Class Scheduling Rules & Guidelines

A. Class Periods

  1. A standard course must be scheduled using a regular class period ( a course valued at less than 6 units may use less than the full class period). Class periods are defined as follows:

    Monday-Wednesday-Friday (three 70-minute sessions)
    • 8:30 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.
    • 9:50 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    • 11:10 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
    • 12:30 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.
    • 1:50 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    • 3:10 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.

    Tuesday-Thursday (two 110-minute sessions)
    • 9:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
    • 12:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.
    • 2:30 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.

  2. A course with a fourth or fifth session each week must be scheduled using one or more of the following times for the additional sessions:
    Tuesday, Thursday, or both (70-minute sessions)
    • 8:30 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.
    • 9:50 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    • 3:10 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.
    The fourth or fifth sessions do not have to be held at the same time as the primary class period used for the class section.
  3. A course with a laboratory session, must be scheduled using one or the following times for the laboratory:

    Tuesday or Thursday
    • 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday (three hours)
    • 1:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  4. Departments or instructors who wish to schedule courses at times that do not meet the requirements in 1–3, must obtain the approval of the Committee on Instruction.

B. Convocation Hour (11:10 a.m.–12:20 p.m., TR)

  1. The convocation hour remains a reserved hour and not available as a regular class meeting time. Classes originally scheduled as ‘arranged’, may be assigned to a classroom and scheduled for 11:10 TR if that is the time that is arranged and the class meeting is canceled when convocations occur.
  2. Procedures for music studios that traditionally meet at this time will be worked out in consultation between the Committee on the Curriculum and the Committee on Instruction.

C. 3:10 p.m. - 4:20 p.m. MWF

Music ensembles will be scheduled at this time. All academic departments are responsible for complying with the rule that courses required for a major may not be scheduled during this period unless another class session of the course is also offered at another class period in the same term.

D. Final Exam Schedule

  1. The final exam schedule will be based on the nine standard class periods. Final examinations for classes scheduled as arranged or permitted to meet at odd times will continue to be arranged by the instructor during exam week at a time convenient to all students in the class.
  2. Beginning in 2010–11, there will be three days at the end of each term devoted to final examinations. Examinations are up to 2.5 hours long with an hour break in between. In most terms, there will be three exam periods each day.
  3. Automatic approval of requests to change final examination times will be given to students with three exams on the same day.