The instructional day at FAS is organized around designated class start times and fixed pass times. All classes (including labs and discussions) must start at the designated class start times below. Class will run up to 75 minutes, with the last 15 minutes of the 90 minutes reserved for pass time between classes.
Classes, seminars, colloquia, and labs requiring more than 75 minutes in any single meeting shall begin from a specified subset of the designated class start times: 9:00am, *9:45am, 12:00pm, *12:45pm, 3:00pm, *3:45pm and 6:00pm. See the 2018 FAS Schedule Change Faculty Legislation for more information.
*With the approval of the Dean of Undergraduate Education, once- or twice-weekly seminars of two hours may begin at 9:45am, 12:45pm, or 3:45pm.
The intent of the revised schedule is multi-fold:
- To prepare for and implement proper schedule blocks and passing time in preparation for the new Allston campus
- To decompress class scheduling across all days of week and times of day to allow for optimal classroom use and cause fewer student time conflicts by developing a more equitably spread schedule throughout the week.
FAS Departments--Here are a few key resources to support your analysis of your schedule:
The Department Course Balance program was developed by the Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL), in partnership with the FAS Registrar’s Office. Departments will not be required to use this tool, but we hope that it will serve as a useful resource.
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