Q. We’re all aware of the reasons why SFU has a policy of ‘no drinks’ in computer labs. However, studying until late night and doing projects until the wee hours of the morning are inseparable with coffee/pop/tea drinking. Studying and projects are also inseparable with computers in today’s world.
While I am sure there are no doubt accidents every year that cost the university thousands of dollars, I firmly believe it’s an avoidable cost the school must absorb. More so, a total prohibition isn’t the answer. Yes, there’s no reason a student needs to have his Hamburger, fries, and drink while sitting at the lab, and there’s no reason open liquid containers should be allowed. So how about a more understanding policy of no food and no open containers? Pop bottles, coffees with sippy cups, etc. would be allowed. I’m sure the accidents from these containers represent a very small amount of the total accidents.
Your message was forwarded on to IT services for a response as computer labs are generally the domain of IT Services and they have their own policies. Hopefully you will get a response from them. As for the Library, we do have a food and drink policy that does allow for drinks in covered containers.
Todd M. Mundle
Associate University Librarian
Special Projects, Budget and Personnel
W.A.C. Bennett Library, Simon Fraser University