University of Minnesota Office of Classroom Management
Office of Undergraduate Education

Classroom Heating and Cooling

Classrooms on the Twin Cities campus may experience fluctuations in their normal temperature range throughout the year, especially during seasonal weather transition periods. The Office of Classroom Management and Facilities Management are committed to providing the best possible teaching and learning environment for University faculty and students.

The following are excerpts from the Facilities Management website regarding Heating and Cooling:

Interim seasons: During the interim season - between the beginning and end of the heating and cooling seasons - building occupants may experience some environmental discomfort over which Facilities Management has no control. In many cases, particularly in older buildings, the heating systems lack adequate controls for effective or quick adjustment to temperature changes from day to day. If the weather fluctuates widely in short periods of time, it may not be possible to use heating one day and air conditioning the next - even in newer buildings. Please be patient as heating and cooling systems are adjusted during this interim period. As we renovate older buildings, modern environmental controls and equipment will be installed to allow more efficient temperature control.

Central air conditioning: The central air-conditioning systems in campus buildings are maintained by Facilities Management. During the air-conditioning season, mid-May to mid-September, cooling is provided to maintain interior temperatures within the recommended range between 74 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit during operating hours.

For current and up to date information about Facilities Management's transition from heating to cooling review OCM's news piece about Classroom Heating and Cooling.