Course Scheduling Policies

Proper use and scheduling of classroom space is a shared responsibility. Good stewardship is achieved through cooperation among campus units, the Office of the Registrar, and the Office of the Provost.

Guiding Principles

The Office of the Provost is responsible for setting policies and procedures for management of all campus classroom and learning spaces. It adheres to the following guiding principles in managing classroom space inventories and class schedules:

  • Scheduling should support the pedagogical requirements of teaching and learning, efficient use of campus resources, and student access to and choice among courses.
  • Classroom inventories should include diverse, creative, and innovative learning environments that are intentionally created for better learning.
  • Scheduling policies should undergo periodic assessment and evaluation by a campus committee charged with this task. Policies should be adaptable and flexible.
  • Practices should always reflect evolving student and instructor responsibilities, educational practices, technologies, and interfaces with other support services (i.e., transportation and maintenance).

Policies & Guidelines

Following are specific policies and guidelines to follow when scheduling classes:

  • Departments or units will be expected to use all allocated space as fully as possible Monday through Friday and from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. prior to requesting additional space from the Office of the Registrar. Peak hours are considered classes that begin 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Departments or units should follow the campus standard teaching schedule:
    • Classes taught on Monday–Wednesday–Friday should begin on the hour (i.e., 8:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., etc.)
    • Classes taught on Tuesday–Thursday should be taught for 75 or 80 minutes beginning at 8:00 a.m. (i.e., 8:00 a.m. to 9:20 a.m., 9:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m., 11:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m., etc.)
  • Classes taught within the campus standard teaching schedule as noted above will have priority and be scheduled first.
  • Classes not meeting the campus standard teaching schedule are strongly encouraged to consider teaching in off-peak hours (not within the 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. start times) and in departmental space.
  • It is recognized that there may be academic and pedagogical reasons for scheduling classes at non-standard hours or days. However, departments should continually review these instances to assure a need or the use of non-standard schedules.

The Office of the Registrar reserves the right to review the distribution of courses, and when necessary (most often, due to lack of available space), ask the unit to provide alternate times for specific courses. Additionally, class enrollments will be reviewed regularly to ensure efficient classroom utilization. Allocations of general campus classrooms may change from semester to semester.