FAQ – Course Breaks

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Are instructors supposed to give us a 10-minute break during 2 hour classes, or finish the class 20 minutes early?

McNay: Senate policy says that instructors must allow you 10 minutes at the end of a class in order for you to get to your next class. Senate policy says nothing about breaks during 2-hour classes or about departure times after 2-hour classes. Scheduling a break, or scheduling more than 10 minutes of departure time, is at your instructor’s discretion.

In other words:  Your instructor is not obliged to schedule a break for everyone in the middle of a 2-hour class, nor is your instructor obliged to schedule more than 10 minutes of departure time.  If you need to take a short break, or to leave 10 minutes early at the end of a class, please just do so.

This week’s Expert Contributors

  • Dr. Margaret McNay, Associate Dean

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