Backpacks in Resident Dining Halls

  • 1.  Backpacks in Resident Dining Halls

    Posted 12-05-2019 09:20

    Good Morning,


    We are looking for some feedback from the community on backpacks in Resident Dining Halls. We are looking at eliminating students having backpacks. Has anyone made this transition? How did that go? For those that do not allow bags what did you do to aid students in this change? Do you provide space for them to store bags? Thank you for your input.


    Mitch Karstens

    Associate Vice President of Auxiliary Services

    (651) 962-6061


    University of St. Thomas : All for the Common Good

  • 2.  RE: Backpacks in Resident Dining Halls

    Posted 12-06-2019 11:03
    Hello Mitch,
    When we transitioned to the All You Care to Eat dining we put in open cubicle style shelving for students back packs as part of the Dining Hall renovation. These are located in the front entrances where there is a staff member at the cashier.  In addition we installed cameras in the same vicinity.  After a few months students complained that they were afraid that their valuables would be stolen. We installed a series of smaller metal lockers that students could use if they brought their own locks. To date those lockers are rarely used and in two years there has only been one incident of theft. Let me know if you want to chat further off line.

    Jill Blackie
    University of Calgary
    Associate Director, Food & Conference Services
    Calgary AB
    Canada EmailAddress] [

  • 3.  RE: Backpacks in Resident Dining Halls

    Posted 12-06-2019 14:20

    We have done it  at all 3 of our AYCE dining locations and encourage students not to leave valuables in their backpacks.  We provide cubby shelves and some lockers. The students mostly use the cubby shelving.

    Alfredo Macias
    California State University - Long Beach
    Director - Res. Dining & Catering
    Long Beach CA
    United States

  • 4.  RE: Backpacks in Resident Dining Halls

    Posted 12-06-2019 15:52
    I have seen this at many campuses.  They typically provide bag storage (cubby hole shelving) and allow students to carry in laptops, etc.  Really anything but bags.  When doing focus groups with students, however, they always tell stories of theft or discuss fear of theft.  I think a good option would be lockers like at a public pool where they can either take a key or use a code.  More expenses than cubby holes but would alleviate student concern.

    Jeff Dover
    fsSTRATEGY Inc.
    Principal, Managing Director
    Toronto ON