In my course syllabus I have office hours. However, I am happy to answer student questions if we run into each other in the hall, or if they drop by my office when I am in. However, between switching offices in buildings and a slew of committee meetings I can't say (other than my office hours) exactly when and where I can be found.

I would like a succinct phrase that conveys that my office hours are "Mondays 9-12, Tuesday 2-5 and whenever you and I happen to run into each other and it's convenient for both us to chat and you have a question".

The phrase "Mondays 9-12, Tuesday 2-5 and whenever you can find me" suggests that I am playing hide and seek.

The phrase "Mondays 9-12, Tuesday 2-5 and by mutual convenience" doesn't quite sound right to me, and not very welcoming.


  • '...and at other times as convenient'? Commented Jan 12, 2019 at 9:06
  • You could add "If you meet me at other times, you are welcome to ask if I have time to talk" after the statement of office hours.
    – Stefan
    Commented Jan 12, 2019 at 10:36

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I think "by flexible appointment" would also cover a random, mutually convenient meeting. This might be a workable succinct phrase to use.


...Tuesday 2-5, or as able...Tuesday 2-5, or as we may meet.(either phrase implying that an acceptable alternative is to meet however we may happen to catch up with each other).

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