Classroom & Academic Scheduling

The Office of the University Registrar coordinates academic scheduling and is significantly involved in facilitating the management of course and classroom scheduling across much of Washington University in St. Louis’ Danforth Campus.

Class Start Times

Effective Fall 2019, the start and end times for day classes on the Danforth Campus will be observed “as listed” (i.e. published in Course Listings) with the transition time between classes taking place at the end of the published time, instead of at the beginning of the published time.

The old class start time policy stated that day classes on the Danforth Campus began 10 minutes after their published start times (usually 10 minutes after the hour or half hour).  The new class start and end time policy states that classes on the Danforth Campus begin and end at their published times.  This change still allows for a passing period between classes.

For example, prior to FL19, a class was published as MWF 10:00am – 11:00am.  It actually started at 10:10am and ended at 11:00am.  This allowed ten minutes for students to get to their next class, which was published as starting at 11:00am but really started at 11:10am.

Beginning in FL19 this same class is published as MWF 10:00am – 10:50am.  It starts at 10:00am and ends at 10:50am.  This allows students ten minutes to get to their next MWF class starting at the published time of 11:00am and ending at 11:50am.

The same principle applies to classes taught on all days of the week.  Here’s another example: Prior to FL19, a TuTh class was published as TuTh 10:00am – 11:30am.  It actually started at 10:10am and ended at 11:30am.  Beginning in FL19 this class is listed as TuTh 10:00am – 11:20am.  It starts at 10:00am and ends at 11:20am.  This allows students ten minutes to get to their next TuTh class starting at the published time of 11:30am and ending at 12:50pm.

Not all schools have a ten minute passing period.  The Brown School and the School of Law have their own built-in passing period, but their class start and end times should be observed as published.  Evening classes, like those in University College and Engineering, do not include a passing period.  Their class start and end times should be observed as published.


University-Managed (Pooled) Classrooms

Classroom Scheduling Policy

Washington University requires all fall and spring classes scheduled in university-managed (pooled) classrooms to adhere to a standard set of meeting days and times. Read more about the classroom scheduling policy and approved teaching days and times.

Classroom Directory

To see a list of university-managed (pooled) classrooms scheduled by the Office of the University Registrar, visit the classroom directory (with descriptions, photos and room features) on the Teaching Center website.

Information Needed for Assigning Pooled Classrooms

Academic departments collect teaching information from instructors to help ensure that courses are assigned to the pooled classrooms best suiting the needs of the instructor and course.

Instructors should provide departmental academic administrators with information such as preferred standard teaching days and times, enrollment limits and pooled classroom room feature preferences, including audio-visual needs.

WUCRSL users must enter pooled classroom feature preferences into a website called the Classroom Planning Interface (CPI).  Documents for using the CPI can be found here:

CPI Instructions

CPI Course Preferences Report

Contact John Pingree, coordinator for academic support in the Office of the University Registrar, with questions regarding scheduling classes into university-managed classrooms.

Requesting Pooled Classrooms for Non-Academic-Related Events

The Office of the University Registrar is responsible for scheduling all academic-related events (including classes, evening exams, review sessions and final exams) into pooled classrooms. Those who wish to use pooled classrooms for special (non-academic) events should first review the policy for requesting pooled classrooms established by Event Management on their website.

Requests for pooled classrooms may be made by visiting Reserve-A-Space, a resource for students, faculty and staff to request event spaces across most of the Danforth Campus.