Academic scheduling protocols
To carry out the mission of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the general classrooms are primarily for use by students, faculty, staff and public service for activities and programs that are directly related to the basic educational functions of teaching, research, and preparation of scholarly material. Every effort is made to ensure that classrooms are assigned fairly, used appropriately, and accommodate the university's academic and instructional needs.
These protocols are designed to ensure that course offerings are scheduled in a manner that permits access to available offerings by the greatest number of students and that allows the best match between the specific instructional needs of the faculty and courses being offered and the existing facilities.
Teaching facilities are a finite resource, and the goal of these policies is to maximize room and seat utilization as well as apply scheduling policies in a consistent and equitable manner. These objectives and classroom utilization expectations apply to all academic departments and classroom space.
Classroom scheduling is a dynamic process requiring reevaluation of class size, equipment specifications, and pedagogical changes each term. The assignment of a specific room at a specific time in a given term will not automatically guarantee a continuing assignment of that space, even if the room was used efficiently. Faculty members should not expect to use the same space on a continuing basis.
The Office of the Registrar has the responsibility for the utilization and scheduling of general classroom space. After each semester, Academic Scheduling maintains inventory of all classroom space and works with Design and Construction, Campus Technology Services, and Facilities Services with upgrades in furniture, technology and other maintenance.
Each academic department has a scheduling coordinator with whom all course requests and classroom requests should be coordinated. Requests from individual instructors will be referred back to the departmental scheduling coordinator for approval.
Each department is also required to immediately notify Academic Scheduling of course cancellations, changes in locations, and instructor assignments no later than the end of the second week of classes. It is ideal to receive instructor assignments prior to the first day of instruction for public knowledge, immediate access to Blackboard, faculty services access of the class roster and information of students enrolled in the class on UAOnline, and to receive workload credit for the opening statistical report.
Wood Center Event Scheduling has the responsibility to schedule non-academic events such as department meeting, conferences, training programs or workshops, recitations, study sessions, faculty presentations, etc.
Requests for non-academic use of general classrooms will not be scheduled until after a week into any given semester with the exception during Summer Sessions.
To reserve a general classroom for a non-academic events you may submit a request via the Event Scheduling Office website.
Wood Center Event Scheduling office hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Normal turn around time Monday-Friday is 24 hours. If you have not received your confirmation in 24 hours, please call the Event Scheduling Office at 474-6023, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Credit-bearing classes will take precedence over all non-class related seminars or events. Non-credit events, study groups, breakout sessions, etc, will be scheduled after all credit classes have been assigned a room.
When scheduling classrooms every effort will be made by Academic Scheduling to provide the accommodations requested with the space utilization requirements of the whole university as the objective.
Assignments of classrooms for sections are done during the class schedule production. Initial scheduling priority will be considered to those classes requiring specific equipment or seating configurations. Building preference may be noted and specific attributes for classes which require special features, i.e. audio conference capability, video, seating, smart equipment, etc. must be noted by the department on the 1st proofs during the class schedule production or class schedule form if a late addition. (View the Class Schedule Production Calendar.)
Enrollment history or anticipated increases for a particular course will be used by Academic Scheduling to determine classroom size, so enrollment limits should be carefully reviewed and adjusted. Departments should base enrollments on the actual enrollment during the previous corresponding term, with an estimated increase no more than 15%. In cases where the department projects a greater than 15% increase, justification must be provided in writing.
Class size and equipment requirements will be determining factors in disputes involving credit-granting academic classes.
Academic Scheduling will make every attempt to mediate room conflicts and develop a solution. However, in the event that conflicts can not be resolved at this level, the Deans, Registrar and/or the Provost"s Office may become involved.
Instructors are responsible for sharing the 15-minute "pass time" between classes. Every effort should be made to vacate the classroom in a timely manner, allowing students to get to their next class and the following instructor to set-up and prepare, as well as allow the finishing instructor to make final remarks and gather materials. There is no "ownership" at this time. Students should be encouraged to meet with the instructor during office hours for questions. Should conflicts develop, instructors should first attempt to resolve the concerns between themselves. If the result is unsatisfactory, conflicts must be mediated by department chairs.
Classroom assignments may be changed when the room is determined to be inadequate for a disabled student or instructor. The decision on which room is inappropriate for a student with a disability will be made by the Director of Disability Services and Academic Scheduling will make every effort to relocate the class to an accessible room.
Instructors/departments may not move their class from an assigned room without prior notification from the department scheduling coordinator and Academic Scheduling.
All schedule changes affecting class meeting time/days or classrooms assignments must be requested in writing to Academic Scheduling via email at email@example.com.
Please do not relocate your class without following the procedures listed above. The University utilizes two systems to track where classes are taken place. The Office of the Registrar personnel and security staff rely on these systems to locate faculty and students in the event of an emergency. If the class has been "unofficially" relocated to another room, it may be difficult or impossible to locate the faculty member or student. This delay during an emergency could place the University in a liable position.
In the event of an emergency evacuation of a classroom or building, Academic Scheduling will attempt to relocate classes to temporary meeting rooms if desired.
If an assigned room is no longer needed, please notify Academic Scheduling for classes and Wood Center Events for any event reservation as soon as possible, as the demand for space on campus is high.
Seating capacity has been determined in accordance with state and city regulations. Departments are not to over-enroll students beyond the maximum classroom size. If it appears that student demand will surpass the scheduled room, departments should contact Academic Scheduling immediately, before the class grows too large, to determine if alternate space is available. Waitlist numbers will also be taken into consideration for classroom size when assigning classroom space. It is unacceptable for students not to have appropriate seating. Inappropriate seating violates building codes and provides a poor image of the University and its ability to manage enrollment.
Departments/faculty should review the capacities of general classrooms when determining the appropriate number of release seats. Scheduling based on room capacities will prevent under-utilization as well as over enrollment of classrooms.
Sections that are under utilizing the assigned space based on past enrollments may be relocated. Room assignments will be reviewed 1 week prior to start of class.
Removal or displacement of classroom furniture affects all sections and gives the false impression that the official room capacities are incorrect and is prohibited.
If a room does not contain adequate facilities to meet the scheduled maximum enrollment or equipment needs, the instructor should contact department scheduling coordinator for assistance. Academic Scheduling will attempt to locate alternative available space, if necessary.
Food service is not permitted in academic classrooms.
Certain events may be denied use of classroom space if the event is inappropriate for the purpose of the classroom.
The possession, consumption, or furnishings of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances are prohibited in the any classroom.
Concerns about cleanliness and supply for markers/chalks -Custodial Superintendent 474-6772.
Overhead Projectors (Transparency) maintenance and repair - Rasmuson Library Media Desk at 474-7481.
Damage, lighting, seating, overhead screens, requests for lecterns, podiums or additional tables - Facilities Services. Seating will not be increased beyond the approved capacity of the classroom.
Smart Equipment / Smart Carts
- To request technical assistance, training, or support from Campus Technology Services, please send your request to the OIT Support Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 450-8300 (Toll Free 800-478-8226). Please include "Request for CTS" in the email subject line.
- To schedule a Smart Cart–Contact the Rasmuson Library Media Desk at 474-7481.
- Unlocking Smart and Partial-Smart Classrooms–Contact University Dispatch 474-7721.