As the title says. Lore missions (at least at Starfleet Academy) are handed out by an officer in the garden of the school. You take an exam on the other side of that garden. And you get your datachip from a tiny console in the place where shops are set up.
It doesn't make sense, really. And it doesn't help with immersion. It's the kind of rushed, not thought-out thing that plagued many areas of the game in its early stages. Don't let that creep back in!
Couldn't there be a classroom for these missions somewhere on the campus - including the mission giver, exam and datachips?