SPIRE.
“None” – No access SPIRE to grade roster
“Grade” – Can enter grades in SPIRE but not approve them for final processing
“Post *” – Can enter and approve grades in SPIRE
* There must be at least one instructor with “...
Grading Basis defines the range of valid grades for a class.
Each course will be coded with one of the following grading basis options:
Grading Basis Code Description
Standard grading for graduate courses. Student...
The CAPS History page displays information about what has happened to a section, by who and when.
The history of CAPS Status, Element Requests and Registrar actions are listed, including the name of the person who made the request or change and the date it happened.
CAPS Reference Guide
Instruction Mode describes the way in which the class content is delivered. Instruction Mode choices for class sections can be as follows:
Online Plus In Person
Department Scheduling Representatives can choose 'Blended' only after they...
Instructor Edit is “No Choice” for most classes, indicating this is not an individualized study course. If you want SPIRE to allow you to record the individual instructor with whom each student is studying, use “Instructor”. This can only be used for practicum and independent study....
Primary Instructor (PI) – Instructor of Record
This person is responsible for delivering the primary instruction in the class.
Only faculty (including lecturers) and grad students may be designated as PIs.
Grad students responsible for lab or discussion...
The Instructor page displays information on the instructor teaching the class. You have the option to change the instructor details, delete an instructor and/or add a new instructor.
what type of instructor role (Grad Faculty, Lecturer, Emeritus, Instructor)