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Class Meeting Patterns for Departmental Administrators

Standard Class Meeting Patterns

  • Patterns marked "Not Recommended" are patterns where the class leaves early. The system was designed to sort patterns by length to minimize student conflicts. Therefore, although you are permitted to use these patterns, they are scheduled in a second run after the fully compliant class have been scheduled. Not-recommended patterns in prime time have the most problematic effect on students.

  • You can sort this sheet by any criterion. You can easily return to the original sort by sorting on the last column "0 - row count"

  • If you find an error or have a question, send us an email.

Exceptions to the Class Meeting Patterns

Requests are submitted to the Faculty Senate Subcommittee on Exceptions to Classroom Standard Meeting Patterns using the Exceptions to the Meeting Patterns Request form. Please include complete information so the Subcommittee can do its work effectively and quickly. Every request must have the pre-approval of the department or program chair or director. Instructor preference is not a valid reason to request an exception.

Contact Stephen Arod Shirreffs at if you have questions. Stephen will contact you if the subcommittee has questions and when it has made a decision.

Policy Reminders

Frequently Asked Questions


Helpful reports, updated nightly, showing the current set-up of courses and scheduled classes can be found in the BI reporting environment. Follow this path:

  • Shared Folders > Student Administration > Student Records > Course Scheduling

The Registrar's Office also provides an administrative interface to the online ExploreCourses resource. This interface provides you with all fields of information relevant to the administrator; it also provides a way to export found sets of courses to an Excel spreadsheet. See our ExploreCourses Administrative Interface page for help on how to use this resource.

Any staff or faculty may log in to the Administrative Interface using their SUNet ID.

Further Assistance

For further assistance, submit a SU Services & Support Request.

A Little History

The Academic Senate unanimously approved the class meeting pattern proposal on February 6, 2014.

These patterns were developed in response to recommendation of the SUES report and to a request by the deans responsible for undergraduate education (H&S, Engineering & Earth Systems) and the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. The challenge was to develop a course of action that would mitigate enrollment conflicts that students noted during the SUES process.

To ameliorate this condition, three actions were recommended and adopted:

  • simplify the meeting schedule matrix

  • use the class scheduling process to minimize conflicts and overlaps for students

  • encourage departments to coordinate their scheduling and distribution of courses

These recommendations were passed unanimously by the Academic Senate after unanimous votes in C-GS and C-USP.

The purpose of the class patterns is to reduce course conflicts, thereby empowering students to take the courses they want and need.