Standardized Breaks in Classes

Continuous lecture classes that last 2 or more hours should incorporate a break at a predetermined time based on any number of criteria, such as content of the lecture, length of the class and physical demand placed upon support service personnel for deaf and disabled students. Laboratory classes or classes in which the student traditionally works independently may or may not require a break, depending on the judgment of the faculty. Depending on the uniqueness of each class and the demands placed upon students (and support personnel), professors determine scheduled breaks by utilizing their own solution or 1 of the following options:

1. Courses meeting 2 hours: 1 break of 10 minutes between the first and second hours.

2. Courses meeting 2 ½ hours: 1 break of 15 minutes during the middle of the class or 2 breaks of 10 minutes.

3. Courses meeting 3 hours: 1 break of 15 minutes during the middle of the class or 2 breaks of 10 minutes.

4. Courses in excess of 3 hours: 1break of 10 minutes for each hour of class time or 15 minutes for each 1 ½ hour.