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Class Scheduling Policy

Category: Operations
Number: OPS-040-015
Audience: All University Faculty and Staff
Issued: January 27, 2015
Revised: January 29, 2020
Owner(s): Registrar
Approved by: Provost and Vice-President (Academic)
Contact: Manager, Scheduling, Registration and Examinations - 306-585-5168; time.table@uregina.ca

Introduction

An effective class schedule is one that facilitates learning, maximizes access for students within the constraints of classroom space and the number of instructional hours available, and accommodates a range of pedagogies. In developing the course schedule for students and instructors, the following goals must be balanced:

  • Students should be able to take courses needed to graduate from their program in a timely manner.
  • Classes should be scheduled to avoid as many course conflicts as possible.
  • Classes should be scheduled to make the best possible use of the available space for teaching and learning activities.
  • Class schedules should consider the pedagogical needs of courses and programs.
  • Instructors should be able to obtain schedules that permit them to integrate their professional duties of teaching, research and service in a reasonable way.
  • In scheduling classes, the University must, if requested to do so, make accommodations under the provincial Human Rights legislation.
  • Scheduling priorities should be treated equitably across all disciplines.

The purpose of this policy is to:

a. define university policy as to the use and management of classroom space;
b. establish and enumerate processes for allocating classroom space; and
c. encourage the university community to make efficient and coordinated use of classroom space.

Definitions


  • Classroom Space is a university resource allocated to and managed by the Scheduling area of the Registrar’s Office.  All academic units share access to classroom space to deliver courses.
  • Core/Required Courses – Those courses a student must take in order to graduate from their program of study.
  • Daytime hours Classes with start times between the hours of 08:30 and 16:29.
  • Evening hoursClasses with start times between the hours of 16:30 and 22:00.
  • Forced Meeting Day and Time – A class that has been forced to be scheduled on a specific day and/or time.
  • Standard Meeting Pattern -   An established pattern of class meeting times (see Appendix 1).
  • Tier 1 Accommodation – A Tier 1 accommodation is an approved workplace accommodation or other contractual obligation that the University has with a faculty member.  
  • Tier 2 Arrangement – A request for an arrangement that does not fall into the definition of a Tier 1 Accommodation request.   
  • UR Early Courses that start before 08:30.

Policy

Classroom Space

Scheduled classroom space is a university resource allocated to and managed by the Scheduling area of the Registrar’s Office.  All academic units share access to classroom spaces to deliver courses.

Classroom space will not be removed from the classroom pool unless formally approved by the University of Regina’s Space Allocation Committee. 

Classroom space that is specialized in nature is not typically available for use for other purposes but may be utilized for other purposes in the event the space is not in use in a specific time period provided that the space is appropriate (e.g., a dry lab that may also fit the requirements for a lecture).

Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College each manage their classroom spaces in accordance with their own policies.

Standard Meeting Patterns

Standard meeting patterns will be used when scheduling most classes. A complete list of standard meeting patterns can be found in Appendix 1.

Non-standard Meeting Patterns

There may be some classes that need to be scheduled outside of standard meeting patterns (a one-week intensive course for example).  In these cases, forced scheduling may be used.

Tier 1 Accommodation Requests

A Tier 1 Accommodation will be made for employees who have a temporary or permanent medical disability or who have a contracted teaching agreement to teach on a specific day and/or time.

Tier 1 Accommodation requests will be respected 100% of the time.

Tier 2 Arrangement Requests

Reasonable efforts will be made to honor Tier 2 Arrangement requests but the arrangement might not be guaranteed.

Schedule Requirements and Deadlines

Designated individuals within each Faculty are required to enter all pertinent information into the established timetabling system by the approved deadline dates.

Roles and Responsibilities

Registrar’s Office

  • Has the overall responsibility for system implementation, maintaining scheduling rules in the system and that requests for Tier 1 Accommodations or Tier 2 Arrangements have received the required approvals.
  • Develops and maintains documentation related to class scheduling procedures.
  • Works with Information Services to ensure appropriate training and training documentation is available.
  • Grants access to the timetabling system.
  • Has the overall responsibility for maintaining this policy.

Faculties/Departments/Academic Units/Federated Colleges

  • Enter all pertinent scheduling data into the system by the approved deadline dates.
  • Ensure that faculty members who are requesting Tier 1 Accommodation approval have followed the established University process.
  • Review Tier 2 Arrangement requests from their faculty members and instructional staff.
  • Ensure Tier 2 Arrangment requests are valid and reasonable prior to entry into the timetabling system.
  • Review and resolve appeals related to disputes on how policy is applied to the class schedule.
  • Bring scheduling concerns to the appropriate individuals within their areas and/or the Registrar’s Office.

Consequences for Noncompliance

Non-compliance with this policy could result in unnecessary delays in the time a student takes to complete a program, or other consequences that could impact the class schedule in a negative way.

Processes

Process to Reallocate Classroom Space for another Purpose

Proposals to reallocate classroom space for alternate purposes on a permanent or temporary basis are made to the Chair of the Space Allocation Committee (VP Administration).

The Chair of the Space Allocation Committee will schedule the proposal for review at a meeting (the next meeting or as soon as the agenda permits) of the Space Allocation Committee.

All decisions of the Space Allocation Committee are final.

Tier 1 Accommodation Approval Process

Tier 1 Accommodation requests follow the established process of the Workplace Accommodation Policy (EMP-080-005).

Tier 1 Accommodation requests that are medical related but do not require a formal accommodation are reviewed by the Dean (or designate) for approval.

When a Tier 1 Accommodation request has received the appropriate approvals, the faculty schedulers will enter the constraint into the scheduling system.  The confidential information related to the nature of the accommodation will not be entered into or tracked by the scheduling system in any way.

Tier 2 Arrangement Approval Process

Requests for a Tier 2 Arrangement are made to the Dean (or designate).

When a Tier 2 Arrangement request has received the appropriate approvals, the faculty schedulers will enter it.  The nature of the arrangement will be entered into the system unless it is confidential.

While every effort will be made to honour a Tier 2 Arrangement request, the scheduling needs of the students of the University will take precedence. There may be some instances where a Tier 2 Arrangement request might not be honoured.

From time to time, the Registrar’s Office will review the nature of all Tier 2 Arrangement requests to determine if there is need to establish specific processes for common types of Tier 2 Arrangement requests. New processes will be brought forward through the appropriate governance structure for approval.

Nonstandard Meeting Time Approval Process

Nonstandard meeting patterns are those that do not reflect the standard meeting patterns as identified in Appendix 1 of this policy.

Requests to schedule classes in a nonstandard meeting pattern will be approved by the Dean (or designate).

Forced Meeting Day and Time Approval Process

There are times when forced meeting days and times are required (i.e., a Sessional Instructor or a contracted instructor that is only available on a specific day and time, or a course that is offered for a full week for 7 hours each day).

Requests to schedule classes in forced meeting day and times must be approved by the Dean (or designate).

Modifying a Class Meeting Day and Time Approval Process

There are times when after the master timetable has been prepared, there is need to modify the day, time, or location of class.

Requests to modify the day, time, or location of a class must be made by the Dean (or designate) and submitted on the Revision Form to the Registrar’s Office timetabling area. Consideration should be given to the following:

  • Minimal or no impact on academic blocks;
  • Space must be available in the proposed time slot;
  • Other affected units must not be impacted by the proposed change;
  • An explanation as to what information was omitted in scheduling data entry should be provided.

The Faculty will assume all responsibility associated with notifying the Registrar’s Office and registered students of the change.

Related Information

Appendix 1 - Standard Meeting Patterns

Standard Meeting Pattern Code

Meeting Time

Number of meetings per week

Number of hours per meeting

D1X1

Daytime

1

1

D1X1.5

Daytime

1

1.5

D1X2

Daytime

1

2

D1X2.5

Daytime

1

2.5

D1X3

Daytime

1

3

D1X4

Daytime

1

4

D1X5

Daytime

1

5

D1X7

Daytime

1

7

D2X1

Daytime

2

1

D2X1.5

Daytime

2

1.5

D2X2

Daytime

2

2

D2X3

Daytime

2

3

D3X1

Daytime

3

1

E1X1

Evening

1

1

E1X1.5

Evening

1

1.5

E1X2

Evening

1

2

E1X2.5

Evening

1

2.5

E1X3

Evening

1

3

E1X4

Evening

1

4

E1X5

Evening

1

5

E1X7

Evening

1

7

E2X1.5

Evening

2

1.5

E2X2

Evening

2

2

E3X1

Evening

3

1


Appendix 1 - Standard Meeting Days

Standard Meeting Code

Day of Week

1X – M

Monday

1X – T

Tuesday

1X – W

Wednesday

1X – R

Thursday

1X – F

Friday

1X – S

Saturday

2X – M,W

Monday and Wednesday

2X – T, R

Tuesday and Thursday

2X – W, F

Wednesday and Friday

3X – M, W, F

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

3X – M, T, R

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

3X – T, R, F

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday