To: Mike Hanna
President, Faculty Senate
From: Gary A. Gabriele
Vice Provost for Administration and Dean of Undergraduate Education
CC: Doyle Daves, Eddie Knowles, Sharon Kunkel
Re: Scheduling Policies for Courses
Date: April 4, 2000
The following is a description of the new scheduling policies being put into place for the coming academic year.
Scheduling Guidelines for AY 00-01
The following scheduling guidelines are adopted for implementation for the 00-01 academic year.
1. A two hour Unscheduled Time is designated from 4-6 pm on Tuesdays and Fridays. During this time, no required activities may be scheduled. This includes classes, labs, or make-up exams. This restriction does not apply to courses with a 6000 level designation. The intent of this Unscheduled Time is to provide a designated free time on campus that facilitates a number of activities related to academics and campus community. Exceptions to the scheduling patterns can be requested to accommodate special restrictions (e.g. available studio time). Each request must be submitted to the Dean of Undergraduate Education to be reviewed by the Scheduling Committee before approval.
2. The scheduling of courses will be restricted to the following patterns:
Courses meeting twice a week, 80-110 minutes per meeting:
Monday & Thursday with start times of 8, 10, 12, 2, 4, 6
Tuesday & Friday with start times of 8, 10, 12, 2, 6
Courses meeting 3 times a week, 50-80 minutes per meeting:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
Start times at: 8 (50 min. class) or 8:30 (80 min. class), 10, 12, 2, 4, 6
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
Start times at 8 (50 min. class), 8:30 (80 min. class), 10, 12, 2, 6.
(4-6 pm on Tuesday and Friday not allowed)
Note: Classes lasting for 80 min. within any 2 hour block may start either at the top of the hour or at half past. (i.e. 10 or 10:30).
Wednesday becomes available for single session meetings such as lab classes.
Classes wishing to meet twice in a single day should use a Wednesday AM and Wednesday PM session with an empty period between the two meetings.
3. Exceptions to the scheduling patterns can be requested to accommodate special restrictions (e.g. available studio time). Each request must be submitted to Dean of Undergraduate Education to be reviewed by the Scheduling Committee before approval.
4. Department schedulers will be required to submit class hour schedules that evenly distribute classes between the standard patterns. For example, classes meeting twice a week in a department should be evenly divided between M-R and T-F sessions. Classes meeting 3 times a week should be evenly divided between M-W-R and T-W-F classes. This restriction does not apply to multisection classes where all the sections of a common class are allowed to meet on the same weekly schedule.
5. No classes can be scheduled for longer than 3 hours for a single meeting without prior approval from the Dean of Undergraduate Education. It is expected that some classes, (such as labs and design studios) will readily receive approval.