Should professors allow students to bring food and drinks into the classroom?
Some institutions have rules against this, partly for cleanliness of the facilities, but also to protect electronic equipment. Spills into computer keyboards can be disastrous.
At least in the southern part of the US, students carry bottled water – or coffee, or soft drinks – everywhere they go. It’s important to stay hydrated for brain function. When the weather is hot, it’s necessary for simple comfort and basic health. It can also help students stay alert during quieter times in class. I’m all for it!
As long as they recycle the plastic bottles or carry out their reusable ones and clean up any spills, it’s a great idea to have something to drink during class.
Even libraries are allowing students to bring covered drinks inside, and many now have coffee counters within the lobby, next to public computers and displays of books.
Students must accept their responsibilities, though. Leave the classroom at least as clean and uncluttered as you found it at the beginning of class. If there is a spill, clean it up. If it affects electronics, report it (it happens).
Student Success Strategy #68: Drink up, clean up!