Q. Food or Drink in Classrooms: What is the guidance on eating and drinking in classrooms and other academic spaces?
A. Historically, the university has posted signs in
selected areas, such as computer labs, where eating and drinking is
banned, but campus-wide rules for classrooms have never been
established. Individual faculty have the authority to allow or ban
eating and drinking in their classrooms, with advice to consider the
length of the class and the scheduling of breaks. (For example,
three-hour classes are scheduled so that two, 10-minute breaks are included.)
When face coverings are required due to health alert levels, face
coverings may be removed briefly for eating and drinking. An
acceptable example of “briefly” is to remove one’s mask, take a few
sips of water, and then re-mask. Spending twenty minutes unmasked in a
classroom to eat a meal is not acceptable.