L&S: New covid room capacities and extended standard meeting times

FP&M has assigned new covid room caps to General Assignment (GA) classroom space that allow for 6 ft of social distancing. For other department-controlled instructional spaces, departments should follow the advice below to estimate room capacity.

For rooms without much fixed furniture (including fixed seating) or equipment: New room capacity should be about 61sq ft per person. (Total sq ft of room / 61 sq ft = Room capacity)

For rooms that do have fixed furniture and room equipment: New room capacity should be about 75 sq ft per person (Total sq ft of room / 75 sq ft = Room capacity).

In addition to the guidelines above, departments should consider whether additional space is needed for students and instructors to be at a distance of at least 6 ft when they are at their seats or stations. There should also be appropriate space allowances if the course requires students to be moving around in a particular space.

See  Social Distancing Capacities for Fall 2020 - typical GA rooms (Excel) for GA room capacities this fall.

You can find additional information room information on the Registrar's classroom scheduling page: https://registrar.wisc.edu/classroom-scheduling/

Extended standard hours for scheduling have been created by the Office of the Registrar and can be found here

For additional questions about L&S department-controlled room capacity, please contact Chris Bruhn at chris.bruhn@wisc.edu