Approved by Classroom Monitoring Committee, 08/03/09; revised 08/08/12
All instructors are responsible for sharing the "passing period" between classes. Starting in the fall 2012 semester, all day-time classes on the Danforth Campus will begin 10 minutes after their published start time. For example, a 10:00-11:00 am class will begin at 10:10 and end at 11:00, and a 2:30-4:00 pm class will begin at 2:40 and end at 4:00 pm. The 10-minute rule replaces the former practice of allowing for a 7-minute passing period. The Law School does not follow this practice; Law classes start at their published start-times.
Below are the University's guidelines for instructors teaching in University-managed classrooms on the Danforth Campus. Please keep in mind that these classrooms are used by faculty in various disciplines, each with an individual teaching style that might involve using the chalkboard or multimedia, moving classroom furniture, and interacting with students after class.
The following guidelines are provided to minimize disruption of in-class teaching time for all instructors.
- When there is a class scheduled in your classroom immediately after your class, it is best to speak with the instructor who teaches that class--during the first week of the semester--to ask about his or her preferences regarding the seating configuration and the classroom multimedia system (see next bullet-point). By the same token, also plan to introduce yourself to the instructor who teaches before you so that you may communicate your own preferences and work out a routine for sharing the "passing period" in a way that is beneficial to both of you.
If conflicts arise between instructors teaching in the same classroom, the instructors involved should make every attempt to resolve those conflicts themselves.
Using Classrooms Outside Scheduled Class Times
Instructors should always check with their departmental administrators before moving into a classroom that appears to be available. Doing so will help prevent conflicts if the desired room has been officially scheduled for another purpose. Please keep in mind that some classes, such as recitation sections and help-sessions, do not meet during the first week or two of the semester. In addition, classes are occasionally moved from one classroom to another during the first week or two. Therefore, it is best to wait a few weeks to determine whether a room is unoccupied during a specific time.