Academic Regulations & Procedures

Common Time

During academic terms, time set aside over the lunch hour on Tuesday and Thursday is designated as “Common Time.” Appropriate uses of Common Time include:

  1. All-campus events (e.g., LTC events, guest speakers, recitals);
  2. Programs related to convocations (e.g., discussion groups prior to or following a convo speaker);
  3. Departmentally-based events (e.g., comps talks and other student presentations, a faculty forum, brown bag lunches for faculty and students);
  4. Committees or other groups that meet only on an ad hoc basis, irregularly or only for a single term (e.g., department review committees, task forces and subcommittees that meet only periodically);
  5. Lunch, socializing, advising, independent study meetings, etc.

Common Time should not be used for:

  1. Required class meetings or required class-related activities;
  2. Regularly scheduled departmental, administrative or committee meetings;
  3. Regularly scheduled meetings of faculty or staff members with students (e.g., weekly meetings between supervisors and student language assistants, regular meetings between residential life staff and RAs).

For: Staff, Faculty, Students

Last Reviewed: July 14, 2023

Maintained by: Office of the Provost