Many CSU students will deal with holds on registration sometime
Lindsay Tempas, a junior art major at CSU, is familiar with the
inconvenience of having a hold preventing her from registering. Her
hold came from a noise violation.
“Of the five roommates I lived with last year, the citation (for
a noise violation) was written in my name,” Tempas said. “I
couldn’t attend the Party Partners class I was scheduled for, and
when I went to register, I had a hold.”
Holds can be applied to student accounts from different
departments on campus and for different reasons.
“We deal with everything ranging from students who have not
received their immunization shots, fulfilled academic requirements,
to outstanding financial bills or students who need advising,” said
Nolan Oltjenbruns, associate registrar.
Departments implementing holds include University Parking
Services, the Morgan Library, Hartshorn Health Center and campus
and local law enforcement.
Unpaid parking tickets will place a hold on a student’s account
if they are not paid within 22 business days from the date they
“A business week after the ticket is written, the student
receives a letter informing them the fine has doubled. If there is
no response, 15 business days later, the fine is sent to Accounts
Receivable (Operations), where the university considers it the same
as any other unpaid bill and places a hold on the student’s
account,” said Mike Rose director of parking services.
Overdue books checked out from Morgan Library can also give
students a hold on their account.
“Morgan Library is unique, we are one of the few libraries in
Colorado that does not immediately fine for overdue books,” said
Jim Farmer, coordinator of access services and building proctor for
If a book is 45 days overdue, the library will send the student
a replacement bill of $100 unless the student takes other action.
Every Tuesday, Morgan Library sends a file to accounts receivable,
which decides if a hold needs to be placed on the student account,
“It seemed revolutionary 10 years ago, but the policy has
sustained. The only reason fines are placed is to make sure
students have an equal opportunity,” he said.
Also, students can receive holds for not having two measles,
“Students receive a hold on their account by not complying with
Colorado’s law of having two MMRs,” said Bonnie Countryman, an
administrative assistant in the immunization department at
Hartshorn Health Center.
Students who have infractions with the resident halls, the CSU
Police Department and Fort Collins Police Services can also have a
hold put on their account.
Some disciplinary action requires students to fulfill
educational, alcohol or drug classes. If these classes are not
completed on time, the next penalty is a hold on these students’
registration, said Ann Hudgens, executive director for Campus
“Our department does not use academic punishment as a penalty,”
For a student to have this type of hold removed, he or she must
do four hours of community service and a workshop in addition to
the original class, Hudgens said.
According to the Center for Advising and Student Achievement,
students have access to resources on campus that can help them
release the hold from their account.
“What we try to do in each case is help the student obtain the
necessary resources to release the hold,” said Paul Thayer,
director for the CASA.