Scheduling Policies

Non-Traditionally Delivered Courses

Shortened Courses (mini-mesters)

  • The Texas A&M System policy for shortened courses is available at http://policies.tamus.edu/11-03.pdf.  Contact requirements for shortened courses are consistent with full term courses, with the additional consideration described in 1.1.2.
 

“Students should not carry more courses at a time in a shortened format than will give them total credit of one semester credit hour per week of instruction.”

  • Shortened courses must meet during the course of one week for each credit hour awarded (i.e., touch at least one calendar week for each credit hour).  Requests for shortened course sections that do not meet this requirement will not be processed.
  • Courses delivered with dates deviating from standard semester or summer session dates must be approved for non-traditional delivery.  Non-traditional delivery approval may be requested through the Curricular Approval Request System (CARS) for new and existing courses.


Online and Hybrid Courses

  • Online and hybrid courses must meet the same contact hour requirement as traditionally delivered, face-to-face courses.  The university rule pertaining to online and hybrid courses is available at http://rules.tamu.edu/PDFs/11.03.99.M1.pdf.
  • Courses delivered via web-based or interactive video conference instructional methods must be approved for non-traditional delivery.  Non-traditional delivery approval may be requested through the Curricular Approval Request System (CARS) for new and existing courses.



Exams

Regular Course Exams

  • Dates and times for regular course exams proctored outside recurring weekly class meetings must be listed in Howdy class schedules prior to publishing.
  • Classrooms for hosting exam meetings must be reserved through the Office of the Registar.  Requests should be directed to scheduling@tamu.edu. 


Final Exams

  • Final exam periods for standard 3-hour lecture class times are listed in the Final Exam Schedule.  Final exams for courses meeting at standard class times should be hosted according to the published schedule.
  • Final exam periods for courses meeting at non-standard class times or offered via non-traditional delivery (i.e., hybrid or web-based) should be coordinated by the instructor to occur within the date range designated for final exams in the Academic Calendar and at a time that does not conflict with registered students' final exams for standard class time courses.  Classroom reservations to accommodate non-standard final exams may be requested through the Office of the Registrar by emailing scheduling@tamu.edu.