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No Eating In Class? Right or wrong?
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You shouldn't be eating in class. Imagine being the student next to someone who is eating and the student is really interested in the class and is being distracted due to the chewing. While no eating sucks for that one person who wants to eat, it is in more benefit to others. The general student base is of more priority than you eating at a normal time. You either eat before or after class or schedule the class at a later time, or just don't take the class. If it's your major and you have to take it then eat before or after it.
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The no-eating policy is reasonable. Such a long class almost certainly means there's a break time. Eat during that time and not during class.

I don't know about the policy against bringing food at all, though. As long as it doesn't smell strongly and it is kept in an area from which it isn't easily spilled onto the desk or floor, I think bringing it is usually okay.

If you have a condition, it's not as though you don't know this class is scheduled for that time. You eat the proper amount necessary before class and you make meal plans around that class time, taking into account what you can do during break. Failing to plan repeatedly is not acceptable. I can excuse violations once or twice, but I don't care if you have a condition if you're continuously not responsible enough to plan something as simple as a meal. Bring something you can take with you outside the classroom if you need to, like a pack of crackers. Pretend to go to the bathroom and just eat outside.

It takes me less than 5 minutes to finish any meal as long as I focus on eating and I don't distract myself with entertainment. I fail to see how people need a full 15 minutes to simply consume their food. You can surely eat enough in 5 minutes to at least sate your hunger a bit to make it bearable.

Eating in class is distracting and people often don't even try to keep it on the down low. They'll open their box of chef salad and start tossing it in the front row. They'll dangle hot pizza cheese over their mouths and grope for crunchy chips contained in a bag that makes a noise like a tin can being crushed. Like what the hell, man. Learn some respect. It's out-f***ing-rageous.

Students here have little respect for the classroom environment. Stop complaining and start planning. Then, again, I might be an outlier. Perfect attendance from K to 12 and I walked an hour to school and an hour back during my junior high and high school years. This was done in addition to regular PE classes (my best mile was 5:20) and rigorous martial arts training for 8 years and basketball every sunday and friday. And I played table tennis and swam as well. And had Chinese school after regular school for 6 hours each day.

But, still, if I can respect the classroom environment and follow all the rules, I don't see how other people aren't able to.
Posted 9/12/15

AiYumega wrote:

Okay, this friend is back.

My friend has a 4 hour college class, from 10:00 to near 1:00 (10 to 13:00) and that is lunchtime for the civilized world. This friend's professor said, not only no eating allowed, but if you bring any food to the class you're going to get kicked out, marked absent, and possibly fail.

So I gotta ask, this seems reasonable? Or does it seem unreasonable?

Maybe in grammar school, but this is the big leagues. Let us play like the big kids.


Do college lectures allow you to go out of class without needing to tell the professor? They can sneak out for like 20 minutes to eat something and then get a proper meal at around 1.30PM or 2PM ...

Don't get angry at it... Food is for energy, yes. We love it... But the Professor has such a strict rule and just tell your friend to work her/his way around it...
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Normally no, you should not eat in class.

I am going back to school atm and have a class that lasts 2 hours and 40 minutes. The professor allows us a 10 minute break about half way through.

His professor should probably do the same. I am sure the prof would enjoy it as well, it must be difficult lecturing for so long. Of course even if that was the case. I would still advise against eating inside the classroom.
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1. Quietly step outside to use bathroom.
2. Eat quick snack instead.

Mission accomplished.

Unless you have an actual medical condition that requires that you eat during that period it is kind of up to the professor whether it's allowable to eat inside the class. Of course, I also think taking attendance is silly in college; a lot of my professors didn't bother with that at all. You're paying for the seat, if you don't want to sit in it that's your prerogative.

In the United States workplace, companies aren't required to give you a lunch break unless your shift is longer than.. 6 hours or something, I think it was. They're still obligated to give you rest breaks if you work less than that, but if I recall correctly they don't have to let/make it possible for you eat during rest breaks.
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100% reasonable. It's distracting, rude, obnoxious, smelly, messy, and if someones fat ass can't stand not eating for a few hours then they have issues.
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Khaltazar wrote:

You shouldn't be eating in class. Imagine being the student next to someone who is eating and the student is really interested in the class and is being distracted due to the chewing. While no eating sucks for that one person who wants to eat, it is in more benefit to others. The general student base is of more priority than you eating at a normal time. You either eat before or after class or schedule the class at a later time, or just don't take the class. If it's your major and you have to take it then eat before or after it.


The rest of those students could honestly kiss my butt. If they're distracted by something simple, then they need to work on blocking things out. Some people need to eat in class. I'm not saying it's right to bring in large items or loud items...but something quiet should be fine. Like drinks and sandwiches should be fine.
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Yeah, thats something i would talk to the dean about. I mean its one thing to change your eating habits to fit your schedule, but not even allowing a snack it a bit excessive. I mean if a student is bringing a full hot meal into the middle of lecture i can see why the prof might get upset, but if he's not even allowing snacks or simple sandwiches then that's no good. The only classes i've been in that i couldn't bring food into the class are labs and computer labs for understandable reasons
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Buckerss wrote:

100% reasonable. It's distracting, rude, obnoxious, smelly, messy, and if someones fat ass can't stand not eating for a few hours then they have issues.


Yep. I had issues. Proud fatty right here.
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Class is for learning not eating we have lunch for eating.

That is how my school was atleast.
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Morbidhanson wrote:

The no-eating policy is reasonable. Such a long class almost certainly means there's a break time. Eat during that time and not during class.

I don't know about the policy against bringing food at all, though. As long as it doesn't smell strongly and it is kept in an area from which it isn't easily spilled onto the desk or floor, I think bringing it is usually okay.

If you have a condition, it's not as though you don't know this class is scheduled for that time. You eat the proper amount necessary before class and you make meal plans around that class time, taking into account what you can do during break. Failing to plan repeatedly is not acceptable. I can excuse violations once or twice, but I don't care if you have a condition if you're continuously not responsible enough to plan something as simple as a meal. Bring something you can take with you outside the classroom if you need to, like a pack of crackers. Pretend to go to the bathroom and just eat outside.

It takes me less than 5 minutes to finish any meal as long as I focus on eating and I don't distract myself with entertainment. I fail to see how people need a full 15 minutes to simply consume their food. You can surely eat enough in 5 minutes to at least sate your hunger a bit to make it bearable.

Eating in class is distracting and people often don't even try to keep it on the down low. They'll open their box of chef salad and start tossing it in the front row. They'll dangle hot pizza cheese over their mouths and grope for crunchy chips contained in a bag that makes a noise like a tin can being crushed. Like what the hell, man. Learn some respect. It's out-f***ing-rageous.

Students here have little respect for the classroom environment. Stop complaining and start planning. Then, again, I might be an outlier. Perfect attendance from K to 12 and I walked an hour to school and an hour back during my junior high and high school years. This was done in addition to regular PE classes (my best mile was 5:20) and rigorous martial arts training for 8 years and basketball every sunday and friday. And I played table tennis and swam as well. And had Chinese school after regular school for 6 hours each day.

But, still, if I can respect the classroom environment and follow all the rules, I don't see how other people aren't able to.


I disagree. Sometimes you have to eat in class. I'm not talking about a full course meal or something loud. Some people don't have the time to eat. I did not have 5 minutes to eat. And I do respect the class. I also pay for that class. I want to be alert for that class and it means eating while I can. I brought PB&J. Not loud and I never made a mess or was distracting. Same with my protein shakes.
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Morbidhanson wrote:

The no-eating policy is reasonable. Such a long class almost certainly means there's a break time. Eat during that time and not during class.

I don't know about the policy against bringing food at all, though. As long as it doesn't smell strongly and it is kept in an area from which it isn't easily spilled onto the desk or floor, I think bringing it is usually okay.

If you have a condition, it's not as though you don't know this class is scheduled for that time. You eat the proper amount necessary before class and you make meal plans around that class time, taking into account what you can do during break. Failing to plan repeatedly is not acceptable. I can excuse violations once or twice, but I don't care if you have a condition if you're continuously not responsible enough to plan something as simple as a meal. Bring something you can take with you outside the classroom if you need to, like a pack of crackers. Pretend to go to the bathroom and just eat outside.

It takes me less than 5 minutes to finish any meal as long as I focus on eating and I don't distract myself with entertainment. I fail to see how people need a full 15 minutes to simply consume their food. You can surely eat enough in 5 minutes to at least sate your hunger a bit to make it bearable.

Eating in class is distracting and people often don't even try to keep it on the down low. They'll open their box of chef salad and start tossing it in the front row. They'll dangle hot pizza cheese over their mouths and grope for crunchy chips contained in a bag that makes a noise like a tin can being crushed. Like what the hell, man. Learn some respect. It's out-f***ing-rageous.

Students here have little respect for the classroom environment. Stop complaining and start planning. Then, again, I might be an outlier. Perfect attendance from K to 12 and I walked an hour to school and an hour back during my junior high and high school years. This was done in addition to regular PE classes (my best mile was 5:20) and rigorous martial arts training for 8 years and basketball every sunday and friday. And I played table tennis and swam as well. And had Chinese school after regular school for 6 hours each day.

But, still, if I can respect the classroom environment and follow all the rules, I don't see how other people aren't able to.


I disagree. Sometimes you have to eat in class. I'm not talking about a full course meal or something loud. Some people don't have the time to eat. I did not have 5 minutes to eat. And I do respect the class. I also pay for that class. I want to be alert for that class and it means eating while I can. I brought PB&J. Not loud and I never made a mess or was distracting. Same with my protein shakes.


There's like no way you'd never have time to eat. Most universities make it a thing not to hold classes at 12. If you're talking about night classes, that's different, cuz I know they can go from 5'ish to 8'ish so I can understand dinner.

But if you're using your lunch and breakfast hours to do things, then you can't just blame it on class and say "you /need/ to eat during class." It's just that you made your schedule /that/ hectic.
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I've had professor who saw getting up to go to he bathroom as a "disturbance" . On his syllabus he clearly stated that people should refrain from such activity (or go before/after class). I had a ten minute break between class but it takes over ten minutes to get from class A to class B and I had to speed walk everyday. I typically don't use the school bathrooms so it was never a problem for me. Common sense tells you to not pee on your desk, if you need to go, go.

I ate in class before. The extra large bag of cheetos was noisy as hell and everyone was starting at me..... overall if you can you should refrain from doing it. If you need to eat for medical reasons tell your professor, he or she cannot fail you if you for doing so.


Lol.......... it just had to be Cheetos didn't it? I mean like of all the things you could've stereotypically eaten, it just /haaaad/ to be Cheetos
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I disagree. Sometimes you have to eat in class. I'm not talking about a full course meal or something loud. Some people don't have the time to eat. I did not have 5 minutes to eat. And I do respect the class. I also pay for that class. I want to be alert for that class and it means eating while I can. I brought PB&J. Not loud and I never made a mess or was distracting. Same with my protein shakes.


I don't know. I find it difficult to believe that a person is consistently unable to find 5 or 10 minutes to eat during school days. I make it a habit to arrive early and not try to get there at the last minute if I get those few extra minutes to eat. I had a schedule that (I'm willing to bet money on) was more hectic than those of my peers and I was still able to control myself. It's not very difficult. Even if it was a college course, I did not encounter long chains of classes that didn't allow me to eat. There was always at least a 10 or 15 minute time between classes that allowed me to grab something from a vending machine.

I do understand that not all meals are the same and that a silent meal replacement is not nearly as disruptive as a noisy bag of chips. I'm not against having a drink in class as long as care is taken not to spill it and a person isn't so rude as to slurp loudly on a straw, so a protein shake isn't really my idea of the conventional meal. It's more like a drink the way it is consumed.
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lambofgenesis wrote:


PruBenAzul wrote:


Morbidhanson wrote:

The no-eating policy is reasonable. Such a long class almost certainly means there's a break time. Eat during that time and not during class.

I don't know about the policy against bringing food at all, though. As long as it doesn't smell strongly and it is kept in an area from which it isn't easily spilled onto the desk or floor, I think bringing it is usually okay.

If you have a condition, it's not as though you don't know this class is scheduled for that time. You eat the proper amount necessary before class and you make meal plans around that class time, taking into account what you can do during break. Failing to plan repeatedly is not acceptable. I can excuse violations once or twice, but I don't care if you have a condition if you're continuously not responsible enough to plan something as simple as a meal. Bring something you can take with you outside the classroom if you need to, like a pack of crackers. Pretend to go to the bathroom and just eat outside.

It takes me less than 5 minutes to finish any meal as long as I focus on eating and I don't distract myself with entertainment. I fail to see how people need a full 15 minutes to simply consume their food. You can surely eat enough in 5 minutes to at least sate your hunger a bit to make it bearable.

Eating in class is distracting and people often don't even try to keep it on the down low. They'll open their box of chef salad and start tossing it in the front row. They'll dangle hot pizza cheese over their mouths and grope for crunchy chips contained in a bag that makes a noise like a tin can being crushed. Like what the hell, man. Learn some respect. It's out-f***ing-rageous.

Students here have little respect for the classroom environment. Stop complaining and start planning. Then, again, I might be an outlier. Perfect attendance from K to 12 and I walked an hour to school and an hour back during my junior high and high school years. This was done in addition to regular PE classes (my best mile was 5:20) and rigorous martial arts training for 8 years and basketball every sunday and friday. And I played table tennis and swam as well. And had Chinese school after regular school for 6 hours each day.

But, still, if I can respect the classroom environment and follow all the rules, I don't see how other people aren't able to.


I disagree. Sometimes you have to eat in class. I'm not talking about a full course meal or something loud. Some people don't have the time to eat. I did not have 5 minutes to eat. And I do respect the class. I also pay for that class. I want to be alert for that class and it means eating while I can. I brought PB&J. Not loud and I never made a mess or was distracting. Same with my protein shakes.


There's like no way you'd never have time to eat. Most universities make it a thing not to hold classes at 12. If you're talking about night classes, that's different, cuz I know they can go from 5'ish to 8'ish so I can understand dinner.

But if you're using your lunch and breakfast hours to do things, then you can't just blame it on class and say "you /need/ to eat during class." It's just that you made your schedule /that/ hectic.

I make money for the school. That's why they have sports teams. Also, I had labs during the day. And some of my classes were only offered at night and at certain times. Lol my private college doesn't care about food times. But between morning and afternoon, I'd need to eat breakfast and lunch during a class. Mostly PB&J or a protein shake. Things that aren't distracting. And if I ate right before a workout or practice, rest assured it will make me puke my guts out. Yes I chose that schedule. But I am doing it for the school. And like I said. I wasn't being disrespectful or distracting in any of my classes.

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PruBenAzul wrote:

I disagree. Sometimes you have to eat in class. I'm not talking about a full course meal or something loud. Some people don't have the time to eat. I did not have 5 minutes to eat. And I do respect the class. I also pay for that class. I want to be alert for that class and it means eating while I can. I brought PB&J. Not loud and I never made a mess or was distracting. Same with my protein shakes.


I don't know. I find it difficult to believe that a person is consistently unable to find 5 or 10 minutes to eat during school days. I make it a habit to arrive early and not try to get there at the last minute if I get those few extra minutes to eat. I had a schedule that (I'm willing to bet money on) was more hectic than those of my peers and I was still able to control myself. It's not very difficult. Even if it was a college course, I did not encounter long chains of classes that didn't allow me to eat. There was always at least a 10 or 15 minute time between classes that allowed me to grab something from a vending machine.

I do understand that not all meals are the same and that a silent meal replacement is not nearly as disruptive as a noisy bag of chips. I'm not against having a drink in class as long as care is taken not to spill it and a person isn't so rude as to slurp loudly on a straw, so a protein shake isn't really my idea of the conventional meal. It's more like a drink the way it is consumed.


I rowed. My day started at 4:30 am to get to practice and I would barely make it to my 8am class. I only had ten minutes between classes and vending machine food is not healthy for an athlete. Not an option. And I had midday workouts between classes and then an afternoon practice. The timing of my meals was essential towards my performance both as a student and an athlete. It was a small school so most classes are only offered at specific times. Like I said, I wasn't being distracting. But I had to eat.
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