General Purpose Classrooms

General Purpose Classrooms are used for class instruction, study or other like activity. Events in General Purpose Classrooms must be compatible with the academic nature of classrooms and academic buildings. Non-class events are welcomed, but they must not adversely impact the classroom, its contents, or the surrounding area.

The Office of the Registrar controls 198 General Purpose Classrooms across campus. Classrooms are divided into the following room types:

Seminar rooms typically have an LCD Monitor, with seats and tables oriented so that students and instructors can easily interact with each other. Size: 10-24 seats.

Classrooms typically have a multi-media audio-visual system, with seats oriented towards the front of the room, and writing surfaces for each student. Size: 15-99 seats.

Lecture Hall
Lecture Halls have a pitched floor, so that those in the rear are sat higher than those at the front, allowing them to see the lecturer. Size: 100-199 seats.

Auditoriums are basically large Lecture Halls and also have a pitched floor, so that those in the rear are sat higher than those at the front, allowing them to see the lecturer. Size: 200+ people.

Priority for events in General Purpose Classrooms

1.     Academic events, specifically classes, discussion sections, department seminars, review sessions and exams
2.     School departments and University administration events
3.     Student group special events, including guest lectures, fundraisers and recruitment meetings
4.     Student group weekly meetings
5.     External Events should contact Student Center Reservations

Classroom Technology Support

Computing & Information Technology provides the following services for all general purpose classrooms:

  • Remote and on-site technical support
  • Classroom technology training
  • A/V equipment deliveries to classrooms
  • Echo 360 Lecture Capture recordings
  • Special event support

To view a photo and a detailed listing as to the technology located in one of our General Purpose Classrooms please visit the Classroom Technology Directory

For technical support, call Computing & Information Technology at 313.577.1154 or email them at

For information on training, equipment or other requests visit

Permitted to use GP Classrooms:

Not permitted to use GP Classrooms:

  • Outside groups not sponsored in any way by an organization (department, office, or student group) within the University
  • Student groups in violation of any of the stated policies

Room use expectations

All users of classrooms are expected to leave the classroom and its equipment in good order. Keeping a classroom in good order includes chairs, desks and tables straightened, electronic equipment powered down, taking away or disposing of everything one came in with. Users are also expected to take extra care that no damage is done to classrooms or classroom furniture or equipment and that the room is returned to a class-ready condition. Taping floors is not permitted. Removing furniture from any classroom (even if it is intended for use in an alternate classroom) is not permitted.

Noise prohibitions

Any activity resulting in noise levels exceeding that of a general lecture course are asked to refrain from utilizing General Purpose classrooms. This includes student group rehearsals, auditions or meetings involving a band or music and productions.

Food in rooms

Food is not allowed in any WSU General Purpose classroom. The General Purpose classrooms are intended to be used as classrooms. They are not intended for banquets, catered events, dinners or parties. Failure to adhere to this policy may subject the sponsoring organization to lose their ability to use general purpose classroom space in the future.

Temperature control

The Office of the Registrar relies on the office of Facilities, Planning & Management to provide for temperature control and ventilation of rooms. If you find the room uncomfortable, go online and submit a work order.

Furniture/room damages

If there is damage to classroom furniture, chalkboards, clocks, doors, etc. please submit a work order to Facilities. We appreciate your help in maintaining the classrooms and the objects within them.

Special event requests for classroom space

Activities that are not compatible with General Purpose Classrooms include music, dances, dinners, parties, events that require re-furnishing of rooms or removal of equipment. Non-compatible events include any event that adversely impacts the classroom directly, or that impacts research, study or other academic pursuits in areas adjacent to classrooms. 

Reservation requests should be submitted through the EMS Scheduling System. Log in with your Access ID and select 'Reserve a General Purpose Classroom for an Event'. If you need assistance through the process, email 

Requests are processed several times throughout the business day, Monday through Friday, 8:30am-5pm. Weekend requests should be submitted no later than 2 pm on Friday to guarantee confirmation. 

Requests are processed on a first come, first serve basis after the start of the semester. There are no "guaranteed" spaces for any events other than academic events. The Office of the Registrar reserves the right to adjust or deny room confirmations.

Reservations during final exam week

Events occurring during final exam week will be confirmed no earlier than one month prior to the start of finals. See the final exam schedules.

If the University experiences an emergency closing due to weather, utility failure, or other unforeseen disaster, the event is considered canceled.

Event sponsor responsibility

The sponsoring organization or department, listed on the event request form, is the responsible party. Reservations require a designated contact person responsible for the proper conduct of the event and for returning the classroom to its original configuration. Authorization to use reserved space cannot be transferred or loaned to another organization or individual without prior written/e-mail approval from the Office of the Registrar (OR). Please contact the OR by email.

The type of activity of the event may not be changed from that requested without prior written approval from the RO. More specifically, an event may not be changed from those identified above as compatible to those listed as non-compatible.

Transferring, loaning or sub-leasing a reservation or misrepresenting the intended use of the room is a serious matter that may result in immediate suspension of a group's eligibility to use classroom facilities. Requests to change or cancel an event must be communicated to Office of the Registrar via email or through EMS. 

Under no circumstances is furniture or other property to be removed from the room or removed from other rooms. The sponsor is responsible for any extra cleanup fees or damages to the facility incurred during the course of the event or during the event set-up and take-down. Any items brought in for the event should be removed promptly and the room returned to its original arrangement.

Failure to adhere to these policies may subject the sponsoring organization to lose their ability to use general purpose classroom space in the future.

For general inquiries into classroom spaces:
If you have any questions or feedback, please don't hesitate to let us know. We can be reached by email at