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Scheduling Policy

Rationale: The following schedule of standard meeting times and the policies related to scheduling of classes are designed to make optimal use of Eastern's classrooms, labs and studios, minimize class scheduling conflicts, and promote a campus culture that is consistent with Eastern's mission as a primarily residential undergraduate liberal arts college.

Standard Meeting Times for Undergraduate Lecture/Seminar Classes on the Eastern Campus

3 Credit Classes

MWF 8:00 AM – 8:50 AM
MWF 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM
MWF 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM
MWF 11:00 AM – 11:50 AM
MWF 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM
MWF 1:00 PM – 1:50 PM
MWF 2:00 PM – 2:50 PM
MF 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
TR 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
TR 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
TR 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
TR 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
TR 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

After 4:00

M, T, W or R 4:00 - 6:45 PM and 7:00 - 9:45 PM.
MW or TR 4:00 - 5:15 PM, 5:30 - 6:45 PM, 7:00 - 8:15 PM, 8:30 - 9:45 PM

Friday after 4:00 PM departments can schedule courses at non-standard times

4 Credit Classes

MWF 8:00 AM - 9:10 AM
MWF 10:00 AM - 11:10 AM
MWF 12:00 PM - 1:10 PM
TR 8:00 AM - 9:50 AM
TR 11:00 AM - 12:50 PM
TR 2:00 PM - 3:50 PM

After 4:00

MW or TR 4:00PM - 5:50 PM
MW or TR 7:00PM - 8:50 PM


The scheduling of studios or labs will begin at standard meeting times. Department chairs will schedule studios and labs across all class meeting times and days.

Each department will schedule no more than 60% of courses during “peak hours,” no more than 40% of classes in “evening hours”, and at least 10% of classes with start times before 9:30 AM (“early hours”).

Early Hours: Classes that begin at 8:00 or 9:00 AM. (At least 10% of each program’s classes)
Peak Hours: Classes that begin between 9:30 AM and 2:00 PM and end at 3:15 PM or earlier. (No more than 60% of each program’s classes)
Evening Hours: Classes that begin at 4:00 PM or later (No more than 40% of each program’s classes)

The following language from the CSU-AAUP contract is included here for reference:

10.7.1 No member with a class, university or department assignment after 6:00 p.m. on one day shall be given any assignment prior to 9:00 a.m. on the next day without the member’s consent.

Appeals to the Scheduling Policy

The appropriate Dean’s Office will consider any appeals for a one-time deviation from the Scheduling Policy. 

All requests for a deviation from the 10%/60%/40% distribution of classes will be done only with the approval of the appropriate Dean's Office and the Registrar's Office. Any approval will be based on the following criteria.

⇒Evidence of fulfilling the needs of the represented student population
⇒An inability to reasonably fall within the guidelines of the 10%/60%/40% distribution of classes and
⇒The ability for the courses to be placed in the appropriate classrooms without impinging on the entirety of the University schedule

All requests for block scheduling will be done in consultation with the Provost. Any requests for block scheduling must demonstrate the following three points:

⇒The ability to schedule three classes within one scheduling space over a three-hour time period on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
⇒Show the use of block scheduling for three classes is pedagogically necessary
⇒Show that the use of block scheduling for three classes will not block students out of scheduling themselves for other classes