Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the priorities for classroom scheduling?

Classroom Scheduling coordinates the scheduling of academic classrooms by the following priorities:

  • Scheduled academic classes
  • University sponsored programs and financed activities, inter-collegiate sports events, musical programs, performances, etc.
  • Activities of formally recognized University organizations

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Who do I contact to reserve a classroom for a meeting?

E-mail Classroom Scheduling at or call 207.581.1299

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How do I add, cancel or change a class section?

To add, a class section, complete the Add a Course Section (PDF) form located on the UM Portal.  To cancel a class section, e-mail the information to  To change a class section after it is in MaineStreet, Associate Dean approval is required.

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How do I combine two or more class sections?

E-mail the information regarding the class sections to be combined to  Indicate that the classes are to be combined, same day(s), time and classroom. Indicate the total number of students desired in each class section and indicate how many total students are desired.

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What is the minimum enrollment before a course is cancelled?

Courses whose enrollment falls below the following minimum may be cancelled:

100 and 200-level courses – 12 students
300 and 400-level courses – 8 students
500 and 600-level courses – 4 students

100-499-level courses – 12 students
500-699-level courses – 6 students

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What time does a course have to start in order to be considered DLL?

4:00 p.m. or later

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Where can I find a composite listing of course prefixes? Click on Abbreviations in the list on the left.

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If I teach a 3 credit hour course, how many minutes of class time does the class need to meet each week?

The general rule of thumb is 150 minutes per week.

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What are the rules for “sunsetting” a course?

The Commission on Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, has a very specific accreditation standard relating to public disclosure, to wit: It [the institution] does not list as current any courses not taught for two consecutive years, which will not be taught during the third consecutive year. The catalog contains a listing of current courses. Therefore, courses not meeting the above criteria will not be published in the catalog and should either be eliminated or “sunsetted” (no longer published in the catalog, but maintained on file as an approved course, for five years).

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Once a course has been “sunsetted,” how do I reinstate the course if I plan to teach it?

Send email to requesting that the course be reinstated and indicate which semester the course will be taught.

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What happens in the event of a “bomb threat”?

If answering a call for a bomb threat, you should

-Immediately write down the information on the telephone readout display if applicable, note the exact time.  Do not put person on hold.
-Try to get as much information as you can from the caller (kind, type, and location of device, as well as the time frame for device to explode).
-Try to identify sounds in the background (i.e. traffic sounds or bells chiming).
-Is the person on a cell phone?
-Ask caller if they want to share any other information.
-Call public safety 911 or 581.4040.
-Notify your supervisor.

Final exams and classes will be rescheduled in a matter of minutes.  Public Safety will evacuate and secure the building under threat and post prominent signs to notify students and faculty of the alternate site.

If an exam is in progress, collect the exams and exit the building. You should remain outside the building at the designated “safe place” as determined by Public Safety and await relocation information. Proceed to the alternate site where the exam can be completed. Should your exam be disrupted by a bomb threat, the disruption should be taken into account when grading exams.

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