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Common Course Scheduling
Rationale : The Common Course Scheduling (CCS) guidelines promote undergraduate student retention and timely academic progress toward a degree, encourage optimal classroom utilization, and help to ensure an even distribution of course offerings. The guidelines, which generally have been in use for several years, became an expectation for undergraduate course scheduling in spring 2015 to advance the university’s efforts on student retention and success.
Exemptions: The CCS guidelines apply to all undergraduate three-credit courses, with the exception of laboratory courses and courses scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. or later on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and 3:30 p.m. or later on Tuesday and Thursday. The guidelines do not apply to graduate courses.
Guidelines: The following CCS guidelines apply to undergraduate course scheduling, with the exception of exemptions listed above.
- Department chairs and academic deans/designees are expected to take the lead in working with faculty to facilitate common course scheduling. The Office of the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs will assist in implementation.
- Courses will be scheduled according to the following standard meeting days and times:
Monday - Wednesday - Friday
- Classes begin on the hour from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
- Class length: 50 minutes
- Passing time between classes: 10 minutes
- Three-credit courses are scheduled on M-W-F in three 50-minute blocks
- Two-credit courses are similarly scheduled in two 50-minute blocks
Tuesday - Thursday
Daytime course start times are as follows:
- 8:00 a.m.
- 9:30 a.m.
- 11:00 a.m.
- 12:30 p.m.
- 2:00 p.m.
- 3:30 p.m.
- Class length: 75 minutes
- Passing time between classes: 15 minutes
- All 1-, 2-, or 3-credit Tuesday-Thursday courses begin at a start time listed above.
- Daytime course start times are as follows:
- Monday - Wednesday - Friday
- The scheduling of classrooms is conducted exclusively using Ad Astra Schedule, an online application hosted by the North Dakota University System. Existing classroom scheduling authority remains unchanged.
Course Syllabi Statements
The following resources for students, faculty, and staff support UND’s commitment to provide a safe and welcoming educational environment for all. Faculty are encouraged to consider including in course syllabi the following statements.
Notice of Nondiscrimination
It is the policy of the University of North Dakota that no person shall be discriminated against because of race, religion, age, color, gender, disability, national origin, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, veteran’s status, or political belief or affiliation and the equal opportunity and access to facilities shall be available to all. Concerns regarding Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, ADA, and Section 504 may be addressed to Donna Smith, Director of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Title IX Coordinator, 401 Twamley Hall, 701.777.4171, und.affirmativeactionoffice@UND.edu or the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Dept. of Education, 500 West Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60611 or any other federal agency.
Disability Access Statement
Contact me [insert faculty contact information] to request disability accommodations, discuss medical information, or plan for an emergency evacuation.
To get confidential guidance and support for disability accommodation requests, students are expected to register with DSS at UND.edu/disability-services 180 McCannel Hall, or 701.777.3425.
Reporting Sexual Violence
If you or a friend has experienced sexual violence, such as sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, or sex-based harassment, please contact UND’s Title IX Coordinator, Donna Smith, for assistance: 701.777.4171; donna.smith@UND.edu or go to UND.edu/affirmative-action/title-ix.
Faculty Reporting Obligations Regarding Sexual Violence
It is important for students to understand that faculty are required to share with UND’s Title IX Coordinator any incidents of sexual violence they become aware of, even if those incidents occurred in the past or are disclosed as part of a class assignment. This does not mean an investigation will occur if the student does not want that, but it does allow UND to provide resources to help the student continue to be successful at UND. If you have been the victim of sexual violence, you can find information about confidential support services at UND.edu/affirmative-action/title-ix.
To comply with the latest accessibility guidelines, documents posted online, including, but not limited to, Adobe PDF files, Microsoft Word documents, Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, and online flipbooks, must be screen-reader friendly.
For directions on how to make your syllabus and other course materials accessible, go to Blackboard > Services > Atomic Learning > Creating an Accessible Syllabus (for technical assistance with Atomic Learning, contact UND Tech Support at UND.edu/tech-support).
The announcement and calendar for religious observances are available for instructors to incorporate into course syllabi, and also may serve as a starting point for collaborative conversations about religious observations and course schedules.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs & Diversity