Glossary of Terms

Academic event

An event related to a class, but meeting outside of the scheduled class meeting times Examples: review session, exam, class presentation, psychology subject testing, supplemental instruction. Scheduling requests are submitted on the Academic Events Scheduling form at


BOSS (Building On-Line Security System) is used for granting and rescinding building access at Syracuse University. BOSS allows a building coordinator to assign access to students, faculty, and staff. Access is generally granted within 10 minutes.

Building Access Coordinator

The person designated in a particular building or area to approve building or area access privileges; coordinate and schedule building/area lock and unlocking, holiday schedules and other events; and to provide various reports and schedules related to building access.  The list of building coordinators can be found at*%0A.  Also see for additional information.

Captive space

Also known as departmental space; captive space is space assigned to, scheduled by and used solely by one college, school, or department. Although this may pertain to any type of space including classrooms, laboratories and other discipline-specific spaces are the most common examples.

Class scheduling

The process of establishing the classes to be offered for a given semester and setting the day(s) and time(s) of class meetings. Class scheduling currently takes place within the schools, colleges, and departments.

Classroom Committee

Works to insure the best possible physical learning environment in for-credit instructional space by effectively deploying University resources in planning, implementation, maintenance and utilization of space.

Classroom scheduling

The process of assigning a classroom to a class. These assignments are made by the Registrar’s Office, University College (in summer), or an academic unit to which scheduling has been delegated.


The Facility Administration and Management Information System (FAMIS) is used by Campus Planning, Design, and Construction (CPDC) to maintain an facilities inventory. It also allows maintenance personnel to track maintenance functions, organize work requests, schedule work to be performed, and distribute costs associated with work orders.


All regularly scheduled activities typically facilitated by a instructional staff that enable a student to earn academic credit for formal curriculum requirements toward a degree or certificate.

Level U General Classrooms

Classrooms with Universal Rack technology installed. U-Rack’s feature LCD panels, installed PC’s, input panel (ethernet, auxiliary audio/video inputs, HDMI, VGA, and USB ports) DVD/VCR combo units, and reinforced playback audio systems. Examples: Link 101 & 103, and Physics 104N.

Level 1 Computer Capable Rooms

Classrooms with minimal installed technology. Internet connection is available but there is generally no installed computer. A document camera may be present in some rooms. Examples: Hall of Languages 421, Physics 106 and Watson 149. There are also projector only rooms with data/video inputs, e.g. Link 110, Physics 115 and Warehouse 500.

Level 2 Computer Equipped Rooms

Classrooms with standard equipment that includes a teaching station with controls for projection and audio systems; Data/AV input panel (with Ethernet port, auxiliary data, USB and audio and video inputs); installed Windows (sometimes Apple) computer, data/video projectors (SVGA or 1024×768 resolution), document camera, DVD/VHS combination player and voice reinforcement systems (public address systems, typically only in rooms that seat more than 100). The majority of SU classrooms are Level 2. Examples: Eggers 010 and 032 (department computers), Hall of Languages 101, 201, & 215, Hoople 106, Life Sciences Building 100/200; and Link 105

Level 3 Rooms with Special Features

Classrooms that have standard level 2 equipment plus multimedia touch screen controller; multiple data/video projectors (or high end units); multiple computer platforms; videoconferencing capabilities; surround sound; special lighting; etc. Examples: Gifford Auditorium; Grant Auditorium; Heroy Auditorium; Newhouse III 141; Shemin Auditorium; Stolkin Auditorium; and most classrooms in the Whtiman School of Management

Non-academic event

An event or activity that occurs at the University, but which is not academic in nature. Scheduling for non-academic events is handled by Student Centers and Programming Services (SCPS:

PeopleSoft HRSA

The enterprise software system used for student records and other functions campus-wide. It contains information about courses, classes (semester-specific offerings of courses), and meeting locations and it interfaces with R25.

R25 (Resource 25)

The classroom and event scheduling software product from CollegeNET used for scheduling both academic and non-academic events. The day, time and room information for classes is stored in R25 and dynamically transferred into the PeopleSoft HRSA system.

R25 web viewer

Displays information about events and spaces scheduled through R25.

Registrar space

Space assigned to classes by the Registrar’s Office for instructional purposes. Registrar space may also be used for academic events and, when available, for non-academic activities and events.

Schedule of Classes

The listing of credit-bearing classes and related instruction offered in a semester. The online version, accessed through MySlice is dynamic, reflecting updates in real time. This is the primary source of information for the campus regarding class offerings. A PFD version (with static data from a fixed point in time) is available on the Registrar’s Office website

Semester or Term

One of three periods during the academic year when classes are offered – fall, spring and summer.


The summer term is subdivided into multiple time periods called sessions. Sessions may overlap

Sole occupant

The only academic group or academic department housed in a building

Technology classroom

A classroom with permanently installed technical equipment (Level 1 or higher)