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Polite cell phone use limits distractions while studying

Submitted by Hillary Perkins on September 24, 2013 – 1:47 pmNo Comment

Having a cell phone at UALR is not a matter of prohibition, but of respect.

The cell phone policy at UALR is totally different compared to the cell phone policies in high schools. In some high schools, cell phones are not allowed. The security guards could do a scan where they go into classrooms and search students to see if they have any cell phones.

Tanisha Johnson, a junior finance major, said that when she was in high school, it was all right to have cell phones as long as they
were kept in students’ lockers. The reason for this could be because younger students are thought not to be mature enough to be considerate of others in the classroom.

At UALR, there are no cell phone scans. However, many professors have a policies where cell phones must be turned off or set to vibrate during class.

“There needs to be some civility in using cell phones,” said Susan Bowling, reading instructor with the academic success center.

A big drawback to cell phones is when they go off in class. It can also be a distraction when students talk loudly on their phones in class
or the library. That can disturb other students who are trying to concentrate on class material.

Cell phone can also make it easier for students to cheat on tests. For example, students can use their phone to take a picture of the test and send the copy of the test to anyone who wants to.

Ernesto Velazquez, student success services counselor, said there is nothing innately wrong with having a cell phone on campus. “Having an instrument on campus is not a disadvantage; it’s how you operate it,” he said.

Cell phones have surpassed public phones, pay phones and house phones in popularity and sophistiaction. Through applications, smartphones can be as useful as computers.

“They’re a great convenience for students and teachers if they are trying to get in contact with family or friends on campus,” said Dr. Thomas Kaiser, history professor.

Cellphones can promote safety. If students and professors are in danger on campus, they can
contact the authorities.

Having a cell phone on campus can also be beneficial to those with certain needs. For example, international students can have translators on their phones so that they can function better in class.

Simply having a cell phone is not an issue. It is cell phone etiquette that poses a problem. Most students are
adults who have the right to use cell phones for their own purposes, and the responsibility to use them politely.

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