The College Associate Deans agree on the room allocations during the pre-scheduling part of the schedule build. Half of the available rooms (43) are released for puzzling assignments. In Spring, CHABSS gets 23 rooms, CoBA gets 5, CEHHS gets 4, and CSM gets 11. In Fall, CSM gives one room to UGS. During schedule build, departments can puzzle other non-assigned spaces as long as they follow the puzzling guidelines and are in competition for the space if another department also tries to puzzle the room.
The room characteristic of the space, must match the space requirement of the majority of classes scheduled in a puzzled room. If a computer lab is being puzzled, then the majority of the classes in that space must require a computer lab as part of the courses pedagogy.
If you are unsure if your puzzle meets the above criteria, insert your hours and average cap then select the space to be puzzled below:
If a submission fails to meet the criteria above, the department is given one business day to resolve error(s). If errors are not resolved, the room is released and the courses in it are not puzzled.
Submissions for puzzling specific rooms that have not been assigned to a specific college are allowed. These submissions must be recieved by Academic Scheduling Friday October 13 by NOON, and must meet the same puzzling criteria listed above. These additional submissions are not guaranteed. Rooms with the highest utilization (most hours and highest occupancy percentages) will be given preference. Submissions should include a second and/or third room choice when submitted in case the first choice(s) are not available. The college/departmetn will be notified no later than two business days after the submission deadline as to whether or not their puzzle has been approved.
All non-puzzled courses go through the current optimizer process.
Some FAQs about Puzzling:
1. What is Puzzling?
2. Why would a department/college want to puzzle?
3. Does each department have to puzzle?
4. Do the puzzled spaces have to consist entirely of my department/college classes?
5. Can my classes that are scheduled in a puzzled space be moved?