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Classroom Usage Policy

Food and Beverages in the Classrooms

Food is allowed in all rooms/locations except the Moot Court (Room 80). However, food is never allowed during classes. You must clean up after yourselves.

Students and/or student organizations found to have violated this policy risk being charged for the cleaning of the room and/or losing the privilege of being able to reserve rooms in the Law School.

Classroom Laptop/Wireless Usage Policy

Laptop computers and wireless internet access shall be used in class only for purposes that are educationally relevant to that class and only in a manner that is not unreasonably distracting to fellow students. Any professor is free to set a different technology use policy for his or her individual classes.

Stanford is the first major law school to have wireless internet connectivity in our classrooms. This access operates regionally in the building and so cannot be on in one classroom and off in another classroom without bleedover. Many exciting educational uses of the internet are possible through use of this technology. Nonetheless, many faculty initially expressed concern that student use of email and instant messaging and websurfing during class would distract attention and degrade the quality of classes. Some faculty wanted the wireless system left unactivated. Indeed, some other schools such as Harvard Law and Business have resorted to shutting down their wired connectivity in classrooms to address such problems and other schools such as Yale Law School have actively considered such steps.

The student body leadership and former Dean Sullivan strongly opposed such a drastic solution and agreed that with our strong sense of community at SLS we could do better. So a couple years ago, Dean Sullivan and I met with the Student Cabinet, and Law Association conducted meetings and surveys of the entire student body on a possible policy that would enable us to turn on the internet while limiting uses that would have a negative impact on learning. From those discussions, Dean Sullivan and I learned that many students found other students' use of hard-drive applications such as Solitaire and other games even more annoying in class than possible internet uses, so we extended the discussion to all technology uses in class. The policy set out above was the result of our discussions. Note that it sets a default policy—professors are free to ratchet their particular technology policy up or down if they wish.

This policy is a matter of community civility and respect, and we respectfully ask you to abide by it. While class is in session, there may be things you'd like to look up on-line—statutes, briefs, opinions, news stories—that are educationally relevant; by all means do so. But you'll easily be able to check your email in between classes—kindly resist the temptation to do so during class.

Stanford Law School is special precisely because of our strong culture of mutual civility and respect, and I have every confidence we can make this policy continue to work. Thanks so much for your cooperation!

Catherine Glaze
Associate Dean for Student Affairs