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Planning for Classes: Policies and Resources

7.3 Class Time

7.3.1 Class Length

Classes vary in length in the University’s colleges/schools. The meeting times for classes are listed on the Course Schedule page at Classes last from 50 to 150 minutes. Some begin on the hour, some on the half-hour. Moreover, courses can meet anywhere from one to five days a week.

It is expected that faculty will arrive at their classroom five minutes before their course begins and that they will end each class session on time. Faculty should vacate the classroom no later than five minutes after the course ends.

7.3.2 Class Credits

Fordham University’s credit-hour calculations follow New York State Education Department guidelines, which are based on the federal definition of a credit hour as “an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than ...

“(1) one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for approximately 15 weeks for one semester or trimester hour of credit, or 10 to 12 weeks for one quarter hour of credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or

“(2) at least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph (1) of this definition for other academic activities as established by the institution including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.” Three-credit courses meet 150 minutes per week for a 15-week semester with at least six hours of out-of-class work. For four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes, the additional credit is earned by requiring three additional hours of class preparation per week in lieu of an additional
hour of formal instruction.

Faculty teaching four-credit courses should demonstrate in the syllabus how students will be required to commit this additional time to the course—through extra readings or assignments, for example.

7.3.3 Team Teaching

The Interdisciplinary Capstone Core seminars may be team-taught by professors representing contrasting disciplines, or taught by a single individual who has expertise in both disciplines. These courses are capped at 19 students per instructor (i.e., 38 students if there are two instructors). All other team teachings must be approved by the dean(s) of the relevant college(s)/school(s). The very nature of team teaching demands that both instructors be present for all class meetings.

7.3.4 Class Cancellations

In the rare event that you need to cancel a class meeting, please follow these instructions:

  1. Contact the students so they know not to come in. Faculty members should communicate with their students if their classes will be canceled. Email is the obvious way of doing this safely and quickly, and faculty members should be sure to have the appropriate email addresses at hand, both for their students and the administration. Students should be reminded they are responsible for any information sent to them at their Fordham email addresses. You can send a mass email to your class using the Summary or Detailed Class Roster on Banner (select the email icon at the bottom and the email window with addresses in the bcc: field pops up) or through Blackboard.
  2. Contact your department so they can answer questions from students. The department chair, associate chair, or departmental secretary should be notified of any cancellation of classes. At FCLC, GSB, and PCS, please notify the dean’s office as well.