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Editorial: Classroom behavior

Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Updated: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 11:01

Now that the semester is in full swing, let’s establish some ground rules for classroom behavior.

Excessive talking is distracting to professors and fellow students. A quick question to your neighbor about classwork is okay, but no one in Biology 110 needs to know about your weekend hijinks. Find a time to talk with your friends after class is over. The rest of us can do without the update.

While we are all occasionally tardy, constant or extreme tardiness becomes a major distraction for on-time students. Being more than five minutes late breaks the flow of the class and leaves the latecomer without vital information that the rest of the class receives. Repeated tardiness is also distracting, as everyone pauses for a moment at your designated arrival time.

Eating on the go is as much a part of college life as overpriced textbooks and long nights. While we understand how hard it is to find a minute to sit down and eat, the classroom is not the place for a noisy bag of chips. Your professor may not mind, but those sitting around you are having a hard enough time tuning out the air conditioner, the riding mowers outside the window and the movie being watched in the classroom next to them without also having to ignore your crunching and slurping noises.

Sleeping in class is never acceptable. It sends the message that class is not important. If you find yourself unable to stay awake, go home and sleep. We know college life is full of long nights and early mornings; we’ve all felt the exhaution of studying all night. That is no excuse. Feel free to sleep after graduation.

When commenting in a class discussion or asking a question, please limit yourself to remarks that are helpful or insightful. No one is amused by your attempt to establish yourself as the smartest person in the room. If you have something to say, say it respectfully, concisely and in a vernacular we can all understand. At the very least, you could speak up on the days when no one else has much to say if you are going to annoy us the rest of the time.

If you decide not to go to class or have to miss for any reason, that’s fine, but please don’t ask the professor to cover something we’ve already gone over. Get the notes from someone else or look up the information independently.

In the end, don’t do the things that normally annoy you in the classroom. Be respectful to those around you. College is expensive and some of us want to be here, so help us out a little.

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