Fire code sets the limit of bodies in our chemistry teaching lab
space at 22, 23, or 24 (depending on the proximity of the lab to
exit doors). So, we set our student capacity at 20 bodies. Our
upper division labs have varying numbers, always less than 20,
depending on the course and the prof. Advanced organic lab for
chemistry majors is capped at 10 (smaller lab space and very complex
experiments, plus limits on instrument time). Organic lab for
biology majors and premeds is capped at 16.
On Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 10:23 AM, Steehler, Gail <gsteehle**At_Symbol_Here**roanoke.edu> wrote:
What policies or guidelines do universities use to set enrollment caps on instructional labs? Our Chemistry Department caps lab sections at 24 in lower level courses. I believe we have used safety as the justification, but could not find the source of that specific number. Some of our lab courses have lower caps due to specifics of equipment, techniques, or space. I have a program that wants to justify lower caps for instructional labs. I need some sense of what is standard or what criteria we might use.
Laboratory Coordinator/Safety Coordinator
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
(907) 474-6748; 194A Reichardt Bldg
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