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Laptops & Mobile Devices Policy

Students are not permitted to use laptop computers and other mobile communication devices (mobile phones, PDAs, tablets, etc) during class. Clearly there are advantages to using laptop computers and other devices to take notes or to find material related to class discussions. However, these devices also deliver a constant stream of email, instant messaging requests, and other interruptions that discourage students from engaging fully in class. There is a high correlation between use of laptop computers and mobile devices during class and poor performance on homework assignments and the final exam. You are welcome to use these devices before class, but please put them away when the lecture begins.


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Updated on May 24, 2017
Jamie Callan