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Policy Statement

A standard class meeting schedule has been established to make the most efficient and effective use of instructional days and classroom space, to meet the needs of students and faculty and to support the mission and vision of Syracuse University. The Registrar's Office is responsible for the equitable allocation of academic space, including computer cluster classrooms, on the main campus for classes, examinations, and academic events. The Office also acts as a clearinghouse for complaints about classroom conditions.

All Syracuse University classes, undergraduate and graduate, with start times from 8:00 am to 3:45 p.m. must adhere to the standard schedule, with the exception of College of Law classes and classes offered in an online format only. (Also see Exceptions, below.)

All classes are expected to meet the minimum New York State Department of Education (NYSED) course contact requirement and SU guidelines.

  • NYSED contact minute requirement
    750 minutes = 1 credit per semester of instruction (may include final exams as well as lectures, recitations, discussion and labs) and at least 30 hours of supplementary assignments.

  • University Senate Committee on Curricula Guidelines
    In class: 50 minutes/week/credit hour
    Preparation for class: 100 minutes/week/credit hour
    Lab or studio: 150 minutes/week/credit hour

No formal schedule is imposed after 5:05 on Monday and Wednesday; after 4:50 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, and after 3:35 p.m. on Friday, to retain the scheduling flexibility desired by both the main campus and University College Continuing Education programs.

Classes meeting during the summer term are not required to adhere to these scheduling requirements. However, scheduling of summer classes is expected to adhere to overall scheduling goals and objectives.

Classes may be offered only for courses approved by the University Senate.

Requests for exceptions to this policy are subject to the approval of the dean of the college in which the department resides, classroom availability at the requested days/times, and approval of the Vice Chancellor and Provost.

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Date: Spring 2005

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