Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Faculty/Department Administrators/Students
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Yes. All courses must adhere to the new schedule.
Yes, you would select a meeting pattern, and then pick the day your class will meet from the drop down menu.
If you are a departmental administrator with a scheduling question, we have detailed information on our Class Meeting Patterns for Departmental Administrators web page. If you are an instructor, you should consult your department administrator or Dean’s office.
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”.
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.
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.
The University requests your assistance in scheduling at least 50% of courses during non-peak hours.