These FAQs address common questions pertaining to University Classrooms including technology, furnishings and design, events, course and course related activities, and exams. 

Classroom Technology

University Classrooms are equipped with standard technologies found on the Learning Spaces Technology website

Any technology questions should be routed to the Learning Spaces Technology group.

Any issue with classroom technology should be reported to the Learning Spaces Technology group.

Classroom Furnishings and Design

Please contact Classroom Scheduling to report any missing or broken furniture.

Not all University Classrooms come equipped with a podium or lectern. Classroom Scheduling does have a limited supply of portable lecterns that can be added to a room on a semester-by-semester basis. Please contact Classroom Scheduling to request a lectern be added to your room.

Seating in the university classrooms are assigned according to Fire Safety Regulations. Expanding the seating to fit your class size would be a violation of those regulations. Please contact Classroom Scheduling for a larger classroom assignment.

Please contact Classroom Scheduling with any requests.

Chalk and chalkboard erasers are supplied to the University Classrooms by FM Custodial Services. Please contact Classroom Scheduling and we will ask custodial to resupply the room.

Classroom Scheduling provides courtesy whiteboard (or dry erase markers) on the first day of classes of the first semester the classroom facility joins the University Classroom pool. Once the classroom has been in operation and the courtesy markers depleted, it becomes the responsibility of each department to provide the dry erase markers needed by their instructors. Classroom Scheduling recommends Expo Low Odor Dry Erase Markers.

Colored chalk poses a cleaning problem for custodial because the composition is very greasy, which makes erasing difficult. After a few days of use, the board requires a wet-scrubbing with detergent. Custodial staff allocation does not support this extra cleanup time in classrooms. Classroom Scheduling requests instructors contact our office for an alternate classroom assignment equipped with a whiteboard writing surface where alternate colors may be used without impact to daily cleaning. 

White chalk is supplied by Facilities Management: Crayola Anti-Dust (#1402) and Prang Hygieia Dustless.

Classroom Events

Please see the Right to Recall Policy under our policies tab.

Unforeseen circumstances may arise causing classroom schedules to be modified.  These situations may include but not be limited to a course scheduling priority, building mechanical issue, unexpected classroom repair, malfunctioning technology equipment, etc.  When possible, Classroom Scheduling will work to secure an alternate location for the course or event giving special consideration to meet the needs of the activity. 

Please visit the Reserve a University Classroom page for information on how to reserve a classroom.

University classrooms are reserved in an “as is” condition. No additional furniture or equipment is available.

A classroom may appear to be unused and available for use. However, it might be reserved for specific days or times that overlap with your needs, creating a classroom conflict. In order to ensure you will have the kind of classroom facility you need, when you need it, and not conflict with someone else, please utilize only the university classrooms you have reserved through Classroom Scheduling. Please call us at 319-335-1243 and we will help verify the classroom is open for your use or we will try to find you a suitable alternative. You can also use our Room Request Form to submit a request for a classroom.

Courses and Course Related Activities

Please contact Classroom Scheduling to report problems in a University Classroom including broken chairs, broken blinds, ceiling lights in need of repair, or any other physical issue with the space.

For a semester assignment, departments can request rooms when submitting course offerings for Schedule of Courses. Please visit the "Location" section on the Course Offering Planner page on the Office of the Registrar website for more information on course offerings and the schedule of courses. We cannot guarantee that classroom requests will be granted. 

In the case of a special one-time classroom request, classroom assignments are granted after the completion of initial semester scheduling. Please contact Classroom Scheduling for more detail.

Contact Classroom Scheduling at 319-335-1243 or send an email to

You can find information on the Call for Course Offerings at the Office of the Registrar website.

Please submit the Room Reservation Form to request a classroom. Assignments are taken on a first come, first served basis. Priority will be focused on the schedule of courses needs and course-related events.

Classroom Scheduling makes every effort to avoid this circumstance. However, in the unlikely event this occurs, please contact Classroom Scheduling. It would be helpful to have course number information to assist in this process. If an event has been scheduled, please present your electronic room reservation confirmation for rights to the classroom.

Classroom Scheduling processes course and event scheduling with 10-15 minute intervals between sessions. This short intermission of time is intended to be shared between the instructors occupying the same classroom space for students’ questions or audio-visual setups while allowing students to arrive to the next class in a timely fashion.

Midterm and Final Exams

Final exam policies and procedures can be found on the Office of the Registrar's website.

The Final Exam Schedule can be found on the Office of the Registrar's website.

Information on how to request an evening midterm exam can be found on the Office of the Registrar's website.

The standard practice of The University of Iowa Facilities Management Department is to immediately stop construction when the work disturbs an examination in progress. The faculty member in charge of an examination should promptly report such problems to Work Control at 319-335-5071 or to the construction workers, asking them to contact the project’s construction manager for further direction.


The north wing of the building at levels two and three is reached by passing through the auditorium.  The accessible entrance is located on the east side of the building. It is equipped with a power door opener and leads directly to the building elevator. The single building elevator provides access to the south wing of the building. The north wing of the building at the first floor is reached by passing through the Museum of Natural History. 

Please contact Classroom Scheduling to report any heating or cooling issues.

Classroom training is done on a case by case basis. Please contact Renee Houser for more information.

The Office of the Registrar, Classroom Scheduling has partnered with Facilities Management Utilities Energy Management to develop classroom scheduling practices for university classroom auditoria to aid in campus energy conservation. These new efforts are in accordance with The University of Iowa initiatives to reduce energy consumption, improve building environment and promote sustainability. This is a proven energy savings strategy adopted by many institutions and it is critical to the University of Iowa due to the financial challenges.

Classroom Scheduling exercises a time cutoff for university classroom auditoria event scheduling to allow sufficient time for HVAC programming by the Facilities Management (FM) staff. FM will cease providing climate control in auditoria if the special event is to be held the same day as requested. All special event requests for general assignment auditoria Monday - Thursdays will be required to be scheduled/processed, not requested, by close of business (4:30pm) the day prior to the event to ensure proper climate control. For example, a special event in SHAM for Tuesday evening at 6pm requires event processing BEFORE 4:30pm on Monday.

Weekends hold a particular cost savings benefit for our campus. Therefore, all Saturday and Sunday events will continue to be scheduled/processed, not requested, by Noon the Friday prior to the weekend event to ensure proper climate control. If departments require a one-time special exception to this new procedure, Classroom Scheduling and Facilities Management will attempt to make the necessary special HVAC arrangements. However, the exception cannot be guaranteed.

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