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ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY

Class Scheduling: Twin Cities, Crookston, Morris, Rochester

Policy Contents
Effective Date: April 2009
Last Update: May 2011
Responsible University Officer:
  • Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Policy Owner:
  • Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education
  • Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Education
Policy Contact:
CONSULTED WITH: Faculty Senate

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POLICY STATEMENT

Each campus is responsible for establishing a standard class schedule and class period in order to maximize classroom utilization and student access to courses. These standards apply to courses that are scheduled during an academic term. Academic terms are defined by the academic calendars set for each campus.

A. Standards for Class Schedules

  1. Each campus of the University must adopt a standard class schedule with an appropriate change period between classes. Although the practice is discouraged, start times and/or class periods that vary from the standard schedule are permitted, subject to campus procedures for approval of such variances.
  2. Departments are encouraged to schedule classes so that classroom space is used to the maximum extent practicable while ensuring that students have reasonable access to courses.
  3. Classes may not be held on official University holidays except with the approval of the appropriate dean.
  4. Class schedules, and information on non-conforming classes, will be reported annually to the Senate Committee on Educational Policy by the office on the campus responsible for class scheduling.

B. Twin Cities Campus Standard Schedule and Class Periods

  1. Monday - Friday Standard Class Periods

    There are three standard class periods, described below and set out in the table following:

    1. The standard "A" class is 50 minutes, with a 15-minute change period between classes. The first class of the day starts at 08:00 on the Minneapolis campus and at 08:30 on the St. Paul campus. Classes meeting for two or more periods (such as labs), must start and end according to this schedule.
    2. The standard "B" class is 75 minutes, with a 15-minute change period between classes. The first class of the day starts at 08:15 on the Minneapolis campus and at 08:45 on the St. Paul campus. Such classes will be scheduled only on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
    3. The standard "C" class is 75 minutes, with a 15-minute change period between classes. The first class of the day starts at 08:15 on the Minneapolis campus and at 08:45 on the St. Paul campus. Such classes will only be scheduled Monday/Wednesday, Wednesday/Friday, or Monday/Friday.
  2. Classes designed exclusively for graduate and/or post-baccalaureate professional students on the Twin Cities campus are exempt from the scheduling requirements in this policy, if held in a room under the control of the department. Clinically based Academic Health Center (AHC) courses in AHC rooms may be scheduled at non-standard times on the Twin Cities campus. Departments should schedule classes so that students have reasonable access to courses inside and outside the department.
  3. Distribution of meeting times

    Colleges must distribute classes evenly throughout the day. Non-compliant colleges must change class meeting times to meet distribution requirements.

  4. Distribution of meeting patterns

    Colleges are permitted to schedule a maximum of 50% of their classes using a Tuesday/Thursday meeting pattern, with the remaining classes using a combination of Monday/Wednesday/Friday meeting patterns. Non-compliant colleges must change class meeting times to meet distribution requirements.

  5. Distribution of enrollments

    Colleges must distribute enrollments throughout the day (i.e., across class hours) and throughout the week (i.e., day patterns).

  6. Distribution calculations

    Distributions are calculated by summing the number of minutes for each meeting pattern occurring in a standard "A" class meeting time on each weekday, Monday through Friday.

    Colleges are permitted to schedule up to 3% of departmental classes during any individual time period (e.g., period VII on Thursday or period II on Monday) on any given weekday. Meeting patterns for combined sections are calculated once and are attributed to the parent section's department.

  7. Standard Class Meeting Times

    Minneapolis Campus St. Paul Campus
    Period A Times
    (M T W Th F)
    B Times
    (T Th only)
    C Times
    (M W, W F, M F only)
    Period A Times
    (M T W Th F)
    B Times
    (T Th only)
    C Times
    (M W, W F, M F only)
    I 08:00 - 08:50
    08:15 - 09:30 08:15 - 09:30
    09:45 - 11:00 09:45 - 11:00
    11:15 - 12:30 11:15 - 12:30
    13:00 - 14:15 13:00 - 14:15
    14:30 - 15:45 14:30 - 15:45
    16:00 - 17:15 16:00 - 17:15
    I 08:30 - 09:20
    08:45 - 10:00 08:45 - 10:00
    10:15 - 11:30 10:15 - 11:30
    11:45 - 13:00 11:45 - 13:00
    13:30 - 14:45 13:30 - 14:45
    15:00 - 16:15 15:00 - 16:15
    16:30 - 17:45 16:30 - 17:45
    II 09:05 - 09:55 II 09:35 - 10:25
    III 10:10 - 11:00 III 10:40 - 11:30
    IV 11:15 - 12:05 IV 11:45 - 12:35
    V 12:20 -13:10 V 12:50 - 13:40
    VI 13:25 - 14:15 VI 13:55 - 14:45
    VII 14:30 - 15:20 VII 15:00 - 15:50
    VIII 15:35 - 16:25 VIII 16:05 - 16:55
    IX 16:40 - 17:30 IX 17:10 - 18:00
  8. Colleges are permitted to request classes during non-standard times. These requests must be approved by the college associate dean and the Office of Classroom Management; in case of a disagreement, final authority to grant a variance rests with the Senior Vice President and Provost's office.
  9. Standard Scheduling Rules for Classes Carrying 1-5 Credits.

    The following rules do not apply to the length of labs, film classes, performing arts classes, or specialized class components, but such classes must begin according to the schedule in Section 1.

    Neither these rules nor those in Section 1 apply to courses administered online or directed study, directed readings, or directed research courses, but these courses must comply with Administrative Policy: Expected Student Academic Work per Credit.

    One Credit Classes

    • Meet for one standard hour per week, begin at a standard "A" class meeting time, and meet for one class period.
    • Meet twice per week, and follow the rules for two-credit classes; or
    • Meet three times per week, and follow the rules for three-credit classes.

    Two Credit Classes

    • Meet twice per week, begin at a standard "A" class meeting time, and meet for one class period, or
    • Meet once per week, begin at a standard "A" class meeting time, and last two class periods.

    Three Credit Classes

    • Meet three times per week on MWF, begin at a standard "A" class meeting time, and meet for one class period; or
    • Meet twice per week, use the standard "B" class meeting times, and meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays only; or
    • Meet twice per week, use the "C" class meeting times, and meet on MW, WF, MF only; or
    • Meet once per week, use the standard "A" start time, and meet on F.

    Four Credit Classes

    • Meet four times per week, begin at a standard "A" class meeting time, or
    • Meet twice per week for two hours, begin at a standard "A" time, and last two class periods; or
    • For lecture/laboratory or lecture/discussion courses with three hours of lecture time, the lecture component follows the schedule for three-credit courses and the discussion component follows the schedule for one-credit classes.

    Five Credit Classes

    • Meet five times per week, begin at a standard "A" class meeting time, meet for one class period, and meet MTWThF.
    • For lecture/laboratory or lecture/discussion courses with three hours of lecture time, the lecture component follows the schedule for three-credit courses. For lecture/laboratory or lecture/discussion courses with four hours of lecture time, the lecture component follows the schedule for four-credit courses and the discussion component follows the corresponding one- or two-credit schedule.

    Summer Term (May session plus first and second summer session).

    Classes may meet during the May session, first or second summer session, or may extend across two or all three sessions. Class period duration in the May and summer sessions is at the discretion of the department offering the class, in consultation with the Office of Classroom Management. The first class hour will begin at 08:00 on the Minneapolis campus and at 08:30 on the St. Paul campus.

REASON FOR POLICY

Standard class scheduling allows for maximum access to class offerings for students and facilitates the most efficient use of classrooms.

PROCEDURES

There are no procedures related to this policy.

FORMS/INSTRUCTIONS

There are no forms related to this policy.

APPENDICES

There are no appendices related to this policy.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. Are campuses allowed to set their own class schedule and passing times?

    Yes, each campus of the University (e.g. University of Minnesota, Crookston; University of Minnesota, Morris; University of Minnesota, Rochester; University of Minnesota, Twin Cities) is permitted to set the appropriate class schedule and passing times for its institution.

  2. What is a centrally-scheduled classroom versus a departmentally-controlled classroom (Twin Cities)?

    Centrally-scheduled classrooms at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities are operated, maintained and scheduled through the Office of Classroom Management. Departmentally-scheduled classrooms are operated, maintained and scheduled through the individual departments that control them.

ADDITIONAL CONTACTS

Subject
Contact
Phone
Fax/Email
Primary Contact(s)
612-624-1111
Twin Cities Campus
612-625-5379
Crookston Campus
218-281-8200
Morris Campus
320-589-6026
Rochester Campus
507-258-8008

DEFINITIONS

First and Second Summer Session
The University of Minnesota academic calendar includes Fall Semester, Spring Semester, May Session and Summer Session. Summer Session is typically divided into two time periods, although some classes may span both summer sessions. Classes are offered each of these terms although the duration of the term can vary. See the Academic Calendar of the appropriate campus for exact dates of the terms in a particular calendar year.
May Session
The University of Minnesota academic calendar includes Fall Semester, Spring Semester, May Session and Summer Session. May session classes occur between the end of spring semester and the beginning of summer session.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Departments (Twin Cities)
  • Follow the established campus standard schedule and class periods.
  • Distribute meeting times and patterns, and enrollment.
Office of Classroom Management (Twin Cities)
  • Establish campus standard schedule and class period times.
  • Monitor and report use of time distributions and variations from standard schedule.
Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost
Considers a request for variance from the standard class schedule when it is necessary, and if agreement about scheduling has not been reached at a lower level.

RELATED INFORMATION

HISTORY

Amended
May 2011 - Comprehensive Review: Requires colleges to distribute classes evenly throughout the day; Requires colleges to distribute enrollment, as well as classes, throughout the day and throughout the week; Eliminates the 60/40 guidelines of not scheduling more than 60% of the classes during peak hours. Adds two new meeting patterns to the standard class times.
Amended
April 2010 - Added an additional approval step if a faculty member wants to schedule a class on an official University Holiday.
Amended:
December 2009 - This policy now applies to Crookston.
Effective:
April 2009

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