Guiding Principles for Assigning Classroom Space

  1. The overarching principle for assigning teaching space in support of the core mission of teaching and learning, is priority for using the PGF classrooms will be given first to courses which require instructional space, either lectures and/or laboratories, that need access to greenhouse plant materials, and if the room(s) meet the course requirements for room quality, size, and location.
  2. Priority use of the PGF classrooms (103, 104, 132, 136, 140A, 140B and 172) will be given to the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences and the College of Biological Sciences.
  3. Classroom assignments will be prioritized based on course needs including proximity to plant materials in the greenhouse; specialized equipment located in specific classrooms such as microscopes, laminar flow hoods; and class size.
  4. Efforts will be made to maximize utilization of the space for greenhouse and plant based laboratory sections. Priority will be given to laboratory sections over lectures. Scheduling of courses should allow for sufficient time for set up and take down of laboratories on a daily basis to facilitate better use of the PGF teaching classrooms. Laboratories need to be cleaned up each day with no more than three hours allowed for set up and take down. 
  5. No department has exclusive use of classrooms in the PGF. However, priority scheduling of classrooms will be based on equipment and other special educational needs associated with specific rooms in the PGF. 
  6. The facilities are managed by MAES employees who will work with the appropriate Departmental personnel to schedule courses in the PGF on a semester basis.
  7. Requests for PGF classroom space for educational activities outside of traditional courses, i.e. extension programs, workshops, etc. should be made to the Plant Growth Facilities manager(s) in a timely manner. These educational activities will be accommodated when possible.
  8. Requests for weekend access for students to the PGF should be made to the greenhouse manager(s) by the course instructor(s). The request should include the Course Designator, Number and Title; students’ names requiring access; the University of Minnesota student ID number; and the University of Minnesota Identification card number starting with 600 from the front of each student’s card.  Access will be authorized for only the semester in which the student is enrolled in the class.

Protocol for Classroom Use:

Each instructor is required at the end of each course session:

  1. Erase the blackboard(s)
  2. Turn off the technology and raise the screen
  3. Clean the classroom tables and sweep the floors if needed
  4. Secure appropriate equipment and materials to prevent theft
  5. Turn off the lights
  6. Lock the door(s)