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No Eating In Class? Right or wrong?
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Posted 9/12/15
I would find it hard to go 4 hours in the middle of the day with not at least a snack. I can see not allowing food that's going to smell up the classroom a lot or eaten in a way that might disturb others, but no food being allowed at all is ridiculous, especially if there's really no break-time during the class.

As to those who think it's reasonable, it might be reasonable for some but not everybody's metabolism is the same, and some people really do need to eat more frequently to maintain blood sugar levels.
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I think it's reasonable. Just because college is generally more lax compared to high school and the students are mainly young adults/adults, it doesn't mean you can do whatever you want.

If anything, you should take your classes more seriously and work more diligently/responsibly. It's expected of you. Not saying it's impossible to multitask, but no professor is going to want to talk to a student in need when they aren't 100% focused.

I feel like it's bad etiquette anyway, like you're there to learn, not to eat.

But I dunno, 4 hours is a long time and I would definitely get hungry. Rules are rules though.
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I have a 3 hour class and we usually get a 15 minute break in between. I can wait to eat though. The only thing I always carry around is a bottle of water. The professor should definitely give a 15 minute beak.
Posted 9/12/15
Couldn't you just kill your friend? Why is he/she always coming to you with this bullshit?
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First what university schedules classes through lunch time? That's nonsense. Very poor planning.

As far as eating goes I don't mind students eating to some level...like a snack,coffee or soda (I teach at a college...I don't know about lower grades)...but a full lunch? No. I have had to give talks while people were eating lunch and its weird. Its noisy and distracting to everyone. Its like the class is unimportant. All your attention should be going towards the lecture, not food.
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Maybe he had issues with students eating noisy or strong smelling things in class, or making a mess in the lecture hall. At any rate this is hardly an unreasonable request. I've had four hour lectures and no one ate in class, we didn't even have to be told.

If there is some reason why you can't adjust your meal schedule around your classes you should bring it up with your professor or just not take the class that semester with that professor. If neither of those options is available to you, suck it up. Some of us grew up skipping meals just so we could afford to go to college, earn a degree, and get better jobs so we wouldn't have to skip meals anymore.
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Posted 9/12/15
But you're still liVing.
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stupid rule everyone is adult if your hungry your focus is off why not eat to regain focus be real professor come on man
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I bet you can play your favorite video games all day without being hungry or anything. But, if it's a class, "oh, I'm hungry."

Bitch, please.
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As long as there are manners. If we ought to be considerate to others, then vice-versa - I don't want someone crinkling their chip bags and snicker bar wrappers. And... This has happened. Annndd... Someone got kicked out the class after being given a warning prior. Annnnnddddd... I am glad that I don't have to listen to such an obnoxious sound. Plus, it can messy the place; gum can be found everywhere; people spill drinks. There are lots of justifications and circumstances that it can be the right course of action to ban food/water/cellphones.

I think that is why it happens, honestly. It is difficult to set clear rules with ambiguous language: "Don't be loud while eating" and "Don't chew with your mouth open". So, in short, the rule becomes the convention. However, since hypoglycemia is a thing, I've spoken to the professor outside of class to explain the situation. Usually it can be understood, and the response is reasonable. Otherwise, I've learned to eat pretty quickly prior to classes.

The exception is when community colleges and university students are essentially grade-school children... Then, it feels more like a child preventative technique: "If I let you, then other people will want too". And, this is true as well. Too true. It's rather pitiful, really.
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Posted 9/12/15 , edited 9/12/15

aeb0717 wrote:

I'm with 'spensaur' on this. Adjust your meals according to the professors. Colleges function very similarly to work; you do NOT have the luxury of doing whatever you like.


Nor do bosses at work have the luxury of doing whatever they want. In many places, you can go ahead and sue your company or claim restitution if they try to fire you for something that;

a) doesn't effect productivity
b) isn't 'unsafe' or distracting.

While 3 hours isn't really that hard to sit through without eating, any longer and they probably could make a claim to administration for unsuitable conditions.
Posted 9/12/15 , edited 9/12/15
Seems pretty unreasonable of the professor. You should at least me allowed to have a snack or something.
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lorreen wrote:

I would find it hard to go 4 hours in the middle of the day with not at least a snack. I can see not allowing food that's going to smell up the classroom a lot or eaten in a way that might disturb others, but no food being allowed at all is ridiculous, especially if there's really no break-time during the class.

As to those who think it's reasonable, it might be reasonable for some but not everybody's metabolism is the same, and some people really do need to eat more frequently to maintain blood sugar levels.


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I think its totally reasonable. A short break in the middle would be preferable, but come on ffs, no one is gonna die not eating for a few hours. I would personally find it annoying people chomping on food in a classroom environment.
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