Here is a classroom etiquette question…or is it an administrative law question in disguise?
1. Is it appropriate for students to chew gum in class?
2. Suppose an instructor believes that chewing gum in class is not appropriate. Assuming the relevant Student Handbook is silent on the issue of food (and gum) in class, and that there are no relevant precedents in formal disciplinary proceedings, what notice if any is required to make it fair to discipline students for this? Is there anything else you would need to know before answering this question?
3. Is your answer the same or different for gum chewers who blow bubbles in class? Why?
4. “In class” could mean a lot of things: high school, college, law school, bar review, traffic school. Would your answer to #1 & #2 be different in any of these circumstances? Why?