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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I'd have to say AU is most strict about alcohol/ drugs in the dorms. A fair amount of people get caught every year with such substances. Another thing is if a person gets transported.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Very strict enforcement of drug and alcohol use in the dorms, but on campus and off campus is not enforced as much. Attendance in class depends on your professor- most count attendance but are very lenient if you can't come to class or miss more than 3 within a semester. Parking is very strict, and tickets can be accumulated if you don't have a pass or pay the exact time. Visitation in dorms is no problem- just claim your guest using your AU ID. Protests accepted, as this is a very liberal school.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The strictness at AU is pretty normal compared to most schools so there really is not anything serious to complain about. The only thing is that most surrounding schools are not dry campuses and this school is, so if you're 21 you cant have alcohol on campus. This is not that terrible though, since most people live off when they are older anyways.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: As long as you're not stupid and don't make it too obvious you're breaking rules you should be fine.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I only lived on campus my first year at AU and I have never had any issues with the strictness of campus.


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  • 755th
    Most Lenient Parking
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    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1241st
    Best Campus Police

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Jesse MacDonald
Law & Society
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AU is technically a dry campus, and students need to be aware that if they are caught with the possession of alcohol or illegal substances on campus, the school has the right to turn them in to campus police for punishment. Who you get as an RA can make a huge difference because some RAs are much stricter than others when it comes to enforcing the rules. While students can get away with having a few drinks in their dorm rooms with a couple of friends, there are no massive parties in the dorms. The partying occurs in off-campus fraternity houses and nearby apartments. 

The campus upholds strict rules and penalties when it comes to keeping everyone in check, and alcohol is not permitted anywhere on school grounds, even for those over 21. With recent drug busts, the campus has been cracking down on illegal activity. The best advice: if you must partake in activities that the school forbids, then do it quietly in your room and, odds are, you won’t get in trouble.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being too loud in the dorms
  • Drinking
  • Smoking weed
Visitation Policies
Residents are responsible for the conduct of their guests. In order to prevent non-students from sneaking in to residence halls, students are not allowed to prop open doors or duplicate any room keys or access cards.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 101 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 116 responses

  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 6% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 68% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 26% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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