Campus Strictness

Sherman, TX
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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: If you are a nice sub and love discipline, you may have to pick another college. This place isn't a Nazi camp like some "universities." In fact, it's an epicenter of anarcho-punk political agitation. However, don't take this to mean that anything goes or that the campus police don't do their jobs. They are the heroic saviors of the student body.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: In dorms it is a little bit more strict with quiet hours.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Austin College takes most things pretty easily, however if you are caught you are responsible for the consequences.

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Can be strict at times when underage students bring the party to their dorms. Do not drink in your dorms or you will get busted.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The punishment for smoking weed is far too harsh at Austin College. The first time you are caught you are fined and have to do community service the second time you are kicked out of the school, which I find to be very extreme. The campus police and school policies are far more lenient on alcohol abusers.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 117th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 621st
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 1025th
    Best Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Caitlin Graes
Granbury, TX
English and American Studies
Grad Year
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There are a lot of rules at AC. Fliers must be approved and can only be posted in certain places. The opposite sex has to be out of your room by midnight on school nights. You can't swim in the fountains. And candles and microwaves are banned from dorm rooms. Some of these can seem ridiculous, and the people in charge have a way of taking certain policies a little too seriously. Students complain about visitation rules the most, saying they're too strict and unreasonable. RAs may be your friends during the day, but if they hear a member of the opposite sex in your room or catch you drunk in the bathroom at night, they will write you up for it. Don't be fooled—AC students are not angels. They break rules all the time. The key is to not be stupid, and if you do get caught, the administration has a knack for giving good warnings.

Campus police are much more lenient than the city police would be. Campus officers are there to protect you, not get you in trouble. If you're being a belligerent drunk around campus, they'll use harsh words, but as long as you keep a semi-straight stumble going on your trek back to your dorm, you should be all right. Getting around the rules at AC is all about recalling that innocent smile you learned as a kid and exploiting it until your face hurts.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Being loud during quiet hours
  • Breaking visitation rules
  • Having a pet besides the allowed fish
  • Having candles in your room
  • Having prohibited items like microwaves
  • Parking in the visitor lot
  • Smoking in the dorms
  • Underage drinking
  • Underage possession of alcohol
Visitation Policies
Visitation for the opposite sex ends at 12 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. While it is relatively easy to break policy, if you're caught, there are consequences. It's mostly a source of annoyance for students and something to complain about.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 43 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 56 responses

  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 4% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 66% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 30% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.


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