The academic schedule is intended to serve the needs of students by ensuring, to the greatest extent possible, that they receive their choice of courses required for a timely graduation and the resources of the University are used to their optimum capacity.
Observe standard class times to:
- Minimize the likelihood of class conflicts for students.
- Make optimal use of all classrooms by avoiding overlapping requests for classrooms.
Distribute classes evenly over the academic week to:
- Maximize the students' flexibility in scheduling their courses.
- Reduce the risk of course conflicts.
- Provide for the largest number of non-conflicting time patterns.
Since the goal is to provide students with the largest number of opportunities to register for their courses, departments must provide a balanced schedule between peak and non-peak hours. Peak hours are between 9:00a.m. and 2:00p.m., Monday through Friday.
- Departments must adhere to the approved standard set of time patterns.
- A balanced schedule means course offerings vary between mornings and afternoons and a variation of meeting days (e.g. TTH vs. MWF).