Cornell faculty have begun cracking down on extraneous laptop use in class. While opinions on the benefits of laptop use in classrooms vary among faculty members, there has been a growing trend toward a more stringent regulation of the practice. Prof. Robert Thorne, physics, said he started experimenting with different laptop policies about four years ago. After implementing a strict no-laptop policy, Thorne ultimately settled on a more lenient arrangement where students with laptops are only allowed to sit in the back two rows. “I understand that students might have a paper due or have to meet some deadline but don’t want to miss lecture,” Thorne said.