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Meeting Patterns FAQs

FAQs: Meeting Patterns & Class Time Standards

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Faculty/Department Administrators/Students

Who uses the meeting patterns?

  • All classes scheduled at Stanford are scheduled according to the new patterns, as well as classes scheduled in rooms controlled by schools, departments, and programs. GSB, Law, and MED career classes may diverge to some degree.

Is it mandatory that all classes fit the meeting pattern grid?

  • Yes. To minimize student schedule conflicts and overlap of courses, and to ensure maximum utilization of classrooms, it is expected that all classes follow the University's standardclass meeting patterns.

What are the benefits of standardized meeting patterns?

  • Because the classroom meeting patterns start classes at the same time, this significantly reduces the current problem of students enrolling in conflicting and partially overlapping classes.

Why are the majority of classes starting at half-past the hour?

  • By having the majority of classes begin on the half hour,  we standardize the start times and create an additional morning option (8:30am, 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am vs. the old 9am, 10am, 11am).

What if I teach a course that meets more than 80 minutes/day?

  • If a course requires time beyond that provided in one meeting period, you may take a second meeting period. You will be able to note the end time of your class when it is entered into the scheduling webform and the exact time of your course will appear in ExploreCourses and on student schedules so that students are clear about when their class will end.

If an instructor is unable to teach a course during the new meeting patterns schedule, is there an exception process?

  • Exceptions requests are made in writing to the joint C-USP/C-GS Subcommittee on Class Scheduling Patterns who makes the decision. To ensure maximum classroom utilization, classes with an approved exception will be scheduled last and only after all other classes that conform to the standard meeting pattern have been scheduled.

Are classes scheduled in departmental rooms also required to follow the new meeting pattern schedule?

  • Yes. All courses must adhere to the new schedule.

Will I be able to teach a class just one day a week?

  • Yes, you would select a meeting pattern, and then pick the day your class will meet from the drop down menu.

Who should I contact if I have additional questions?

How will we insure that courses comply with the unit of credit policy?

  • Schools, departments and faculty are required by University policy to comply with this policy. It is recommended that faculty begin by including expected amount of work information in the syllabus and in the Canvas (or CourseWork) site for each course that is taught.

  • See the Registrar's Unit of Credit web page or Google “unit of credit registrar stanford”.

Is my course guaranteed to get a room assignment with the new meeting patterns?

  • University classrooms are generally fully utilized and there is no guarantee that there will be sufficient classroom availability at any time, including those periods within the new meeting patterns. Selecting a time outside peak hours would improve the chances of having a classroom assigned that meets your specifications. In addition, the University strongly recommends that each department limit their peak requests to no more than 50% of their total offerings.

What will happen to my classroom assignment if I change the time that I teach?

  • You will lose your assigned room. Your new assignment will depend on what rooms happen to be available at that time. We would strongly suggest that you choose a new time in the off-peak period if this occurs.

Are we required to limit classroom requests during peak hours to no more than 50% of total offerings?

  • The University requests your assistance in scheduling at least 50% of courses during non-peak hours.