While limiting the use of plastic straws is a positive thing for the environment, they shouldn't be banned completely because some people with disabilities rely on them, said Michaela Gaffke from Aptiv, a nonprofit that provides services to people with mental and physical disabilities.
"Other (straw) materials hold a choking hazard, injury risk, and are not safe for high temperatures," she said. "Also these materials are not position-able like the plastic straws."
Plastic straws will be still available upon requests, Ringgenberg said.
Ringgenberg said there are also questions about if the change is really needed since most of the university's garbage is used at a local waste-to-energy plant. Officials still hope to reduce the amount of single-use plastic on campus, he said.
Students will be able to decide if they wish to vote on a referendum that completely bans straws from campus, Ringgenberg said.
"When the students actually vote on it, I think that will be a really interesting reaction," he said. "We'll find out what the college students of today really feel and if they think it's a fad or if they think it's a really good idea to do something with this."
Students may vote on the referendum as early as September.