Statement of Free Time (EPC, 2000):
On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday the hours of 4:25 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., on Fridays the hours after 4:25 p.m., on Saturday the hours after 12:05 p.m., and all day Sunday shall be free from all formal undergraduate classes or laboratory exercises.
- Are there any allowable types of academic activity that can take place during the Free Zone? A review session prior to a prelim? A special one-time-only meeting of the class (say for student presentations) because the class period is too short? Courses that involve outside speakers? Engaged Cornell type courses that don’t meet in classrooms?
- How should exceptions be processed? E.g. HADM 4300, various Music courses such as Music 3603, certain courses taught in NYC such as Art 3103.
- Should an instructor be allowed to teach an undergraduate course during the Free Zone if a vote is taken and everyone in the course approves? Likewise, should it be OK to schedule a late-in-the-term Free Zone activity provided it is announced on the first day of class? Finally, in a big-lecture-multiple-section course, would it be OK to schedule one of the sections in the Free Zone provided it is always possible for students to register for a “regular time” section if they so choose?
- What about exceptions for ugrad-level courses that are double-listed with grad-level courses, e.g., BasketWeaving 4XXX/5XXX, TR 4:30-5:30.
- Are there overarching arguments for keeping the 3-hour Free Zone? Should it be shortened?
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